Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
February 21 2018
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a surgical hair transplant procedure where a strip of hair is taken from the back and sides of the scalp where hair is more resistant to balding, and it is placed in areas where thinning or bald has occurred. The strip of hair is subdivided into slivers using a microscope. These slivers are composed of only one row of hair follicles which are subdivided into follicular unit grafts using dissection techniques. These grafts are placed in tiny incisions where they are needed to restore your hair and give you back an natural hairline.
The amount of positioning of follicular unit grafts is what determines the aesthetic quality of a hair transplant. Every patient and their hair loss is different and so is the way a hair transplant surgeon artistically extracts and places hair follicles. A patient’s history of hair loss and the likelihood of future hair loss also determines what the surgeon needs to do to give you the hair and hair line you desire. Since follicular unit transplants mimic the way hair naturally grows, the results will look completely natural and be indistinguishable from one’s original hair.
This is a minimally invasive procedure with a brief recovery period. It takes a great deal of experience and skill on the part of the hair transplant surgeon. At Hair Restoration Institute of Minnesota we work withh Dr. Kenneth Sanders and Dr. Gary Petrus who are both experts in hair transplants and they have helped thousands of men and women with hair loss.
One concern patients have is where the hair will come from. The donor area is that area of the scalp that where hair-bearing skin is removed with surgical precision. The hair is this area is generally thicker and more has more density. Hair is this area must not be subject to the effects of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which is known to cause hair loss. This is determined by the surgeon during a scalp analysis prior to the procedure. There is a minimal scar from the incision that is part of a successful procedure. When healed this scare is so minimal that many can still wear their hair short and no one will see it.
Exception Patient Care
Every patient prior to hair transplantation we discuss at length the expectations and what a realistic outcome can be. A surgical hair restoration is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. The hairs of transplanted grafts will begin to grow approximately 4 months after your procedure. It will continue to grow through months 10 – 18 post operatively. Restoring your hair with your own natural growing hair gives you the benefit of getting your hair back, and that allows you to get back to doing the things in life you want.