There’s no doubt that when it comes to getting a hair transplant, having the internet available as a research tool is a mixed blessing. Of course, it’s great in that it enables you to find out exactly hair what’s entailed in the different types of procedures, however, the downside to using the internet for research is that there’s a lot of opinions and conjecture out there, which can leave you confused and disillusioned.
The purpose of this article is to look at the two main types of hair transplant that are carried out today – FUE and Strip (or FUT) – and compare them to find out what the advantages of each procedure and which is best for you.
The Advantages & Disadvantages of Strip (FUT)
FUT procedures, also referred to as a strip procedure, is performed by removing a patch, or “strip” from the donor area on the back of the patient’s scalp. The hair is then harvested from this strip and transplanted to the recipient area.
Some of the advantages of strip procedures are –
You do not need to shave your head for surgery
The graft quality is typically very high
It costs less than FUE
The disadvantages of strip procedures include –
A good donor area is needed for FUT to be successful
A substantial scar remains in the donor area
A highly skilled surgeon is critical for a small scar
The Advantages & Disadvantages of FUE
FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. Unlike FUT, where a strip of the donor area is cut from the patient’s scalp, with FUE the hair follicles are individually extracted from the donor area, one by one.
The advantages of FUE are –
FUE does not leave any scar
There is minimal pain with great results
A good surgeon can perform over to 3000 grafts in a day
Decreased healing time
The disadvantages of FUE are –
It costs more when compared to FUT
You must shave your head prior to surgery
It takes longer than FUT
If you’d like any more information on FUE or FUT hair transplants then don’t hesitate to get in touch.