FUT Surgery Surgical Hair Restoration

Follicular Unit Transfer, FUT or Strip Surgery; out of the two accepted techniques used today is the older of the two; FUT removes a thin hair bearing strip from around the sides and back of the head approximately in the zone known as the occipital area

An advantage of strip is the follicular units are removed in the one strip making it able to harvest large numbers efficiently, along with a proficient and experienced team behind the doctor can then be divided in to the natural groups of follicular units

12 Months Post Op Healed Donor Region via FUT

12 Months Post Op Healed Donor Region via FUT

FUT surgery will leave strip scar around the area it was excised; the width and how noticeable the line will be is partly due to the proficiency the closure was performed, the skin healing characteristics and the post operation care of the patient

Once the strip is removed it is divided into smaller sections and then handed to the technicians who then divide into the individual follicular units, they are cleaned under magnification and kept in a holding solution

This process allows for only good quality grafts to be used and sustains a good yield or growth rate when the hair transplant matures; with FUT the grafts generally are a little larger with more fatty tissue surrounding them as they is the luxury of taking them directly from the tissue they naturally sat in

The process of extraction also allows for the overall procedure to run smoothly and efficiently; when the doctor has made the closure of the donor and the strip passed to the technicians the doctor can then start to make the recipient sites for the grafts to be placed in

This allows for a fluid movement of work and no down time, meaning that large numbers can be safely moved in a one day procedure; on the right candidate with good donor characteristics around 7000 grafts or FU´s

Like any surgical procedure there is always going to be a degree of scarring; when performed to a high standard the closure of the strip is easily hidden within the surrounding hair and even on close inspection hard to see

There are unfortunately exceptions to the rule and it is important that when researching you ask to see a decent number of results or examples of the doctor´s work and closures that have matured for at least 12 months post operation

As FUT relies on skin laxity for the removal this has to be considered when healing; not to create too much tension on the scalp, heavy exercise for example may create pressure on the area that can cause stretch back; so always take this into consideration when arranging your surgery and ensure you can adhere to the post-operative instructions you are given

With future FUT procedures and acceptable donor healing the old line can still be removed when extracting more grafts; the graft numbers will probably be lower than the initial procedure but still enough to complete restoration even on high Norwood cases most of the time

As the old line is removed you will still only be left with a single line closure, maintaining the integrity of the donor area as much as possible

With planning FUT can give the right high NW candidate an acceptable coverage from hair line to crown, albeit with a lower crown density, but if the individual is happy a result can be achieved in a single procedure

With any hair transplant technique scarring will occur; as said previously it is important to research the results of the clinic, not just recipient results but donor management to minimise any complications

 

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