Hair transplant surgery is the permanent solution for hair loss. Once the surgery is performed, new hair usually grows out within a year’s time. There are numerous options when it comes to the procedures available.
The two most commonly used hair transplant options are the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Both are great options and it can be confusing which one to choose FUE or FUT? Let’s compare the two procedures to better understand and decide on the matter.
The first difference between the two procedures is the collection of grafts. In FUT or the strip method transplant, follicles are collected by cutting a strip of the scalp from the back or the sides of the head, the donor area. The individual grafts are than obtained by dissecting the strip under powerful microscope and stored in a saline solution. The area is then sutured.
In FUE Hair Transplant, the follicles are individually collected with the help of a pneumatic punch. The follicles are around 1mm in thickness which is ideal for a natural look. These follicles do not need to be stored in a saline solution as they can be transplanted right away without separating them.
The strip method leaves a thin linear scar after the procedure has been done. With normal hair length, the appearance of the scar is not evident. The scarring left by FUE is a lot less. The pinhole scars that are left eventually are hard to detect from a safe distance. With normal hair length, they almost become invisible.
The success rate is higher with FUE since the follicles are directly transplanted. However, in the strip method, some follicles are wasted while being separated as they get transacted. A few may be lost due to the time they spend outside the body before being grafted. The overall success rate in both is quite reasonable.
The downtime with the FUT Hair Transplant is about a week to ten days. It is important to rest well to ensure that you can recover within this time. The downtime with FUE is less than a week. Like any other method, rest can help recover quicker. If you can’t stay bed ridden or take much time off from work then it is recommended to opt for FUE transplant.
There is a difference of cost between the two. The strip method has a lower cost in comparison with the FUE since the technology used is relatively old. FUE has been around for about a decade and is still considered a novel idea. Another reason behind the difference between the cost of FUE and FUT transplant is the time and effort required. FUE is a more laborious procedure as compared to FUT.
So which one to choose?
At the end of the day, it is a personal choice. Both are fairly useful hair transplant options. People that want better results at a somewhat higher cost can benefit from FUE. However, those on a budget looking to get reasonable results can do so with the help of FUT.
Dubai Hair Club offers both FUE and FUT Hair Transplant in UAE. If you are interested in getting any of these two hair transplantation techniques, contact us now by filling the free consultation form available on website.