Hair transplant with FUE technique: differences with FUT
There is a lot of talk about hair transplantation with the FUE technique (or more simply "FUE hair transplant"), let's see together what this technique consists of and what it differs from the more advanced FUT technique.
The FUE technique
The FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) technique is a hair transplantation technique with direct removal of the follicular units.
This technique was already used more than 25 years ago by some German, Italian and French surgeons as an evolution of the punch technique (the one with tufts of doll) was soon abandoned in favor of the STRIP technique (FUT) which gave much more hair regrowth percentages. high. But since, unfortunately, in a sector like that of baldness and its correction there has always been a very commercial address by some organizations, in recent years this technique has been "fished out" as a novelty according to the old saying that " there is nothing easier in surgery than giving a new name to an old technique ”.
Returning to us, the FUE technique consists in the removal of the follicular units in the donor area with circular scalpels, much smaller, but similar to those used for the doll tufted technique; this collection can be done by hand or with the aid of a motorized rotating system.
However, since it is a blind withdrawal in the thickness of the scalp, the follicular unit in the sample may not always be "centered", or as often happens it can be damaged (transection) or the follicular units adjacent to those of the sample can be damaged . From this we understand how the hair regrowth percentages are significantly lower than the FUT.
It is also not true that there is no scar because there are many, very small ones, each corresponding to each individual sample. All these small scars disrupt the anatomy of the donor area, so a second possible collection for a subsequent autotransplant will be more difficult with even lower regrowth percentages and the possibility of formation in the donor area of very evident thinning patches visible with the hair long caused by the many small confluent scars.
This hair transplant technique also requires complete shaving of the donor area, which is often not pleasing to patients. Advantages of the FUE technique
Simplicity. It is the first step for novice doctors in hair transplantation techniques.
It does not require extensive surgical experience or a well-trained team.
It lends itself well to marketing advertising campaigns also on the Internet by commercial groups that exploit the psychological effect of the "cut" of the FUT compared to the many small cuts or rather holes of the FUE; it also makes it possible to present the intervention as much simpler, which encourages patients to undergo constantly disappointing interventions.
It has lower costs of execution, personnel, materials and operating rooms, allowing operators, or whoever for them, greater profit margins.