Is FUE Hair Transplant the Best Harvesting Technique?
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FUE vs FUT preference depends on the patient
Is FUE the best technique?
With FUE (follicular unit extraction) there is no 'linear scar' but contrary to popular belief there is a scar! However, it's just a tiny tiny circular "microscar". It's hard to see and that's the great thing about FUE. But it is a scar nevertheless. Because the area heals with a microscar, it is often possible for one to wear their hair very very short.
What are the downsides of FUE?
If an individual is likely to go on to develop more significant balding in advanced ages, then it's possible that with FUE surgery will involve taking hairs from an area in the donor region that might not truly be permanent hairs.
Take two men at age 29 with thinning in the front of the scalp. Both are destined to go on to develop a Norwood VI pattern without surgery. One gets 2500 grafts with strip and one gets 2500 grafts with FUE. Both look great one year after their surgery and both look good 10 years after. But do both look good 30 years after their surgery? There is a slightly greater chance that the man who had strip will have "fuller" hair at age 57.
It's important for all men consider hair transplant to understand this concept. There are unique benefits to both strip and FUE.
Is there a best technique for hair transplantation.
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Strip method versus follicular unit extraction
Is FUE a Better Technique than FUT ?
The complexity can be understood by just comparing them on how short the hair can be used afterwards. The linear scar of FUT can be very fine and well hidden inside the strongest portion of the donor area that it may allow using the hair quite short, if not totally shaven. On the other hand, the seemingly scarless FUE may cause white dots and a moth-eaten appearance at the sides and close to the neck where the density is not so good and hair is usually cut quite short. Therefore even the the assumption that FUE allows for using the hair shorter may be mistaken.
Fue or FUT
Both methods give wonderful results if you are in professional hands and its just a matter of having a less invasive surgery or not.Nowadays FUE method has more increasing demand than FUT Method but FUT is still necessary to harvest more grafts.
FUT vs strip vs FUE hair transplants
Terminology may not be important to some people, but if its a matter of a large scar on your scalp it may matter to you. However, i agree that it does not stop at terminology. Once you decide if you are ok with one method vs the other(my thought is they both produce good growth but its the side effects and costs that make the difference) THEN the key thing is finding a dedicated center that is good at it. Do you want to go to a place that mixes FUE and FUT, or just dedicated to one or the other? Do you want to go to a place that also does Lipo and botox and hormone therapy or to a dedicated center? It depends on how much you value specialization.
Sounds like FUE is much better choice for you
Both procedures will potentially provide great results if you are in great hands. I think part of the answer you all ready gave to yourself. The F.U.E technique will be better for you because you like to have short hair style. F.U.E (Follicular Unit Extraction) will not create visible linear scar. In the future you would be able to shave your head and nobody would know you had surgery.
Definitely with Neograft or ARTAS robotic hair transplantation surgery is more convenient for the patient. And as always it is good to have a detailed consultation with the clinic of your choice.
Is FUE the best harvesting technique for Hair Transplant?
The most important event in considering a hair transplant is not how the donor hair is harvested...it is the creation of a natural and attractive hairline leading to an excellent result. No machine or piece of technology can replace the artistic skills of the surgeon doing a tranplant. Individuals who like to wear their hair very short may find some benefit of FUE. However, you can also wind up with lots of little white dots because of your skin color which can be very noticeable after an FUE procedure.
Defining Follicular Unit Extraction
Follicular transplantation: Hair tends to grow in small clumps or follicular units made up of 1 to 4 hairs. FUT refers to the placement of hairs into the bald area. It looks very natural because smaller units (1-2 hairs) can be placed in the front which is very natural looking and has really transformed hair transplantation.
Follicular Extraction: The hair can be obtained or taken out in 2 basic ways. One is to take a strip of hair and cut it into follicular units. The other is to take the hair out in follicular units (FUE). Most hair transplants are done by the strip method. You will have a scar that may be visible if you plane to wear your hair short. FUE is described as a scar free surgery but to be fair there are still small scars or circles that also may be visible if your hair is short. You could ask your provider to try a small area (perhaps 10) of FUE. This would allow you to see if this amount of scarring would be acceptable to you before committing to a large area.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
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