Hair Transplant is regarded as the most effective and probably the only hair restoration technique that assures permanent hair. But with advancements in technology and different hair restoration techniques available, people are often seen confused which hair transplant surgery should they get. If you are also confused between FUE and FUT, then rejoice! You have come to the right place. Here we will explain you which hair transplantation method is good for which type of candidates.
The two most commonly used hair transplant techniques are Follicular Unit Transplant Method (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUT, commonly known as strip method transplant is a traditional technique that involves cutting a linear strip of hair bearing skin from the back or sides of the scalp. The strip is dissected under a stereo microscope to separate individual hair grafts for transplantation. FUE, on the other hand, is an advanced technique that involves direct extraction of follicular grafts from the scalp using a specially designed punch tool. Once enough grafts have been extracted, the surgeon transplants them into the areas of need.
Both FUE and FUT techniques are good in their respective domains. No one can make a generalized opinion to claim one technique is superior to the other. However, not every technique is suitable for every candidate. There are numerous factors that are considered before determining whether you are a candidate for a particular hair transplant method or not.
You are a candidate for FUT if you:
- Have a limited budget
- Have significant baldness – Norwood Scale 4 and above
- Want to have high quality hair grafts transplanted
- Are not bothered by the telltale scar at donor site
- Do not want shaving in donor area
You should go for FUE if you:
- Have tight scalp
- Limited donor hair supply
- Cannot afford taking a week off from work
- Do not want to have stitches
- Do not want to get a prominent scar on your scalp
That said, hair transplant is much more than just FUE and FUT, as these techniques are limited to extraction of donor grafts only. Ultimate outcome of the surgery depends upon a number of factors, with the experience and surgical skills of your surgeon being at the top of the list. It is the surgeon who makes any surgery a success. So, choose your surgeon carefully, making sure you go for a board-certified, highly skilled and experienced hair restoration surgeon.
As stated above, hair transplant techniques play a part in donor graft extraction only. Second phase of the surgery, the plantation phase is a little more important as it determines the post-op look of your new hairs. Experienced surgeon pay special attention to both phases to make sure the patients gets the most natural looking appearance with desired hair density.
But at the same time, the choice of technique is an important decision that you should make with care. Primarily, it is the job of your surgeon to decide which method will be best for you. But you also need to be vigilant and educated about the techniques during all this process. Take time, consider your doctor’s opinion carefully, compare the pros and cons of both methods and then make a final decision.
Generally speaking, we can conclude that the surgeon and the patient choose the right method based on the individual needs and expectations of the patient. Remember, right decision is the first step that you take towards a successful hair transplant surgery.
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