Unlike with the FUT method a Follicular Unit Extraction Hair Transplant abbreviated as FUE Hair Transplant involves the extracting of hairs individually through a minimally invasive extraction technique. Due to the fact hair are extracted individually the total available extractable hair is significantly less with an FUE Hair Transplant than with the FUT method.
FUE Hair transplantation usually requires a minimum of 1000 micro-grafts up to thousands of micrografts, each containing one to three hairs from a donor site on the side or back of the scalp. The hair if implanted correctly will grow in a natural pattern permanently and will not fall out (after the initial period).
Because of its almost no scaring FUE Hair Transplants are very popular with men and women only looking to fill small amounts of the scalp. For instance many patients choosing the FUE Hair Transplant method are only experiencing hair loss around the sides of the temples or the top back of the head often referred to as the crown.
Also due to the time required to extract each follicle this adds a further headwind to those desiring big hair transformations.
Just like in the FUT method when the harvested grafts are ready to be implanted into your scalp small incisions are made in the thinning areas. The hair is then carefully implanted in the direction of the hair surrounding by the use of a micro surgical needle so that it combines with your current hair to create a natural outcome.
The scaring is minimal. As there are no stitches like you get with the FUT method, there will likely be no long term scaring. Patients could experience quite severe redness and sensitivity around the harvested areas for a period of up to a month. This redness becomes less and less obvious of course as your hair grows back over the harvested areas.
Another issue with the FUE method that many have not contemplated is that in order to harvest the hairs correctly the donor area will need to be shaved. This of course means that unless you are happy having some areas of your hair line much shorter than others you will have to cut your hair short all over. For many this is not a problem but it is once again another example that there are pluses and minuses with both the FUT and FUE hair transplant techniques.
The short answer is NO. Previously a FUE Hair Transplant was considerably more expansive than a FUT Hair Transplant. However with the new technologies enabling much quicker harvesting of grafts through the FUE / DHI process with Bodyline it is now the same price for both FUT and FUE Hair Transplant. Of course we must take into consideration that each patient has different requirements and circumstances. which may effect the price comparison.
Just as with a FUT Transplant, FUE Transplants are done on an outpatient basis so you are able to return back to the comforts of your hotel room after a observation period (usually 30 to 60 minutes) from the Hair Restoration clinics’ medical staff to ensure you are recovered from the anaesthetic.