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Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

The Ultimate Guide to Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

  1. What is FUT?

    • FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation, a surgical hair restoration procedure that involves harvesting hair from the donor area and transplanting it into areas of thinning or balding on the scalp.
  2. How does it work?

    • A strip of hair-bearing skin is removed from the donor area (usually the back of the head).
    • The strip is dissected into individual follicular units containing 1 to 4 hairs each.
    • Tiny incisions are made in the recipient area where the follicular units will be transplanted.
    • The follicular units are carefully placed into the incisions, creating a natural-looking hairline and density.
  3. Suitable candidates for FUT

    • Individuals with significant hair loss or balding.
    • Those with adequate donor hair on the back or sides of the scalp.
    • Patients with realistic expectations about the results.
  4. Advantages of FUT

    • Can transplant a large number of grafts in a single session.
    • Highly effective for advanced hair loss cases.
    • Provides natural and permanent results.
  5. What to expect during the procedure

    • The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, minimizing discomfort.
    • Depending on the extent of hair loss, the surgery may take several hours to complete.
    • Most patients can resume regular activities within a week.
  6. Post-operative care

    • Follow the surgeon’s instructions for cleaning and caring for the transplanted area.
    • Avoid strenuous activities that may put pressure on the scalp.
    • Medications may be prescribed to prevent infection and promote healing.
  7. Potential risks and complications

    • Like any surgery, FUT carries risks, such as infection or scarring.
    • Temporary shock loss may occur, where transplanted hairs fall out before regrowing.
  8. Recovery and results

    • The transplanted hair will shed within a few weeks, but new hair growth typically begins within a few months.
    • Final results can take 6 to 12 months to fully mature.
  9. FUT vs. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)

    • FUT involves removing a strip of skin, while FUE involves extracting individual follicular units one by one.
    • FUT leaves a linear scar, while FUE leaves small, scattered scars.
    • FUT may be more suitable for those needing a large number of grafts, while FUE is ideal for individuals who prefer a less invasive procedure
  • FUT is a reliable and effective hair restoration method for individuals struggling with hair loss.
  • Consulting with a qualified hair transplant surgeon will help determine if FUT is the right choice for your specific needs.

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