FUT vs FUE
There are only too many websites from clinics proclaiming to offer the latest FUE technique that, they claim, is superior to FUT – also known as the strip technique. The reality however is that both techniques are equally good, neither is perfect, and some people are better suited to one more than the other.
So why do so many clinics claim that FUE is superior? Usually the clinics that make this claim are run by businessmen or company’s who employ doctors and technicians to perform the work for them, rather than clinics which are run by ethical doctors. From a business perspective, FUE can be easier to market and because the clinics need to employer fewer staff to do it, it can be more profitable too. But that doesn’t mean that it is necessarily the right procedure for you. At our clinic we have the facilities and skills to be able to offer both FUE and FUT procedures and will work with you to come up with the best treatment plan that is most appropriate for your own circumstances.
So what are the benefits of the FUE procedure?
The above information may sound like we do not like the FUE procedure, which isn’t the case at all. The FUE procedure does have many benefits and there are a substantial proportion of men for whom this is the best technique. The main advantage of the procedure is that it avoids the straight-line scar at the back of the head. The straight line is however replaced by thousands of small ‘white dot’ scars where each follicular unit has been taken out individually although these are generally less conspicuous than a straight line which means it is possible to wear your hair very short at the back and sides without the scar being obvious. There is possibly also less swelling associated with this procedure and there is no need to have stitches removed two weeks after the procedure.
There are limitations to the procedure however. The main limitation is that only around 1500 – 2000* grafts can be safely transplanted in one day, which makes it difficult to use this technique in men who need higher numbers of grafts unless they are willing to commit to multiple sessions of surgery.
The main advantage of the FUT or ‘strip’ procedure is that a high number of grafts can be transplanted in a single one day session, up to 3000 – 4000* grafts in one day. The downsides to this technique is that it does leave behind a straight line scar at the back of the head, although this is generally not be obvious so long as you do not cut your hair very short.