Thinning hair and baldness can be a hit to a man’s self-confidence, especially if they occur before reaching your 30s. Studies show that while male pattern baldness commonly occurs in adulthood, it can begin as early as the teenage years in some men. Over the years, fortunately, cosmetic medicine developed effective hair transplant techniques to help restore a full head of hair: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), otherwise known as the strip transplant method.
Learn the differences between FUE VS strip hair transplant and if you’re a candidate for either treatment in this article.
About FUT, the hair transplant strip method
The strip method for hair transplant involves excising a long strip of the scalp (hence the name), separating the hair follicles from the sample, and then transplanting said follicles to the balding area. The excision site will be closed with staples or stitches.se of slowing down hair loss and encouraging regrowth, there are significant differences between hair restoration and hair transplant — specifically, the method of how hair is replaced or grown.
What are the benefits of FUT?
While FUT leaves you with a linear scar that’s more visible if you have short or cropped hair, it’s the preferred technique for many cases due to its advantages. For one, it offers the highest yield of hair, offering maximum coverage and fullness. The process is also less expensive and takes less time than traditional FUE.
About FUE, the follicle extraction method
The FUE hair transplant procedure involves the individual extraction and transplantation of hair follicles onto the scalp where hair is thinning or balding. Patients are required to shave the area which will receive the donor follicles. This procedure can be done manually or robotically, like the NeoGraft Hair Restoration system we have in Burbank Hair Transplant. See the successful FUE results from our clinic.
What are the benefits of FUE?
Because this method does not require removing part of the scalp, patients don’t need to worry about linear or visible scarring. FUE scars are tiny and spread around the scalp; they are virtually invisible without close inspection, even with short hair. In line with this, pain is minimal, recovery is fast, and the patient can return to their usual routine in a few days.
Patients can also expect unparalleled results with FUE because each hair follicle is inspected, which means your surgeon can ensure that only healthy follicular grafts are transplanted onto your scalp.
FUE VS Strip Hair Transplant?
Which is better, FUE or FUT hair transplant? The better hair restoration method relies on the patient’s needs and desired results.
Who are the candidates for FUT?
Men with male pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia, make for ideal candidates for FUT, specifically patients with the Norwood pattern or significant balding around the crown. For better strip hair transplant results, your plastic surgeon will also recommend this method if you require a considerable amount of grafting and if the patient has limited hair availability in the donor area.
Who are the candidates for FUE?
Your doctor may recommend FUE for you if you have a soft scalp, have minimal hair in the donor area, and/or experience hair loss on the top of your head, near the front of the hairline, or in the crown.
It’s best to consult your doctor to determine which procedure is best for your needs. Book a free scalp analysis and consultation with us today.