Both FUT and FUE techniques have advantages and disadvantages. Current trend worldwhile is FUE, as more inexperienced surgeons want to engage Hair Transplant as part of their services. Reason is simply that FUE requires less training, manpower, and facility. We maintain our view that FUT provides a better result and is therefore our preferred technique; while FUE is reserved for selected groups of patients. Other centers may hold different opinion.

Technique FUT FUE
Indication For medium or large area of baldness For small area of baldness
•   For patient with very tight scalp
•   For patient who wants to cut the hair very short, scattered scars may be less noticeable
Good Candidate Most people are good candidates except those prone to have keloid or hypertrophic scar High donor density
•   low hair-skin color contrast
•   wavy hair
•   small size of graft
Caucasian in general are good candidate; Chinese usually not
Unit for Transplant Single or Double Follicular Unit Single Follicular Unit
Manpower Required 6 Staff Minimal 2 - 3 Staff
Use of Microscopy Mandatory Recommended
Size of Graft 0.8 - 1.8 mm in diameter
Chubby Graft with abundant fat
0.8 - 1.2 mm in diameter
Skinny Graft with Minimal Fat
Number of grafts Can get more grafts per 1 session, up to 4,000-5,000 grafts depend on scalp laxity and donor density. Most surgeons limit to 1,000-1,500 grafts per 1 session, though some surgeons report thay can harvest up to 4,000 grafts per session.
Graft Transection Rate 2 % 5 - 15 %.
Use of Permanent hair 85 % Use 30-50 % Use
Quality of Grafts Grafts are prepared under direct vision thus with less transection. Better quality of grafts. Grafts can be cut to different sizes to meet different requirements. Grafts are individually extracted and then trimmed under the microscope. FUE is still a blind technique with greater risk for transection. Less fat around root renders more susceptible to trauma and dehydration.
Growth rate 80- 90 % growth rate as reported by majority of hair surgeons About 70-75 % growth rate. Technique easy to learn but difficult to master.
Harvesting Technique A measured strip of hair-bearing skin is excised. The wound is closed with clips or suture The follicle is punched out one by one using a 0.8-1.2 mm diameter sharp metal punch
Surgical Risk Comparatively Low Comparatively High :
•   Longer surgery hour
•   More Anesthetic Required
•   Breathing /Circulation compromised
•   Beware of inexperienced surgeon
Infection Rate 0.2 -1 % 0.2 -1 %
Pain Less pain during surgery; more pain at donor wound the next few days More discomfort during procedure due to long operating hours. Less pain at donor wound on the next few days.
Removal of Stitches Yes, after 5-7 Days No Need
Shaving No Need to Shave Need to shave
Scar Width of the linear scar is unpredictable but in most case 1-4mm. Hairs can come through the scar to make it less visible with Trichophytic Closing Technique. Hundreds to thousands dispersed small white circular scars on close inspection, with obvious thinning at donor area.
Scar visibility Scar covered if hair is worn 1cm long Scar covered if hair is worn 0.5cm long
Scar Revision in Future Possible Unlikely
Number of Sessions Can achieve good result just in one session May need more than one session to achieve the same result.