A Comparison of Two Widely-Used Hair Transplant Methods
Throughout history, men and women have been suffering from hair loss and balding. And up until the late-1950s, people didn’t have much of a choice but to accept their hair loss or live with embarrassment. While hats and toupées provided ways to mask the balding, we needed a more permanent solution.
Modern hair transplant methods started picking up speed in the U.S. about 60 years ago, allowing men (and some women) to fight back against hair loss and balding. Over the years, we’ve seen a few popular hair transplant methods become available. First, there were hair plugs, then strips, followed by the recently-popular follicular unit extraction (FUE) method.
While plugs have become essentially extinct due to their unnatural appearance, two hair transplant methods have remained strong over the years: follicular unit transplant (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). Both methods are used primarily to treat male pattern baldness (although females have found them useful as well!), and both move hair follicles from a donor site to a balding site.
But that’s where the similarities end. To highlight the differences, here’s a brief comparison of these two widely-used hair transplant methods.
How Does Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) Work?
The first step of an FUT procedure is to take a strip of hair from a donor site—typically the back or sides of the scalp, as these tend to be less prone to balding. The strip of hair contains tissue, which is then cut into tiny groups, each containing a small number of hairs. Then, after making microscopic holes in the scalp (recipient sites), the tissue pieces with hairs (called grafts) are placed into their new positions.
Advantages of the FUT Method
The FUT method has been around for more than 20 years and was a breakthrough method during the 1990s. Advantages of this method over other options include:
- Can Be Less Time Consuming
- Donor Hair is of High Quality
- Procedure Can Be Done in One Session
- Can Cost Less
How Does Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Work?
Similarly to the FUT procedure, FUE works by taking hair follicles from a donor site and moving them to the recipient sites. However, instead of taking a strip of hair and tissue, the FUE technique allows technicians to take individual hairs directly from the scalp. Once a sufficient amount of hair is harvested, the follicles are inserted one by one into the recipient sites.
Advantages of the FUE Method
The FUE method has been available as a hair transplant procedure since the early 2000s. Notable advantages of the FUE method over the FUT method include:
- No Linear Scar
- Decreased Recovery Time
- Less Discomfort After Procedure
- More Natural Results
NeoGraft: The Most Effective FUE Hair Transplant Method
When weighing the benefits of each method, the FUE technique comes out on top. Though the process may take a little longer and potentially cost a little more than FUT, FUE transplant patients get to enjoy a fuller head of hair without unsightly scarring—plus more natural-looking results. NeoGraft is a form of FUE that uses an advanced tool to minimize discomfort and increase the success of the procedure. As early adopters of NeoGraft, the doctors and technicians at NuBody Concepts have perfected the NeoGraft technique over the years. Operating under the Nashville Hair Doctor and Memphis Hair Doctor brands, we are a leading hair transplant provider in Tennessee.