It is possible that surgeons opine different procedures of FUT and FUE hair restoration for candidates with similar hair loss patterns. As the FUE procedure highly attracts seekers because of its minimal invasive and minimal scarring nature, patients might feel disappointed when a trusted surgeon opines him to have FUT.
The ideal technique is opined based on—
- Hair Loss Pattern Targeted Density — the baldness pattern alone does not indicate the outcome from a hair transplant surgery, be it via FUT or FUE. A big bald scalp, high forehead or vertex baldness determines the required hair graft number or donor demand.
- Donor Reserve— the outcome from the surgery is determined by the quantity as well as the quality of the donor hair, to be suffices the donor demand. Sufficient donor hair is needed to conserve a cosmetically pleasing appearance of evenly dense hair coverage after the distribution in bald patches.
- Hair Texture— the texture of the hair also plays an important role, since extracting very curly or African descent hair has raised risks of graft transaction.
- Scalp Laxity— to perform the FUT procedure, the patient needs to have a flexible scalp. Since a tight scalp will lead to a discomfort.
- Gender of patient— since female hair loss is usually diffusive, and lack a static donor reserve
- Hair Transplant Cost— though cost should not be a factor when a surgeon is sought after, and sticking to well recognized experts should not be compromised. Given the fact, FUT cost is less than FUE, so if you are an ideal candidate for FUT and FUE seems too expensive, then it is a considerable option to choose FUT.
Difference Between FUT and FUE Hair Transplant
FUT and FUE hair transplant techniques differ only by means of how the donor hair is harvested. FUT is ideal when the patient has a big bald scalp, but has a good donor reserve as well. A strip of skin up to 20cm long and 1.5cm wide suffices to yield up to 2,000 hair grafts. FUE is ideal for patients who want to avoid scarring; also, it allows body hair extraction to use as donor hair, and conserve more scalp hair.
Why Hair Transplant Potentials Differ Between Men and Women?
Though not as commonly, but women can too, face hair thinning due to androgenic alopecia, and obviously seek hair restoration. However, unfortunately often female candidates fail to qualify as a candidate. Diffuse hair loss being the reason, women may have androgenic alopecia or telogen effluvium is similarly common in women. Either ways, finding a permanent donor reserve is impossible in most cases.
How Far Should You Trust The Surgeon
It is not wise to follow what a surgeon says, thinking that he/she knows better than you do. Since hair transplant surgery is an elective procedure, it is important that the patient is aware of their hair loss condition and only agree with the surgeon based on knowledge, not presumption.
Sometimes surgeons may opine a technique, because they do it, irrelevant of the fact, that the patient might benefit better from the other technique. It may make things easier if you consult with a number of surgeons at once, and especially them who performs both the procedures.