What is Follicular Unit Transplantation?

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a type of hair transplant surgery that requires the surgeon to remove a strip of hair bearing scalp about 2 CMs wide and 15 – 20 CMs long from the back of the donor area. For this reason, FUT is sometimes referred to as “strip surgery” . The exact size of the strip depends on the number of grafts needed. These individual grafts may contain anywhere from 1-5 follicles. The average person has 2-3 hairs per graft, which means in a 1000 graft procedure, there would be about 2000-3000 hairs. Once the strip is removed from the scalp, it is handed to the technicians and divided into follicular units (grafts). The surgeon then designs the area for the grafts to be placed, makes all of the recipient sites (holes) and the technicians place the grafts.

What Are the Advantages To FUT?

  • Better option for those who need a high number of grafts in a single procedure
  • Most women opt for FUT, because it does not require extensive shaving of the back of the scalp.

How Long Do FUT Procedures Take?

FUT surgery is usually between 4 – 6 hours in duration.

Do Patients Stay Awake During FUT Surgery?

The patients are awake during the procedure. Only local anesthesia is used. The patient may opt for a valium to relax and rest during the procedure.  The patient will be able to relax and watch a movie while the procedure is being performed.

What Happens During FUT Procedure?

First, your doctor will sit with you in the consultation room and go over the details that were discussed in your consultation to ensure you are getting exactly what you want for your hair restoration procedure, including drawing a template that you will approve for the area and the hairline. Baseline photos will then be taken and you will be brought into the procedure room and the session will start. The hair in the donor area will be trimmed to about ¼ inch, the doctor will numb the area with local anesthesia, and the strip will be removed by the surgeon and handed to the technicians for dissection.

Next, the hairline is drawn and the recipient area is marked and approved by the patient. The recipient area is then numbed up by the surgeon. Small slits/holes are made in the recipient area by the surgeon at the proper angle, depth, and direction. The technicians will then insert the grafts with specialized forceps.  When they are done, the donor and recipient areas are checked by the surgeon, instructions are read and the patient is then sent home.