Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Do you want to get rid of your thinning hair, bald spots, and receding hairline for good? An FUT (follicular unit transplantation) hair transplant may be a viable option for you. A hair transplant can help restore hair to areas of the scalp where growth is limited or absent.

Hair loss, thinning hair, and bald patches often result from age or genetics. However, they can also happen because of underlying medical conditions or trauma to the scalp. Some people who experience these issues may choose a hair transplant to look good and feel confident about themselves again.

Hair transplantation during the 1990s typically resulted in unnatural, plug-like looking results. Instead of transplanting tissue plugs, Dr. Barnard, Dr. Golio, Clinician Daniels, and Dr. Singh transplant individual hair follicles.

Hair transplants are a good option for people who want to replace their hair. We use the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) approach at Hair Transplant Specialists – New York City (NYC). Do you have any problems with hair loss? If you do, contact Hair Transplant Specialists – New York City (NYC) for your consultation today.

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Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

What Is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?

FUT is a hair restoration treatment in which strips of your natural scalp get removed. These strips get dissected and transplanted onto balding areas. The procedure allows people to transplant many hair follicles at once because the follicles get grouped together and not transplanted one at a time as with the traditional method.

FUT is a better way to receive hair transplants than older methods which used larger grafts and sometimes led to unnatural-looking plugs. Well-done FUT results mimic how hair grows naturally.

Our hair transplant surgeons take a strip of skin from the back or side of your head, extracts hair follicles, and places them on your scalp. When a follicular unit gets transplanted, it will start to grow hair. This hair will have the same color as your own hair.

These follicles then get implanted into the areas of your scalp that are thinning and balding. It effectively conceals a receding hairline brought on by male pattern baldness and other conditions.

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Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): How Does It Work?

When performing FUT, our hair transplant surgeon removes…..

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The Ability to Perform MEGA Session Hair Transplants

Hair restoration specialists can transplant significant quantities…..

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Who Is a Good Candidate for a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?

Surgeons can perform FUT transplants on males or females…..

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FUT’s Potential Side Effects

FUT hair transplants are generally safe when conducted by…..

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FUE Versus FUT: Which Method Is the Most Efficient?

The most common concern with FUE versus FUT is the…..

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Cost of FUT Hair Transplantation

FUT hair transplants are comparable in price to FUE hair transplants…..

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): How Does It Work?

When performing FUT, our hair transplant surgeon removes a strip of skin from the back of your scalp. The size of the strip is determined by how many follicles are necessary to cover bald areas or thinning hair.

The FUT process follows this format:

  1. Your surgeon will remove a strip of skin at the donor site. To help you achieve a natural-looking hairline, we will first determine where the hair is thinner on your scalp. Afterward, the surgery team will shave the back of your head (the donor site) and save the hair around it.
  2. Our hair transplant specialist removes a strip of your skin in the donor area, using a local anesthetic to numb the area. This strip will contain your permanent hair follicles.
  3. Dr. Barnard, Dr. Golio, or Dr. Singh will stitch the area. At the same time, they will cover the area with the surrounding hair once the donor hair is removed.
  4. Our hair restoration team will cut the donor hair into small grafts to permit easier transplantation on your head. While the follicular units are prepared for transplantation, you can read, nap, watch a movie, or relax.
  5. Our doctor makes tiny cuts on your scalp. When the hairs are ready to be implanted, the team place them in the recipient sites (balding areas) on your head. Dr. Barnard, Dr. Golio and Dr. Sing make sure that follicular units will all have good positions, angles, and depths.
  6. The surgical staff will tell you about caring for your donor and recipient sites and you will receive a pain reliever. You may suffer soreness, tightness, or numbness the day following your hair transplant operation. Most patients can return to work after a few days. Any swelling and redness should subside a week following your procedure, and hair regrowth may occur three months following the surgery. After the surgery, you should notice significant amounts of new hair developing in your scalp after six months. It could take up to a year for the final results to be visible.

The Ability to Perform MEGA Session Hair Transplants

Hair restoration specialists can transplant significant quantities of hair from one head in one session using the FUT procedure. This ability offers several advantages:

  • The hair transplant procedure is done quickly. Doctors can complete the surgery in a few days, enabling the patient to return to a normal routine.
  • This procedure allows the surgical team to harvest a higher number of grafts.
  • The FUT procedure protects the donor site by reducing the number of times the donor area gets incised.
  • When many grafts get extracted, enough one, two, three, and four hair grafts get left for a soft frontal hairline. Also, three and four hair transplants are sufficient for a complete head of hair.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?

Surgeons can perform FUT transplants on males or females who have any type of hair loss pattern. But they usually only work for men if their hair loss pattern is Norwood or M shaped, a condition which causes thinning at the temples or around the head. If a woman’s hair loss pattern is Ludwig, FUT causes thinning along the part line, and in this case, individuals might not need it.

If you lose your hair due to a medical condition, such as thyroid disorder or alopecia areata, then FUT surgery is not an option. However, if you’ve lost hair for other reasons, then you are eligible for the FUT procedure. FUT surgery can help people with many conditions. Let’s look at some of the other factors that could make you a suitable candidate for FUT hair transplants:

  • Age: Since hair loss patterns in younger persons are less predictable, FUT is usually performed on patients ages 25 and older. As long as one is in excellent health, individuals do not need to be concerned about an upper age limit.
  • Diagnosis: Hair transplants work better for men with the Norwood pattern of hair loss.
  • Hair thickness: Patients with a higher density of hair follicles usually have better covering on their heads.
  • Area of balding: Hair restoration professionals can treat hair loss in the front and top of the head effectively with FUT.

Hair color: Patients with hair that matches their skin tone make better prospects because there is less color difference.

FUT’s Potential Side Effects

FUT hair transplants are generally safe when conducted by a qualified and experienced hair transplant physician. But even with successful procedures, some possible side effects can happen. You could have mild scalp irritation or very rarely, a more serious infection, which could result in permanent scarring of the donor area.

Bleeding or Infection

Hair transplants necessitate skin cuts or incisions. There’s a rare risk of infection or excessive bleeding with any incision.

FUT Scarring 

The FUT procedure typically results in a lengthy, linear scar where a strip of skin on the scalp had been removed. After some time, this scar may vanish. If you cut your hair short, though, it may be noticeable.

Swelling and Pain 

Some patients may have pain during the healing process and swelling in the head and face while the skin heals. To aid with this problem, a doctor can prescribe pain medicines.

Shock Hair Loss

Shock hair loss is a term that describes donor hair effluvium. When transplanted hair comes out within two months of the treatment, this condition is known as fallout syndrome. On the other hand, hair usually regrows in four months or less.

FUE Versus FUT: Which Method Is the Most Efficient?

The most common concern with FUE versus FUT is the efficacy of each procedure. However, there is no evidence that one method is more effective. The graft survivability rates are 90% for both procedures.

Some people believe that FUT is an excellent way to get a lot of high-quality grafts due to the doctor taking out hair follicles without damaging them.

When compared to FUE, FUT is a better option because it allows for a more extended session. It also typically has a higher graft survival rate and density.

FUE is ideal for people who don’t want linear scars from surgery. It’s better than other types of surgery. Scarring via FUE is less noticeable since the wounds are tiny and dispersed over the scalp. FUT scars are lengthy and linear, whereas they are generally tinier and circular. Furthermore, scars from FUT are more evident because they are localized and larger.

Cost of FUT Hair Transplantation

FUT hair transplants are comparable in price to FUE hair transplants. Some of the factors that influence the cost of a hair transplant include the following:

  • The number of hair follicles transplanted: Many clinics charge by the number of hairs that they transplant. Some clinics have a flat fee.
  • The hair transplant doctor: The price of the treatment may vary. Treatment cost more or less depending on the clinic and hair transplant physician.
  • The clinic’s location: FUT hair transplant clinics in certain cities may charge extra.

Travel costs: If you need to travel for your procedure, you should factor in travel costs.

Why Choose Us for Follicular Unit Transplantation?

Hair Transplant Specialists – New York City (NYC) would be honored to assist you with your hair restoration goals. You can schedule an initial appointment with one of our professional experts today. We can help evaluate which treatment is best for your specific needs and desired outcome. Contact us today.