FUT and FUE are two hair transplant methods with several benefits and drawbacks to consider before choosing a treatment option. TM Hair is a top choice among Houston residents interested in either of these options, as well as a wide range of other simple and complex hair loss treatments. 

What Is FUT? 

Follicular unit transplantation, or FUT, was the first type of hair transplant to gain traction. This procedure involves removing a strip of your scalp and moving follicular units from this strip to thin or bald patches on other parts of your head. Although FUT can still be used, FUE has quickly become another popular option for many patients. 

What Is FUE? 

Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, is another hair transplant method adapted from FUT transplants. This procedure involves removing or harvesting individual follicular units to be reinserted in other areas of the scalp to restore the overall appearance of your hair. By moving individual hairs to different areas of your scalp, this type of hair restoration surgery can create a more even appearance across both parts where hair was donated from and areas receiving new hair than FUT transplants. FUE transplants can be done by hand or by using a robot, and both of these options are meticulous procedures that typically take several hours to complete.  

Benefits of FUT 

Hair follicles that are transplanted using FUT tend to be more likely to survive than follicles that are transplanted using FUE because the tissue that surrounds the follicles is left intact. This option typically does an adequate job of providing natural-looking results. Although some patients may need multiple FUT treatments to obtain the desired results, the same location can be used for each treatment so that you will only have one scar. FUT is usually slightly less expensive than FUE because the procedure is somewhat less involved, and your head will not need to be shaved for this procedure. 

Disadvantages of FUT 

FUT requires a significantly longer time commitment than FUE, with a typical recovery period of approximately 10-12 days. FUT also leaves a much more significant scar than FUE, which can be difficult for patients with shorter hair, and the recovery process can be as painful as it is for many other surgical procedures. 

Benefits of FUE

Many patients prefer FUE because this procedure typically has minimal scarring, contributing to its ability to provide more natural-looking results than FUT. FUE also tends to be a relatively painless procedure that requires a minimal recovery time of no longer than a couple of days before returning to your regular routine. 

Disadvantages of FUE 

FUE tends to be more expensive than FUT because it takes much longer and requires significantly more work to harvest hair one follicle at a time than it does to remove one piece of your scalp. This can be an important consideration for patients looking for ways to keep costs down because most insurance companies do not cover hair transplants or other cosmetic procedures. FUE also requires shaving part of the scalp, which can be difficult for some patients. 

Is FUT or FUE Right for Me?  

Although FUT and FUE produce similar results, their contrasting benefits and disadvantages mean that neither hair transplant option has an obvious advantage over the other. TM Hair will help you decide which treatment is right for you by assessing a variety of factors, including the type of hair loss, how severe it is, your gender, etc., to determine whether FUT (follicular unit transplant) or FUE (follicular unit extraction) would be most appropriate for you.

Once we discuss the most important factors, we can consider your personal preferences, such as choosing the least painful or least expensive option available, minimizing your recovery time to fit into a tight schedule, and ensuring that your treatment complements your preferred hair length as well as possible. 

At TM Hair, we are here to help patients in Houston and other parts of Texas manage hair loss with a wide range of hair transplant options and other hair restoration treatments.

No matter what type of hair loss you are experiencing or how significant it is, we can help you determine whether FUT, FUE or another treatment option is the most likely to meet your needs.

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