Follicular Unit Extraction vs. Follicular Unit Transplantation.

A follicular unit is the natural make up—one to four hairs — that grow on your head. When a hair transplant surgeon grafts hair into place he takes these follicular units and transplants them into the balding area of the head to achieve the most natural look possible.

There are two ways to get the follicular units from the donor area of the scalp. One is to remove each follicular unit individually and then transplant it into place. This method is called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE ). The benefit is no linear scarring in the area compared to the use of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). With follicular unit transplantation, a small strip of hair is removed from the donor area and then follicular units are dissected under a microscope from this strip and transplanted in place. Both options offer great hair transplants. However, Follicular unit transplantation, while resulting in a small linear scar where the scalp has been harvested. FUT offers a much larger donor supply per session than Follicular Unit Extraction. This means that more units can be transplanted per sitting. FUT also costs less because it is not nearly as labor intensive as extracting each follicular unit individually from the scalp. Remember, both methods offer great hair transplants. It’s up to you to determine which procedure is right for you.
DiStefano Hair Restoration Center is committed to helping men and women take charge of their appearance and self-esteem through hair restoration options. For more than 16 years, DiStefano has been at the forefront of the hair transplantation industry, and has performed more than 5,000 successful hair transplant procedures.