Difference between FUT & FUE Hair Transplant

FUT and FUE techniques are two of the most exciting wonders introduced by scientific advances in the field of aesthetic surgery. Both offer a permanent solution to hair loss problems, with surprising results translated into a completely natural hair look. However, patients should be aware of the differences between FUT and FUE techniques, as each person may experience different hair loss issues. For this reason, our highly skilled hair transplant surgeons in Mexico are more than qualified to provide an adequate diagnosis that meets each patient's needs.

But first, let’s see a brief description about each method to understand the basic differences between FUT and FUE hair transplant techniques.

What is FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation)?

FUT hair transplant technique is one of the first methods of hair transplantation developed by specialists in hair and scalp disorders (therefore, it is one of the oldest). FUT, also known as FUSS (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery), involves the extraction of a skin strip from the donor area (normally from the back or sides of the scalp), from where the hair follicles will be harvested and transplanted onto the areas affected by baldness.

What is FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)?

FUE hair transplant technique is one of the most revolutionary methods used in aesthetic surgery. Follicular units are extracted from the donor area through a small circular incision of just 1 mm, made with the help of micro-scalpels. These follicular units, better known as grafts, are harvested and then re-implanted in the recipient area.

What are the differences between FUT and FUE?

Although there are some differences, either can provide a great improvement for the right candidate. Moreover, many hair transplant specialists decide to combine both techniques in order to recover larger areas affected by hair loss.

The main difference lies in the way the grafts are extracted from the patient's donor area. However, both techniques have some similarities, for example:

  • FUE and FUT are performed under local anesthesia.
  • The hair transplant surgeon marks and designs the recipient area equally for both techniques.
  • There are no differences in the way the hair follicles are transplanted.

Let us help you make an informed decision and avoid unnecessary risks! At Hair Center Mexico our patients will find state-of-the-art facilities, as well as experienced, highly qualified hair transplant surgeons committed to helping anyone suffering from hairs loss problems.

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One of the first hair transplant techniques developed, therefore, it’s probably the oldest. FUE is the most advanced hair transplant technique available.
FUT is quicker to perform, resulting in a more economical hair implant technique. Longer procedure time, it is a little more expensive than other hair transplant techniques.
Harvesting method involves removing a long strip from the back of the scalp. It is necessary to shave the whole donor area.
The strip of scalp is divided into sections to harvest the hair follicles. For FUE hair transplant technique, tiny holes are made to extract the grafts.
The incision of the donor area needs to be stitched up. It does not require any stitches in the donor region.
The procedure leaves a thin, linear scar, which can be disguised once the hair grows. FUE punch scars are undetectable to human eyesight and much less visible when the patient wears short hair.
Post-op care for FUT is more meticulous and takes from 1 to 3 months to fully recover. Very brief post-operative care: Fast recovery time, less discomfort, and less pain drugs.

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How long do hair transplants last?

For most patients, hair transplant should last a lifetime.

How much time off from work do I need for having FUE Hair transplant in Mexico?

We recommend taking two days off. Treatment can take a several hours, depending on the quantity of hair needed. We recommend our patients to consider two days depending on type of work they have, but some patients are able to return to the next day.