Deciding Between FUE and FUT Hair Transplants

Hair loss is relatively common as people get older, but some people prefer to maintain a more youthful look by taking steps to minimize or reverse this loss. One potential option for doing this is to get a hair transplant. The two main types are FUE — follicular unit extraction — and FUT –follicular unit transplantation. Each type of hair transplant has its pros and cons.

The Basics

With a fue hair transplant Toronto procedure, hair follicle units will be individually taken randomly from around the scalp and moved to the area that needs the transplant. With FUT transplants, a small strip of hair tissue is removed and then separated into groups of three or four follicles to be transplanted.

Scarring

Because FUE transplants involve removing individual follicles, there isn’t much scarring. There may be little white dots where hairs were removed, but these aren’t usually noticeable. FUT transplants cause long thin scars at the back of the head where the tissue was removed, but even these scars aren’t that noticeable unless a person has a very short haircut.

Stage of Hair Loss

FUE transplants are best for those closer to the beginning stages of hair loss, as it takes longer to remove the follicles individually and insert them where they need to go. Those with large areas of hair loss to be dealt with may be better off with FUT transplants because more hairs are implanted at once.

Pain and Side Effects

There tends to be some temporary numbness and feelings of tension on the scalp after a FUT procedure, which isn’t typically the case with a FUE procedure. However, both procedures usually cause a small amount of swelling that should resolve itself within about one week. Other potential side effects include infection or itching.

Expected Results

Both procedures can give good results. However, in some cases, there is a risk of the hair follicles becoming traumatized or impaired and not surviving the FUE process because they don’t have the protective tissue still around them when they’re extracted and they are often outside the body for longer before being transplanted. Some transplanted hair may die off or be lost regardless of the procedure.