Hair Transplantation is a
surgical technique that moves hair follicles from a part of the body to a
balding part of the body. Hair transplantation can also be done for eyelashes,
eyebrows, beard hair, chest hair, pubic hair etc. It is primarily used to treat
male and female pattern hair loss. Hair Transplant can be done in two different
ways: strip harvesting, and follicular unit extraction (FUE).
The most popular hair
transplant methods are Follicular Unit Hair Transplants (FUT) and Follicular
Unit Extraction (FUE). Both methods involve follicular transplant, meaning
follicles are extracted from the donor area and transplanted in the recipient
area, but the way follicles are extracted and transplanted is different in each
case. Hair follicles are taken from patients mostly, the backside of the scalp.
In FUE, individual
follicles are extracted from the donor area and transplanted to the recipient
area individually; whereas, in FUT, also known as strip method, a strip of hair
follicles is taken out from the donor area from the back of the head and
transplanted on the area with baldness called recipient area.
The Main Differences
between FUE and FUT are:
In FUT patients may not
require shaving their head whereas in FUE the patients are required to shave
In FUT linear scars are
found in the transplant area of the scalp whereas in FUE no Scars.
In FUT donor strip is taken
from the back of the scalp. In FUE each graft is individually harvested.
FUT is less investment but
could always prove ineffective but FUE is a bit more expensive than FUT and
more effective than FUT.