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Follicular Unit Transplantation

"FUT"

Follicular Unit Transplantation

In Strip Excision, donor hair is harvested by excising a narrow strip of scalp from the donor area. Your surgeon  will carefully measure the area at the donor site to excise the correct number of grafts as required, while ensuring extremely thin scar, typically no wider than a pencil line. This method has a lower incidence of graft transection because the removed strip can be processed under a brightly-lit, high-powered microscope which allows us to see exactly where the hair is growing under the skin.  This clear view allows us to precisely position the scalpel to ensure the integrity of each graft is maintained.

Patients are concerned that strip excision leaves a thin scar where the strip was removed. If the resulting scar is visible, it is easily obscured by short hair growth, and the placement of the scar makes it unnoticeable for most patients. The  Trychophytic closure technique allows the incision to heal tightly and with little to no noticeable scarring.

Donor area post FUT surgery requires hair to be longer.

A thin linear scar is visible if hair to short.

HOW IT WORKS

Removing the Donor Tissue

  • We identify the thinning areas (known as the “recipient” areas) that you are interested in restoring and work to personalize a plan to help you achieve the most natural-looking hairline possible.

  • Next, we prepare the hair from the back of your head (known as the “donor” area) by trimming the area and preserving the surrounding hair.

  • After administering local anesthesia to numb the donor area so that you’re completely comfortable during the procedure, our physician removes a strip of tissue in the donor area containing your permanent, lifelong hair follicles.

  • Once we’ve removed the donor hair, we suture the area and use the surrounding hair to conceal the sutured area.

 

Preparing the Donor Hair

  • Our clinical staff prepares the donor hair for placement by trimming or dissecting the donor strips into their follicle groupings, also known as units. Each unit comprises of one, two, three or four hair follicles.

  • While the units are being prepped for transplantation, you’re free to read, take a nap, watch a movie or relax.

 

Placing the Follicular Units

  • Once the follicles are prepared and ready to be transplanted, our physician makes a tiny incision on your scalp for each follicular unit, paying close attention to the location, angle and depth of each unit to ensure natural-looking results and to maximize the density and coverage of the thinning areas.

  • Based on your custom hair plan, our transplant surgery team places the individual follicular units into the donor recipient sites created by your physician.

 

After the Procedure

  • Our clinical team will give you instructions on how to care for your donor and recipient areas, as well as provide medication for sleep and any discomfort you might have.

  • The day after your surgery, you’re encouraged to return to have your hair washed and to have the recipient sites and donor area inspected. While you might experience some soreness, tightness or numbness, most patients are able to return to work in just a couple of days.

  • A week after your surgery, any swelling and redness will usually be gone.

  • Three months after the procedure, new hair will usually begin to regrow. After six months, you should notice significant hair regrowth.

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