Strip-Method Hair Transplant (FUT)
Follicular Unit Transplant surgery (FUT or strip method) is a time-tested technique for permanent hair restoration in SLC, Utah. Dr. Thompson, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, uses your own hair to restore thick, healthy hair to balding areas and can recreate your natural hairlines with the most natural results.
FUT involves taking the transplantation of tiny follicular units of hair that are extracted from areas of strong hair growth that are more resistant to balding – typically the back and sides of the scalp – which are then implanted to thinning or bald areas of the head. Dr. Thompson’s extensive experience with hair restoration techniques, medical expertise, and attention to detail produce incredibly natural results for patients concerned with hair loss.
In comparison to older, traditional methods, Dr. Thompson is able to achieve successful outcomes by dissecting the harvested hair into very small sections, called follicular units, and artistically placing them in tiny grafts that are virtually undetectable. These results are in complete contrast to those of hair “plugs” from hair transplant surgery years ago.
How Is FUT Performed?
Follicular Unit Transplantation is done in our surgical room at Thompson Facial Plastics under local anesthesia. Patients are awake but are given medication to help them relax and feel comfortable during the procedure. First, Dr. Thompson cleans off the scalp. Then he injects an anesthetic to the place where the strip of scalp is going to be removed. The strip of scalp is taken and set aside, and then the scalp is closed in a way that will result in minimum scarring.
Next, the follicular units are carefully dissected under a microscope so they are not broken or damaged. It is critical for maximum hair growth that the whole follicular unit is kept intact during this process. After the grafts are prepared, Dr. Thompson cleans and numbs the area of placement, creates tiny holes (recipient sites) with a scalpel, and delicately places each graft into each recipient site.
Dr. Thompson arranges and positions these follicular unit grafts in an aesthetically pleasing, natural fashion. The pattern and protocol for which this is done is determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the patients’ history of hair loss and likelihood of future hair loss. The follicular unit transplants mimic the way the hair grows naturally, so when transplanted by an experienced professional, the result is completely natural and the transplanted area is indistinguishable from one’s original hair.
What Is A Follicular Unit?
For years it was thought that each hair grew as an individual strand but we know today that scalp hair actually grows in tiny groups of 1-4 hairs each. These grouping of hair are called “follicular units” and by using these units for hair restoration in Utah, the result is much more natural looking that previous methods of hair transplantation.
What Are The Advantages & Disadvantages of FUT?
- Completely natural results
- Shorter procedure time compared to certain methods of FUE
- Healthy tissue to maximize follicular unit growth
- Typically less expensive than FUE
- Horizontal scar at donor area (typically can be covered by hair)
- Requires more healing time for donor site
- Not suitable for patients with “tight” scalps or those at risk of significant scarring
- Not suitable for patients who prefer very short hair
What Is The Cost for Hair Restoration With The FUT Method?
Because every patient has a different set of goals and needs varying amounts of grafts for fullness, Utah Facial Plastics does not provide set costs for surgery with an evaluation. A full detailed quote is given during a complimentary consultation with Dr. Thompson or through our Virtual Consultation page. Simply upload your photos with requested information and one of our staff members will be in contact with you within 24-48 business hours.
What Should I Expect With FUT Recovery?
Following follicular unit transplantation, patients typically resume normal activities the next day with minimal restrictions. The donor area where the strip was removed will require about one week of care.
It is not uncommon for the hair to fall out with the new hair growth beginning around 4-5 months following surgery. You can expect fully mature hair growth in approximately one year from your procedure date, though it does vary with each patient.
How Common is Follicular Unit Transplantation?
The follicular unit transplantation method has been the standard in hair restoration since the early 1990’s. It continues to be a popular method for hair restoration throughout the world. In recent years, Follicular unit extraction (FUE) has become increasingly popular due to advancements in technology, such as Neograft. Dr. Thompson has extensive experience with both techniques and will help you determine which method is best suited for you and your specific goals.