It has been observed when prospective patients come into my consultation room – and once they’ve decided they want to proceed with a hair transplant surgery– the next question on their lips is usually about methods of surgery and, crucially, which one I would recommend.
Strip Transplant FUT
As there are two methods are common of hair transplant surgery. The one is Strip FUT, which sees the surgeon remove a strip of hair, follicles and tissue from the donor area before separating the follicles and re-implanting them at the recipient area.
With time and skill practice has been continually refined over the years and, while it was prone to leaving scars when first developed, a good surgeon will be able to perform the operation with minimal scarring, undetectable to the untrained eye. The chief benefit of strip FUT is that the hairs are taken from most dense and future proof part of the scalp, and the risk of the hair units perishing is much smaller than with the procedure’s major counterpart, FUE.
This technique carried out in 4 steps.
1: Removal of strip from donor site.
2: Preparing of individual follicles/ units.
3: Creation of slits in recipient area.
4: Implantation of units into sites.
Follicular Unit Transplant FUE
FUE involves the individual removal of hairs and follicles, with each unit individually transplanted to the recipient area. The procedure was developed to avoid the linear scar that is a risk with strip FUT and has grown in popularity over the past decade. In addition to the points above, the major drawback with FUE is that the whole donor area and possibly the entire head will need to be shaved on the day.
FUE technique involves three steps.
1: Direct punching (extraction) of follicle units from donor area.
2: Creation of slits.
3: Implantation of follicles into slits.
Being a consultant when it comes to my recommendation, I’m clear that all depends on the individual situation and preference. Each procedure has its own benefits but all should deliver natural-looking results which last a lifetime if performed by a skilled surgeon.
The major difference in both techniques is a harvesting of hair follicles from the donor site. One is involved harvesting of follicles along with a skin layer and other is involved direct extraction of individual follicles.
Both techniques FUT and FUE are founded effective to produce very good prospects. No one is best on another both have their own advantages and disadvantages in progression. Based on performing the procedure FUE can be said less invasive with quick healing and pain free comparatively strip transplant. However the success of FUE and FUT is totally dependent on the skill, experience and ability of the hair transplant surgeon.