So, you know you want to have a hair transplant – but have you decided what kind of transplant you want to pursue? There are two types of surgery: strip FUT and FUE. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, so how do you choose?
Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, has become popular because it does not leave a linear scar, making it ideal for the popular close-cut hairstyle. Generally lesser number of hairs are obtained per procedure with FUE compared to strip FUT (up to 5000 hairs in one day).
During an FUE hair transplant, each follicle group is removed individually before being transplanted into the recipient area. For many people, this is preferable to strip FUT because each follicle removal incision is so small and heals very quickly. However, the donor area must be shaved in the majority of cases to provide a clear picture of the hair follicles – so if you normally have a longer hairstyle, it will be more obvious that something has been done.
Potentially, there’s a higher risk of donor hair wastage with FUE and the grafts tend to be more vulnerable, because they have less protective tissue around the root than those transplanted via strip FUT. However, for many, the benefits outweigh the risk.
At Farjo, we can also offer a specialised version of FUE – ARTAS FUE – where the harvesting of the hairs is assisted by a robot! The ARTAS Robotic System is based at our Manchester clinic and is one of only a handful in Europe. This robot takes individual follicles from the donor site with immense precision before implantation is performed by hand.
Strip follicular unit transplantation, or FUT, is ideal for people with more advanced hair loss who require large amounts of grafts (up to 9000 hairs in one day) to be transplanted to achieve the desired effect. One of the major benefits of strip FUT is that there is no need to shave the donor hair area before surgery, which means that you can more easily disguise the fact you have had surgery done.
Strip FUT involves the removal of a strip of skin, complete with hairs and follicle groups. This strip is then microscopically dissected to separate each hair follicle group into grafts, before the individual grafts are reinserted into the recipient area. Because the follicles are not removed individually, there is a lessened rate of follicle loss: that is, fewer follicles die before they are transplanted.
On the downside, strip FUT will leave a subtle linear scar at the back. A skilled surgeon will be able to stitch the wound to leave a very thin and easily disguisable scar. As tissue is taken from an area of dense donor hair, hair regrowth will usually cover the scar.
Before you have a transplant, it’s likely that we’ll recommend a course of medication or another treatment to slow down your hair loss, but, as every person is different, the best thing to do is to come and see us so we can look at your hairline and determine the best course of action.