I am debating between FUT and FUE techniques for hair transplant. I am fairly young and hair loss is not too extensive at this point. With what I can gather, this means I am more likely to need an additional procedure in the future. When you have a second procedure does this mean you also have an additional scar? This might help make the decision between the two techniques.
Personally, if you can do an FUT technique, it certainly is to your advantage for the reason that FUT techniques get a better take of hair and an overall better result. The FUE is a good technique for people who are planning on having very short hair or people who have obvious scar problems like keloids and hypertrophic scar formation. However, there is a less high percentage of hair take in the transplanted area from that and there is some loss of the follicles in the process of removing the FUE grafts. If you are going to have a second procedure, the fact that that you had FUT is not a problem because most of the new hair removed is done through the old original scar. You do not have to have a second scar, the new one can be placed over the first one and you still look excellent. As long as you keep your hair over about three-quarters of an inch in length, there should be no problem hiding this.
Posted by Richard Galitz, MD, FACS