What is the difference between FUT and FUE hair transplants?

The key difference between FUT and FUE is in how the donor hair is extracted. In an FUE procedure, the hair is removed individually from the donor area, whereas with FUT – a strip of tissue is taken from the back of the head and the hair is then extracted from this strip.

Which is better?

There’s no set answer to this question since each procedure has its own benefits. FUT is quicker and cheaper yet it does leave a permanent scar on the back of the patient’s head. FUE is more costly though scarring isn’t an issue. Both procedures provide very natural looking results.

Is the procedure painful?

No. The scalp is anaesthetized before any hair is extracted or placed so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure itself. There might be some discomfort during the administering of the anaesthetic although this is well tolerated by most patients.

Will the results look natural?

Yes. This is a concern that a considerable number of patients have. It’s mostly due to people being unaware of the advancements in the field of hair transplantation. The dreaded “plug” look of the 60s and 70s is no longer an issue since the techniques used today are very refined.

Will I be able to get a full head of hair?

This really depends on the severity of your hair loss and the type of hairline you want to achieve. Patients with mild to moderate thinning can often achieve a full head of hair. However those with more severe balding that’s taken place over many years or even decades will need to be more realistic about what can be achieved.

Can it be used to restore my hairline?

Absolutely. Many men seek out FUT as a way to restore their hairline. Your surgeon will discuss this with you and recommend where the hairline should be for the most natural looking results.

What is the downtime like?

The downtime after an FUT procedure is minimal and many patients are back at work in a day or two after the surgery.

Is there anything I can’t do after surgery?

You should avoid alcohol and cigarettes for the first few weeks after surgery. You should also avoid any strenuous exercise and don’t wear any tight hats or caps. You’ll also need to sleep with your head elevated for the first few days. You’ll be provided with special shampoo to use as well to avoid dislodging the new hair.

Can hair transplants be performed in women?

Yes, many women are good candidates for hair transplantation. However, whether or not a woman is a good candidate can only be made following careful examination of the scalp.