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What’s The Difference Between FUE and FUT Hair Transplant?

POSTED: 09 September 2020

FUE and FUT hair transplants are the most recognised hair restoration procedures with proven results. Of course, the results are dependent on the surgeon and their experience, so it’s critical to do your research first and avoid having the procedure done abroad.  

During your consultation appointment, the physician will discuss your options with you and decide whether FUE or FUT is best suited based on the cause and severity of your hair loss. You will be entirely in the know, and Crown Clinic will never leave you in the dark about the procedure.  

If you’re considering having a hair transplant, you will hear the words ‘FUT’ and FUE’. But what is the difference between the two, and how do you know which one is right for you?


What is an FUE Hair Transplant?


FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. During this procedure, the physician will extract individual hair follicles from the side and back of your scalp to transplant in the balding area. The reason for taking hair from these two sections is because the follicles are DHT resistant, which means they can withstand the natural metabolite that your body produces and the androgen hormones that are often the main cause of hair loss. 

Although this is a lengthy procedure, scarring is minimal and will become noticeable once your natural hair has regrown. 

If your someone who prefers to have their hair short, FUE is recommended. 


What is a FUT Hair Transplant?


FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation, and also known as strip harvesting. This hair transplant procedure consists of collecting thousands of hair follicles in a single session, by removing a strip of hair from the back or sides of the scalp, before being transplanted into the balding area.  

Whereas FUE is more popular amongst men, FUT is suitable for both men and women. 


What’s the Difference Between FUE and FUT?


So, what are the biggest difference between the two hair transplant procedures?  

  • The biggest difference is that FUE removes singular hair follicles from the back and sides of the scalp to transplant in the affected area, and FUT extracts hair follicles with the strip of skin and leaving a long linear scar at the back of the scalp. 
  • As FUE is more time-consuming due to the precision of removing individual hair grafts, this hair transplant procedure is more expensive compared to FUT. However, the results are equally as effective, leaving you with you permanent, natural hair regrowth.  
  • Scarring following an FUE hair transplant is minimally visible, and the ideal choice for those who prefer to wear their hair short. However, this doesn’t mean that FUT leaves you with visible scarring, as we aim to keep this to a minimum, and once your hair has regrown, it will become unnoticeable. 
  • FUE offers more comfort during the recovery phase, and it’s the ideal procedure for those who lead an active lifestyle. No removal of stitches is required either.  

Both hair restoration procedures require a skilled and experienced surgeon; otherwise, the results can be detrimental to how your hair regrows, and recovery can be more painful and lengthy. Crown Clinic often repairs poor hair transplant procedures that has been completed by unlicensed clinics and ‘cowboy’ physicians. If you’ve experienced a bad hair transplant that has left you feeling insecure and upset with the results, contact us today to book in an examination. 

For more information regarding FUE and FUT hair transplants, call Crown Clinic today, and we’ll arrange a consultation appointment with Dr Shahmalak.  

Dr Shahmalak is the most renowned hair transplant surgeon in the UK and overseas. He’s a recognisable figure within the NHS and private medical sector. So, you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands for your hair restoration procedure.

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