Centre for Surgery offers a range of options for women who are looking to regain their full head of hair. Some of the procedures include a Follicular Unit Transplantation procedure and Follicular Unit Extraction hair transplant.
Both FUT and FUE are equally effective methods for grafting hair naturally, so there is no best method. However, the choice of the option depends on the results desired by the individual as well as the severity of the hair loss issue. It is highly recommended that patients find out the right hair transplant option fit for them during their consultation. Various factors will need to be taken into consideration and the surgeon will take you through it.
AT A GLANCE
Anaesthesia type: Local
Procedure time: 3-10 hours
Recovery time: 2-3 days
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) hair transplant also widely known as ‘the strip technique’. The procedure involves a single strip to be removed from the back of the head and then the follicular units are removed without damage to be inserted into the balding area of the scalp. This procedure is very efficient as many grafts can be inserted in one procedure.
Advantages of FUT
- Large numbers of follicles can be transferred in one session.
- FUT is very less time consuming compared to FUE because of the large number of strands of hair are harvested and transferred at once.
- The procedure gives a very natural and fuller look to the hair.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a non-invasive procedure that involves extracting individual healthy follicular units directly from a donor area on the scalp, typically from the back of the neck, and then transferring them onto the balding or thinning area of the patient.
FUE transplant is carried out by our highly experienced surgeon using a specialised punch device that has a needle sized less than 1mm in diameter attached to it. The procedure is performed under a high powered microscope enabling the surgeon to perform it with utmost precision while extracting healthy follicular units along with its complete necessary glands, in order to achieve natural-looking results. The patient will be under local anaesthesia to minimize risks associated with the procedure as well as to reduce downtime.
Advantages of FUE
- With FUE you walk in and out the same day as surgery, this is because you are only under local anaesthesia, this means it is a quicker recovery period.
- There is no scarring as there are no cuts being made into the skin.
- There is no pain during the procedure due to the anaesthetics.
- Swelling of the scalp will drastically reduce within 5-7 days because the scalp will begin to heal.
An ideal candidate would be a person who has been balding or losing hair for a long amount of time. If the hair loss has been stable, not falling out the growing back. If the candidate has suffered a trauma like a burn or a severe scar, it could be treated with this procedure.
Who should consider FUT?
Does not mind the scar – The main problem associated with hair transplant surgery is the scar that will be left after the procedure which is why many people opt for the FUE treatment instead. However, you can consider FUT if the scar will not affect you in any way.
Prefer longer hairstyle – FUT is not recommended to those who may want shorter hairstyle in the future because of the scar that is left after the treatment.
Ideal candidates for FUE will have:
- Healthy patches of hair
- Healthy skin
Who should consider FUE?
- Younger people – People in their 20s are most likely to be recommended the FUE treatment due to the fact that it does not leave any scars and so it will not have an impact on their self-esteem. Because of this people can have shorter hairstyles if they want.
- People with short hair – FUE treatment is more suitable for people with shorter hair due to the minimal scarring involved.
- Who previously has had FUT treatment – People who have already had hair transplant previously are advised to go for the FUE treatment to avoid more scarring that will already be present from the previous treatment.
The procedure for FUT involves:
- For FUT, the patient’s hair is not cut at all.
- Firstly, a healthy area of strong hair is located and then the surgeon uses a scalpel to cut a strip of the hair off of the scalp.
- The wound is then stapled closed, which are removed in about 10 days after surgery.
- The strip of hair is cut to section the flesh with the hair follicles individually.
- After it has been separated, the surgeon will make small incisions to place the follicles into. The incisions will be minuscule so there will be no need for stitches.
- After the procedure, the hair will begin to grow normally.
There are numerous possible risks with FUT. This includes:
- A possible keloid scar (raised scar)
- Cysts due to the implantation being rejected
- The wound taking a long time to heal; however, this will be down to genetic factors
The procedure for FUE involves:
- The first step to this procedure is cutting the donor area of hair short, this is so it is easier to remove the follicles.
- Next, the hairs are individually plucked from the donor area.
- Small holes are made in the are one of the follicles are going to be placed.
- The surgeon uses a tool to make little incisions which the hair is placed into. This is so the follicles have a place to develop and begin to grow like normal hair.
Potential risks from FUE include:
- Developing a cyst due to the implantation being rejected
- Poor/slow growth
- Infection, however, this will be minimised as you will be prescribed antibiotics before and after the surgery
- Change in the skin’s pigmentation due to the transplant
As this procedure involves the cutting of the scalp, there will be pain and discomfort. It will take roughly two to three weeks for your transplant to heal. The staples are then removed on the end of the third week. You are advised to keep sports and strenuous activities to a low for the first week. All patients will be given pain medication to take for the pain issues and to be as comfortable as possible. Within two weeks of the transplant, the hairs will fall out. But the follicle will remain, allowing new hair to grow.
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Can I get a hair transplant?
To be a suitable candidate for FUE, you must have both healthy patches of hair and healthy skin. FUT is more suitable for those who are balding or have had hair falling out for some time that is not growing back. Those who have experienced trauma such as burns or scars are also suitable candidates for FUT.
What is the difference between FUT and FUE?
When considering hair transplants, there are two suitable options: Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
FUT involves removing an entire strip of tissue from the patient, with thousands of follicular units then transplanted. This is often the preferred method, as the follicular units more closely mimic the patient’s natural hair. However, this is not always a viable option for every patient. This method may also leave a larger scar, as it is removing a whole strip of tissue, rather than individual units, as with FUE.
Meanwhile, FUE involves extracting individual follicular units, typically from the back of the head or neck, with the process repeated until enough follicular units have been gathered. This option is often preferred for younger people, as well as those who have scarring or healing issues.
What are the risks?
As with any cosmetic procedure, there are possible risks involved. These include cysts if the implant is rejected, scarring, infection, and the wound taking a long time to heal. Antibiotics will be prescribed before and after the procedure to lower the risk of infection.