The first question when considering FUT hair transplant surgery we get asked is what procedure should I have? FUE (follicular unit extraction) or FUT (follicular unit transplantation)? please note that this page discusses mainly the FUT hair transplant. If you would like to know more about FUE please click here.
At the Holborn Clinic we will advise you on the best course of surgery for you to obtain the best results. There are some differences in both FUE and FUT hair transplant. This is important for you to understand so please take a moment to read this page. The primary objective after patient care and safety is that of the best result. In some cases FUT will be the preferred option. Please give us a ring if you would like to speak with one of us who will be glad to answer any of your questions.
So what is the difference between FUE (follicular unit extraction) and FUT (follicular unit transplantation)? In summary, in a FUE hair transplant individual grafts are taken from the donor site. In an FUT hair transplant, a thin strip of skin is taken from the donor site.
Follicular unit transplantation refers to a surgical technique where upon units of 1-4 hairs (follicular units) are transplanted from one location (donor site) to where required. The unit itself contains nerves, a sebaceous gland, the arrector pili muscle, dermal papilla and in some cases a vellus hair. Transferring in such units will allow such numbers in the low thousands to be transferred in a single session.
Once the strip has been taken from the donor site, stereo-microscopic dissection takes place. This will ensure the maximum amount of successful grafts are taken which limits the possibility of damaging the units. It should be noted that size of units varies from patient to patient. Care should be taken to make sure the unit size is the same as that of surrounding hair. Taking such small units will of course add to the over all natural look.
Dissection will trim each unit to allow this to be placed within its new recipient site reducing trauma to connective tissue and blood supply. This in turn will minimize trauma to the patient and reduce any possible scaring. The new site evolves through an incision created by the surgeon. The incisions are small and needle like thus promoting a snug fit which will encourage stability and rapid healing.
Strip grafting (FUT) will take longer to heal compared to that of FUE. In addition there will be a scar that will remain. However, surrounding hair will mask any scar tissue adequately.
Whether to choose FUT (follicular Unit Transplantation) or FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) will be a discussion with the surgeon.
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