What is an FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation/Strip) hair transplant?
FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) is regarded as the gold standard hair transplant procedure due to the quality of the grafts obtained during the harvesting and dissection process. FUT is carried out under a local anaesthetic, which is injected into the donor area of the scalp and a long, linear strip of skin is removed by the surgeon. The anaesthetic may sting a little (a bit like having a dental procedure) but will very quickly go numb.
The extracted strip is dissected into thousands of individual grafts using stereo-microscopic dissection by the surgical assistants who ensure they are kept healthy and intact.
I was initially very nervous about getting the procedure but on the day I was made the feel at ease and more relaxed about the whole thing, mainly due to the professionalism of everyone involved and how welcoming and nice they were. I am only on 4 months post op but I am already seeing promising results. Overall the actual process of getting the transplant procedure done at hillside was completely smooth sailing, the only hard bit is waiting for the final results.
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How it works
FUT is an incredibly effective procedure which is suitable for a wide range of patients
FUT is particularly popular with woman and with patients with extreme baldness and a good donor area, who are prepared to leave the hair a little bit longer at the back (Norwood Grade 6-7). However, it's actually suitable for the vast majority of patients, including those with a Norwood Grade 1!
The follicles, which are microscopically dissected, are inserted into the recipient area which the surgeon has created very fine incisions to receive the grafts and are positioned to match the angulation of the natural hairline.
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Wondering if FUT is suitable for you?
Women are often offered FUT as opposed to FUE hair transplants as they usually have the advantage of having a longer hairstyle that will cover the fine linear scarring.
For those patients who need a very large number of grafts (over 3000), we occasionally recommend combining both FUE and FUT procedures. In extreme baldness, and in the hope of avoiding a second procedure, we may also add further grafts from your beard area if the donor hairs in this region are good.
Comparison of FUE and FUT procedures
FUE procedure (Follicular Unit Extraction)
Commonest Procedure for 80% of Patients
Men rated up to 5 on the Norwood Scale
Multiple very small scars (not noticable after healing)
Difficult to repeat in later years
Better for those who suffer keloids or scar badly
Can have short hair at the back
Can exercise after a few days
Less risk of complications
FUT procedure ( Follicular Unit Transplantation/Strip)
Currently 20% of patients have this procedure
Preferred for women
Fine linear scar
Can repeat strip procedures after many years
Need to wear hair at back longer
Need to wait 4-6 weeks before strenuous exercise
Ludwig and Savin Scale for Women
Less damage to the grafts