Surgical Hair Transplant Conclusion
Both techniques – FUE and FUT – have very good success prospects, but: there is no one best or right method – each method has its own pros and cons.
The decision on which extraction method to use should be individually weighed up in consultation with the hair restoration surgeon. There are many factors needing to be taken into consideration. A hair surgeon must be in a position to assess future natural hair loss, the quality and density of existing hair, and in particular the hair structure. He must also be able to calculate the number of grafts needing to be extracted to fulfill a patient’s wishes, discuss alternative forms of treatment such as a medication-based therapy, and explain to the patient the pros and cons of each technique. In addition, comprehensive tests need to be carried out before any recommendation for any one extraction method can be issued.
An FUE is best for patients wanting to avoid a linear scar at all costs, and for younger patients only requiring minor treatment. Moreover, FUE is the right choice when transplanting body hair or when corrective / reconstructive hair surgery is involved.
FUE is also good for patients with (very) little donor hair, as well as for patients with a tendency to extreme scarring or patients wanting to wear their hair very short. Patients with a Norwood V or VI diagnosis should choose a combination of FUE and FUT to attain the highest possible number of donor hairs.
Though both extraction techniques basically allow the same number of hairs to be extracted, there is one major difference. In an FUT, under good working conditions, 4000 – 5000 FUs can be extracted in one operation session. The corresponding figure for FUE is 3000 – 3500 FUs. Using the FUE technique, a second operation is generally needed to achieve the same number of FUs. This can only take place some 6 months later.
At Katona Hair Restoration we will review all options with you and help you determine the right procedure to accomplish your hair transplant cosmetic goals.