What can I say about it?
You’re here because you really want to know more about FUT (follicular unit transplant) and FUE (follicular unit extraction). “Don’t you agree?”
well, today you’re on your lucky day because I will give you all the pros and cons of both procedures.
Alright, let’s start with FUE: (follicular unit extraction)
So, what’s FUE?
It is a method of harvesting hairs,(hair follicular unit grafts) from the back of your head.(donor area)
Now, let’s see the pros and cons.
1 – No linear scar.
Be getting a FUE hair transplant you don’t get a line scar, the only scars that it will leave you are very tiny round ones.
But, these one’s are almost not notable.
The only way they may be notable is when you shape your head. “I really mean shape” It depends on your scalp too.
A bad FUE procedure can leave you some bad round ones.
Like this picture.
FUE scar can also be repaired be Micropigmentation
2 – Minimal pain or discomfort.
When you get a FUE hair transplant the pain and discomfort should be minimal.
However, there will be some minor discomfort after the procedure.”remember it is a surgery”
You will get local anesthesia before the procedure. And after the anesthesia starts to take affect on your head, then you should not feel anything.
Even some people say that they felt just a little bit when they were extracting their follicles. (words be my hair surgeon)
Hey, the only pain you may feel it’s the local anesthesia.
3 – More donor options:
That’s really cool about the FUE (follicular unit extraction).
As I just mentioned, you have more donor areas where you can extract more hair to be transplanted in your bald spots. Or should we call it head!
The beard it is a donor area that some people use when they want to have more hair in just one procedure.
If you have a lot of hair on your chest, you can also get that hair transplanted to your head.
Just keep in mind!
The chest hair only grows as it normally does on your chest.
Yeah, Even the hair of your legs can be transplanted to your head!
And so, as I just mentioned that your chest hair only grows as it does on your chest. well, it’s the some with your legs hair.
And What I personality think is that, those hairs can be used on the middle of the other transplanted hair to give your head more natural looking. Even they just grows as your hair legs.” you know what I mean”
There is also a little problem.
The problem is that not many hair surgeons do hair legs transplant.
So far the best well know surgeon that I recommend is Dr. Sanusi Umar.
This video shows how he fixed this man hairline be using leg hairs.
Go right at sec 55.
Dr. Sanusi Umar. also is able to harvest hair from your shoulders, chest, stomach and arms.
“If you have any hair there”
4 – No stitches:
I really think this is the beauty about the FUE procedure.
And i really say it For my experience. Because I recently had a FUT (follicular unit transplant), and had some stitches which were not very comfortable. See my pictures here. “What’s done it’s already done”
Stitches can really bother you, when you sleep, use a hat, and even when you take a shower.
5 – Faster recovery time:
That’s really cool, even sounds to good to be true!
But the reality is that what it takes to heal really fast is your donor area.
Your donor area can take approximately from three days to ten days to heal.
Remember that they are a little tiny holes which are not visible in few days. If you choose a good surgeon.
And therefore, what it will take you more time to heal is your transplanted area, because after the scabs start to fall off you will get some redness, and the redness normally takes from a week to two months to heal.
You know what doctors say; Each patient heals differently!
6 – You can cover scars:
Want to cover a scar on your head?
If you have any scars on your head. having a FUE hair transplant can be a really good solution for you to cover your scars.
And also an FUE procedure can be used to cover scars on your beard.
That’s how I will cover my old procedures scars. You can see my scars here.
7 – eyes brows:
This may be not so common on the hair loss community, but yes people who don’t have eyes brows hairs get this type of surgery.
So, now let see the cons of FUE technique.
1 – Longer surgery time
A manual FUE surgery can take approximately from six Hours to maybe twelve hours or even longer.
Most FUE’s require two days of surgery; everything depends how many grafts you get. ” If the surgeon perform a manual”
You can also get a FUE procedure using the latest technology ARTAS (a Robotic Hair Transplant). Also requires that you never had a previous FUE procedure.
2 – Hair is taken from outside of the donor area. “safe zone”
As you can see on the picture, some hairs has the risk of fall off when you get old.
3 – It cost more money:
This type of procedure it requires a lot of more time to perform.
Also, there is more people working on the procedure because It takes more skill to extract healthy grafts.
Think about that you’re paying a premium hair transplant because you can use short hair styles.
4 – More surgeries are required:
Everything depends on your advanced hair loss and how many grafts you need.
For people with advanced hair loss provably need two to three hair transplants.
Also, the hair density you want to achieve, and how much hair you have at your donor area.
The goods news is that if you have a lot of hair on your beard and chest, it can be used for your head. Note: “Not all surgeon do body hair transplant”
5 – density of donor area will decrease :
The density of your donor area will be more likely to have less follicles. Even the donor still will look normal.
However, the density of your do donor area will have less hairs after a surgery.
Your donor area may look 15 % to 25 % less thick. Everything depends how many grafts are taken.
The best you can do is talk to your hair surgeon.
6 – Graft survival rate can be lower:
You have more chances to get lower graft survival rate for a couple reasons:
1 – If the technicians don’t really care about the results. so, your graft survival rate it’s going to be high.
2 – Grafts normally spend more time out of your body.
7 – Transection:
Transection means when the lower portion of the hair follicle get damage. (bulb of the follicle)
Now that you know the pros and cons of FUE (follicular unit extraction). Its time to look the pros ans cons of FUT (follicular unit transplant).
1 – More hair:
Yeah, you’re able to get more hair on a single FUT procedure. Probably up to 4,000 grafts in one session.
So 4,000 grafts are about 10,000 hairs to 15,000.( Keep in mind that a grafts can contain a number of hairs)
2 – Less expensive:
If you don’t have a lot Of money or don’t wanna spend it; this is a good choose for your need it.
A strip method (FUT) can cost you between $3,000 to $14,000. Everything is up to the place you choose.
Also, the city where the clinic is located. As you know you can’t compare the prices of a small city with a big city.
3 – Faster surgery time:
your surgery can be done an four hours to six. everything depend on how many grafts you get.
So that’s mean you won’t be on one chair for eight or more hours.
4 – More graft survival rate:
Be having a FUT procedure your graft survival rate are up to 95%.
More survival grafts means more hairs are transplanted to your recipient area, and more hairs mean more density on your head hair.
alright, now let’s see what are the cons of this procedure.
1 – Permanent linear scar:
The strip method (FUT) will leave you a scar back on your head.
Some scars are not noticeable, and some linear scars can be incorrectly done be a non professional surgeon. I been there, you can see my scars here. Hair Transplant Day 3
It can be also repaired with an FUE transplant.”That’s what is in my mind for my scars”
2 – Stitches:
So far if you decide to get a FUT procedure, You will get some stitches on the back of your head.
Stitches only last for ten days.
There is a little of discomfort when the skin is healing, but it’s a decision that you take.
So, be a man!
3 – Longer recovery time:
The recovery time can be a little longer, but it’s not a whole month!
And so, you get to your normal routine after your stitches are removed. Which is ten days.
And after your stitches are removed the donor area can remains a little tender for about two weeks or a month.
Now you have all the pros and cons of both hair transplant techniques.
My personal experience:
In 2010 I have my first hair transplant which I wanted to repair my hairline, but the surgeon didn’t a good job.
My hairline was with very few hair and he also left a very bad scar on the back of my head.
As you can see this is the scar that I have on my first hair transplant. which I will cover later with an FUE procedure.
And this is how my hairline was before my second hair transplant which I recently did.
In my first hair transplant I was supposed to had 1,000 grafts, which are about 3,000 hairs to 4,000, but I think they were like maybe 1,000 hairs. And for that I paid $3,496.00″
I did paid 3.80 for each graft and I have 924.
At the beginning I was able to cover those hairs with my hair, but over the years I started to loose more hair and for the last a couple years I was wearing a hat most of the time.
I didn’t want my friends to see that I had a hair transplant, because it was embarrassing for me.
Especially by the hair in front!
Over time I learned to shave my head, and the scar was not much a problem because it seems like I had it since I was little.
However, I couldn’t let my hair grow for my hairline.
So, if you really want to get a hair transplant, make sure to choose the right surgeon and ask then the right questions.
Here are some questions that you can use.
This capture was taken from realself.
Well, I wish you the best on your decision, and please leave a comment about what you think.