Hair transplant can be performed by using one of available techniques: FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and/or FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).
FUT is an older and more invasive method, which sometimes is an only option with low density of hair follicles in the donor area. In the FUT hair transplant procedure, the stripe of skin (approx. 1,5cm x 20cm) is cut out in order to extract every possible follicle with the help of a microscope. Those follicles are later implanted in specially prepared canals in the recipients area of the scalp. This technique leaves a narrow scar in the scalp.
The scar and need to remove the stitches after the procedure and feeling of numbness in the incision area are the main disadvantages of this method. This is why the FUE method is used in most cases instead of FUT.
What is the difference between the FUE and FUT hair transplant?
The main difference between FUE and FUT is the technique of retrieving the hair follicles (grafts). The following stages of the procedure are similar, with one exception. FUT method requires the removal of the stitches after the operation, while FUE not, as it leaves no scars.