In general, FUT yields the most donor hair. Therefore, the procedure is best suited for more extensive hair loss and in patients where the main concern is the maximum use of one's donor supply. The hair is maximized because of the precise nature of stereo-microscopic dissection and the fact that all the hair is harvested from the mid-portion of the permanent zone where the hair is most dense and stable. A limitation of FUT is that it leaves a line scar in the donor area. With normal styling this is easily covered with hair, but it precludes someone from wearing their hair very short.
FUE is more appropriate for patients who would like to keep their hair very short or who can't limit strenuous activities in the post-op period. In general, younger patients who need to keep their styling options flexible choose FUE, whereas those who desire the most coverage opt for FUT. Read a detailed comparison of FUT and FUE on our FUE Pros & Cons page.
The best way to find out is to be evaluated by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon specializing in hair restoration. The answer will depend on the cause of your hair loss, your age, the stability of your donor supply, how extensive you hair loss is, your expectations and a number of other important factors that will be taken into account.
The cost varies depending on the number of grafts transplanted needed and the type of procedure (FUT or FUE). Please see our fee schedule on the Hair Transplant Costs & Consultation Fees page. To get a general sense of the number of grafts that you might need go to the Graft Numbers page.
Smaller sessions of FUT (less than 800 grafts) can take about 4 hours, while larger ones (2500 grafts or more) can take all day. Sometimes large sessions of FUE are split over two days. The main determinant of the length of the session depends on the number of grafts being transplanted.
There is some redness and crusting after the procedure. Some patients experience swelling during the first week after surgery. Hair transplants are usually undetectable after 10 days. Follicular unit grafts are permanent in the scalp after 10 days. Read about FUT Post-op Care or FUE Post-op Care.
To schedule a consult, you can call us at 0712-2442233 or 09324239805 or submit a consultation inquiry.
At Saundarya City , all appointments are for one-on-one consultations with Dr.Suresh Chaware. He will be conducting the entire evaluation and making all the recommendations medical or surgical.
A FDA approved device is used to extract a single hair follicle one-at-a-time from the back of your head using a circular sharp punch. There are several devices used by the hair transplant surgeon for hair transplantation. Automated hair transplant devices assists the surgeon in extracting the hair follicle. The device is a secondary aspect to successful outcomes using the FUE technique. The most important factor in successful hair transplant surgery is the skills and artistry of the hair surgeon. FUE is less invasive than the traditional linear STRIP technique used by most doctors today. With the FUE technique, there is no removal of the scalp or linear strip. Since there is no excision of a linear donor strip, there is no suturing, and no visible linear donor scar. Another benefit of FUE is the reduced recovery time that allows you to practically return to your pre surgical schedule and activities.
FUE is the most recently developed hair restoration surgery or procedure that does not involve any incisions, sutures, or scalpel unlike the linear STRIP method still used by most doctors today. The FUE method is the removal of individual hair follicles from the scalp in their naturally occurring groupings of about 1-4 hairs. The follicles are then transplanted back into a patient's balding area. Another older FUE method involves manually removing the hair follicle without an automated device. It is called manual FUE and involves the use of a disposable punch biopsy. Manual FUE is considered slower and more cumbersome. It was original how FUE was performed. The major challenge with FUE hair restoration for the surgeon is the difficulty of acquiring the skill sets and hand eye coordination to successfully perform this technique. FUE is also a more labor intensive procedure for the surgeon compared to linear strip harvesting methods. Using the automated FUE devices greatly improves the total amount of grafts harvested in a single session. FUE is the least invasive procedure compared to the STRIP method with the fewest complications.
Most offices are more comfortable with the linear STRIP method since it requires less labor and is quicker to perform. Also, the procedure has been well-established in the hair restoration industry for a longer period of time. In the United States, automated FUE is a relatively new procedure in hair restoration industry as compared to Asia and Europe. Automated FUE is also more labor intensive and time consuming. For these reasons, hair restoration offices have chosen not to offer hair restoration using the automated FUE method. Automated reduces the cost of doing FUE because the procedure time is shortened and more follicles are harvested. The reduced costs can be passed on to the patient, allowing more people to have the FUE procedure.
There are many advantages. Our device allows more individuals to be candidates for the FUE method of transplantation. Performing FUE by hand limits the number of people who can have this technique because of the time factor which raises the costs. There is minimal pulling and twisting with hair graft extracting forceps that in turn increases graft survivability. Compared to manual FUE, the hair restoration procedure is faster with automated devices. Therefore, more follicles can be re-implanted sooner which increases viability and better outcomes. With the traditional manual method used for FUE hair transplants, the patient must rely more on the skilful hand of a technician or doctor.
The linear STRIP excision or FUT, is the most common and traditional hair restoration procedure used by most doctors today. It is a good procedure and our office performs the procedure if requested. One of the concerns with this procedures despite the introduction the trichophytic closure technique, is the incidence of a donor linear scar. The scar may enlarge over time to overcome the tension of the skin created by cutting a strip and suturing the scalp together. Patients may also experience chronic pain or neuralgia from the STRIP surgery.
The final decision for the type of surgery depends upon an examination of the donor scalp, density of and quality of the donor follicles, and other intangible issues. The in office consultation- patient history and examination with the hair restoration surgeon will assist you in making the final decision In general, FUE can be performed on the majority of patients desiring this procedure.
From a surgical standpoint, all hair restoration surgeries are very safe when done under local anesthesia. It is considered a relatively minor ambulatory surgical procedure with minimal risks. Automated FUE procedures are also performed under local anesthetic and is considered less risky and invasive. Hair restoration surgery does not require intravenous or intra-muscular sedation.