FUE VS FUT: What Type Of Hair Transplant Is Best For You?

Which Type Of Hair Transplant Is Right For You?

For patients considering a hair transplant in London, Toronto, or Windsor, a common question we hear is “which type of hair transplant is best?”.

Deciding between FUT and FUE methods lead to many questions. In this guide, we’ll help you learn more about the different types of hair transplant procedures, including the advantages, expected results, costs, and ideal candidates for each. A personalized consultation will ensure the best outcome for you.

*Individual results may vary – see Disclaimer for more information.


Table Of Contents

Types Of Hair Transplants
How Much Do Hair Transplants Cost?
FUE Hair Transplants

What Is A FUE Hair Transplant?

Benefits Of Robotic FUE Hair Transplants

Candidates for Robotic FUE Transplant

Average Cost Of The FUE Transplant Procedure

How Successful Is A FUE Hair Transplant?

FUT Hair Transplants

What Is A FUT Hair Transplant?

Advantages Of FUT Hair Transplants

Candidates for FUT Transplant

Average Cost Of The FUT Transplant

How Successful Is A FUT Hair Transplant?

Which Hair Transplant Method Is Best?


Types Of Hair Transplants: How Many Are There?

There are two main hair transplant techniques that are regularly used: the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). Both these methods are effective in restoring thicker, natural-looking hair.

How Much Does A Hair Transplant Cost?

The first question many people have when looking into a hair restoration procedure is how much hair transplant surgery will cost. It’s important to keep in mind that there is no fixed cost for hair transplants; the average cost can vary widely. The cost of most hair transplant surgeries is calculated by a range of grafts needed for coverage of the area of thinning hair.

The final cost of your hair transplant will depend on several factors including the progression of your hair loss and the type of procedure performed.


FUE Hair Transplants

What Is A FUE Hair Transplant?

With FUE hair transplantation, each individual follicular unit is harvested from the scalp. The hair follicles are removed in a random fashion, allowing your physician to harvest hair from the donor area with less noticeable thinning of the area. With Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), hair is harvested through microscopic circular incisions on the scalp.

There are two types of FUE hair transplants: Manual FUE and Robotic FUE.

A Manual FUE hair transplant is done by a physician using a handheld device to extract the individual hair follicles.

A Robotic FUE procedure uses a robotic hair transplant device that is guided by the physician. The physician selects the amount of hair desired for harvesting and maps out the desired donor area. The physician does not actually harvest the donor grafts; the harvesting step is completed by the ARTAS robot. This medical marvel of technology offers unparalleled precision and accuracy.


 

Benefits Of Robotic FUE Hair Transplants

  1. High Graft Quality

    The computerized ARTAS FUE system allows for real-time 3D analysis and calculation of the characteristics of each hair follicle. This allows the robot to select the healthiest and strongest follicles for successful harvesting and transplant.

  2. Natural Looking Results

    The ARTAS FUE method harvests and transplants hairs in their natural groupings, leaving NO linear scar behind. This gives hair a more natural appearance and allows you to wear your hair as short as you like with without having to worry about a visible scar.

  3. No Pain During Or After Treatment

    Similar to a trip to the dentist, the FUE procedure uses local anesthesia to ensure minimal discomfort during the procedure. Since the FUE transplant uses a minimally invasive method, many patients experience minimal pain during or after their procedure.

  4. Short Recovery Time

    With no scalpel or stitches used in the treatment, the recovery process after an FUE transplant is quick, with many people getting back to their daily activities within a couple of days. The procedure itself only takes about 8 hours.

  5. Minimal Scarring In Donor Area

    Since the follicles are harvested in a random fashion, the look and density of the donor area is miminally affected. FUE is a treatment of choice for people that prefer to wear their hair very short at the back because the donor area looks unaffected and unaltered.

Candidates for Robotic FUE Transplant

Men with thinning hair or balding at the top or front of their head are ideal candidates for the ARTAS robotic transplant. Since the hair is transplanted from a donor area at the back of the head, it also depends on the density and stability of your hair in that area.

FUE is a great option for patients who are not otherwise good candidates for FUT, whether because they have minimal hair in the donor area or have a soft scalp.
 

Average Cost Of The FUE Transplant Procedure

Typically, FUE transplants cost an average of $9,000.[1] The total cost of an FUE hair transplant depends on the range of grafts extracted band size of the individual case.
 

How Successful Is A FUE Hair Transplant?

FUE transplants can be just as successful as the more traditional FUT method, with graft survival rates of 90%. With Robotic FUE technology, the success rate of the procedure can be as high as 100%. The level of success is based the skill, knowledge, and experience of the doctor performing the procedure.

*Individual results may vary – see Disclaimer for more information.


FUT Hair Transplants

What Is A FUT Hair Transplant?

In Follicular Unit Transplantation (also sometimes also known as the “strip method”) a long, thin piece of tissue is removed from the back of the scalp. Individual follicular units are then removed from the strip using stereo-microscopic dissection.

Once the follicles have been harvested, the wound is closed leaving behind a single, very fine linear scar.
 

Advantages Of FUT Hair Transplants

  1. Manageable Recovery Time

    The recovery time of a FUT procedure is very manageable, usually lasting between 10-12 days. Some patients have experienced higher levels of discomfort with FUT compared to other procedures due to potential swelling where the strip of scalp was removed. In these instances, pain medication is prescribed.

  2. Higher Rate Of Follice Survival

    With FUT, hair is harvested from the mid donor zone where most the hair is permanent. For this reason, patients with limited hair availability in the donor area are often recommended for FUT treatment. With FUT, follicles are carefully harvested, keeping the protective tissue intact so grafts are robust and higher-quality

  3. Natural Looking Results

    The procedure leaves you with a very thin, linear scar that is no more than 1mm in diameter or less in size. This makes it very easily concealed with the surrounding hair so it is virtually undetectable.

    With a FUT hair transplant, a patient’s hair is transplanted in small, naturally occurring groups of 1 – 4 hairs. This allows you to enjoy a fuller, natural looking hair without revealing your hair transplant procedure.

  4. No Additional Scarring With Subsequent Sessions

    Regardless of the number of procedures a patient undergoes, you are left with only one scar. By contrast, the FUE procedure leaves a small, round scar behind with each follicle unit that is harvested.

Candidates for FUT Transplant


When a patient’s primary goal is to achieve maximum fullness from the hair restoration, FUT is recommended. For patients experiencing significant balding around the crown area of the head, FUT can be a better solution than FUE for better coverage and fullness.

 

Average Cost Of The FUT Transplant

The price of a FUT procedure varies depending on the size of the case. Most procedures typically start around $7000 plus HST. Typically a FUT procedure is less costly than an FUE Artas Robotic procedure.

 

How Successful Is A FUT Hair Transplant?

The success rate of any method, including FUT, depends upon the expertise of the physician. An experienced medical professional can provide FUT transplants with success rates are as high as 95-98%. Keep in mind that it is normal for transplanted follicles to fall out before regrowing permanent follicles—this is part of your hair’s natural lifecycle and transplant process.

*Individual results may vary – see Disclaimer for more information.


Which Hair Transplant Method Is Best?

Both procedures are an excellent option for men and women struggling with hair loss. When choosing between FUE or FUT, you should discuss with your surgeon which method is best suited for you.

During the consultation process, you and your doctor should discuss your goals and expectations, the number of follicular units required to achieve your desired coverage, and your hairline’s final design. This will help you and your surgeon decide which method of hair transplantation is best for you.

Learn more about Robotic FUE Transplants.
Learn more about FUT Transplants.

 

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