FUT, which stands for follicular unit transplantation, is one of the most common and popular forms of hair restoration. Also known as “strip harvesting”, FUT allows our surgeon to safely transplant thousands of individual grafts in one session which will maximise the cosmetic impact and appearance of the procedure. When the procedure is carried out, a strip of hair is either taken from the side or back of the scalp and then transplanted into the affected area for transplantation.
When you have a FUT transplant, there are a number of steps that need to be taken to ensure the maximum viability of the hair follicles. Firstly, the donor area will be prepared by trimming the hair and will then have a strip of donor tissue extracted to be used in the affected area. This donor tissue is usually extracted from the back or sides of the head where the hair is usually a lot thicker. Using a specially calibrated piece of equipment, the donor tissue will be separated into individual follicles to be prepared for transplantation.
Your surgeon will then make microscopic incisions in the recipient area that will mimic the way your natural hair grows, followed by the hair follicles being transplanted into the incisions. These are placed in varying densities with the smallest amounts of grafts placed towards the front of the hairlines and the thicker and larger amounts placed further throughout the rest of the affected area. Immediately following the surgery, you will have hundreds of tiny incisions with short amounts of hair sticking out from the new grafts.
The procedure itself is minimally invasive and only requires a local anaesthetic, which means that your recovery time and risk of complications are very low.
Following the surgery, you will be provided with clear aftercare instructions in addition to medication and topical treatments to ensure that you get the best possible results.