Nowadays, hair transplant specialists can use different techniques to extract and transplant large quantities of hair follicles. Currently there are two main hair transplantation techniques. FUE methods (follicular unit extraction) and FUT (follicular unit transplantation). They mainly differ in the way in which the hair follicles are extracted from the donor area.
The main difference between a hair transplant procedure and any other hair restoration solution is permanence and results. A hair transplant procedure provides appearance results and it feels so natural that nobody should be able to tell if the procedure has been performed. Recent advances in medical technology have not only made the dream of hair restoration a reality, but have also made the supposedly normal dream come true.
FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION (FUE)
In a FUE transplant, each follicular unit is taken singly directly onto the scalp without removing a strip of tissue. The hair follicles are eliminated randomly and the result is a lower density in the donor region than is not said. This is the main difference between FUE and FUT.
No need for sutures or linear scarring to treat, FUE procedures have faster healing time and less discomfort after the procedure compared to the traditional FUT procedure.
Because FUE procedures involve the individual removal of hair from the scalp, there is no longer a linear scar. However, there will be small signs of 1 mm in diameter or less of drilling that tend to heal on their own after healing in the days following the procedure. These small wounds usually heal in three or seven days.
Since the physician has to remove each follicle individually, the time-sensitive nature of a FUE procedure usually makes it more expensive than a FUT procedure. As mentioned earlier, FUE technology is improving, in addition to gaining popularity and many hair restoration practices (including Bosley) have started to reduce the cost of transplantation on FUE procedures. Nowadays, the difference in cost between FUE and FUT is lower.
FOLLICULAR UNIT TRANSPLANTATION (FUT)
The FUT process involves the removal of a small strip of tissue from the back of the head, from which the donor’s hair follicles will be removed. The follicles are collected by the band from a qualified clinical team before being individually transplanted into the receiving areas. In most cases, and especially in cases of advanced hair loss, FUT is the preferred method as it allows the doctor to fully utilize the scalp area to provide results consistent with patient expectations. As a general rule, FUT allows you to graft the largest number of grafts in a single session.
Some patients report higher levels of discomfort with FUT than FUE because of possible inflammation in the area where the tape was removed, but both methods have a very manageable recovery period and the doctor can prescribe pain medication if necessary. Both transplant techniques are relatively simple. Hair transplants are outpatient interventions, with some patients returning to work the following day.
The FUT strips extraction method usually results in a very narrow linear scar at the back of the head (usually 1 mm or less in diameter). Because the scar is very thin, it’s easy to hide for everyone, except for shorter cut styles. A short to moderate culture, adapted to most knives, is enough to mask the scar for most patients and over time the scar will be less noticeable as it fades.
The industrial standard for prices is based on each transplant. This allows each person to pay only what they need and receive the number of transplants, not a flat rate that could cost more at the end. The cost of transplanting a FUT procedure is usually lower than that of a FUE procedure. However, recently, in response to the growing popularity of the FUE technique, many hair transplant clinics have started to reduce the cost per graft during FUE procedures, so the cost difference between the two types of procedures has been reduced. It’s not like this as most people think. The costs of medical procedures always vary according to the conditions, needs and goals of the patients. For a more accurate assessment of hair loss and the cost associated with hair restoration, it is necessary to consult a doctor.