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FUE vs FUT

Both the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) are highly effective methods for transplanting hair. Below we describe and summarize who are the best candidates for each procedure and how to select the appropriate transplant procedure.

FUE vs FUT

Who is a Good Candidate for FUE?

Ideal candidates are usually healthy men between the ages of 26 to 75. Women are also candidates. FUE can be used for both small and medium sized donor graft cases. FUE leaves punctate barely perceptible scars allowing patients to carry their hair short usually without visible scars. In select cases, FUE may be used to procure grafts from the beard or body.

With FUT one does not shave a large donor area on the back of the scalp. This conceals both the sutures and any linear scar with overlying hair immediately.

FUE

Who May Not be a Good Candidate for FUE?

Patients who need large graft counts should opt for either FUT or the FUT-FUE combination. Using FUE for large donor graft cases risks prematurely depleting the safe donor area. Patient who do want the back of head clipped short as required for the FUE, may opt for the FUT. Another option for them is the “No Shave FUE” wherein thin linear strips of scalp are clipped and the overlying hair from above covers and conceals the donor site (see No Shave FUE).

Patients with multiple medical problems, heavy tobacco users and those on blood thinners are evaluated on an individual basis by Dr. Imami during the consultation.

Who is a Good Candidate for FUT?

Ideal candidates are usually healthy men between the ages of 26 to 75. Women are also candidates. FUT can be used for both small and large graft cases. It is the preferred solution for large volume cases as it allows us to harvest the most grafts per cm2. This allows you to retain larger untouched areas in the safe donor area for future use by either FUT or FUE.

With FUT one does not shave a large donor area on the back of the scalp. This conceals both the sutures and any linear scar with overlying hair immediately.

FUT

Who May Not be a Good Candidate for FUT?

Patients who need small graft counts may opt for either FUT or FUE. Since FUT can leave a visible linear scar, individuals who plan on wearing their hair very short may prefer the FUE. Patients with multiple medical problems, heavy tobacco users and those on blood thinners are evaluated on an individual basis by Dr. Imami during the consultation.

Comparison of FUE and FUT

The chart below shows some of the differences between FUE and FUT. Dr. Imami will individually review your medical history, assess your transplant needs and then make the best recommendations for which of these procedures may be right for you.

FUE vs FUT comparison chart

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