Why is FUE Hair Transplantation Preferred Over FUT Hair Transplantation?
A thick, luxurious head of hair is a universal symbol of vitality and youth. If your hair is thinning, or balding areas appearing, it can be a blow to your self-confidence. Even after making the decision to undergo a hair transplant procedure, you have decisions to make. Which method of hair transplantation is right for you? Which method will yield the best results? At Hair Restoration Pittsburgh, we can help.
What is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant is a cosmetic surgical procedure which harvests hair follicles from an area of healthy hair growth at the back of the scalp, implanting them into thinning or balding areas. Hair transplantation has been growing in popularity since first attempted in the 1950s, and the technology has continued to advance. The two main methods of hair transplantation today are:
- Follicular Unit Excision (FUE)
- Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
The primary difference between these two methods of hair transplantation is the way in which the follicles are harvested from the donor site.
What is FUE hair transplantation?
The FUE Hair Transplantation method of hair transplantation involves harvesting single hair follicles from the back of the scalp, where they are not genetically programmed for balding. The grafts are then prepared for implantation. These follicles are individually transplanted into the area of the scalp where hair loss is occurring.
What is FUT hair transplantation?
FUT hair transplantation involves removing a six- to ten-inch strip of scalp from the back of the scalp. The incision is then closed with sutures, camouflaged by your natural hair growth once healed. The hair follicles are then separated into smaller units and prepared for transplantation.
Advances in FUE Hair transplant technology: ARTAS and NeoGraft
FUE hair transplantation took a great leap forward with the development of NeoGraft and then the gold standard in modern hair restoration, ARTAS, a minimally invasive robotic hair transplant system. This system uses algorithms to identify the best areas from which to harvest healthy follicles. The system evaluates the angle and direction of the donor hairs.
Prior to the development of ARTAS and NeoGraft, both of which are available at our clinic, each follicle was manually harvested, a lengthy process. With the help of these systems, FUE hair transplants take far less time for you, the patient, with results that appear exceptionally natural.
Common Questions about Hair Transplant:
Will the new hair growth be visibly different from the other hair?
No. The newly implanted follicles will go through an initial period of shedding following your transplantation procedure. This is normal. As the newly implanted follicles begin to take hold in the new area of the scalp, you will see new hair growth. Over the course of the next few months, the transplanted follicles will start producing healthy strands of hair, filling in a thinning or balding area.
Is there a difference in recovery and healing between FUE and FUT hair transplantation?
The recovery time needed for FUT transplantation is longer, as the area of your scalp where the strip was harvested must heal. The recovery far less traumatic with FUE transplantation, particularly with ARTAS, as the follicles are extracted robotically.
Why should I choose Hair Restoration Pittsburgh for my hair transplant?
Selecting the right surgeon for hair restoration will be the main factor in the success of your hair transplantation procedure. Dr. Brian Vassar Heil board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in hair restoration. His vast knowledge and experience in hair restoration give him a clear advantage for men and women who are considering hair transplantation as he offers arguably the best results in FUE hair transplant surgery Pennsylvania has to offer.