13 June 2016

The Mystery of FUE vs. FUT Hair Transplants Explained

Do you have thinning hair? Is your hairline receding? Would you prefer to do something about that?

If your answer is yes, then you should absolutely consider a hair transplant. You’d be amazed how many men (and women) who suffer from hair loss opt for some form of medical hair restoration. Regrowing your own natural hair will make you look years younger, and it will give your self-confidence a huge boost.

But how to navigate through myriad hair transplant options offered by different providers? Which one of those is best for you?

Basically, there are two main competing hair transplant technologies on the market today: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). I know, these are big words, but it’s important to know the difference.

FUT is also called the Strip Method. Why? Because it involves removing a strip of hair from the back of your head and transplanting it to the top of your head (which is most often the area where you want to stimulate growth). As you can imagine, removing an entire strip of hair leaves a visible scar. It means that most patients need to keep their hair rather long for most of their lives to cover up the tracks of this invasive treatment.

FUE works its magic in a much more subtle and gentle way. No strips of hair are removed, so there is no visible scar. Instead, individual follicles of hair are extracted from the donor area in the back or your head and re-inserted into the target area, one at a time. The tiny pinpricks caused by extraction and insertion soon heal over and become invisible, allowing patients to wear their hair as short as they would like.

How do FUT vs FUE hair transplant procedures square off? Here is another way to look at it:

If you’re considering a hair transplant, it’s important to know that no method is an instant fix. Regrowing hair takes time, whichever method you employ. It will require patience while you let nature do its work. This makes it all the more important to pick the right procedure and the right provider.

At Nashville Hair Doctor and Memphis Hair Doctor, we perform FUE hair transplants using the NeoGraft technology you’ve seen in action above. NeoGraft is a specialized machine using pneumatic pressure to extract and insert hair grafts with amazing speed. But speed isn’t everything. Decades of experience have made our NeoGraft technician into a true hair artist, making sure he places the hair grafts with an eye on the best aesthetic outcome. The collage below is an example of one patient’s journey through hair restoration with NeoGraft over the course of 17 months:

FUT vs FUE Hair Transplant

Timeline of a NeoGraft Hair Transplant

How about it? To find out how you might look after a NeoGraft hair transplant, give Nashville Hair Doctor or Memphis Hair Doctor a call. Our consultants are happy to assess your hairline and create a treatment plan during our personal consultations.

Further recommended reading: The Cost of a NeoGraft Hair Transplant.

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