Follicular Unit or Strip Hair Transplantation (FUT) is a hair restoration procedure in which follicular units are harvested from the scalp in the hair-bearing area at the back of the head. This area is referred to as the donor area. Following the injection of a local anesthetic to numb the scalp, a thin strip of skin from the donor area is carefully removed and the incision is closed with a specialized suture technique to minimize scarring and discomfort. The sutures are removed within 10 days after the hair transplant.
The small strip of scalp is now separated into hundreds or thousands of tiny follicular units using a stereo-microscope dissection technique. The hair follicles are carefully separated into various sizes according to the naturally occurring number of hairs that each follicle carries. There is, under certain circumstances, an advantage to grouping the hair follicles together in one graft to create more voluminous hair.
The follicular units are stored in a graft-friendly storage medium at a stable cooling temperature to optimize graft survival during the transplant process. The grafts are then returned to the scalp and strategically placed into the recipient area prepared for the follicles by Dr.Bea Gerbrands. She takes special care to create a frontal hairline that is both beautiful and natural in appearance. She also pays special attention to the angle of the hair, placing the follicular unit grafts in such a way as to mimic the direction of natural hair growth. These hair transplant techniques will help to ensure that your new, grown-out hair will be easy to groom and style.
Various biological applications are available for use during and after the hair transplant process to facilitate the healing of the scalp and hair growth. We will provide you with information about these various applications during the consultation process.
The FUT hair transplant technique is suitable for most transplant candidates and is particularly useful for people with advanced hair loss and a limited donor area from which to harvest follicular units.The FUT hair transplant technique conserves the donor area by maximizing the number of hair follicles that are available to be harvested over a candidate’s lifetime.
One limitation of FUT Hair Transplantation is that it leaves a thin, linear scar in the donor area. With normal styling, the scar left by the FUT procedure can be easily covered with the remaining hair in the donor area. The scar will show if the candidate decides to shave off his or her hair, or wear it very short. The FUT hair transplant scar, in the donor area, can be effectively softened and concealed with scalp micropigmentation (SMP).
During your initial consultation, Dr. Bea Gerbrands will help you determine which follicular unit harvesting technique will be best suited to you, given your individual circumstances and needs.