The FUT hair transplant procedure (strip method) is a grafting technique to address hair loss. The hair grafts are removed from one area of the scalp and placed in the area being treated, multiple hair graft treatments may be required in order to achieve the desired fullness.
What does FUT stand for?
FUT means Follicular Unit Transplantation, more commonly referred to as the strip method of hair transplantation.
Who is an ideal candidate for hair grafting or hair transplant?
Since a hair transplant requires hair grafts to be removed from one area of the scalp and placed in another area, the candidate must be evaluated to insure there’s a sufficient hair-bearing donor area of the scalp available.
What is an FUT hair transplant?
The FUT technique, most commonly referred to as the strip method, means a strip graft of hair bearing skin is surgically removed from the back of the head to be used for the transplant procedure, the scalp in the donor area is brought back together and the incision is closed.
There are other graft options, depending on the area being treated and what your surgeon will recommend.
- Micro grafts contain a few hairs per graft
- Slit grafts contain up to 10 hair per graft
- Punch grafts contain up to 20 hairs per graft
- FUT Hair Transplant (strip grafts are a long strip of hair-bearing skin of 50 hairs)
Once the grafts are surgically removed, the biggest concern is survival rate, your hair transplant specialist will do what is required to preserve the grafts and follicles for placement. Tiny incisions are made in the scalp where the Follicular unit grafts are placed. The surgery can take up to 8 hours.
Grafts containing the single hair follicles are placed towards the front and the rest are strategically placed to establish a natural look. A skilled and experienced hair transplant specialist understands these fine details in order to provide you with natural looking results.
What else do I need to know?
- FUT hair transplant always results in a linear scar on the back of the head
- Medium length hair is required in order to hide the linear scar
- The procedure may need to be repeated in order to achieve ideal aesthetic results
- You may experience various scalp sensations and the feeling of tightness in the scalp after the surgery
Hair restoration procedures have advanced in recent years, your hair restoration specialist will always recommend the least invasive method first, if you are a candidate for the procedure. An alternative to the FUT hair transplant is the automated FUE hair transplant, which does not involve a scalpel, incision, and less restrictions during the recovery period.
Find a hair restoration specialist you can trust, they are the experts in evaluating your scalp and ultimate hair restoration goals. Discussing all the details and understanding the risks is very important prior to making your final decision. With an FUT hair transplant procedure, you are always trading hair loss with a linear scar on the back of the head.
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