Know Your Options for Hair Restoration Surgery
At Bernstein Medical, we perform the two most effective—and advanced—types of hair restoration procedures, Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Find out the difference between them and which one may be right for you.
What is Follicular Unit Transplantation?
In Follicular Unit Transplantation, hair is removed from the donor area in a long, thin strip. The area is then sutured or stapled closed, leaving a fine-line scar. In general, FUT yields the most donor hair due to the best hair selection and least damage to follicles. Therefore, this procedure is best suited for more extensive hair loss and for patients whose main concern is the maximum use of one’s donor supply. A limitation of FUT is that it leaves a line scar in the donor area. With normal styling, this is easily covered with hair, but it can preclude you from wearing your hair very short.
What is Follicular Unit Extraction?
In FUE, donor hair is harvested using a sharp punch that remo ves one follicular unit at a time. This leaves tiny white-dot scars. At Bernstein Medical, we perform FUE robotically for the most consistent results. FUE is more appropriate for patients who would like to keep their hair very short or who cannot limit strenuous activities in the post-op period. In general, younger patients who need to keep their styling options flexible choose FUE, whereas those who desire the most coverage opt for FUT.
Are you a good candidate for hair transplant surgery?
The best way to find out is by scheduling a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists that specialize in hair restoration. Ultimately, the answer will depend on your age, your scalp characteristics, and the size of your donor supply, how extensive your hair loss is, and your particular needs.
Updated: 2023-08-15 | Published: 2021-03-18