FUT Hair Restoration Technique

FUT Hair Restoration Technique

Restoring Your Hairline Naturally with FUT

FUT – Follicular Unit Strip Surgery

When observed under a microscope, hair follicles grow in natural clusters, typically comprising one to four hairs, known as follicular units (FUs). At Follicle HT, we attain natural-looking and generally permanent results by exclusively employing single follicular unit grafts.

FUT Hair Restoration Technique

Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUT) is the conventional approach to acquiring grafts for follicular unit transplantation. This method entails the removal of a strip of skin containing hair from the donor area, which is then dissected into follicular units for transplantation to the hairline or other regions. When executed with meticulous surgical precision, this procedure results in a fine-line scar along the back of the scalp, typically challenging or impossible to discern unless the hair in that region is cut very short. Conversely, Follicular Unit Extraction Surgery (FUE) involves the individual extraction of donor follicles using a precise, motorized surgical punch.

The benefit of this method is that it circumvents the presence of a longer, fine-line scar, allowing the hair in the donor area to typically be trimmed into a fade or even shaved with minimal to no visible scarring. At Follicle HT, we use an advanced “trichophytic closure” technique that allows the surrounding hairs to grow through the scar, often making it virtually undetectable.

Ideal candidate for an FUT hair transplant

The best time to contemplate a hair transplant is when you gaze into the mirror or view a photograph of yourself, and the hairline you observe fails to align with how you perceive yourself or the image you desire to convey to others. Both men and women with visible hair loss, are generally healthy, and in whom there is no underlying medical condition requiring further investigation or treatment, are candidates for hair transplantation.

FUT is the optimal technique for those who do not wish to shave a strip of hair, usually at the back of the head. This may be the case for men or women with longer hair. In contrast to certain clinics, our team at Follicle HT has extensive expertise in FUE and FUT techniques. Our surgeons will assist you in determining the most suitable technique for your needs.

FUT Hair Restoration Technique

How it works

In a FUT procedure, a strip of hair-bearing scalp measuring about 1cm in height and up to 20cm or more in length is removed from the back of the scalp. The donor area is then reapproximated using a running stitch removed 7-10 days later. Because the hair above and below the donor site is not trimmed, the incision line is not visible after the procedure. At Follicle HT, we employ an advanced “trichophytic closure” technique, enabling the surrounding hairs to grow directly through the scar, often rendering it nearly invisible.

Before your procedure, you will receive comprehensive instructions. Our team will gather your complete medical history and assess all your regular medications, most of which can typically be continued up to the day of surgery.

If you are currently taking blood thinners, your doctor will advise you on whether and for how long it is safe to discontinue your medication.

Typically, we advise patients to abstain from consuming anti-inflammatory medications, specific vitamins and supplements, and alcohol for at least one week before the procedure, as they may contribute to heightened bleeding, potentially affecting graft growth. Additionally, we recommend minimizing or refraining from smoking, as it can also hinder the healing process.

Recovery following hair transplantation is generally uncomplicated. Patients are prescribed a one-week course of antibiotics to prevent infection and medication to minimize swelling. In general, the discomfort following hair transplant surgery is minimal. It can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil). Still, we provide a prescription for stronger pain medication for those needing it. We provide detailed instructions on caring for the donor and recipient areas and washing your hair. Patients undergoing a FUT procedure are given a follow-up appointment 7-10 days after surgery for suture removal.

After a hair transplant, swelling is common, often extending to the forehead, eyelids, and occasionally the cheeks. While this may result in a puffy appearance for a few days, it is a typical and anticipated procedure outcome, and there is no cause for concern. Scabs and crusts will form around the grafts in the recipient areas. Maintaining cleanliness and moisture in the graft areas is essential, and gentle hair washing can commence within one to two days. Typically, the scabs will naturally fall away within the first week, revealing the transplanted follicles, which generally start to grow within three months. Many individuals take a week off from in-person work following a hair transplant. Light exercise can be resumed after 7-10 days, but patients should wait 2-3 weeks before strenuous exercise and swimming.

FUT Recovery Timeline

Day 1

Upon departure from the clinic, you will have a light gauze dressing covering the donor area. No dressing is applied to the grafts, but you will be instructed to maintain cleanliness and moisture in the recipient area using a gentle spray bottle. Minor swelling and discomfort may occur, and you will receive detailed instructions.

Day 2

The dressing will be taken off from the donor area. You may experience some persistent minor discomfort, swelling, and redness, which can be alleviated with the medications provided. You can return to non-physical work and resume your usual low-impact daily activities.

Day 3 to 5

You may observe swelling reaching its peak during this period. Some patients may experience swelling extending to the eyelids and cheeks, resulting in a puffy appearance. However, there is no cause for concern, as this typically resolves within a few days. You can begin gently washing your hair, adhering to the instructions provided.

Day 5 to 6

The swelling will diminish, leaving only mild discomfort.

Day 7 to 10

You may start washing your hair more normally, gently rubbing the grafts with your fingers to encourage any remaining scabs to fall away. You will return to the clinic for a checkup and suture removal. You may resume light exercise.

Day 14-21

All residual scabbing and crusting will be resolved. Most of the donor hairs will have fallen away with the scabs, but the follicles are still present and dormant in the scalp. You may start to resume more strenuous exercise and swimming.

Months 3-6

You will start to see the transplanted hairs slowly growing in. Be patient!

Month 12-18

You will see the full effect of your hair transplant procedure.

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We encourage you to move forward and arrange an in-person or virtual consultation with one of our surgeons. This will allow us to discuss the hair restoration treatment plan that best suits your needs.

Results

The transplanted hair follicles typically begin growing within approximately 2-3 months. Some patients may utilize medical treatments such as topical minoxidil (Rogaine) or injections to promote graft growth and prevent further loss of surrounding non-transplanted hair over time. By 4-6 months, most patients will observe a significant improvement, while the full effect of the transplant procedure may take 12-18 months to manifest. It’s important to note that the transplanted hair is your own and will continue to grow for a lifetime. You can style it, use products, swim, and participate in sports and other activities normally.

BeforeAfter

55-year-old male underwent 3600 follicular units in 2 sessions via FUT.

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BeforeAfter

39 year old woman 1 year post 1800 follicular units via FUT.

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BeforeAfter

36-year-old male shown approximately one year following 2100 follicular units obtained

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FAQ

How painful is FUT hair transplant surgery?

We conduct hair transplantation procedures using local anesthesia in a comfortable, fully accredited outpatient clinic. Typically, our techniques are associated with minimal discomfort, eliminating the need for a general anesthetic. Oral pain medication and light sedatives are administered to minimize any discomfort, and we employ advanced techniques in local anesthesia administration, resulting in most patients reporting minimal pain. Patients often listen to music or podcasts, watch Netflix, or relax during the procedure.

Is a hair transplant permanent?

Transplantation outcomes are typically permanent. Results are also enduring or permanent in women, although the donor area may be less dependable than in men. Over time, there may be ongoing loss of surrounding non-transplanted hair, prompting some patients to undergo a second procedure to address progressive hair loss in the transplant area.

What is the downtime after an FUT hair transplant?

We typically advise taking at least 2-3 days off, although many patients resume taking phone calls, answering emails, and performing computer work on the first day after the procedure. Some patients even manage business calls or work on their laptops or phones during the procedure! Typically, any swelling and redness subside within about a week, rendering the transplant virtually invisible. Light exercise and other activities can be resumed within 5-7 days, while we recommend taking 2-3 weeks off from strenuous exercise and swimming.

What is the cost of FUT hair transplant?

The overall cost of a FUT session varies based on several factors, such as the number of follicles to be transplanted, any previous procedures, and the characteristics of both the donor and recipient sites. Unlike some sizeable commercial clinic chains, we do not charge per graft at Follicle HT. Instead, we encourage individuals to consider the procedure comprehensively, focusing on the desired outcome we aim to achieve. Additionally, Follicle HT assists patients seeking financing options.

Why choose Follicle HT for your hair transplant procedure?

Ultimately, the decision of where to undergo your hair transplant procedure is a personal one. At Follicle HT, our priority is ensuring total patient satisfaction. We achieve this by offering state-of-the-art follicular unit hair transplant surgery in a comfortable, fully accredited surgical facility where we uphold the highest standards of comfort and safety.

Dr. Korman and Dr. Solomon are dedicated to attaining exceptional results for their patients. They will assist you in determining which specific techniques will achieve the most suitable balance of coverage, density, and naturalness for your hair transplant. Our doctors are personally involved in every aspect of your journey, from the initial consultation to the procedure itself.

At Follicle HT, we believe that modern hair transplantation is liberating. We strive to empower all our patients to look and feel their best by providing a comprehensive range of options.

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