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What To Choose FUE Or FUT? Comparing Hair Transplantation Methods

Dr. Vivekanand N Bhat

Dr. Vivekanand N Bhat

  Lavelle road, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

   2 min     


A patient looking for a Hair transplant treatment would have come across terms like Follicular unit transplantation and Follicular unit extraction. It is very certain that you would have problems in deciding which one of these treatments is the right treatment for you. All these problems can only be addressed by a hair surgeon, here at Cosmetic studio we feel it’s our responsibility to educate you on how both these treatments work.

Treatment procedure Follicular unit transplantation (FUT)

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is a hair transplantation treatment which involves the extraction of a small strip of tissue from the patient’s head. The donor hair follicles are extracted from this tissue. These donor hair follicles are then harvested by a skilled team of surgeons and are individually transplanted to the recipient areas.

Treatment procedure Follicular unit extraction (FUE)

Follicular unit extraction is a hair transplantation treatment which involves the extraction of hair follicles directly from the scalp. These hair follicles are extracted in a random fashion from the donor area. During the course of the treatment follicles are extracted one at a time and then are harvested. The procedure of this treatment takes two days.

Benefits of FUT treatment

  • A large number of follicles can be extracted in one session.
  • This treatment requires lesser number of surgeons
  • This treatment is more affordable when compared to FUE treatment
  • Post the treatment, the patient’s hair looks natural.

Setbacks of FUT treatment

  • Higher recovery time
  • Higher chances of scarring

Benefits of FUE treatment

  • No visible scars are left behind
  • Lesser pain during the treatment
  • Guarantees a natural looking hairline
  • Involves lesser risk of complications

Setbacks of FUE treatment

  • Requires you to shave entire donor area
  • Treatment is costlier compared to FUT
  • The grafts extracted are more fragile, hence you might end you losing some follicles during the harvesting stage.

Side effects of both these treatments are similar 

Hair thinning– The patient will first lose a certain amount hair, in the earlier stages of the treatment. This hair fall is natural and occurs to give way to newly transplanted hair to grow on your scalp.

Bleeding – You will face bleeding through the course of the process because of the cuts and nicks caused. Bleeding reduces towards the end of the process considerably.

Pain- both these hair treatments take the patient through similar amounts of pain, for which the pain killers are used to ease the pain.

Itching– The patient will have itching cause of the formation of scabs on the transplanted area. A shampoo or soap water can be used to clean to areas, to ease the pain.

Swelling– Both these causes swelling of the forehead and eyes, this swelling will subside over a span of 2-3 or at most a week in the cases of some people.

Scarring– FUT treatment leaves heavy scarring on the areas of that are treated, which does not subside. On the other hand, the FUE treatment leaves behind no visible scars, however even if scars are caused they heal over a period of 2-3 weeks.

Both these treatments are highly effective to restore lost hair, hence choosing the right treatment can be very critical.

Tags:  Hair Transplantation, Hair Treatments, Hair loss treatment,

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