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Which Hair Transplant Technique is Better: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Follicular Unit Excision (formerly Follicular Unit Extraction) (FUE)?

9/23/2008 12:33:46 PM

Question:

I read on your hair loss website that FUT is a successful hair transplant procedure by a certain hair restoration clinic only performs the FIT technique where follicles are removed one by one. Can you tell me which one is better?

Answer:

FIT (Follicular Isolation Technique) also known as FUE - Follicular Unit Excision (formerly known as Follicular Unit Extraction) can be a viable solution for some patients. However, most respectable hair transplant surgeons agree that it often produces more waste and less hair growth than FUT (follicular unit hair transplantation). The greatest benefit of FUE in my opinion is the elimination of the linear scar acquired from FUT (strip surgery). However, due to the extraneous forces placed on the follicles during extraction and fragile state of the follicles due to the lack of surrounding tissue, follicles are more commonly transected or damaged negatively impacting hair growth.

In my opinion, take your time, research both techniques including the benefits, limitations, drawbacks, and risks and make an educated decision as to which method is best for you. Be sure also to select a hair restoration physician with a proven record of producing excellent results.

Feel free to use our hair restoration forum to see real results and see what patients are saying about their doctors.

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Bill is the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.