Difference in FUT and FUE hair transplant techniques

Difference between FUT and FUE hair transplant

Male or female hair loss is often an emotive issue. Causing psychological distress. Hair loss can affect how people behave. With friends and family. Even work colleagues. As a result, having a negative impact on a person’s well-being. A hair transplant is a popular treatment. As it offers permanent hair growth. Surgical hair restoration has evolved over the years. With today two recognised techniques. So, what’s the difference between FUT and FUE hair transplant?

Any hair transplant uses genetically strong and healthy hair. This ensures permanent hair growth. As a result, a successful hair restoration. Hair is traditionally used from around the back and sides of the head. Although, in recent years alternative hair has been used. For instance beard and chest hair. Body hair. Regardless of the place, this is known as the donor area. FUT and FUE hair transplant techniques differ. Particularly with respect to hair removal. Also known as harvesting. This is the technique to remove hair from the donor area.

Latest hair transplant techniques

FUT, Follicular Unit Transplant is the older of the two techniques. Today, FUE, Follicular Unit Extraction is the most popular technique to use. Each technique has pros and cons. FUE has beem aggressively marketed. Some clinics outwrardly stating no scarring. Others happier to compare to FUT. Stating no linear scarring. Possibly to delfect the issue of scarring occuring. It should be noted. As a result of any hair transplant technique. A scar is created in the donor zone. Scarring will vary. As a result of technique and protocols.

As such the decision of technique should not be arbitrary. Subsequently, based on the best long-term hair restoration plan. Whereas, some hair transplant candidates are equally suitable to either technique. Others are better suited to one. The main difference is the method of removing the hair. Therefore the decision on technique should not be made due to trends. But, rather by necessity.

FUT uses the strip method. Whereas FUE uses the punch technique. The strip method uses a thin area of the donor. This strip area contains a high density of follicular hair units. The strip size depends on a number of factors. For instance, the number of grafts/hairs required. As well as the laxity of the skin. FUE uses a wider donor zone. Covering all the genetically strong hair around the donor area. As a result, the extraction is randomly spread. Regardless of the number of grafts required. There is a consequence of the different methods of removal. FUT may alter your skin laxity slightly. But your hair density looks and remains almost untouched. Whereas FUE will not affect your skin laxity. But your remaining hair density will be lower.

What are follicular units?

Regardless of the technique. Both FUT and FUE use follicular unit grafting. This is the standard of surgical hair restoration. To achieve a natural hair transplant result. Follicular units are naturally growing groups of hairs. These groups vary in size. For example, from one to four hairs per bunch or group. Genetically we have a higher % of single and two hair units around the sides of the head. Whereas a higher concentration of three and four hair units around the back. Natural hair characteristics and genre can affect the overall numbers and hair density.

FUT removes the follicular units in one piece. Or one strip. The follicular units are then removed. Whereas FUE removes each unit individually. Regardless of technique, the grafts are cleaned and checked. Performed under high magnification. Then counted and separated. Into their group sizes. Preserved in a holding solution. To maintain their quality and stop dehydration.

Follicular unit grafting allows for the highest standard in hair restoration. Because the hair units are carefully distributed. Over the area of hair loss. For instance, using the single hair units for the hairline. For the first 2-3 millimetres. This ensures a natural soft hairline. Regardless of the hair characteristics. Then, the larger multiple hair units behind. To enhance the density and look of fullness. As a result, there are two important numbers. The number of grafts placed. As well as the number of hairs per graft. On an average candidate, this equates to approximately 2 hairs per graft. For example, 2000 grafts will have around 4000 hairs.

FUT and FUE healing

Another main difference between FUT and FUE hair transplant is donor area healing. While recipient healing is the same. Graft care, washing and cleaning. Are the same. While the donor healing varies. In terms of immediate to short term healing. Regardless of the technique, always follow your clinic instructions. For example, from washing, to exercise, smoking or consuming alcohol.

The linear strip with FUT if often long. Around the back and sides of the head. Using a suture to close the strip. Normally the suture is permanent. As a result, the suture will need to be removed at some point. Normally between 10-14 days later. The strip technique can cause a change in skin laxity. In the early stages of healing the scalp can feel tight. This relaxes and returns to normal over time. Any heavy lifting or excessive tension on the area is not advised. For the first month or two. Healing will leave a linear scar. This is hidden within the surrounding hair. Often camouflaged further by hair growth through the scar line. As a result of specialist closure techniques.

FUE healing is less invasive. Although multiple individual wounds are created. Each wound is small. As a result, no suture is needed. A bandage may be applied on the first day. Acting as a compress. Each scar wound contracts in size. Over time the skin complexion relaxes also. Although the hair density is reduced. The small white dots are hidden by the surrounding hair.

FUT & FUE scarring compared

The cosmetically visible difference between FUT and FUE hair transplant. White dot opposed to linear scarring. As a resuslt the emphasis is often on the visual. Opposed to the technical. That being the overal scarring area. As this will impact on future surgical hair restoration.


Taking into consideration. An average case, healing protocols, standards of performance. Extracting 3000 grafts via FUT and FUE


FUT goal 3000 grafts. From the occipital area. Resulting in a linear scar 20 – 25cm long and 1-2mm wide. As a result, an EDF scar area between ​​200 – 500mm2.

FUE goal 3000 grafts. From an average size/density donor area. Using 1mm punch tool. With a radius of R = 0.5mm. As a result, there will be at least 3000 circular micro-scars with an area of: FUE = πR2 = 3.14 Χ 0.25 = 0.8mm2. The scratch surface after FUE punching = 3000 x 0.8mm2 = 2400mm2.


With the view to transparency. A 2mm width Strip scar (FUT) is not considered a good scar. From a proficiant FUT surgeon. But, given as a comparions here.

FUE scarring can be 5-12 times larger compared to FUT. Harvesting the same number of grafts. It can be equivalent to a surface of 4.8cm X 4.8cm. As a result of being spread, or scattereted over a large surface area. FUE scarring becomes less visible. As a result, loses the visual impact.

While the technical fact shows the increased scarring to the FUE donor. Compared to the FUT donor area. As the scarred surface is spread. As a result “not so visible” or not visually depicting a surgical procedure. Must prove FUE is an improved technique. This argument is rejected by many surgeons. Especially those surgeons employing both techniques. With both techniques having pros and cons. Once again leading to the conculsion the choice of technique. Is not by trend but buy necessity.

Planning your hair transplant

A hair transplant doctor will take into consideration a number of factors. When deciding if an individual is a good hair transplant candidate. These can range from age to goals and expectations. Technically from the hair loss pattern to the donor hair characteristics. The hair transplant technique may also be a consideration. Choosing the correct hair transplant technique will impact on future hair restoration.

Your consultation gives you a chance to discuss in person. Technique and an array of other important issues. For example, hairline design, hair coverage and density. As all these factors will an important role. In the planning of the best long-term hair restoration.

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