Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) hair transplant also widely known as ‘the strip technique’. The procedure involves a single strip to be removed from the back of the head and then the follicular units are removed without damage to be inserted into the balding area of the scalp. This procedure is very efficient as many grafts can be inserted in one procedure.
Advantages of FUT
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a non-invasive procedure that involves extracting individual healthy follicular units directly from a donor area on the scalp, typically from the back of the neck, and then transferring them onto the balding or thinning area of the patient.
FUE transplant is carried out by our highly experienced surgeon using a specialised punch device that has a needle sized less than 1mm in diameter attached to it. The procedure is performed under a high powered microscope enabling the surgeon to perform it with utmost precision while extracting healthy follicular units along with its complete necessary glands, in order to achieve natural-looking results. The patient will be under local anaesthesia to minimize risks associated with the procedure as well as to reduce downtime.
Advantages of FUE
An ideal candidate would be a person who has been balding or losing hair for a long amount of time. If the hair loss has been stable, not falling out the growing back. If the candidate has suffered a trauma like a burn or a severe scar, it could be treated with this procedure.
Who should consider FUT?
Does not mind the scar – The main problem associated with hair transplant surgery is the scar that will be left after the procedure which is why many people opt for the FUE treatment instead. However, you can consider FUT if the scar will not affect you in any way.
Prefer longer hairstyle – FUT is not recommended to those who may want shorter hairstyle in the future because of the scar that is left after the treatment.
Ideal candidates for FUE will have:
Who should consider FUE?
Who previously has had FUT treatment – People who have already had hair transplant previously are advised to go for the FUE treatment to avoid more scarring that will already be present from the previous treatment.
The procedure for FUT involves:
There are numerous possible risks with FUT. This includes:
The procedure for FUE involves:
Potential risks from FUE include:
As this procedure involves the cutting of the scalp, there will be pain and discomfort. It will take roughly two to three weeks for your transplant to heal. The staples are then removed on the end of the third week. You are advised to keep sports and strenuous activities to a low for the first week. All patients will be given pain medication to take for the pain issues and to be as comfortable as possible. Within two weeks of the transplant, the hairs will fall out. But the follicle will remain, allowing new hair to grow.
To be a suitable candidate for FUE, you must have both healthy patches of hair and healthy skin. FUT is more suitable for those who are balding or have had hair falling out for some time that is not growing back. Those who have experienced trauma such as burns or scars are also suitable candidates for FUT.
When considering hair transplants, there are two suitable options: Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
FUT involves removing an entire strip of tissue from the patient, with thousands of follicular units then transplanted. This is often the preferred method, as the follicular units more closely mimic the patient’s natural hair. However, this is not always a viable option for every patient. This method may also leave a larger scar, as it is removing a whole strip of tissue, rather than individual units, as with FUE.
Meanwhile, FUE involves extracting individual follicular units, typically from the back of the head or neck, with the process repeated until enough follicular units have been gathered. This option is often preferred for younger people, as well as those who have scarring or healing issues.
As with any cosmetic procedure, there are possible risks involved. These include cysts if the implant is rejected, scarring, infection, and the wound taking a long time to heal. Antibiotics will be prescribed before and after the procedure to lower the risk of infection.