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FUE vs. FUT : Choosing The Best Hair Restoration Method

Apr 19th 2023

If you’re in your mid-30s, 40s or even 50s and struggling with hair loss and thinning, it can be a source of insecurity. Fortunately there are now two options that help restore natural-looking hair through hair restoration techniques: FUE (follicular unit extraction) and FUT (follicular unit transplantation). When it comes to choosing the best method of hair restoration, however, deciding between FUE vs. FUT may be difficult as both methods have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. 

Hair Restoration Methods – FUE vs FUT

If you’re considering hair restoration, you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of two popular methods – FUE and FUT. FUE is a minimally-invasive procedure that can give you natural-looking results. It involves harvesting individual clusters of healthy follicles from a donor area and transferring them to areas with thinning or balding hair. This type of restoration offers a shorter recovery period and little scaring. On the other hand, FUT involves removing strips of healthy tissue from the donor area, which will be transplanted into balding or thinning areas. 

Pros and Cons of FUE Hair Transplant

Although both techniques involve the extraction and transplantation of hair follicles, they vary in several ways. With FUE, individual follicles are systematically removed one by one. This is done with specialized tools during a procedure known as Smart FUE Hair Restoration Surgery

Many prefer FUE since it is minimally invasive, it also tends to be more expensive due to the extended period of time that is needed. Therefore, it is important for patients to consider both procedures and talk with their doctor about which method may be best for them and their needs.

Pros and Cons of FUT Hair Transplant

FUT involves removing a strip of scalp which contains healthy hairs from the back of your head and then transplanting it to areas where your hair is thinning or missing altogether. One key downside is the scar that results from where the scalp was removed. Also the recovery time is longer for FUT. Most people need at least two weeks before they start feeling back to normal again. While FUT transplants can provide great results, you must weigh up the pros and cons carefully before making a decision on whether it’s right for you.

When it comes to restoring your hair, there’s no one-size-fits-all method for everyone. FUE involves removing individual follicles from areas where hair growth is still healthy and transplanting them into areas where the hair is thinning or bald; while FUT involves removing a single strip of skin along with the follicles before transplantation. Both can deliver natural looking results.

Weighing the pros and cons of each option allows for an informed decision, plus understanding your personal goals. Our team of experts is more than happy to provide further assistance in helping you make a decision. It’s important to create a plan tailored to reach your desired outcome. For more information or to make an appointment, call us at (804) 294-1777.

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