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What’s The Difference Between FUE and FUT?



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FUE hair transplant in Edmonton

Thinking about a hair transplant but overwhelmed by the options? You’re not alone. FUT and FUE are the two most common hair transplant techniques, and both offer effective solutions for hair loss. But what’s the difference between FUT and FUE? Let’s break down the key differences between FUT and FUE hair transplants to help you make an informed decision.

Harvesting Techniques: Strip vs. Follicular Unit

The main difference between FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplants lies in how the donor hair is harvested. FUT involves removing a thin strip of scalp from the back of the head, which is then dissected into individual follicular units, or grafts, containing 1-4 hairs. FUE, on the other hand, extracts grafts directly from the scalp one by one using a specialized hollow drill.

Scarring and Recovery

FUT leaves a faint linear scar at the donor site nearly from ear to ear, which can be easily concealed with short hairstyles but might be a concern for those who prefer a completely scar-free option. FUE results in tiny, dot-like scars that are typically undetectable with most hairstyles. Recovery time is approximately two weeks and we guide our patients through our thorough aftercare protocol.

Yield and Candidacy

Both methods yield about the same amount of grafts, and both methods result in natural and elegant results. Here at The Sharma Clinic we rarely go over 3,000 grafts in a single surgery, just to make sure the donor area isn’t over harvested and looks natural. Consulting with Dr. Sharma is crucial to determine which technique best suits your individual needs and hair loss pattern, and to determine if your donor area has the density and thickness to accommodate the amount of grafts needed to be harvested. A consultation can be scheduled Here.

Choosing the Right Hair Transplant Method

Both FUT and FUE are effective hair transplant procedures when done by an experienced hair transplant surgeon like Dr. Sharma. By understanding the key differences between the two techniques, you can have a more informed conversation with Dr. Sharma and choose the option that best aligns with your needs, goals and preferences.

Considering a Hair Transplant In Edmonton?

If you’re experiencing hair loss and considering a hair transplant in Edmonton, or anywhere else for that matter, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sharma. He can assess your hair health, discuss your hair loss goals, and recommend the most suitable technique for you. With the right approach, you can achieve a natural-looking, fuller head of hair and regain your confidence. An in-person consultation or virtual consultation can be scheduled Here.

In short; the FUE method involves harvesting hair grafts one-by-one from your donor area. The FUT method involves removing a strip of skin from your donor area, suturing the gap back together, then harvesting the hair grafts from the strip of skin. Regardless of which method is used, the process of implanting the hair grafts to their new recipient area is identical if done by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Sharma.

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