Comparison of Hair Transplant Methods
Hair follicles are typically transplanted using one of these two techniques:
- Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation (FUT): Hair units are removed from a donor strip that has been excised from the donor area.
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): Individual hair units are removed directly from the donor area by a micro-punch individually, follicle by follicle, and transplanted to thinning areas.
Since each man's hair loss is different, a single surgical treatment method may not be right for each transplant patient. The two gold standard methods practiced at Hair Club are detailed here, along with general guidelines for determining which one may be right for you.
Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation (FUT)
The Microscopic Follicular Unit hair transplant method is the industry gold standard, widely considered to be the most effective method of hair transplantation. Other hair transplant procedures are often prepared using the naked eye or low-level magnification loupes, which may increase the likelihood of damage to hair follicles. Instead, this process uses the most up-to-date technology, including high-resolution stereo microscopes. The result is a more natural look that simply isn't possible with older methods.
Most men choose the Microscopic Follicular Unit Transplant procedure because it offers:
- More natural-looking results. Hair Club uses the newest technology to help patients achieve much more natural looking results than older outdated procedures.
- Superior coverage. Hair Club stereo microscopes allow us to maximize graft yields, ensuring more coverage and better hair transplant results.
- More effective results for gray or light colored hair. Stereo microscopic magnification makes light or gray hair much easier to see during dissection, yielding better results than those offered by other methods.
- Hair transplant success rates of more than 95%. Unlike other processes, nearly all of the transplanted follicles remain viable and are able to take root in order to grow healthy hair after being transplanted.
- Post-surgery hair maintenance, re-growth and monitoring program. You'll get a proprietary post-surgical care program to maximize the results of your hair transplants.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Follicular Unit Extraction is a newer hair transplant method in which individual hair follicles are transplanted to a thinning or balding area from a donor site, an area of denser hair growth typically located on the back or side of the head using micro punches to remove individual follicles. While FUE hair restoration gives some patients permanent, natural-looking results that are not available with many other methods, the procedure has some limitations compared to FUT.
FUE hair transplants typically offer the best results if you:
- Wish to keep your hair very short. An FUE hair transplant does not leave a linear scar.
- Healed poorly after past procedures and wish to camouflage scars or achieve different results.
- Have a very tight scalp, which may make you a poor candidate for FUT or other common methods.
A physician can help you determine which method is best for you, or if a combination of both will give you the results you desire.