We at the Dr. Özlem Biçer Clinic use two surgical techniques in which hair can be removed from a patient’s scalp. These are – Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). The way that grafts are transplanted back into a patient’s scalp following their removal is the same with both techniques. It is how the hairs are removed that is different. In the case of the FUE technique each hair graft is removed from the donor region one by one using a punch tool, on the other hand for the FUT technique the doctor removes strips of tissue from the donor area.

What is FUE?

FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. This is a relatively new technique and has become popular since mid to late 2008. Dr. Özlem Biçer started to operate with FUE technique on 2003, and she is internationally considered a pioneer in this field. Follicular unit transplantation is a procedure where hair is transplanted from areas at the back and sides of the scalp, and moved to balding areas of the scalp. These individual follicles are then implanted in the areas that are affected. Typically, with the men suffering from male pattern baldness this will be the classic horseshoe area. Using a specialist micro surgical needle, the surgeon will puncture the scalp area that will receive the grafts. The grafts, i.e. these 1, 2, 3 and 4 hair groupings, are then inserted at an angle into the recipient area, and with a specific density, so that it will resemble a natural and realistic hair pattern.

What is FUT?

Also known as ‘strip surgery’, FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation and is a type of surgical hair transplant known for minimizing trauma to the scalp and producing natural-looking results.

In FUT operations, ‘follicular units’ made up of naturally occurring groups of one-to-four hairs, sebaceous (oil) glands, nerves, a small muscle, and occasionally fine vellus hairs, are transplanted. Preserving the unit as a whole in this way is thought to help hair growth once transplanted.

Modern Follicular Unit Transportation is considered an advance on older hair transplant techniques which used larger grafts, and often gave obvious and ‘pluggy’-looking results. Transplanting the smaller units used in FUT allows 1500-2000 grafts to be transplanted in a single session, resulting in a more natural-looking effect for the patient. Moreover, the new grafts should mimic normal hair growth patterns and be virtually undetectable.

Hair Transplantation with PRP Therapy

Hair transplant operations take hours. As the donor follicles are removed from the patient, they are placed in saline solution until the transplant takes place. PRP treatment, if used in conjunction with FUE or FUT, helps enhance follicle viability, stimulate healing and hair regeneration following the operation.

What one should I go for?

FUE has become the procedure of choice by patients worldwide and the strip procedure for most patient scenario’s is now outdated.

FUE also takes significantly less time to heal than FUT. As only individual follicles are removed it leaves very small puncture scars that are almost invisible to the naked eye.
FUE treatment leaves you with almost no post-surgical pain and discomfort and the average recovery time is about 3 days.

When having a FUT transplant a strip of tissue will be removed from the back of the head. Because of this, it can take much longer to heal with the initial healing process taking up to 10 days. As a strip of tissue is removed from the back of the head a FUT transplant can leave the head with scarring.

If you would like more information about what treatment is right for you, please contact us for a no obligation consultation where we can discuss in-depth what treatment would be best for you.

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