Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)
FUT, also known as Strip Procedure or Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) is a method of hair transplant in which the graft is taken as a strip of hair bearing skin from the donor area. The donor area in the scalp is closed with stitches or staples. The graft is carefully separated into individual follicular units (groups of 1-4 hairs), which are transplanted into the recipient area.
The main difference between FUE and FUT is the method in which the graft hair are extracted from the back of the head. In FUE the grafts is taken as follicular units and in FUT as a strip of hair. Both techniques have their advantages and your surgeon will discuss with you and decide which technique suits your requirements.
The advantage of FUT procedure is that as the graft is taken as a strip, a large number of grafts can be taken in a short time. Our team are well trained to separate the grafts for transplantation. The main disadvantage is that the donor area heals with as linear scar. This is not a problem if you wear your hair long, but may be visible if the hair is kept very short.
All our transplants are done under local anaesthesia. This works well, and I, along with my team, ensure that the patient is as comfortable and pain free as possible.
A trained and experienced surgeon is good at choosing the best donor area and harvesting the graft strip from the back of the head. The graft is immediately put into a solution. My well trained team dissect and trim the grafts into units ready to be transplanted. These individual grafts are then transplanted in the marked and prepared recipient area.
You can go home the same day. Before discharge, I will explain the post-operative care in detail, so that you know how to take care of your transplanted hair.