Notes from Capri Hair Restoration Director Tim Claxton

FUE And FUT: What Is The Difference?

In the hair restoration industry today, there are a vast assortment of treatments on the market. This can be overwhelming and confusing at times, until you realize that the biggest difference you should consider in any hair restoration process is the results. When it comes to results, there are simply no other hair replacement procedures that offer the permanence and natural look and feel as a hair transplant. Hair transplants are minor outpatient surgical procedures that allow for the harvesting of a patient’s own hair to be grafted in areas where hair loss has been experienced.

Hair transplant surgery has evolved over time and today‚Äôs procedures are relatively simple and relatively pain-free. Today, hair transplant physicians are able to take advantage of advances in technology and offer methods to extract and transplant hair follicles for the most natural and permanent results possible. Two specific techniques available today have become the most popular. One is called Follicular Unit Extraction — or FUE — and the other is called Follicular Unit Transplantation — or FUT. Both procedures look to the same results however they are different surgeries. The main difference in these two technologies is the way in which hair follicles are extracted and harvested from the donor area.

An FUE hair transplant is a minimally invasive procedure with each follicular unit extracted individually from the scalp with no corresponding strip of tissue. Each follicle is removed randomly so the extraction may not even be noticeable to the untrained eye. As each follicle is extracted individually, fewer follicles can be harvested at one time which made FUE more practical for a smaller area of hair loss in the past. But new advances now make FUE more feasible for larger areas. As each follicle is harvested singularly, there are no stitches or scarring and FUE procedures tend to have a quicker healing time with less postoperative discomfort than FUT.

With FUT, a small strip of tissue with attached follicles is removed from the back of the head. These follicles are then individually harvested from the tissue and then transplanted at the site of the hair loss. In many cases, FUT will allow the physician to utilize a greater area of scalp with a more consistent result. FUT also allows for a greater number of grafts to be completed within a single session. As tissue has been removed, some patients experience more discomfort after an FUT procedure than an FUE procedure. There is also the possibility of a narrow scar due to the tissue removal.

Whether you decide on an FUE hair transplant or an FUT procedure, postoperative side effects are typically minor with both, running from mild pain or discomfort to scab formation and swelling. Your physician will provide postoperative care instructions and offer pharmaceutical medications in the event of any pain.

As with any surgical procedure, the importance of a highly experienced and properly trained hair restoration physician is paramount. Beware of companies that offer services for less as they often have non-physicians or technicians perform the procedures. These can be dangerous for the patient. These private companies are concerned with profit, not safety.

If you are experiencing hair loss and think you would benefit from a hair replacement procedure, call the offices of Capri Hair Restoration. We proudly provide state-of-the-art hair restoration and replacement procedures to patients located within Greater Philadelphia, including Bucks and Montgomery Counties, South Jersey, Greater New York City including Northern New Jersey, and nationwide for the most natural hair restoration procedures available today. Our professional staff would be glad to answer any questions you may have about which hair restoration or hair transplant procedures would be most beneficial for you.