Hair loss is a pervasive problem, and most of the people – whether men or women– are equally suffering from this problem. A hair transplant is the most effective, safe, and permanent way to regrow hair in the bald area. It is a modern method, and most people rely on this method to regrow their hair. Two popular techniques are in use these days for hair transplants. These techniques are:
- Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) – A procedure in which ‘follicular units’ are extracted from the donor area of hair in a strip and implanted into the bald area.
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) – A procedure in which hair follicles are extracted from the back of the patient’s head with special micro punches under local anesthesia and inserted in the bald area.
FUT and FUE Comparison
Both hair transplant techniques are beneficial, and Dubai Cosmetic Surgery® – the most reliable and trusted clinic – offers both. But one can have a question in mind about the suitableness of each technique. Here is a comparison of both methods that will help you determine which option is right for you.
Donor Area and Scarring
The two techniques – FUE and FUT – mainly differ based on extraction techniques and scarring. Strip extraction or Follicular Unit Transplantation leaves a linear scar on the area from where hair follicles are taken – donor area. On the other hand, as a result of FUE hair transplant, micro scars are left behind in small dots.
Survival of Follicular Units/Grafts
The survival rate of follicular units dramatically depends on the care of follicular units taken after their extraction. Extracted grafts are vulnerable to dehydration, and this is why they are kept in saline solution. The follicular units extracted in the Follicular Unit Extraction are more sensitive. The method leaves less protective tissues around the follicles, which ultimately leads to a decreased survival rate. On the other hand, the survival rate of hair follicles also depends on how carefully the procedure is performed. If you are ready to undergo a hair transplant at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery, you need not worry about this method.
Density of Grafts
Depending on the requirement, the number of grafts taken varies from person to person. The range for grafts is from 1000 to 5000 follicular units. If the procedure is performed in ideal conditions, both the techniques provide successful and desired results.
Even after optimal extraction of grafts, the risk lies there in implanting grafts. If grafts are not implanted carefully, there is a possibility that roots will not grow. Right incisions help in the rapid growth of hair and have an increased survival rate. The technique for implanting grafts is the same for both the techniques, and hair start growing if the procedure is
performed by an experienced surgeon and his team.
There is no discomfort during the procedure as it is performed under local anesthesia but the time required for healing in both the techniques differs. The recovery after FUE is faster and painless because small incisions heal quickly compared to the linear incision of FUT.
Shock Hair Loss
Shock hair loss is an unpleasant effect of the procedure, but it does not affect the entire hair growth as is affects very little hair. Shock hair loss is when a patient suffers from hair loss after 2 to 6 weeks of the procedure. It is entirely normal and occurs because of the weakening of some hair roots and occurs in both the techniques.
A comparison of FUT and FUE on some general issues is explained above. You can choose the suitable one though both techniques give excellent results and have their pros and cons. If you want to consult an expert, fill the form below and get in touch with Dubai Cosmetic Surgery® Hair Transplant Surgeons.