FUE vs. FUT Method

FUE and FUT (Strip Excision) are two distinct sub-types follicular unit (FU) transplantation that deal with how follicular unit grafts are harvested from the donor area. Both excision techniques require extensive know-how and experience, the results are wildly dependent on choosing the right Hair Restoration Surgeon.

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FUE vs. FUT Method

Both techniques - FUE and FUT - have equally good success prospects, if carried out by an experienced transplant surgeon. Since both excision techniques require extensive know-how and experience, the results are wildly dependent on choosing the right Hair Restoration Surgeon. Dr. Marina Pizarro is not just a highly trained and licensed hair loss specialist, but also a highly experienced professional with outstanding achievements and more than 30 years of experience in Hair Restoration Surgery.

Both Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) are today's gold standard hair procedures. It is not widely known that Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) was the first and only method practiced in the 1970’s and 1980’s. It was commonly known by hair transplant practitioners as the “punched graft method”, “plug” or “extraction”.

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Follicular units are hair groupings as they occur naturally in the scalp typically containing 1, 2, 3 and 4 hairs. FUT has replaced "mini-grafting" (more than one follicular unit typically in groups of 2 to 8 hairs) as the dominant surgical hair restoration procedure in the 1990’s.

FUE and FUT (Strip Excision) are two distinct sub-types follicular unit (FU) transplantation that deal with how follicular unit grafts are harvested from the donor area. Both donor-harvesting methods produce follicular units and thus, fall under the larger umbrella of FUT. How follicular units are handled and the processes for implanting grafts into recipient sites are practically the same (although handling and placing grafts vary depending on the clinic - ex: stick and place versus pre-made incisions, bio-preservation/holding solutions, varying implanting devices, etc.)

The above referenced donor harvesting techniques (FUE and FUT) are what is really being compared when FUE vs. FUT is referenced. Below, we compare these two donor-harvesting methods in more detail.

The strip excision method involves surgically removing a strip of scalp from the bald resistant donor area of the patient. The donor area is then sutured together. These sutures (either stitches or staples) are then removed about ten days after surgery.

 

FUE Technique

FUT STRIP Technique

Use of Scalpel, Sutures, or Staples

No

Yes

Surgical Operating Time-2000 grafts

6-8 hours

6-8 hours

Invasiveness of Procedure

+

++

Typical Hair Length Preference

Short

Medium

Short Hair Required Prior to Procedure

Yes

No

Donor Site Linear Scar

No

Yes

Maximum Follicles Harvested Per Session

2500+

2500+

Typical Healing Time of Donor Site

3-4 days

10-14 days

Local Tumescent Anesthesia / Oral Sedation

Yes

Yes

Postoperative Tight Scalp Sensation

No

Yes

Risk of Bleeding & Nerve Damage

No

Low

Donor Hypopigmentation

Yes

No

Both the FUE and FUT procedures have advantages

The FUT(strip excision) procedure could be more cost effective, since it could take less time. Both FUE and FUT can move large numbers of grafts/hairs to the balding areas during a single surgical session.

We encourage you to visit our Before and After Gallery to see acutal FUE & FUT Hair Transplant results. Pizarro Hair Restoration proudly offers Complimentary Consultations to patients considering hair restoration surgery.

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