Mon 25 Mar 2013
Reading though different hair restoration forums and browsing through results, it appears that follicular unit transplantation (FUT) yields better results and is more consistent in comparison to follicular unit extraction (FUE). In theory if shouldn’t be the case as FUE allows you to extract any kind of graft you want whereas strip is limited and you only got what’s in a strip of skin that’s been cut off.
FUE results vary. Some results are on par with FUT and some are not so great. Many surgeons don’t do any testing. I think the only one who does it is Dr. Rassman (not sure if he still does). Many don’t even test body hair transplants (BHT) and move to the large sessions without knowing what % of grafts will grow and we all know how unpredictable BHT can be.
Disturbing part is a lot of FUE clinics advertise 100% growth or close to it. Truth is they can’t predict that even if they are the best in the field. Also, excuses such as hair color, scalp contrast and curl is the reason why some results look better than others. Yes, these are the factors but they are often used to cover up for poor yield.