In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of men and women seeking cosmetic surgery for hair transplants to tackle hair loss concerns. As a condition that affects nearly 50% of women and over 40% of men below the age of 35 and as many as 65% for men over 65, it’s not surprising that people are in search of a solution such as hair transplants.
However, there are two different types of hair transplants currently available to patients, Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Excision (FUE). In 2014, FUT accounted for over half of all hair transplants, but between 2012 and 2014, FUE saw a 51% increase too.
But knowing the differences between the two will inevitably help you find the most appropriate solution to meet your hair loss condition.
What is Follicular Unit Transplant or FUT?
This form of hair transplant is the more traditional and popular. Also known as the ‘strip method’, FUT involves taking linear strips or groups of hair follicles from the back of the scalp or areas with an abundance of hair. These strips are then carefully placed into circular incisions in the scalp areas affected by hair loss to replace natural hair growth.
What is Follicular Unit Excision or FUE?
In contrast to FUT, the FUE procedure involves harvesting individual follicles from areas where there is more hair, then gently inserting the individual follicles into the scalp where hair loss has occurred. This is a relatively new and revolutionary hair transplant procedure that is growing in popularity, as it has a similar success rate, but doesn’t involve removing strips of hair follicles.
FUT and FUE – The Benefits
Whilst both procedures have high success rates as a hair loss solution, there are different benefits and drawbacks to the procedures, which may sway your decision on which one to choose.
One of the considerations for any hair transplant procedures should be the level of scarring. With this style of cosmetic surgery, it is inevitable that there will be some element of scarring to contend with. However, FUE tends to have less tissue scarring than FUT. This is down to the fact that with FUT, linear strips of hair follicles are removed from the back of the scalp and then placed in circular incisions at the front. These strips will leave small linear scars that can be visible if you wear your hair short, whereas FUE will generally leave less visible scarring as no incisions are made, just small circular punches where the hair follicle is extracted and replaced in the affected areas.
Also, due to the less invasive procedure of FUE, many patients will experience a slightly quicker recovery time and less scalp numbness because there isn’t as the scalp tissue is less traumatised. However, with both procedures the down time is relatively low and you should begin to see normal hair growth within 3-6 months, which is a very short time in comparison to a lifetime of baldness.
To find out more about hair transplant procedures and professional advice, why not contact our hair transplant specialists, who will be only too happy to discuss the right treatment for you.