About Follicular Unit Transplantation Hair Transplant
Follicular Unit Transplantation Hair Transplant (FUT) is a procedure where hair is removed in a strip from the back of the scalp (donor area), microdissected in a laboratory using specialized stereomicroscopes, and the individual hair units are placed into sites in the front of the scalp (recipient area).
In nature, human scalp hairs exist in groups of 1, 2, 3, or 4 hairs. Single hair units are used to recreate the fine detail present at the “hair line” and 3- or 4-hair units are used behind the hair line to increase the apparent density of the recipient area. In this procedure, the patient’s posterior scalp is anesthetized.
A strip of hair-bearing skin about 1 cm in width is removed surgically with a small scalpel. The length of the strip is directly related to the number of hairs needed and can be adjusted to fit the need of the patient.
After removal, the strip is immediately placed in 0.9% saline solution and taken to the lab. The wound edges are pulled together and stitched in a fine line. While the hair units are being microdissected in the lab by a team of experienced technicians, the physician creates small holes called “recipient sites” in the frontal scalp.
Recipient sites are tiny holes or slits made by the surgeon in which the follicular unit grafts are placed. The orientation of the slits is made to match the way a patient’s hair grows naturally. Then the graft hairs are transplanted into the recipient sites. The transfer of graft hairs to the recipient sites is slow and tedious, but very important for the outcome of the procedure.
The main advantages of a FUT or “strip” procedure are that it is relatively fast and less expensive. The disadvantages are that there will be a faint scar line present in the posterior scalp which will be invisible unless the patient shaved their head completely bald.
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