A hair transplant is a life changing experience that builds confidence in several aspects of a person’s life. Have you started avoiding the pool or the beach because you don’t want to get your hair wet? Have you stopped going on dates because you are self-conscious about your hair? Many people alter their lifestyle in order to hide their hair loss.
I’ve tried it all…
With over 80% of men and nearly 50% of women struggling with hair loss, these issues are far more common than you would expect. If you are struggling with hair loss, you may have tried minoxidil, DHT blocking shampoo, and every other over-the-counter solution with little or no success. If nothing seems to be working, then you are at the right place.
There are several options that can make a difference in a person’s hair loss journey, but there is only one guaranteed solution – a hair transplant. Hair transplants are designed to make people look better; and when you look better you feel better, am I right? The best part of the hair transplant journey is the process of becoming a better version of yourself.
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) are terms you probably read a lot about as you’re considering a hair transplant. What is the difference? What is the big deal? Which is right for me? There are so many questions you probably have. I’m here to break down the difference between the two and help you gain some insight on which solution would be better for you. A hair transplant is not “one size fits all”. Every case is completely different. The extent of loss for each person varies, and everyone’s goals and expectations are specific to the individual. My best advice is to schedule a professional consultation with someone who specializes in hair loss. However, if you’re in the early stages of research and aren’t ready to take that leap yet, here are some things you should know.
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)
Ideal for Large Areas
When it comes to covering larger areas, We Grow Hair’s version of the FUT, Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™, has the clear advantage because the physician is able to harvest a larger number of hairs than both FUE and the traditional FUT. The physician will start by harvesting a very narrow strip of tissue from the donor area (this is the back of the head where the hair is resistant to loss). After the tissue is harvested, the physician will suture that area back together using a special closure technique that will limit the appearance of a scar. The hairs are then separated into different size grafts and the physician will create recipient sites where the grafts will be placed. With this technique, the physician is able to direct the procedure in a way that is specific to the patient’s needs. He can determine the precise combination of graft sizes needed, based on the extent of loss, color, texture and natural density of the patient. Since everyone is different, it is my opinion that the greatest benefit of this procedure is the unique customization for each individual.
Shorter Procedure Time
Because the physician has the ability to harvest the tissue from the donor area all at once, it takes less time to perform the procedure, making it more comfortable for the patient.
Typically More Economical
Because the procedure takes less time (about 3-5 hours) the procedure is usually less expensive than FUE when they are both being performed by a physician.
A natural hairline is comprised of 1 and 2 hair grafts but density is achieved by placing larger grafts behind the hairline. When tissue is harvested using Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™, technicians are able to keep larger groupings of hair together (4-8 hairs) in their native bundle. This results in better density when compared to the FUE procedure, which only allows for groupings of 1-3 hairs. It also important to note that Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™, outperforms FUT procedures done at other clinics because they typically only allow a maximum of 4 hairs per grouping.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Most Technologically Advanced Procedure
A robotic FUE does not have the same limitations that humans have. It doesn’t experience human fatigue or human error. The precision and accuracy of the harvesting is the most advanced transplant harvesting available today.
No Linear Scar
The FUE harvests several thousand hairs individually, leaving small circular shaped scars that are hard to detect. This procedure is great for someone who wants to keep their hair extremely short.
Ideal for Smaller Targeted Areas
The FUE is designed for a targeted area. Because there are limitations with the number of hairs that can be harvested, it is optimal to condense the area and pack the hairs tightly so the transplant looks full. For example, frontal hair lines are ideal for an FUE procedure.
Still Not Sure?
The good news is we offer both types of procedures here at PAI Medical Group. That means you’ll get an honest non-biased opinion about which procedure is best for you and we’re here to help! When you feel confident enough to take the next step, schedule a free consultation to find out about our surgical and non-surgical options.