How Does an FUE Hair Transplant Differ From FUT?
Hair loss can be a traumatic event for both men and women. While losing hair is a normal part of aging, it can also be caused by genetics, hormonal changes, medications, certain health conditions, a poor diet, and even stress.
Hair transplants can be an excellent option for those who want to treat their hair loss and have had no luck with over-the-counter treatments or lifestyle changes. The doctors at ENT Facial Plastics and Sleep Disorder Center treat hair loss in Atlanta, GA. Below, we’ll look at the treatments offered, including two procedures known as FUE and FUT.
Do hair transplants work?
Patients who get hair transplants typically see a 10 – 80% improvement in hair growth over the course of four months. However, there’s no guarantee that a transplant will be successful, and hair that is surgically transplanted will thin over time, just like the rest of your hair.
Hair transplant success depends on the individual patient and whether they have dormant hair follicles, widespread hair thinning, large bald patches, or scars on the scalp. The treatment also tends to be less effective for patients experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy.
However, when it comes to hair regrowth, hair transplant is often much more successful than over-the-counter treatments, such as shampoos or vasodilators.
What are my options for hair transplant procedures?
ENT Facial Plastics and Sleep Disorder Center offers a variety of treatments for hair loss in both men and women. These include:
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) therapy
Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT)
While PRP and PRF take about 60 minutes and use a patient’s own blood to create a platelet-rich serum to promote hair growth on the scalp, FUE and FUT are both hair transplant procedures and can take longer.
What’s the difference between FUE vs. FUT hair transplants?
The doctors at ENT Facial Plastics and Sleep Disorder Center perform both FUE and FUT hair transplants.
During the FUE procedure, our doctors extract individual hair follicles from other areas on the body (typically the back of the head, but doctors can also extract hair from the thigh to the chest) and transplant them onto the scalp after creating a small incision. It’s a very laborious and precise procedure, but the results are the most natural, and patients see the best results 3 – 4 months after their procedure.
The FUT procedure involves removing a long strip of the scalp, then separating the individual hair follicle before transplanting them. The strip may be divided into thousands of “grafts,” which contain 1 – 4 hair follicles. Then, using a small blade and a microscope, the surgeon creates a small hole to implant the graft. The procedure is performed using local anesthesia, and the surgical site is bandaged to prevent infection. The FUT procedure may result in linear scarring, which some patients choose to cover by growing their hair out longer in the back.
What is the most successful hair transplant procedure?
Your success with hair regrowth will depend on many different factors that you will discuss during a consultation with your doctor.
While FUT provides more hair follicles for transplanting and may be best for severely thinning hair, it also requires more recovery time. Patients without severe thinning who wish to cover a smaller area may be more suited to FUE transplants, which are also less invasive.
Find out more about hair transplants in Atlanta, GA
If you live near Atlanta and are interested in hearing more about hair transplant options, you can schedule a consultation with the doctors at ENT Facial Plastics and Sleep Disorder Center. Our doctors perform PRP, PRT, FUE, and FUT treatments.