FUT is also known as the strip method because of the way donor follicles are harvested. This method involves a surgeon removing a strip of skin from the back of a patient’s head and then separating the hair follicles from the skin for implantation. FUE, on the other hand, removes each follicle individually from the scalp, carefully considering which follicles are optimal for implants.
Due to the way that follicles are harvested, there is a difference in how the scalp heals. When using the FUT method, the removal of a strip of skin will leave a permanent scar where the graft was removed. Because the ARTAS iX FUE method individually extracts follicles from the scalp, there is no linear scarring in patients.
Both procedures will require some amount of recovery time, though that amount will differ based on which method is used. Due to the FUT method’s invasive nature, the recovery time is longer than the FUE method. Where the FUT method requires stitches and weeks of recovery time, the patients who receive FUE transplants are typically able to return to regular routine within a few days.