Brief Overview: FUE vs FUT Hair Transplants
Over the years, several hair transplant methods have been advertised to consumers:
- The “Strip Method,” also known as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), is the most common hair transplant procedure.
- The FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction method is a minimally invasive hair transplantation procedure that was introduced in the late 1990s.
- The automated FUE method, also known as NeoGraft, is the newest, most advanced method of hair transplantation available today.
|FUE Method||FUT (Strip) Method|
|How it works||With a wand using pneumatic pressure, hair follicles are extracted in groups of 1-4 called follicular units. The follicular units are then transplanted in the same fashion under reverse pressure.||A strip of hair is surgically removed from the back of the head and dissected into follicular units. The follicular units are then individually transplanted.|
|Marks or scarring||None. The tiny punch marks from hair extraction scab over and heal within 10 days.||A linear scar results from the removal of the hair strip and the subsequent stitching or stapling.|
|Recovery and exercise post-procedure||Patients can return to work and regular activity including exercise the next day.||Doctor recommend limited exercise for a minimum of 2 weeks to allow for healing of the scar.|
Why Opt For Automated FUE vs FUT Hair Restoration?
The automated Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) process, also known as NeoGraft, can be performed with less downtime than other hair restoration methods, and without leaving a visible linear scar line. Compared to the FUT or strip method, NeoGraft is less invasive. The strip method involves removing an actual strip of scalp from the patient’s head. The hair restoration surgeon then divides the strip of scalp into individual sections also known as grafts. Each graft or follicular unit is made up of an individual hair or several hairs. These grafts are then surgically placed in the areas of the patient’s scalp that are affected by hair loss or balding.
The strip method (also sometimes referred to as the Bosley strip method) has one major drawback: The resulting linear scar from where the strip of hair is removed. While it can eventually be disguised with longer hair, it is visible on men with short hair. Men who like to wear their hair short prefer the FUE method. Professional athletes who cannot afford a long break from strenuous activity also prefer the FUE method since it virtually has no downtime other than the day of the actual procedure.
When you evaluate FUE vs FUT, the NeoGraft FUE method comes out ahead. The NeoGraft hair transplant technician uses an automated tool that can harvest a large number of hair grafts at one time. It uses pneumatic pressure to extract follicles of hair from the donor area and then reinserts them in the recipient area via small pinpricks.