Notes from Capri Hair Restoration Director Tim Claxton

Which Type of Hair Transplant is Right for You?

Those facing significant hair loss crave natural-looking, long-lasting results. Of course, there is
nothing that looks more “real” than using your own hair, and nothing more permanent than a
transplant. That’s why more and more women and men alike seek hair transplant procedures to
provide the volume and the healthy, natural hairline they are after.

 

Yet, there’s more than one way to approach hair transplantation. Here at Capri Hair
Restoration, we offer a couple of different types—Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular
Unit Transplant (FUT). How do these two types of hair transplant differ—and which one is right
for you? In this post, we’ll address both of those questions.

FUE vs. FUT: What’s the Difference?

In a lot of ways, these two procedures are similar. In both cases, healthy hair is taken from
somewhere on your head and transplanted to the scalp, where it then grows and offers
permanent, natural-looking results.

The main difference is in where that hair is taken from. In an FUT procedure, we’ll taken a long,
thin sliver of tissue from the donor area—usually the back and/or sides of the head—and then
remove individual follicular units with stereo-microscopic dissection techniques. From there,
the donor area is closed up, leaving a very thin scar.

In an FUE procedure, the donor area is much larger—and in fact, it may encompass your entire
head. Rather than removing one long strip, we’ll remove hair from throughout the donor area.
Hair grows naturally in one-, two-, three-, and sometimes four-haired follicular units. With FUT
procedures these follicular units are microscopically dissected from the harvested strip. With
FUE procedures these follicular units are harvested individually leaving tiny incisions that
virtually disappear in a few days’ time. Beyond that, the processes are fairly similar, and can
offer similar results.

Why Choose One Over the Other?
Each approach comes with some advantages. In an FUT procedure, there tends to be a greater
yield of hair—so if you’re solely focused on getting maximum hair volume, the FUT approach is
generally best.

The advantage of the FUE approach is that the scarring is more minimal—virtually invisible in
most cases—and there is also a quicker healing time. If you’re looking to wear your hair fairly
short, this is probably the procedure you’ll want. Additionally, those who want to heal quickly
and get back to sports or exercise are encouraged to consider FUE.

Also note that, in some cases, that long, thin sliver of scalp tissue may not be attainable—and in
those cases, FUE is the default solution.

Learn Which Hair Transplant is Right for You
There are advantages to both processes, and there’s no one correct answer. You should always
consider the hair transplantation that best helps you achieve your hair restoration goals—and
to do that, we recommend meeting with an expert.

At Capri Hair Restoration, we love meeting one-on- one with clients and learning about their
needs and goals, then recommending the best treatment method. We encourage you to make
an appointment with us today. Come in for a consultation and allow us to recommend a hair
transplantation method that will give you the full, permanent, and natural solution you seek!