Hair transplant FUE vs FUT healing
Much is said about the main difference between FUT and FUE. Hair transplant FUE vs FUT healing. Donor and recipient. While recipient healing is the same. Graft care, washing and cleaning etc. But, the donor healing does vary. In terms of immediate to to mid-term. Also beyond. With this in mind. Regardless of the technique, always follow your clinic instructions.
Hair transplant FUE vs FUT healing. Which is less invasive? With FUE. Although multiple individual wounds are created. Each wound is small. As a result, no suture is needed. A bandage may be applied on the first day. Each scar wound contracts in size. Over time the skin complexion also relaxes. Although the hair density is reduced. The small white dots are hidden by the surrounding hair.
FUT a linear scar is created. In a particular area. Around the back and sides of the head. Using a suture to close the strip. Removed or dissolves around 10-14 days later. The strip technique can cause a slight change in skin laxity. Especially, in the early stages of healing. Returning to normal over time. Any heavy lifting or excessive tension on the area is not advised. FUT will leave a linear scar. This is hidden under the surrounding hair. Camouflaged further by techniques to grow hair through the scar line. Trichophytic closure.
FUT & FUE scarring compared
The cosmetically visible difference between FUT and FUE hair transplant. Multiple white dots opposed to linear scarring. As a result, the emphasis is often on the visual. Opposed to the technical. That being the overall scarring area. As this will impact on future surgical hair restoration.
Taking into consideration. An average case, healing protocols, standards of performance. Extracting 3000 grafts via FUT and FUE
FUT goal 3000 grafts. From the occipital area. Resulting in a linear scar 20 – 25cm long and 1-2mm wide. As a result, an EDF scar area between 200 – 500mm2.
FUE goal 3000 grafts. From an average size/density donor area. Using 1mm punch tool. With a radius of R = 0.5mm. As a result, there will be at least 3000 circular micro-scars with an area of: FUE = πR2 = 3.14 Χ 0.25 = 0.8mm2. The scratch surface after FUE punching = 3000 x 0.8mm2 = 2400mm2.
With the view to transparency. For instance, over a 2mm width Strip scar (FUT). Would begin to not be considered a good scar. From a proficient FUT surgeon. But, given as a comparison here. FUE scarring can be 5-12 times larger compared to FUT. Harvesting the same number of grafts. It can be equivalent to a surface of 4.8cm X 4.8cm. As a result of being spread or scattered over a large surface area. FUE scarring becomes less visible. As a result, loses the visual impact.
Planning your hair transplant
A hair transplant doctor will take into consideration a few factors. When deciding if an individual is a good hair transplant candidate. These can range from age to goals and expectations. Technically from the hair loss pattern to the donor hair characteristics. The hair transplant technique may also be a consideration. Choosing the correct hair transplant technique will impact on future hair restoration.
Your consultation gives you a chance to discuss the issues. For example, hairline design, hair coverage and density.