What is the Difference Between FUE & FUT Hair Transplant and Which One is Better

Hair loss can be a distressing experience, affecting self-esteem and confidence. Fortunately, hair transplant surgeries offer a reliable solution. Two popular techniques are Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Both methods aim to restore hair but differ in procedure, recovery time, and, most importantly, graft survival rates. In this blog, we’ll delve into the specifics of these techniques, their advantages, and why graft survival is pivotal.

Hair Transplant Method

FUT: The Strip Method

FUT, also known as the strip method, is a traditional hair transplant technique. The procedure involves:

  • Extraction: A strip of scalp, usually from the back of the head, is surgically removed.
  • Dissection: The strip is then dissected into individual follicular units under a microscope.
  • Implantation: These follicular units are implanted into the balding areas of the scalp.

FUT Strip Method  

FUT has a graft survival rate of around 50%. The main advantage of this method is that it allows for the transplantation of a large number of grafts in a single session. However, the linear scar it leaves behind and the longer recovery time can be drawbacks for many patients.

FUE: Minimally Scarring Hair Transplant

FUE is a more modern technique that involves:

  • Extraction: Individual hair follicles are extracted directly from the donor area using a tiny punch tool.
  • Implantation: These follicles are then implanted into the balding areas.


Manual FUE improves the graft survival rate to about 70%. One of the primary benefits of FUE is that it leaves minimal scarring, as it does not involve removing a strip of scalp. The recovery time is also shorter compared to FUT. However, FUE can be more time-consuming and requires a high level of expertise from the surgeon.

FEU - Minimal Scarring 

The Role of the Neograft Device

For even better results, the Neograft device can be used for FUE, increasing the graft survival rate to an impressive 90%. The Neograft device automates part of the FUE process, minimising trauma to the follicles during extraction and implantation. This automation enhances the precision and consistency of the procedure, leading to higher graft survival rates.

Why Graft Survival Rates Matter

The survival of grafts is all about technique, expertise, and attention to detail. A higher graft survival rate means more hair will grow successfully in the transplanted area, leading to better overall results. Poor graft survival can result in patchy hair growth and the need for additional procedures.

Comparing FUT and FUE

While FUT and FUE both aim to restore hair, their differences are significant:

  • Scarring: FUT leaves a linear scar, whereas FUE leaves tiny, dot-like scars that are less noticeable.
  • Recovery Time: FUE typically has a shorter recovery time compared to FUT.
  • Procedure Time: FUT can be quicker in terms of the surgery itself, but FUE’s recovery time is generally shorter.

Suitability: FUT might be suitable for those needing a large number of grafts in one session, while FUE is preferable for those who want minimal scarring.

Choosing the Right Hair Transplant Technique  

Choosing the Right Technique

FUT and FUE both have their pros and cons, but advancements like the Neograft device have made FUE increasingly popular. This is because FUE offers a higher chance of hair growth and leaves minimal scars. The success of a hair transplant largely depends on the surgeon’s skill and the chosen technique. By understanding these methods, you can make an informed decision and achieve the best possible results for your hair restoration journey.

While FUT has some advantages, FUE’s higher success rates and minimal scarring make it a more attractive option for many, especially with the Neograft device. The key is to find experienced professionals who can guide you through the process and tailor the treatment to your specific needs. 

Here at The Medical Hair Institute, our experienced team offers FUE procedures, both manually and with the advanced Neograft device. We prioritise patient satisfaction and employ the latest techniques to ensure the highest possible graft survival rates. 

Australia’s Leading FUE Expert

Dr Holman is a specialist in hair restoration as well as a Key Opinion Leader and the Head Trainer for NeoGraft® Australia and New Zealand. With artistic precision and patience he has helped many people dramatically improve their confidence and hairline.

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