What is FUT?
Follicular Unit Transplantation is a procedure that involves transplanting patient’s hair in naturally occurring groups of 1 to 4 hairs (which are called follicular units). Follicular units also contain sebaceous glands, nerves, a small muscle, and occasional fine vellus hairs. Opting for these small units allows surgeons to safely transplant thousands of grafts in a single session thus maximizing the cosmetic impact of the procedure. In FUT, hair is removed from the back of the scalp in a single strip with the help of stereo-microscopic dissection. This process allows the hair to look natural after the transplant.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a surgical procedure where hair is transplanted from the permanent zone, the area in the back and sides of the scalp where hair is more resistant to balding, to the bald or balding areas of the scalp. This is accomplished using naturally-occurring groups of 1, 2, 3, or 4 hairs, called follicular units. After the patient’s scalp is anesthetized, the doctor removes a strip of tissue from the donor area, an area within the permanent zone, and, once extracted, the donor strip is cut into many individual follicular units using microscopic dissection techniques. As these follicular unit grafts are being prepared, the doctor makes tiny holes in the scalp, called recipient sites, where the grafts are placed.
The arrangement and positioning of these follicular unit grafts determine the aesthetic qualities of a hair transplant, and so this arrangement must be decided on a case-by-case basis, depending on the patients’ history of hair loss and the likelihood of future hair loss. Since follicular unit transplants mimic the way hair grows in nature, the results, in expert hands, will look completely natural and be indistinguishable from one’s original hair.