FUE hair transplant vs. FUT hair transplant: which one is the best option? And anyway, what’s the difference? It’s quite true that the majority of people in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area are completely bewildered by the difference between the two and struggle to come to terms with the “tech” acronyms that hair transplant surgeons use.
However, the truth is that it is not that complicated to explain. One thing to note is that FUE may be better than FUT for some patients, or the other way around, depending on the condition of your existing hair and your budget. Every patient is unique, so the best thing you can do is reach out for a free consultation with a licensed hair transplant specialist.
FUT – Follicular Unit Transplantation – is a process where the patient’s hair is transplanted in naturally occurring groups, or follicular units, of between one and four hairs. The follicular units contain sebaceous glands, a small muscle, and nerves, in addition to the hair follicles. Using this procedure, a surgeon can transplant several thousand grafts in a single session.
FUT is also known as the “strip method” since hair is removed – or harvested – from the back of the head in a single strip. Individual follicular units may then be removed by microscopic dissection from each strip without suffering any damage.
FUT hair transplants tend to produce a very natural looking result, because hair naturally grows in follicular units of one to four hairs so each graft will appear to be exactly the same as the follicular units around it. As the hair grows in the transplanted follicular unit it will appear to be naturally growing hair and the same as the others.
FUE hair transplant vs. FUT hair transplant? What is different about FUE?
FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction – uses robotics: it is computerized using what is known as the ARTAS system. It uses technology – namely a “robot” – to automate parts of the hair transplantation process. Again, realize that it’s not necessarily “better” for you than the older FUT technology – it depends, and you should consult with a surgeon to decide which option is best for you.
In the ARTAS process, hair in the donor area at the rear of the scalp is trimmed and several cameras take videos of the area from different angles allowing the software to calculate density, orientation, and exit angles of the follicles. This enables the robotic arm on the unit to make finally tuned movements in order to extract the follicles for transplantation. These are then manually transplanted into the receiving area. It is estimated that the ARTAS process enables the surgeon to complete the procedure 50% faster than if done manually.
So which is best for you? FUE hair transplant vs. FUT hair transplant? The best thing to do is to make an appointment to see Dr Miguel Canales who can make an assessment of your hair, discuss your styling wishes and your budget, and then he can recommend the best procedure.