FUT stands for “follicular unit transplant.” This hair restoration technique may be appropriate for those who are experiencing excessive balding. For hair transplants, you must have an abundance of viable hair follicles to harvest for transplantation, found on the back of the head. These follicles are not genetically programmed for balding, and once transplanted, will continue to produce healthy hairs for the duration.
What is FUT Hair Transplantation?
The FUT procedure, also called the “strip method,” involves harvesting hair follicles by surgically removing a very small strip of scalp from the back of your head. This is a more cost-effective way to harvest follicles, and some patients may prefer a lower cost in hair transplantation – particularly those who do not plan to wear a very short hair style. While the scar is very small, it will be slightly visible in a very short haircut at the back.
Once the strip of scalp is removed, it is carefully sutured together. The hair follicles are then viewed under a special microscope and the hair follicles carefully extracted from the strip of scalp in individual “follicular units.” These follicles are then transplanted into a thinning or balding area with a tiny incision. They are placed in varying densities, so the transplanted hairs appear natural.
What Will I Look Like After the FUT Procedure?
After the procedure, you will see short hairs in the balding area. You won’t immediately have thick, natural hair – it is important you have realistic expectations. The transplanted hairs will initially fall out, which is normal and not cause for concern. After a few months, typically two to three and a half, the new hairs will grow in and will grow at a natural rate thereafter.
Why Choose FUT over FUE?
Many patients opt for the FUT method as it brings several benefits:
- Provides an abundance of hair follicles
- Proven method, used for decades
- More affordable than some other methods
- Excellent for patients with extensive balding
How Do I Prepare for FUT?
If you are planning to undergo FUT hair restoration, you have some responsibilities. These include:
- Avoid any blood-thinning medications or supplements for ten days.
- Do not consume ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatories for three days prior to your procedure.
- Avoid alcohol for a week prior to your procedure.
- Ensure you do not expose your head and get a sunburn.
- Allow your hair to grow to a least a half inch long prior to the day of your procedure.
- No hair conditioner applied for three days.
- No smoking for one week prior to FUT, and two weeks following.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from FUT?
As you have had a minor surgical procedure in removing the strip for follicle harvesting, you will need time to recover. You will need to sleep with your head elevated. It is normal for some bleeding and swelling to occur. Avoid bending over, and do not drink any alcoholic beverages, but consume only healthy foods and lots of water. Your stitches will be removed after about ten days.
We will provide you with full aftercare instructions, so you know how to clean your head, and care for your transplants.
Does FUT Hair Restoration Have Side Effects?
It is not rare to experience facial swelling or bruising for a few days after your procedure. The other side effects involve the discomfort associated with the incision at the back of the head, and the follicle transplants. To remain comfortable, we may prescribe pain medication, but most patients are comfortable with just over the counter pain medication.
Why Choose Dr. Wise for FUT?
Dr. Wise is an acclaimed, board-certified plastic surgeon who has focused his professional career on surgeries for face, head, and neck. He is not only an accomplished plastic surgeon – he serves as Clinical Professor of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at NYU School of Medicine. Educated at Yale, Cornell, and University of Pennsylvania, he offers an impressive level of experience, having performed over 5,000 surgeries to date. Your treatment will be performed by a plastic surgeon who cares about the outcome and is exceptionally careful and meticulous in FUT procedures – his goal is a completely natural look.
Am I a Candidate for FUT?
FUT hair restoration is a tried and true, gold standard in hair transplant procedures. If you are healthy, safe to undergo surgery, and do not have any physical conditions or diseases that could be a problem, you may be a good candidate for FUT hair transplants.
How is FUT Different than “Hair Plugs?”
In the earlier days of hair transplants, the follicular units were not separated into single grafts. The final result could not look fully natural. Hair plugs had several hair follicles. With modern FUT, the follicles are individually transplanted in a pattern and angle that looks fully natural – Dr. Wise is extremely skilled in this hair restoration technology and takes all the time needed to produce excellent results.
How Long Will It Take For My Hair To Grow In?
The transplanted hair follicles go through a process. Initially, the hairs fall out – don’t worry, the follicles are still in place. After a few months, the follicles restore and begin to produce healthy hairs that grow as your other hair and can be washed, conditioned, colored, or trimmed as usual. While it takes some time to achieve the look you want, even up to a year for full results, it is well worth the wait – your hair is there for the long term.
What Areas Can be Resolved With FUT?
If you are suffering from male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness, or a receding hairline, these areas can be filled in with the help of FUT hair restoration. Which type of hair transplant system will be most beneficial for you? We invite you to meet with us, so we can evaluate the current condition of your hair and advise you of what procedure will be most favorable for you – FUT or FUE. We understand the importance of feeling your best – and your hair has a lot to do with how young and vital you appear. Meet with us in a private consultation to discuss your options.
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