Human hair is not only an esthetic statement but also a biological necessity. For women, this esthetic feature is even far more pronounced than for men. So when your hair begins to recede, that can be an alarming situation to say the least. Thankfully, there are surgical solutions to address hair loss. Two of the techniques most utilized are the follicular unit transplantation or FUT, and the follicular unit extraction, also known as FUE. Each of these hair transplant methods come with pros and cons, and it’s up to the individual to make an informed decision.
Follicular Unit Transplantation Advantages
The Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a hair transplant technique in which your hair is transplanted in follicular units. These follicular units consist of naturally occurring groups of one to 4 hairs. The following are 4 advantages of the Follicular Unit Transplantation:
The FUT helps maximize hair transplant growth: Contrary to traditional mini micrografting hair transplant techniques, the FUT does not break up follicular units, which minimizes incremental damage to the hair follicles and maximizes hair transplant growth.
The FUT gives a natural hair transplant look: When doing a hair transplant procedure, the FUT technique ensures that your hair post-surgery looks as natural as possible both at the individual follicular unit level, but also as it pertains to the broad graft distribution on your head.
Follicular Unit Transplantation allows for an easy surgical planning: Since on your scalp, the density of naturally occurring follicular units is relatively constant, it allows the hair transplant surgeon to accurately estimate the number of follicular units that s/he can harvest from dissecting a specific donor strip.
The FUT helps minimize trauma to the scalp: The Follicular units are structures that are relatively compact, but are surrounded by a significant amount of skin with no hair on it. This extra skin tissue can be removed without compromising the follicles. These trimmed follicular unit grafts can ultimately be placed onto the patient’s scalp, helping reduce damage to the scalp’s blood supply and connective tissue.
Follicular Unit Transplantation Main Disadvantage
One of the major disadvantages of the Follicular Unit Transplantation is the fact that it can leave visible scars on the patient head, as shown in the photo below
Follicular Unit Extraction Advantages
The Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE has some advantages and disadvantages that a patient should consider prior to going thru with the procedure. Here are some of the advantages of the FUE procedure:
No visible scars: Contrary to the FUT (which leaves the patient with a small linear scar where the hair was removed), the FUE extracts individual follicular units, with virtually no scarring to the donor area.
FUE allows for non-scalp hair: The Follicular Hair Extraction technique allows the surgeon to remove beard or body hair; not necessarily scalp hair. This comes extremely handy when the patient has lost a significant amount of scalp hair
Rapid post procedure recovery: The Follicular Unit Extraction procedure does not prevent you from putting any strenuous physical strain on the body, such as exercising right after the surgery. This comes handy for athletes for instance
Follicular Unit Extraction Main Disadvantage
One of the major disadvantages of The Follicular Unit Extraction is the cost. Costs for the FUE can be double that of an FUT procedure as the FUE is priced by grafts.