FUT Hair Transplants
What does it treat?
Follicular unit transplantation, or FUT, is a highly effective method of hair restoration. An FUT procedure can treat hair loss or baldness caused by a variety of reasons.
Who is a great candidate?
- Both men and women see great results from hair transplants using the FUT method.
- Not recommended for people who wear their hair cut short, as sometimes scarring is visible.
- FUT transplants are recommended when there’s a large area to cover, as the extraction method for FUT transplants is much more efficient than the method used for FUE procedures.
How does it work?
Hair transplantation is a technique wherein donor hairs from another area on the scalp are extracted, and transplanted to another area on the scalp with thinning hair. Once placed, the donor follicles continue in their normal growth cycle, creating a full, natural-looking, and self-sustaining head of hair. The FUT technique is sometimes also known as the “strip” method or strip grafting, since the follicles are harvested from a strip of removed tissue. This often leads to more effective harvesting, allowing dense transplant placement over a wider area.
What’s the difference between FUE and FUT?
There are two different kinds of hair transplant: FUE and FUT. Both of them work in generally the same way: harvesting donor follicles and transplanting them directly to the area affected by balding. The place where these two methods diverge is the process by which donor hairs are harvested.
FUT hair transplants obtain donor follicles from a thin strip of tissue removed from the scalp. Donor hairs are taken from this tissue and then implanted. FUE hair transplants, on the other hand, harvest donor follicles directly from a donor area of the scalp. FUE transplants are a relatively newer procedure, and so they can be more time-consuming and more expensive. However, thanks to the reduced scarring and shorter recovery time, many patients choose FUE transplants. You can learn more about our FUE transplant approach here at Barr Aesthetics here.
FUT transplants, meanwhile, are a time-tested and well-established technique. However, just because this technique is older doesn’t mean that it will look like old-fashioned “hair plugs.” On the contrary, except for minor scarring, the results of an FUT transplant are indistinguishable from an FUE transplant. Both will give you a beautiful, natural, and full appearance. FUT transplants are often recommended to patients with advanced hair loss, since there’s a higher harvest and success rate of donor follicles in this extraction approach. Ultimately, which approach is right for you will depend on several factors, and it’s best to consult with a professional as you make your decision.
What should I expect from the procedure?
Process: Here at Barr Aesthetics, we give our patients specific instructions for preparing for their procedure, as well as recommendations for aftercare. Patients should understand that they could experience some discomfort during or after the procedure, but pain and sensitivity of the area is carefully managed with local anesthetic, and we can also offer medications to reduce anxiety and help the process go smoother for you, if you desire. Although an FUT hair transplant doesn’t have the same time demands as an FUE procedure, patients should still expect at least a few hours, depending on the number of grafts needed.
Results: The end results of any hair transplant procedure will greatly depend on the skill of your physician. In an FUT transplant, donor hairs must be carefully extracted by a specialist, and then placed with an very sensitive eye to natural hair growth patterns, including direction of growth, distribution over an area, and natural hairline. Dr. Barr and her team have the skills and experience to deliver beautiful results for patients, creating a head of hair indistinguishable from natural, healthy growth.
When can I get back to work?
With an FUT hair transplant, it’s not always necessary to cut the hair short for the procedure, and so many patients are able to get back to work very quickly, without anyone ever being able to tell that the transplant took place. On the other hand, after an FUT transplant, most patients will experience a linear scar on their scalp from the removal of the donor tissue. They may also experience some swelling and discomfort or itchiness around the area. If you experience any problems, please contact our office so that we can safely monitor your recovery.
Dr. Barr and her team have had many years of experience offering FUT hair transplants to patients throughout Salt Lake. Our precision and experience help to reduce scarring and discomfort, while offering maximum results for our patients. If you have any questions about FUT hair transplants, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!