Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, abides by the same general principle as FUT in that both involve transplanting hair follicles from a donor site to a recipient site. Though the procedures are quite similar in this way, the FUE technique is markedly different from FUT and features a more time-intensive approach that may represent a better option depending on the specific needs of the patient in question.
The major difference between the two procedures is the fact that FUE does not leave the patient with the horizontal scar common to FUT, nor does it require the use and subsequent removal of sutures. This is due to the fact that the hair transplant surgeon removes each hair graft on an individual basis, but an eight-hour FUE session may only yield about half of the grafts possible in a four-hour FUT session, with a single FUE session resulting in 1,000 to 1,500 individual follicle grafts compared to the 2,000 to 3,000 multiple follicle grafts possible through an FUT session.
At MAXiM Hair Restoration, the team is highly experienced and can perform mega FUE sessions up to 3,000 grafts in a single day although it can take up to 12 hours for such a procedure.
While there are fewer follicles harvested and transplanted during a single session, FUE sessions require less recovery time and can therefore be performed on consecutive days to achieve the desired hair density. Like FUT, patients typically see the results within six months of the initial procedure, meaning patients will have to weigh a variety factors associated with each type of procedure as it relates to their own personal preferences. The primary factors most patients consider are the time required for each session, the time required for recovery and, of course, the cost.