Hair Transplantation – Milwaukee, WI
In the field of hair transplantation, we distinguish between two techniques, FUT and FUE. The main difference between the two lies in the way the follicle units are extracted. In an FUT, the strip technique is used, by which a strip of the scalp with hairs on it is taken from the back of the head, with its hair follicles subsequently being extracted. Using FUE, individual follicular units are extracted directly from the scalp.
The dominant feature of both techniques is the extraction of the smallest natural hair groups, the so-called follicular units, or FUs for short. Each of these anatomical units generally consists of 1 – 4 hairs. Both techniques – FUT and FUE – make use of these natural units.
The extraction method is one of the most important and decisive factors in any hair transplant. The focus is not on extracting as many grafts as possible, but on the quality of the hair roots, as they play a decisive role in determining whether the grafts take root.
FUE & FUT: the donor area and scarring
The two extraction techniques – FUE and FUT – differ with regard to the scarring left in the donor area. Whereas strip extraction (FUT) will leave a narrow linear scar on the back of the head, all that can be seen after an FUE transplant are micro-scars looking like little dots.
The appearance of the scar in the donor area is therefore a criterion for patients wanting to wear their hair very short. As scarring differs from patient to patient and is also dependent on the type and number of previous and future transplants, the in-depth and well-prepared consultation of a hair surgeon is an absolute “must”. Special closure techniques such as trichophytic closure are beneficial for obtaining minimum scarring after FUT strip extraction.