FUE or FUT? Which one is better

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Once you have made the decision to improve your hairline with hair restoration, you next have to decide on what approach you wish to take regarding the transplant procedure. Obviously, the most important variables to weigh are natural looking results and long term success. While there are a plethora of techniques out there in the market, the only two proven methods are FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction and FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation.

Follicular Unit Transplantation

Follicular Unit Extraction

FUE uses a micro-punch to individually extract donor grafts with minimum incision and therefore minimum scarring. (The micro-scar left behind appears as small white dots). Hairs are extracted one by one and are transplanted in the same fashion. Grafts are more sensitive than their FUT counterpart and have a slightly lower survival rate.

Follicular Unit Transplantation

FUT works to remove a donor strip (or group) of hair follicles generally from the back of the scalp which are then separated and into the naturally occurring follicular units – the individual groups of hairs – for use. By removing the hairs in a continuous strip, we are able to microscopically separate this strip into the naturally occurring 1, 2, 3 and 4 haired grafts, leaving natures building blocks intact and ensuring optimal growth. The scar left after extraction is a fine white line on the back of the head which can be easily hidden by your hair even at very short lengths.

Pain & Healing

Pain and healing time are things to take into consideration before undergoing the transplant. Both procedures are done under local anesthesia, with FUT a tension may be experienced on the scalp along with a sensation of temporary numbness for a short period following the procedure. FUE is a less painful experience and does not include any numbness. Swelling occurs with both FUT and FUE and lasts around a week’s time.


Both methods have their pros and cons, neither is superior to the other and requires careful examination of the scalp to determine the right route for you. We will advise you on all options and provide all the information you need to make an informed decision that will lead to the greatest personal success.

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