Is FUE Hair Transplant the Best Harvesting Technique?
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Strip method versus follicular unit extraction
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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FUE vs. FUT
FUE vs FUT preference depends on the patient
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.
FUE vs. FUT
The FUE method of hair transplant has gained significant popularity in recent years as it negates the need for that long linear telltale scar of the FUT. Performed under a local anesthetic, the FUE method for hair transplants does require that patients shave the donor site where hairs are being harvested from but also gets patients back to their normal activities much quicker. In my practice I have almost exclusively switched over to the FUE method and have found higher rates of patient satisfaction and patient experience. Some surgeons will argue that when compared to the FUT method, the viability of FUE harvested grafts has the potential to be slightly more compromised, but I have found in practice that in the hands of a well-experienced surgeon or technician that the FUE method is just as successful if not more successful with fewer cons than the FUT method.
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