FUE or FUT???????????

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  • ed83
    Junior Member
    • May 2009
    • 7

    FUE or FUT???????????

    Ok, so what is better FUE or FUT?

    I’ve noticed that FUT seems to be a lot cheaper and some sites say that it is actually more consistent and in general seems to give better results, but they also say that it may leave a scar.

    Opinions please……………
  • Jeffrey Epstein, MD
    IAHRS Recommended Hair Transplant Surgeon
    • Nov 2008
    • 879

    FUE vs. FUG

    It has been my experience, over the past year or so as my experience with FUE has dramatically increased- to the point where I am now performing on average 3 to 4 FUE procedures weekly- that FUE has some definite indications, primarily due to the absence of the tell-tale hair transplant scar.
    Now, for most individuals who have a strip FUG procedure, this scar is less than 2 mm in width- allowing individuals to cut the hair quite short. However, if the head is shaved, no matter how perfect this scar heals- and no matter even if grafts are subsequently placed into the scar- it will be visible.
    This as opposed to FUE, where in my experience, most patients can have essentially an undetectable normal appearing scalp after having as many as 2,400 FUE grafts extracted. Going over this number can, in individuals with great donor density, be done no problem- where as many as 3,500 or so grafts can then be removed from a donor area that contains 20,000 or more follicular units.
    So, for whom do I recommend FUE procedures?
    1. Patients who are young- typically 24 to 28 or so years old, who may still want to shave their head in the future, but currently are devastated by their hair loss and are seeking to do something about it. In these patients, 1700 to 1800 grafts, placed strategically in the frontal forelock can make a huge difference in appearance- and therefore self-esteem. If in the future they decide not to have any further work done, the transplanted frontal forelock will provide a natural look for life, and there is no detectable donor site scarring. And if more work is in fact desired, these patients can likely have another FUE procedure, or switch over to FUG strip where they know they are never going to shave their head. Because younger patients tend to have a higher incidence of widened scars from strip removal, FUE has a particular advantage.
    2. Any patient who cuts his hair very short with a #3 or shorter and is unwilling, if in the case of a slightly widened strip donor site scar that they would be willing to let their hair be a bit longer.
    3. Almost any African-American patient, the overwhelming majority who shave their heads and look quite good at that.
    4. Patients who have had scarring from prior donor strips who are seeking the maximum number of grafts.
    5. Patients who have a donor site scar that they wish to have filled in with grafts.

    Of course, there are some other considerations for deciding on FUE vs. FUG/strip, but these are sound guidelines.

    Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
    Miami and NYC
    Dr. Epstein is a world-renowned hair transplant and restoration surgeon. Using the latest in hair transplant technology, he provides patients with natural-looking results.
    Jeffrey S. Epstein, MD
    Foundation For Hair Restoration