A Follicular Unit Transplant or FUT is a traditional method of hair restoration also known as the STRIP excision. A thin strip of tissue is removed from the donor area by the physician in the back of the scalp. The scalp is then closed and sutured. The strip of tissue is divided into its individual follicular units under a magnification.
FUT can be broken down into 3 distinct sub-procedures.
1. Extractions during FUT:
During an FUT, the donor area will be anesthetized. Then a strip of the tissue will be excised out of the scalp. This tissue will then be further divided into small follicle grafts.
Dr. Woessner will then suture your donor with dis-solvable sutures. He will use a method that allows hair to grow through the scar line to hide the scar better. This is a trichophytic closure. It is a procedure brought into the hair restoration industry and practiced by the most experienced hair restoration clinics and physicians.
2. Site creation or incisions:
The second part of an FUT procedure is creating the places to insert the follicular grafts for transplant. Dr. Woessner will take between 30 minutes to an hour to carefully design your hair transplant . The follicular grafts must be set into the scalp at exactly the right depth, angle and location to achieve a completely natural and aesthetically satisfying appearance without damaging the patient’s pre-operative hair. A special dye that washes off after the surgery may be used so that the sites are easily seen.
3. Placing the grafts into the scalp:
This part of the procedure may last for 3 to 4 hours or more and it depends on the amount of follicular grafts that are dissected from the strip of tissue. The technicians must treat the grafts for what they are: tiny, living organs which can produce a natural appearing and artistic hair transformation.
Post operative pain may last for a couple of days but will not be long lasting. Some residual numbness may linger for a few months after the surgery however the numbness will subside and full feeling will return.
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