What hair transplant is right for me? The difference between FUE and FUT
Making the decision to undergo a hair transplant is certainly an important one. So it’s a good idea to be clear on exactly what you need. At Crown Clinic, we are on hand to give you all the advice you need when making this decision. There are two types of hair transplants commonly offered in the UK.
FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction is now gaining a lot of popularity. With FUE, the follicular unit approach is used to restore hair. Instead of removing a donor strip, one individual follicular unit is removed at a time.
The instrumentation used is so small that the donor area is left with tiny, almost invisible marks. FUE is also a good option for those who do not have enough scalp laxity to undergo traditional strip excision and can even be used to repair donor scars from previous FUT procedures that may be causing issues.
Why choose FUE?
Confidentiality- As FUE produces small round scars which are practically invisible, making it perfect for people with short hair.
Comfort: FUE recovery is arguably more comfortable, recovery is less painful, with no sutures or stitches to be removed, making aftercare very simple.
Choice: FUE can be more selective in the choice of hairs used for transplant, minimising both discomfort and visibility of the transplant.
If you prefer to wear your hair short. FUE is the option to go for.
Calum Best, the model and son of Manchester United legend George Best opted for an FUE procedure with Crown Clinic. Read Calum Best’s FUE experiences at Crown Clinic here.
Why choose FUT?
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), or strip harvesting is another option. FUT is considered an advance over older hair transplantation procedures that used larger grafts and often produced an unnatural look. FUT will mimic the way the hair grows and will be undetectable as a hair transplant.
With FUT, a strip of hair is removed from the back or side of the scalp. FUT allows the surgeon to safely transplant thousands of grafts in a single session, which maximises the cosmetic impact of the procedure. you are given a local anaesthetic in the donor area of your scalp. A donor strip is then removed and the area is sutured. This typically leaves a scar that’s easily hidden by your remaining hair. The follicular units are then divided under microscopic control into natural groupings of one, two and three hair follicular units.
Why choose on FUT?
Convenience: An FUT hair transplant can be finished in one day without any problem.
Cost: FUT is often more economical because more grafts can be gathered in less time, making it slightly cheaper than some other hair transplant options.
FUT was the transplant method used for both of Embarrassing Bodies star Christian Jessen's hair transplants at Crown Clinic. Dr Jessen had his first procedure at Crown Clinic in 2009 and then a second procedure in 2013. On both occasions around 3,000 hairs were transplanted from the back and sides of the scalp to fill out the front of Dr Jessen's hair line. Read his story and what he had to say here.
Patients may benefit from both forms, as techniques can both be used to obtain a specific number and specific kind of grafts for your transplant procedure.
Book your no obligation consultation with Crown Clinic surgeon Asim Shahmalak. Call us 0845 2 100 300.