FUT Hair Transplant For Hair Loss
Follicular Unit Transplantation, or FUT is a technique for treating hair loss in both men and women. It is one of the two primary methods for extracting hair follicles during the transplant procedure.
What is FUT hair transplant?
Just like FUE hair transplant, the idea of FUT hair transplant is to harvest healthy hair follicles from a part of your body (usually the back of your scalp) to the recipient area, where it is experiencing hair thinning.
In FUT hair transplant procedure, a linear strip of hair from the donor area is removed with a scalpel. This procedure is quick and simple that usually takes about 30 minutes. The doctor proceeds to close the wound with sutures.
The strip of hair is passed to a team of technicians with a high-powered microscope to separate the strip of hair into individual follicular grafts.
When the follicular grafts are ready, the doctor makes small incisions on the recipient site using a needle. The medical team then proceeds to strategically place each follicular graft one by one into each follicle.
Can hair transplant be performed on other areas other than the scalp?
Absolutely. In fact, hair transplant procedure is so versatile that it can be performed on mustache, beards, sideburns, goatee, and eyebrows. Hair transplant can also be performed to conceal unsightly scars on the face or scalp.
Why does the transplanted hair fall out?
Your transplanted hair is expected to fall out over the next few weeks. However, the hair follicles that are planted will remain. Approximately 3 to 4 months after the surgery, you should notice visible hair growth. Be patient as full results will usually be apparent about 8 months after the surgery.
Is there permanent scarring for FUT hair transplant?
FUT hair transplant requires a whole section of tissue to be removed from the back of the head and the doctor will close the wound by stitching it up. Some scarring is to be expected. However, the scar can usually be concealed with the hair that grow around it, usually half inch or longer.
The size of the scar also depends on the doctor’s technique in stitching the wound and your post-surgery wound management.
What are the risks of FUT hair transplant?
FUT hair transplant is a minimally-invasive procedure without major adverse side effects. Just like any medical procedure, there will be some elements of risks and/or minor side effects which can be easily managed. Some risks include:
- Bleeding at the wound sites
- Inflammation of the hair follicles
- Prolonged numbness on the donor and recipient areas
- Swelling and bruising
- Failure of hair follicles
You can expect healthy hair growth in the recipient areas for at least 5 to 10 years. You may still continue to experience hair loss in the same area after several years. If so, you may repeat the hair transplant procedure again, depending on whether you have enough hair to harvest from the donor site.
For more specific risks that may experience, speak to your doctor to find out more.
- Improved appearance
- Minimal maintenance required
- Convenient as it is a one-time treatment
- High success rate
- No long-term medication required
People who are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning around the crown or have receding hairline. Hair transplant can also be performed on people who want hair growth on certain areas of the body such as eyebrows, beard, sideburns etc.