Follicular unit extraction (FUE), also known as follicular transfer (FT), is one of the main methods of obtaining follicular units. The other primary method is called strip harvesting. In FUE harvesting, individual follicular units are harvested directly from the patient’s donor area or his beard, ideally one at a time. This differs from strip-harvesting because, in strip harvesting, a strip of skin is removed from the patient and then dissected into many individual follicular units.
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FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant strip method )
With this method, a strip of skin is cut from the donor side, then the hair follicles are dissected into one grafts. In this method, nerve and blood vessels can be damaged badly.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
With advanced FUE method follicular units (Grafts) can be harvested directly and one by one from the donor.That is why this method is also called single hair transplant. In the FUE method there will be small scars, which can be seen if a patient shave his head with grade 1 or below, however, those small scars can be hided with the patient’s native hairs after letting the hair grow more than grade 1.
Despite many benefits of the FUE method about 85% of hair transplants performed in Europe are carried out with the strip method.
Outcomes of FUE;
Saving the time:
The strip method can be done in one day and in a day three times the amount of donor hair can be harvested compare to FUE method. This is biggest advantage of FUT method over FUE to be chosen as employed method in many clinic. This time efficiency and economical benefit of strip is attracted many clinics.
The educational effort:
Learning and training of FUE method is harder than FUT method.
No risk of visible huge scars, like in FUT, even if patient wears hair fairly short
Donor area (where hairs were removed) looks much more clean in terms of scar
More hairs per graft
Extremely fast recovery after treatment (days instead of months)
No deep wounds, nerve bundles remain intact
No severe swellings after the treatment
No need to use a scalpel
No need for stitches
No severe pain during or after the treatment
Local anaesthesia (like a dentist treatment)
Patient can get back their regular work life the day after the surgery if work does not require heavy lifting
The result is natural and not noticeable
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