The field of hair transplantation is advancing day by day, and new techniques are being introduced for transplants. While the newer techniques are much advanced and effective, most surgeons still prefer the traditional methods. Generally, two techniques are used for hair transplants. These include FUT (follicular unit transplant) and FUE (follicular unit extraction) methods. FUT is the oldest and most traditional hair transplant method. However, it is more invasive in nature and leaves a permanent scar on the donor site (scalp’s backside). Due to this, most surgeons and patients prefer FUE over the FUT method. But this is only one reason why FUE hair transplant is better than other hair loss treatments.
In this article, we have discussed different reasons that make FUE better than other hair transplant techniques. Continue reading to learn more about this hair transplantation method.
Previously, there was only one technique available for hair transplants, i.e., FUT. But eventually, the hair transplant industry developed new hair transplant techniques such as FUE, Robotic Hair Transplant, and Stem Cell FUE. The latest technique is the Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT), which is an advanced version of FUE. Although all these techniques are available, FUE is the most preferred technique over other options.
FUE is a modern hair transplant technique that helps regrow hair naturally. It is different than the traditional FUT method. In FUT, the hair restoration surgeons remove a thin strip from the scalp’s backside to transplant grafts in another area. However, in FUE, each hair follicle is individually extracted from the scalp. These follicles are then processed and transplanted into the target areas. For this purpose, the surgeon makes tiny incisions in the recipient area.
In FUE, patients are left with tiny scars all over the donor area, but they are hardly visible. Moreover, they can be easily hidden under the hair. On the other hand, FUT leaves a permanent, long, and linear scar on the scalp’s backside that is relatively visible. It cannot be hidden under short hair but can be covered with long haircuts.
The short answer is yes. Generally, the FUE method provides better results than other options, such as FUT Method and Robotic Hair Transplant. However, Stem Cell FUE Technique is better than a simple FUE procedure.
Although the robotic method is an advanced option, it is expensive for most people. On the other hand, FUT is not expensive, but it is more invasive than FUE. Therefore, FUE is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive option at a reasonable cost.
However, FUE may not be the best procedure for every candidate. Below, we have mentioned the candidates for whom FUE is a better option.
The ideal candidates for FUE are younger individuals, usually in their twenties. Generally, most hair transplant surgeons recommend getting a hair transplant when hair loss doesn’t remain progressive anymore. However, people in their twenties usually have progressive hair loss. Therefore, they should wait until their hair loss is not progressive anymore.
But if they choose to undergo a hair transplant, surgeons recommend an FUE hair transplant. It is due to the reason that young individuals tend to get bored with their appearance soon. So, with an FUE hair transplant, they can easily switch hairstyles.
FUE is a better choice for people who have bald patches instead of an entire bald scalp. In FUE, generally, a surgeon can easily harvest up to 2000 hair grafts individually from the donor region. These hair grafts can be planted into the bald spots and help regrow new hair.
The candidates who can easily grow their hair can get a FUT hair transplant easily. However, if a candidate prefers to keep their hair short, they should consider an FUE hair transplant. FUE leaves tiny scars that can be hidden under short hair, but FUT leaves a long scar that cannot be hidden under short hair.
If someone has had a hair transplant previously, especially a FUT hair transplant, they should get an FUE transplant. Usually, FUT leaves a long scar, so patients are recommended an FUE technique for a second transplant.
Some benefits of the FUE hair transplant technique that make it a better technique than other options are given below:
FUE hair transplant leaves minimal to no scars on the donor or recipient area after recovery. Unlike FUT, the hair grafts are extracted individually, so the scalp remains scar-free.
The graft quality is better in FUE than FUT. However, the best grafts are obtained with the help of a computerized ARTAS FUE system. It helps extract the healthiest hair follicles. Moreover, it allows grafts to survive better than in any other technique.
Since the surgeon extracts and implants each hair follicle individually, it provides more natural-looking results. Moreover, the surgeons can easily design the hairline and hair density in the FUE hair transplant.
Compared to FUT techniques, the FUE hair transplant technique is less invasive. It doesn’t involve cutting a long strip of skin from the scalp. Moreover, the procedure doesn’t involve any sutures, which makes it more non-invasive. To avoid any discomfort during the procedure, local anesthesia is used.
As FUE doesn’t have any cuts and sutures, the recovery period is relatively shorter. Generally, it takes about 5-7 days for the patients to resume non-strenuous activities.
In conclusion, we can say that the FUE technique is better than other options. It is because this technique is based on the latest principles, and it does not cost much.
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