Is FUE Really That Much Better Than FUT Hair Transplantation?
Follicular unit extraction is the most popular method of hair restoration by quite a significant margin. It is the favored procedure of balding celebrities and, as such, has become the favored procedure of the balding public. But what is the great allure of FUE hair transplantation in the first place? We’re going to be answering that question today by comparing FUE to the former number-one hair transplant procedure, follicular unit transplantation.
Invasiveness Of Procedure
Before follicular unit extraction came along, there was follicular unit transplantation (FUT). FUT remains available, but is often advised against because of the invasiveness of the surgery. In FUT, the surgeon removes a portion of skin from the patient’s donor site and stitches it on to the receiver site. Although effective, it is a primitive procedure and should be approached with caution.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is just as effective as FUT, if not more so. However, it has the advantage of being much less invasive. Rather than removing patches of skin from the donor site, FUE calls for the surgeon to extract follicles alone. These follicles are then implanted into small incisions made in the receiver site. It is a more complex procedure than FUT, but is far less painful.
Unsurprisingly given the invasiveness of the procedure, FUT can take quite a while to recover from. Most people who undergo an FUT hair transplant are advised to allow 30 days for a full recovery. This is far from ideal as most people are unable to take 30 days off work to heal up. As a result, many FUT patients are forced to return to work just a few days after surgery, plagued by pain and self-consciousness.
One of the major advantages FUE holds over other hair transplant types is that it is very easy to recover from. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, most patients overcome the roughest patch of the recovery process within a day. In fact, some people have reported returning to normal activity without discomfort less than one week after FUE treatment. medium.com recently ran a great article examining the FUE recovery process at length. We definitely recommend checking it out if you want more information on what to expect in the days and weeks following your FUE procedure.
The fact that FUT has remained a popular method of hair restoration even after the introduction of FUE can largely be attributed to its price. FUT treatment is almost always less expensive than the FUE alternative. Unlike some other inexpensive hair transplant types, however, it guarantees a full head of hair in one session. For those trying to restore their hairline on a budget, FUT is arguably the best way to go.
The only real downside of FUE treatment is the fact that it can get pretty expensive. Because of its complexity, the typical FUE procedure can cost close to $20,000 in most Western clinics. Thankfully, there is a way around this. As detailed in this article, traveling to Turkey can drastically reduce the cost of your FUE hair transplant. Turkey is home to a billion dollar hair transplant industry, as well as hundreds of hair transplant clinics, including the world-renowned Vera Clinic. These clinics compete with each other by offering all hair transplant types at seriously reduced rates. In fact, certain hair restoration clinics in Turkey charge a full 50% less than their Western counterparts!