FUT vs. FUE Method

Find the perfect match for your hair restoration needs.   

The impact of hair loss goes beyond health. It affects the overall quality of life. That’s why you deserve a solution that’s both safe and effective—one that directly tackles this health issue and restores the confidence you need to thrive. Pizarro Hair Restoration is here to help you!

We employ follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit excision (FUE) techniques to achieve natural-looking, long-lasting hair restoration. With thirty years of industry experience, you can rely on us to help you regain both your hair and your confidence and steer you toward the method that best aligns with your goals. 

Understanding Hair Loss

Hair loss is a widespread concern that impacts individuals. According to the American Hair Loss Association, around two-thirds of men encounter some degree of hair loss at the age of 35, and when they hit 50, a staggering 85% of them experience noticeable hair thinning. 40% of women, on the other hand, face visible hair loss by the age of 40.

The reasons behind hair loss can range from genetic predisposition and hormonal influences to aging. However, the emotional and psychological toll it takes is something that cannot be ignored. Finding the right solution is crucial to enhance your quality of life. 


Follicular unit transplantation is a traditional hair restoration technique that involves removing a strip of scalp from the donor area. The harvested follicular units are then meticulously dissected under a microscope and transplanted into the recipient area. This procedure allows for a higher graft yield in a single session, making it suitable for individuals with advanced hair loss. 

Benefits of FUT:

Follicular Unit Excision is a modern approach to hair transplantation. Individual follicular units are extracted directly from the donor area using a micro-punch. This method minimizes scarring and eliminates the need for stitches. FUE is particularly popular among those who prefer shorter hairstyles due to its minimal scarring. 

Benefits of FUE

FUE Technique FUT STRIP Technique
Use of Scalpel, Sutures, or Staple No Yes
Surgical Operating Time-2000 grafts 6-8 hours 6-8 hours
lnvasiveness of Procedure + ++
Typical Hair Length Preference Short Medium
Short Hair Required Prior to Procedure Yes No
Donor Site Linear Scar No Yes
Maximum Follicles Harvested Per Session 2500+ 2500+
Typical Healing Time of Donor Site 3-4 days 10-14 days
Local Tumescent Anesthesia / Oral Sedation Yes Yes
Postoperative Tight Scalp Sensation No Yes
Risk of BIeeding & Nerve Damage No Low
Donor Hypopigmentation Yes No

Choosing the Right Technique

When deciding between FUT and FUE, several factors come into play, including the extent of hair loss, donor hair availability, personal preferences, and lifestyle. Having a personalized consultation with our hair restoration specialist is essential to determine the best technique for your unique needs.

Additionally, we understand that the decision-making process can be overwhelming, given the various options and considerations. That’s why we offer comprehensive one-on-one discussions to help you make an informed choice. Our team is committed to providing you with all the necessary information, from the pros and cons of each technique to the expected recovery times and results. We aim to empower you to make a decision that aligns with your goals and lifestyle.

At Pizarro Hair Restoration, our patient-centered approach ensures that each client receives a tailored treatment plan. We’ll work with you at every step to help you navigate your hair restoration journey. Our care doesn’t end after the procedure—we prioritize post-care and follow-ups to ensure lasting results. 

Frequently Asked Questions About the Services

FUT entails extracting a strip of tissue containing hair follicles from the donor area, whereas FUE extracts individual follicles. FUT generally leaves a linear scar, while FUE leaves tiny dot scars. FUT might be more suitable for large-scale restoration, whereas FUE offers more flexibility in donor areas. 

FUT is often more suitable for extensive hair loss as it allows for transplanting more hair follicles in a single session. The strip method used in FUT maximizes the donor area, providing more grafts. However, individual needs and preferences might make FUE a suitable option in some cases. 

Yes, FUT and FUE can be tailored to specific hair loss patterns. A skilled surgeon can assess your situation and recommend the method that best suits your needs, considering the pattern, extent of hair loss, and individual preferences. 

FUE is typically more time-consuming and labor-intensive, making it generally more expensive than FUT. However, costs can vary widely based on the surgeon's experience, geographic location, and the extent of the procedure. Consultation with a doctor or surgeon will give the most accurate cost estimate. 

Both procedures are performed under local anesthesia to minimize pain. FUT may have slightly more discomfort during recovery due to the strip removal, whereas FUE extraction may lead to less post-operative discomfort. Pain management is typically part of post-operative care.

Yes, FUT and FUE can be combined in a comprehensive treatment plan. This combination can maximize the available donor hair and address different areas or types of hair loss. A hair restoration expert can customize the specific plan based on individual needs. 

It is possible to have FUT after FUE or vice versa, depending on factors such as remaining donor hair and scarring. A specialist must evaluate your specific condition first to determine if a combined or sequential approach is appropriate. 

Certain hair types and scalp conditions favor one method over the other. For example, FUE might be preferable for those with tight scalps, while FUT might be better for those with loose scalps. Expert consultation can help determine the best fit. 

FUT and FUE have high long-term success rates when performed by skilled practitioners. The choice of method should not significantly affect the sustainability of the transplanted hair. Proper post-procedure care is key to maintaining the results.

FUT may require fewer sessions for extensive hair loss as more grafts can be obtained in one session. FUE might require more sessions as it involves extracting individual follicles. The specific number of sessions will vary based on individual needs. 

Post-procedure care for FUT and FUE includes careful washing, avoiding strenuous activities, and taking prescribed medications. FUT may have additional care considerations related to the linear incision. Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions tailored to the procedure type. 

Hair restoration experts consider factors such as the pattern and extent of hair loss, donor hair availability, individual lifestyle, preferences, and budget. A thorough consultation and examination help the surgeon understand the patient's unique situation and recommend the most appropriate approach between FUT and FUE. 

Let us guide you in finding the perfect hair restoration solution.

Every individual’s hair journey is unique, and our expert team is here to ensure you find the best treatment for your specific needs. Reach out to us to receive personalized treatment that brings back the fullness and vibrancy of your hair.