FUE vs FUT Hair Transplant: Which is Best for You?

  1. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
  2. Follicular-Unit-Extraction (FUE)
  3. The benefits of the FUE2 SafeSystem

Are you starting to notice your hair thinning? Do you find more hairs on your pillow than usual in the morning?

Have you seen a bald spot forming on the back of your scalp?

Hair loss is a terrible experience for anyone, even if you don’t consider your locks a major point of pride or a defining element of your entire identity.

While we tend to associate this process with men in their older years, it’s actually possible to lose your hair at almost any age — hormonal changes, sickness, medical treatments or genetics may be to blame.

Numerous treatments on the market claim to halt or even reverse baldness / thinning hair, but many are unlikely to work for everyone (or, sadly, anyone at all).

Hair transplant surgery is the best, most effective way to restore your locks to a more youthful growth pattern, particularly with the cutting-edge technology and tools available to specialists today.

Two types of hair loss surgery are available: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).

Which is better for your money?

Let’s take a look …

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

FUT: The Surgery

The actual FUT process is more invasive than FUE.

The surgeon removes a strip of the scalp from the rear of the head (known as the donor area) to harvest healthy hair follicles; this is why FUT is also often referred to as the ‘strip method’.

This strip will typically measure between 15 and 20 cm in length and around 2cm in width. Its exact size depends on the number of healthy hair follicles required for the patient’s transplant.

If the aim is to cover a significant area of baldness, the strip will be as big as it can be, though it may be thinner if there are fewer target follicles to insert.

Once the surgeon has removed the flesh from the donor area, they will cut the strip into pieces to remove the follicular units from the skin.

This must be exact to ensure the follicles remain in the proper condition to be implanted into the target area.

Each follicular unit is placed into the scalp via holes cut into the skin, and growth will then occur over a number of months.

FUT: Following the Procedure

Sadly, though, FUT surgery does have a significant drawback: the large horizontal scar that remains on the back of the head.

This usually spans the entire donor area and remain noticeable with short cuts, which may cause self-image problems as you know others will be able to see it.

Fortunately, hair will grow to cover the scar — but that’s only helpful if you prefer longer hairstyles.

Men who opt for shorter haircuts, such as crew cuts or fades, will find their options limited after FUT.

The recovery process is longer with FUT than with FUE too, due to the more invasive nature and the scarring.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

FUE: The Surgery

FUE is the stronger choice for anyone looking to undergo a hair restoration procedure.

First and foremost, the surgery itself is far less invasive: there’s no need for the surgeon to remove a strip of flesh from the back of the head.

Instead, the follicles are extracted from the donor area in a staggered pattern — this prevents surgeons leaving spots bald.

Doctors performing FUE will harvest hair follicles in units of 1 – 3 hairs. This is done using a special needle with a tiny diameter (less than 1mm).

All hairs harvested from the scalp will be processed with expert care under a microscope before the surgeon implants them.

Local anaesthetic is enough for the patient to stay awake and comfortable throughout the procedure, as the doctor works with the top two layers of the flesh only.

FUE: Following the Procedure

The recovery process for FUE surgery is shorter than with FUT, due to the lack of invasive cutting and scarring.

Surgeons can regulate the growth pattern of hair more effectively too, to replicate the look of surrounding hairs.

In traditional FUE procedures, there’s a risk that implanted hairs will be damaged during the process and may not regrow as they should.

Fortunately, though, HairPalace’s surgeons don’t rely on the standard FUE tools used by many doctors.

The Benefits of the FUE2 SafeSystem

HairPalace is proud to use the FUE2 SafeSystem for its FUE procedures.

This is a revolutionary method (created by James Harris MD) with the power to implant more hairs with less risk of damaging them.

This leads to a higher regrowth rate – a whopping 95 – 100% of implanted hairs to grow back successfully after a FUE2 transplant.

This takes several months, of course, but patients can expect to see the coverage they want with time.

The FUE2 SafeScribe essentially punches into the scalp to harvest the donor hairs, and the depth-blocking device eliminates the danger of the surgeon going too deep into the skin.

They will only be able to penetrate to the depth required — no deeper.

surgeon extracting hairs with the FUE SafeScribe

As there is less wounding to the scalp overall, the FUE2 SafeSystem means the healing stage demands just half the time required with traditional FUE procedures.

That’s a massive advantage: there’s no need to take as much time off work, you can continue with your duties and responsibilities sooner, and you can resume activities you enjoy faster too.

And another major plus in the FUE2 SafeSystem column? There are no visible scars.

This gives you the freedom to wear your new hair in any style you like.

Go short. Go for a fade. Go for whatever you like.

If you want to know more about organising an FUE hair transplant for yourself, just reach out to HairPalace’s friendly team now.

We’re happy to discuss your options, offer advice and answer your questions.