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FUE Pros and Cons

The two methods of hair transplant surgery, of Follicular Unit Transplant and Follicular Unit Extraction have both their own advantages and disadvantages, whereas it only depends on the condition, desire, budget of a hair transplant cost that each procedure proves its own usefulness with same utility. And the pros and cons of FUE/FUT are rather regarded as differences at Harley Hair Transplant Clinic.

The Pro’s of FUE:

FUE hair restoration results in minimal scarring and surgical wound from pinprick incisions that can completely heal within 2-3weeks making the scars undetectable.

It devices proper structuring of donor harvesting that results in an evened distribution of overall hair density all over the scalp with completeness in overall result.

FUE technique can harvest donor hair from a number of areas starting from the nape of the neck; and with body hair transplantation, can also yield hair follicles one’s arms, legs, chest, etc.

Minimal downtime and post-surgical care. Regular work, exercise and outdoor movement can be retained by the 5th—7th day post surgery.

This is the ideal procedure for athletic patients or patients with protruded muscular build, patients with too tight scalp that might not bear the strip excision. The FUE procedure is more compatible with tight scalps than FUT.

Cons of FUE

As with the FUT procedure maximum amount of evened quality of donor hair can be harvested from one strip of 2-4mm wide skin to suffice even a large session, the one hair graft at a time ideal with FUE might require a larger portion of the donor area to extract the hair grafts sufficient for a larger session than 500grafts.

The quality of the harvested hair grafts differ in amount as compared to FUT technique as hair grafts are at a greater vulnerability of damage of transaction with FUE than with FUT. The FUE technique cannot harvest the hair grafts from middle of permanent zones with thick density.

With the FUT procedure the donor area and wound of the excised strip is closed and hence, the 2-4mm skin is reduced to one linear scar, which with the FUE technique results in an overall thinness of density at the back of the scalp and the patient might have to permanently wear the hair close cropped at the back of the scalp.

As the pin prick scars of the FUE become invisible over a short time of weeks, and the hair is evenly distributed all over the scalp, the hair follicles plucked from the root leavening the donor area vacate, that means the hair won’t grow back at the donor area.

Hair Grafts are often subject to trauma and shock loss at the extracted grafts often lace the protection of the epidermal fatty tissue most evenly crafted with microscopic dissection.

During harvesting of grafts the top of the graft often pulls off leaving the rest of the graft underneath the dermis. This situation is capping and with newly introduced suction devices this can be prevented.

During the 3-step procedure, as the blunt punch is introduced to pull off the graft, the graft can get pushed into the fatty tissue and require more strenuous tiny incision to retrace it. This too can be prevented with microscopic view during the procedure.

As the inside of the dermis can be only felt, and not seen by the hair transplant surgeon, it sometimes diverts the precision of the surgeon in yielding an entire follicular unit which can result in low density.

FUE hair transplant cost is more expensive than FUT.

With FUE, grafts are usually out of the body for a longer period of time compared to FUT this runs the risk of sub-optimal growth. This problem can be mitigated by performing large sessions of FUE over two consecutive days.


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