The pros and cons of follicular unit extraction (FUE) versus elliptical donor harvesting (FUT)

J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2022 Nov 17;24(6-8):63-65. doi: 10.1080/14764172.2022.2088795. Epub 2022 Aug 30.


Hair transplantation has evolved as a practice since the 1960's with advances in technology and surgical technique. With various surgical techniques in existence, patients and practitioners have an abundance of options to curate the best results for the patient. However, with many options come various benefits and consequences that must be examined on a patient-by-patient basis. This review article sought to examine the various surgical modalities of hair transplantation, to outline the pros and cons of various techniques, and to help outline considerations when choosing a given surgical technique.

Keywords: FUE; FUT; Hair transplantation; elliptical donor harvesting; follicular unit extraction; follicular unit transplantation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia / surgery
  • Hair Follicle*
  • Humans
  • Skin Transplantation*