FUT Hair Transplant – Follicular Unit Transplantation

Are you seeking a more permanent solution to your thinning hair, bald spots, and receding hairline? Think about a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT hair transplant) procedure with The Hair Transplant Center – Dallas.

Hair transplants can provide a solution for individuals who are experiencing thinning, balding, and a receding hairline due to aging, genetics, underlying medical conditions, or trauma to the scalp. Many people who experience hair loss issues opt for a hair transplant to look good and feel good about themselves. 

Hair transplants are designed to restore hair to areas of the scalp with limited or absent growth. To achieve long-term results, you may need follow-up hair replacement procedures combined with nonsurgical hair loss treatments such as oral finasteride, topical minoxidil, vitamins, and other supplements. Unlike nonsurgical options that include wigs or hair plugs, hair transplants yield permanent, natural-looking hair that doesn’t require continually progressive maintenance. 

At The Hair Transplant Center – Dallas, our team of experts offers Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) techniques as a clinical-based hair transplant procedure to restore your receding hairline.

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Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Explained
How Does Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Work?
FUT Allows Large Hair Transplant Sessions to Occur
Eligible Candidates for Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Procedures
What Are the Possible Side Effects of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?
FUE vs. FUT: Which Is More Effective?
Cost of FUT Hair Transplantation
Why Conduct a Follicular Unit Transplantation With The Hair Transplant Center – Dallas?
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FUT Hair Transplant – Follicular Unit Transplantation

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Explained

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is frequently used for hair restoration. This procedure is a significant advancement over traditional hair transplant methods that involve larger hair grafts that often create an unnatural look. When a professionally trained hair transplant surgeon performs FUT, results follow the way hair grows naturally. 

Hair transplant doctors have begun transferring individual hair follicles, referred to as follicular units or micrografts, to produce natural-looking results. 

Some individuals refer to FUT as the “strip” procedure. This hair restoration technique involves transplanting follicular units, naturally occurring groups of one to four hairs, allowing hair transplant physicians to securely implant thousands of hair grafts in a single session. 

When conducting a FUT procedure, our hair transplant doctor removes a strip of skin from the back or side of the head and extracts individual hair follicles. Our doctor inserts these follicles into thinning and balding areas of the scalp. 

FUT procedures permit a hair transplant to look natural when the transplanted follicular units begin their new hair growth upon the procedure’s conclusion. 

At The Hair Transplant Center – Dallas, our skilled, experienced hair restoration experts, together with Dr. Stefan Thiele (our distinguished hair transplant physician), can achieve superior results thanks to our specialty focus on FUT procedures. This focus enables us to obtain high success rates for our clients with FUT techniques that allow them to achieve the look they want for their hair.

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How Does Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Work?
FUT Allows Large Hair Transplant Sessions to Occur
Eligible Candidates for Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Procedures
What Are the Possible Side Effects of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?
FUE vs. FUT: Which Is More Effective?

How Does Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Work?

Dr. Stefan Thiele performs FUT hair transplant procedures lasting between four and eight hours. Typically, FUT occurs at a faster rate than FUE procedures, and you’ll most likely stay awake throughout the surgery with local anesthesia administered to reduce pain on your scalp.

Your FUT procedure will follow the steps below:

1. Treating the Donor Site

Dr. Thiele will identify the thinning areas on your scalp, the recipient site, that you want to focus on to secure the most natural-looking hairline possible.

Next, our team prepares the hair from the back of your head (the donor site) for transplantation by shaving the area and protecting the surrounding hair.

After administering local anesthesia to the donor site, Dr. Thiele removes a strip of skin in the donor area, which will include your permanent hair follicles. The actual size of the strip will be based on the number of follicles necessary to cover thinning hair or bald spots. This strip typically doesn’t exceed 1/2 inch wide to 4 to 6 inches long. 

Once he has removed the donor hair, Dr. Thiele sutures the donor site and hides the incision with surrounding hair. 

2. Preparing Follicular Units for Transplantation

Our hair restoration staff at The Hair Transplant Center – Dallas prepares the donor hair for transplantation by dissecting the hair into follicular units that contain one to four hair follicles. In the meantime, while the units are prepared for transplantation, you can read, take a nap, watch a movie, or relax. 

3. Positioning the Follicular Units for Transplantation

Once the follicles are prepared for transplantation, Dr. Thiele creates tiny incisions on the scalp for each follicular unit. In doing so, he focuses on the location, angle, and depth of each unit on the scalp so that he can deliver natural-looking results while optimizing the density and coverage of thinning areas.

4. Performing Aftercare for the Procedure 

After the surgery, our clinical staff will provide directions to help you manage the donor and recipient sites and medications for any discomfort you could experience.

The day after your hair transplant surgery, you might experience soreness, tightness, or numbness in the scalp. Any swelling and redness should go away a week following the procedure. Three months after the surgery, new hair may start growing. After six months, you should notice significant new hair growing in your scalp. Final results can take up to a year.

FUT Allows Large Hair Transplant Sessions to Occur

FUT procedures permit our hair restoration specialist to transplant a large number of grafts in each session:

  • Our doctor protects the donor site by decreasing the number of times incisions occur.
  • Extracting large numbers of grafts provides enough one- and two-hair grafts to create a soft frontal hairline and three- and four-hair grafts to yield a full head of hair.

Eligible Candidates for Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Procedures

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) procedures require you to have sufficient donor hair on your scalp to use as a graft. Men and women with androgenetic alopecia are among some of the best candidates for FUT. In men, this condition manifests itself in the Norwood pattern, an M-shaped hairline that features hair loss at the temples. However, women with this condition typically exhibit the Ludwig pattern, which results in hair thinning along the hair part or at the top of the head.

Consider the following conditions that can qualify you as a potential candidate for FUT hair transplants:

  • Age: FUT is commonly performed on patients ages 25 and older. Hair loss patterns tend to be less predictable in younger individuals.
  • Diagnosis: Men who exhibit the Norwood pattern of hair loss respond better to hair transplants.
  • Thickness of the hair: Patients who have increased hair follicle density typically achieve better coverage with FUT. 
  • Area of balding: FUT is effective for treating hair loss at the front and top of the head.
  • Hair color: Patients with hair color similar to their skin color are better candidates for FUT since they exhibit less color contrast.

What Are the Possible Side Effects of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?

FUT hair transplants are relatively safe when a qualified and experienced hair transplant physician performs them. However, some possible side effects can occur:

  • Infection or bleeding: Hair transplants involve making cuts or incisions in the skin, which could result in possible infection or excessive bleeding.
  • FUT scarring: The FUT method typically leaves a long, linear scar in the donor site that may fade over time, but the scar may become evident if you prefer short hairstyles.
  • Pain and swelling: Some patients could experience pain and swelling in the scalp as the healing process occurs. Pain relievers can assist with discomfort.
  • Shock hair loss: Donor hair effluvium, also known as shock hair loss, occurs when transplanted hair falls out within two months after a procedure. The hair will grow back within four months.

FUE vs. FUT: Which Is More Effective?

While FUE transplants can be as effective as a conventional FUT method, with graft survival rates of 90%, no one method is better than the other. Both forms are effective for extracting follicular grafts. 

Some say that the FUT procedures can provide a significant number of high-quality grafts. The hair transplant doctor can separate follicular units with reduced risk of damaging them. With an FUT session, you can experience a larger session. The graft survival rate, and hair density, improves compared to that of FUE

When it comes to limitations and side effects, FUE is better for those who want less evident scars after the surgery, wherein scars are small and scattered throughout the scalp. These scars are usually small and round, but FUT scars are long and linear. Further, scars from FUT are much bigger, making them more apparent. You can also learn more about our PRP hair restoration technique here.

Cost of FUT Hair Transplantation

Consider the following factors when determining the cost of hair transplantation:

  • The quantity of hair transplanted: Many clinics charge by the number of hair follicles transplanted. Some charge a fixed price.
  • The hair transplant specialist: The cost of the procedure varies among clinics and the hair restoration specialist’s experience.
  • Clinic location: Clinics in some cities may charge more for FUT hair transplants.
  • Travel expenses: Consider travel expenses if you need to visit a clinic a significant distance from your hometown.

At The Hair Transplant Center – Dallas, we offer transparency in pricing, offering affordable FUT hair transplants starting at a per-graft rate. You can optimize the value for your money with minimum pricing for FUT hair transplants.

Why Conduct a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) With The Hair Transplant Center – Dallas?

Now that you understand the FUT procedure, contact us to schedule an initial consultation with one of our clinical staff and learn whether FUT is the right solution for your hair loss. 

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