Hair transplants are a constantly evolving technique and new versions of the surgery are constantly emerging. The main two platforms in use at the present time are FUE (Follicular unit extraction) and FUT (Follicular unit transplantation). FUT is sometimes referred to as the strip method.
There are good reasons for the existence and continued use of both methods and they attempt to achieve the same solution, so what are the main differences between the various methods.
What is FUT?
In a FUT style operation, the hair is moved in strips from the back and side of the scalp under anaesthetic.
Once extracted, the donor strip is cut into a series of individual follicular units. One of the follicular units are prepared they are then inserted into small holes that have been dug into the head by the surgeon.
The actual placement of the hair is usually completed by a specialist nurse, rather than the surgeon.
What is a FUE hair transplant?
FUT has existed for many years and represents the bulk of historical hair transplants. Follicular Unit Extraction (Also known by the acronym FUE) is the more modern and advanced technique of hair transplantation.
FUE does away with strip harvesting of hair in favour of a more delicate technique that extracts the actual hair follicle itself rather than a clump of hair.
FUE hair transplants are becoming more popular
FUT is now becoming a less popular option for a number of reasons. When having a FUT transplant a strip of tissue is removed, as you can imagine this can quite painful once the anaesthetic wears off.
The initial healing period can take up to 10 days. The technique in use can also lead to scarring to the area where the hair is extracted.
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