FUE & FUT Methods
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
The FUE method involves using a microscopic punch to extract individual hair grafts. It is one of the modern techniques used in hair restoration. The benefits of the FUE procedure is that there is minimal scarring when compared to the FUT (strip method). It is a minimally invasive procedure and does not require General Aesthesia. Local Anaesthesia is injected in the donor area (back of the head) to ensure that it is numb before the extraction is carried out. Once the area is anaesthetised, hair follicles are extracted using a specialised motorised machine. After the grafts have been harvested, they are then individually examined under a microscope to ensure they are of good quality. The grafts are preserved in Hartmann’s solution. Local Anaesthesia is then applied in the area(s) where the new grafts will be placed. Incisions (holes) are then made so that the grafts can be planted.
Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT)
The Strip method is also carried out using local anaesthetic. To start the procedure, our team will section the donor area and shave an undercut. Local anaesthetic is injected in this area and a strip is surgically removed using sterile instruments. Once the strip has been removed, dissolvable stitches are used to close the area. Whilst the surgeon is stitching the donor area, our technicians are inspecting the grafts underneath a microscope. The grafts are sorted into units of 1s,2s,3s and 4s. Once, the first part of the procedure is finished, a lunch break is provided. The second part of the procedure involves anaesthetic being administered before incisions are made. Once the incisions have been made, the grafts are then placed.
How long does the procedure take?
It depends on the amount of grafts and the method (FUE or FUT). Generally, most procedures of up to 2500 grafts are carried out in a day. Anything over that, will need to be over two days. We take our time because we want to make sure that you receive the best quality treatment and results.
What is the difference between FUE and FUT?
The main difference between FUE and FUT is the way that the grafts are harvested from the donor area. With FUE, a handheld device is used to individually extract the hair follicles. Patients are advised to shave the back of the head and sides to a 0.5 grade before the procedure so that during the extraction, we can see the direction of the hairs and it’ll also make the extraction easier. One of the benefits of having an FUE is that if you have your hair shaved short, there won’t be any visible scarring once it’s healed up. The donor area can cosmetically take a bit longer to heal up when compared with the FUT method. With FUT procedures, we use dissolvable stitches after we have taken a strip from the donor area. The stitches can however be covered if you keep your hair a grade above 4. If you shave your hair 0.5 grade there will be a visible fine scar once the stitches have absorbed and the area has healed up. The scar can be covered though if you have your hair above a grade 4. Those who prefer their head shaved short around the back would be better off having the FUE procedure.
With the FUT method, there tends to be more grafts in a strip. It’s also a quicker method as we aren’t extracting grafts one by one (FUE method).
The main advantages are that there is minimal scarring. If you like to have your hair shaved short, we would recommend the FUE method. The FUE method is slower than the FUT method and cosmetically, can have a longer healing time around the donor area.