Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)

Definition - What does Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) mean?

A follicular unit transplant (FUT) is a hair restoration technique which entails the transplantation of hair follicles from the parts of the scalp which are covered with thick layers of hair to the parts of the scalp in which hair is receding or is completely gone. The follicular unit transplant is a surgical procedure which is carried out in an effort to combat pattern boldness, a receding hairline, or ageing and illness induced hair loss.

TheConsultation explains Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)

A follicular unit transplant is a cosmetic surgery procedure which is carried out under local anesthesia, which means that the surgeon uses localized anesthetics to numb the scalp area of the patient’s head. There are two types of FUT: follicular unit strip surgery and follicular unit extraction.

The two procedures differ in the aspect of hair harvesting. The follicular unit strip surgery entail the removal of a 6- to 10-inch strip of skin from the back of the scalp, dividing the harvested skin into approximately 1000 to 2000 small grafts, each containing one to two hairs. The area of the scalp that the skin has been removed from is sewed back together and the surrounding hair covers it up. The grafts are then transplanted into the desired area of the scalp by being inserted into tiny holes made in the target skin by the surgeon.

The follicular unit extraction procedure entails the shaving off of an entire area of the scalp, and extracting the hair follicles from the shaved off piece. The transplant is carried out the same way.

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