Compare Scars of FUE and FUT

1. Donor Site Immediately Right After Surgery

FUE

FUE needs to shave a huge area to perform the surgery and no hair to cover the scars. The punched holes will show for a few days after surgery.

FUT

FUT, we shave only 2 cm wide and remove one cm so we still have one cm shaved area. As long as donor site hair is longer than 3 cm in length, the shaved area will be covered and not detectable immediately after the surgery.

prepare donor site

2.  Donor Scars After A Few Months

FUE Scar With Short Hair (Not our patients-we do not perform FUE)

fue_scar

FUT Scars With Short Hair

FUE Scars When You Shaved Your Head  (Not our patients-we do not perform FUE)

It will show thousands of punch scars.

fue scar

FUT Scars When You Shaved Your Head

It shows one linear scar.

3. Worst Scenario

FUE-Worst Scenario (Not our patient-we do not perform FUE)

FUE doesn’t mean you can shave or cut your hair pretty short. 

The photo shows the harvest area was too small, so it looks very thin at the donor site.

FUT-Worst Scenario

It only shows one linear scar.

Risk On FUE:  Over Safe Zone

The FUE procedure needs to harvest a wide area to harvest grafts.

The top and bottom of the hair is over the safe zone. It means they are not

The permanent hair, when aged, the hair at that area will disappear.

Then at first, the thousand small punch scars will show, and the transplanted hair will fade.

4. Cover-Up Methods

Cover Up FUE Scar

  1. Leave air longer, but the donor might look thin. Because punched scars were not closed, the scar area is much bigger than the FUT method.
  2. Camouflage products such as hair powder
  3. Tattoo for thousands of small punch scars

Cover Up FUT Scar

  1. Leave hair longer, Donor site doesn’t look thin. Linear scar is always not wider than 2 mm.
  2. Hair color foundation
  3. Tattoo for one linear scar.

5. Hairstyle After Surgery

Hairstyle After FUE Surgery

A. Shave head: will show thousands of small punches scars

B. Young people have a very popular Fade haircut: The harvesting area will need 8 to 10 cm wide. Will show the button of scars at the lower part of the donor site.

The hair can’t be cut too short or the punch scars will show as in the photo below. The gentleman was sitting in front of me on a bus.

Hairstyle After FUT Surgery

A. Shave head: will show one linear scar

B. Young people have a trendy Fade haircut: Only need one cm wide, Can harvest the donor at the higher part of the donor so a fade haircut is possible.

6. Compare the scar size of FUE and FUT

FUE

For 3000 FU grafts, FUE will leave scars a total of 30 sq. cm.

FUT

FUT will leave a 30 cm long but only 0.1 cm wide scar. So the total size of scar FUE is 10 times bigger than FUT. This is the reason donor side hair of FUE looks thinner compared to FUT.

7. Compare Pain After Surgery 

FUE

Pain happens three-four days after the megassession. When thousand of open punch holes got inflamed.

Itching, pain, and redness always last for one to two months.

FUT

Pain of FUT usually happens on the night of surgery then gradually getting better.

We have been performing FUT for more than 28 years. The pain after the FUT surgery is depending on tightness and knobs at both ends of the suture. It is technique-dependent. We give Tylenol with codeine for post-op pain. About 50 percent of our patients don’t even take it. Only 1 to 2 % ask for a more strong pain reliever.

Learn More form a hair transplant surgeon’s experience as a FUE patient

Dr. Anastassakis presented his own FUE experience at ISHRS annual meeting in Oct 2014.