Compare Scars of FUE and FUT
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, 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.
2. Donor Scars After A Few Months
FUE Scar With Short Hair (Not our patients-we do not perform FUE)
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- Camouflage products such as hair powder
- Tattoo for thousands of small punch scars
Cover Up FUT Scar
- Leave hair longer, Donor site doesn’t look thin. Linear scar is always not wider than 2 mm.
- Hair color foundation
- 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.
6. Compare the scar size of FUE and FUT
For 3000 FU grafts, FUE will leave scars a total of 30 sq. cm.
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
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.
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.