FUT/FUE graft scars: what are the differences?

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FUT and FUE are currently the most successful hair transplant techniques used by hair transplant specialists around the world. Regardless of the method recommended by your surgeon, the goal remains the same: to extract hair follicles from the parts of the scalp not affected by androgenetic alopecia to cover the bald areas. The way follicular units are extracted differs considerably from one grafting technique to another and, of course, the impact on the scarring is important. Explanations.

Different extracting techniques

Strip method

With the FUT graft, the surgeon takes a thin strip of scalp from the crown to collect the necessary number of follicular units. This strip, which is usually 1-2 cm in height and about 20 cm long (if there are no scarring complications), is located in the middle of the occipital area, an area that is spared from androgenetic alopecia. The FUT graft is particularly recommended to correct advanced alopecia or if the patient has low hair density in the donor area. In addition, the FUT method has the advantage of not requiring any shaving of the hair.

Follicular extraction

The extraction of FUE grafts is done using a micro-punch, whose diameter varies from 0.8 to 1 mm. A micro-punch is a very sharp surgical tool that the surgeon uses to penetrate the scalp around the follicular unit. The grafts are extracted one by one. When the alopecia is too advanced, several grafting sessions and/or partial or total shaving of the donor area may be required.

Very discreet scars in both cases

FUT graft: a very fine linear scar

Unlike popular belief, FUT grafts only leave a discreet scar. The scar is linear and often extends across the crown, but it is no more than one millimeter high and is completely hidden by the hair. In addition, CMCC surgeons use a trichophytic suture technique to make the scar even more discreet. When the incised area is closed, the hair around the wound is directed slightly toward the incision so that it will naturally hide the scar as it grows back. The FUT method is less likely to be suggested to patients who want to cut their hair short. Ff there is no other choice, some grafts can always be implanted with the FUE technique on the thin scar line.

FUE graft: small circular marks.

Extraction by follicular unit leaves the most discreet scars among all the grafting techniques. These scars are circular and measure less than a millimeter in diameter (in the absence of scarring complications). Moreover, they blend in better with the hair because they are scattered on the temporal and occipital areas of the scalp.
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