A very popular procedure in Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery clinics nowadays is Hair Transplant. It is as popular as Abdominoplasty, Liposuction or Breast Augmentation.
Two types of technique used in hair transplant is the FUT or FUE tecnniques. FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation is performed by removing a strip of the scalp tissue in a longitudinal manner. Following this, the strip of tissue will be sliced to single hair follicles unit.
FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction on the other hand, is performed by extracting each hair follicle one by one from the root. This is done using a special device that consist of a rotating cylindrical blade. Interestingly, currently there is a robotic system known as ARTAS than can do a wonderful job of extracting the hair follicles at tremendous speed.
In terms of recovery, FUE are better in the context of less donor site pain and scarring as it does not need the long excision line used in FUT. However, the FUT technique is still being utilized in certain cases, for example when the donor site hairs are limited or low-lying.
When comparing the operative time, FUT can done more quickly compared to FUE. The reason being that, excision the strip of follicles-containing skin, the step of slicing can be performed by many assitants at the same time even though this will incur additional cost of hiring them.
The next step of implanting the hair follicles is the same for both technique. What is important though, to ensure high survival rate of the transplanted hairs, meticulous techniques during hair extraction and implantation is mandatoruy.
In our centre, we used both FUT and FUE depending on the Plastic Surgeon assessment that fits the best for our clients.