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.

Example of hair transplant scarring

This is a patient who has had both a strip FUT scar as well as FUE. He is a good healer and these are examples of well healed scars. As you can see, there is a fine white line across the back of the head. If you look very closely, you can also see some white dots where the hairs have been removed by FUE.

Even in cases where the scars do not heal as well as in this case, where the hair is worn a little longer at the back and sides the scars should be very difficult or impossible to detect*.

*Results are subjective and may vary from person to person.

So who is best suited for FUE?

Men who need a smaller number of grafts or are willing to undergo multiple sessions of they need larger numbers

Men who want to be able to shave their hair very short at the back

Men who have a strong preference not to have a straight-line scar

Men who are at the beginning of the hair loss process and are not sure how extensive their future hair loss may be

Who is best suited for FUT / strip surgery?

Men who need a high number of grafts

Men who do not normally have their head shaved at the back and sides

Men who are willing to accept a straight-line scar

Men who’s hair loss pattern has stabilized and they are confident they have a good long term donor supply

If you could like to know any more about FUT or FUE please feel free to call us on 0800 011 2729.

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