Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), also known as the 'strip method', is a traditional and popular hair restoration technique. It imitates the pattern of natural hair growth and is a good choice for people who have large bald areas on their head. This procedure basically involves extracting an entire strip of hair from a donor area where hair loss is less and hair growth is still thick. The area from where the strip is taken is sutured leaving a linear scar on the scalp in the FUT hair transplant technique. As this procedure is invasive, it requires a longer recovery period than FUE hair transplant. Different from the FUE technique, a large number of follicles can be transplanted in a single session of FUT hair transplant procedure.
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4 to 8 hours.
Potential Risks & Side Effects
Success Rate: 90-95%
How Does it Work?
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a hair transplantation technique. This technique only differs with the FUE method in how the hair follicles are extracted from the donor area. When using the FUT technique, your surgeon will remove a strip of hair from the back of your head (the donor area).
Besides being regarded as a traditional hair transplantation technique, the FUT method is still effective and surgeons prefer it because it guarantees satisfactory results.
For your online consultation, we will kindly ask you to send your photos as shown in the Photography Guide down below, so we can evaluate your case.
What Does an FUT Hair Transplant Surgery Involve?
Just like any other surgery, the procedure is tailored to meet your individual needs, preferences and the clinics’ practices. To give you a clear picture of how everything pans out, here is a brief guideline below:
Consultation for FUT Hair Transplant
First things first, an online consultation (between you and FUE Hair Transplant specialist) will be conducted –this is done in order to make sure that you’re a suitable candidate for the beard transplant surgery. You will be asked to send some pictures of your face and head (from the top, front, left, right, and back angles). After a Hair Transplant specialists reviews your pictures, you will be told the approximate number of grafts that you need. During the online consultations, expect the following questions:
It is during this consultation that your surgeon will learn about motivation, expectations, and goals –in regards to the surgery.
What happens during the Surgery
A day after the surgery you will have to go back to the clinic for a review. It is during this meeting with your surgeon that he/she will give you instructions that will help you make the recovery period swift and flawless. Some of these instructions include the following:
What should I expect after the surgery?
Things You Should Avoid Before Surgery
Is FUT Hair Transplant Painful?
FUT hair transplant procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so the patients do not feel anything during the procedure. If they experience any pain or soreness after the procedure, they can use prescribed painkillers to relieve their pain and discomfort.
Does FUT Hair Transplant Leave a Scar?
FUT procedure requires a surgical removal of a strip of scalp that contains hair from the donor area which leads to a linear scar on -especially- back of the head.
What's the Difference Between FUT and FUE?
The main difference between FUT and FUE hair transplant techniques is that in the FUT technique, the surgeon extracts a donor skin strip from which the surgeon will remove the follicular units to be transferred to the recipient area, whereas in FUE the follicular units are removed individually and directly from the scalp.
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