When considering a hair transplant, you have the choice between the follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and the follicular unit excision (FUE) methods. Both can restore hair growth to bald or thinning areas, but there are several factors that make FUE more preferable for most individuals.
The FUT method requires removing a strip of scalp that contains hair follicles from donor sites, which can leave a fine line linear scars.
In an FUE procedure, the surgeon extracts the donor follicles individually, resulting in tiny dot scars, which in most cases are undetectable even with the hair cut very short. As long as extractions are performed properly, scarring from FUE should be minimal.
Easier Healing Process
Recovery time for FUE is generally shorter than FUT. No sutures are required to close the extraction sites, and you can be back to engaging in normal activities within just a few days.
FUE is also typically less uncomfortable during the recovery, but even if you feel comfortable during your recovery, it’s important to follow all post-operative instructions from your surgeon to get the best results. The shorter healing period makes FUE desirable if you have a busy schedule and want to be able to get back into the swing of things sooner.
It takes a little time to see results after having any type of hair transplant because the donor hairs fall out before regrowth begins. Once your hair does start growing back, however, the new hair should be indistinguishable from the other hairs around it. This is particularly important if you are- and you should be- seeking a natural appearance.
FUE grafts should continue to grow hair for a lifetime if the extractions and transplants are handled skillfully and you take good care of your hair and scalp. If other areas of your hair begin to thin over time, FUE can be repeated to fill these spaces, as well. Utilizing individual follicles instead of a strip can leave more potential donor hairs available for future procedures.
To get these benefits from an FUE hair transplant, you need to choose an experienced surgeon. In the field of hair restoration, Dr. Epstein is at the forefront of advancing the FUE technique. With over two decades of experience and completion of over 14,000 hair procedures, Dr. Epstein has built a national and global reputation. Learn more about his approach to FUE hair restoration today!