What Are the Benefits of an FUE Hair Transplant Compared to FUT Procedures?

February 24th, 2016

Dr. Wolfeld describes the benefits of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedures compared to Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) hair transplant procedures.

Dr. Wolfeld: There are several benefits of a Follicular Unit Extraction procedure. Among these benefits are that if someone likes to wear their hair very short on the back and sides, performing an FUE procedure will allow this to be done without a scar being visible. In an FUT procedure, there is a linear scar along the back and sides of the scalp following the procedure, and in someone who wears their hair quite short, that scar may become visible.

With FUE, there still are scars that are created. There are very small holes, each less than 1mm. However, when someone wears their hair quite short, these scars will not be visible. If someone were to shave their head completely, then the scars would become visible, but an FUE procedure allows you to wear your hair much shorter without any scars being visible.

Another advantage of an FUE procedure is in someone who is an athlete or performs aggressive, strenuous exercise or work, and an FUE procedure allows you to return sooner than with FUT. In contrast to an FUT procedure where there is a linear scar, one must allow that scar to heal over time, whereas in an FUE procedure, this linear scar is not present so you can return to strenuous work without concern for scar healing or scar widening.

There are other advantages to an FUE procedure, but these are the main advantages that we find in our practice. And in our practice we perform all our FUE procedures using the ARTAS Robotic System.

FUE vs. FUT Hair Transplants
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Posted by Michael B. Wolfeld M.D. on February 24th, 2016 at 11:46 am

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