Follicular unit hair transplantation (FUT), otherwise known as the “strip” method, isa hair transplant procedure that harvests viable follicular units (hair follicles) froma patient’s donor area in strips to provide that patient with follicles that can thenbe extracted and used for full hair restoration.
At Dr. Colin Hong’s, this procedure is a two-phase process (not including time toheal) that encourages swift recovery and minimal discomfort. Our Toronto-basedhair transplant clinic is renowned for creating natural FUT hair transplants in aprofessional and discreet environment.
WHAT CAN FOLLICULAR UNIT TRANSPLANTATION DO FOR PATIENTS?
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) makes it possible for men and women suffering from androgenetic alopecia to experience an affordable solution to hair loss treatment.
- Success rate of more than 95%
- Larger transplants at once
- Natural-looking results
- Minimized scalp trauma
WHAT IS THE FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION PROCEDURE?
FUT is one of two methods of extracting and transplanting hair follicles. Unlike FUE harvesting (which extracts single follicular units at a time), FUT extracts strips of follicles directly from the patient’s donor area.
PHASE ONE: PRE-SURGICAL STAGE
First, we begin by giving the patient a mild tranquilizer, either orally (Ativan) or intravenously (Versed), to minimize anxiety, reduce discomfort, and help to prevent, or decrease, any side effects that the anesthetic may cause.
Then, we clip the patient’s hair in the donor area to create a sizeable strip of clipped follicles. If the hair in the donor area is left 1 to 2 inches long, the hair above the donor site should completely mask this area immediately after the procedure.
PHASE TWO: SURGICAL STAGE
Next, we anesthetize the donor area and the patient with a local anesthetic using a very small gauge needle (typically a 30 gauge, a needle smaller than most acupuncture needles). This is the only uncomfortable part of this procedure. Many patients express that this part of the FUE process causes less discomfort than a visit to their dentist! But, for patients who are wary of needles, we can provide an inhalational anesthetic to provide zero pain.
Once the anesthetic has taken effect, our FUT technicians begin removing small strips of donor area from the scalp to be used for dissecting individual follicular units for transplantation.
Stereo-microscopic dissection allows physicians to remove follicular units from the strips without damaging the transplantable units.
PHASE THREE: HEALING
Once the transplant is complete, our grafts are held in place by coagulated blood and a light, but secure, turban-like bandage that may be applied, if necessary, after the operation and left in place overnight. The following day, the bandage is removed, the area is cleansed, and the hair is washed.
In general, we do not find it necessary to use a bandage for our patients; however, in some cases, we can provide a bandage if need be.
If you are having the front half of your scalp transplanted, and if there is no more than the average amount of bleeding during surgery, and you are willing to remain in the office for 2 additional hours after the procedure is completed, you can go home without a bandage; however, most patients prefer the security of an overnight bandage. Patient’s who prefer no bandage must book their appointments for a morning session only. Furthermore, you should still return the following day for a professional follow-up cleansing, hair washing, and check-up.