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Complete Guide on a FUT Hair Transplant

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FUT is a well-known and widely used surgical procedure for hair restoration. It entails a procedure where a small strip of healthy hair-bearing skin is extracted and transplanted to an area of hair loss (a “non-permanent region”) from a “permanent” part of the scalp (where hair is genetically designed to continue growing for life). This method can result in incredibly beneficial outcomes.

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FUT hair transplant

The FUT Hair Transplant Procedure

It may take four to eight hours to complete a typical FUT hair transplant surgery. Using a local anaesthetic to numb the scalp, most patients have surgery while they are conscious. For you to know what to expect from start to finish, let’s walk you through the complete FUT hair transplant procedure. Here is the FUT hair transplant process in detail:
  1. Both the donor and recipient areas will be marked, and photos will be taken for your patient history file. Using a local anaesthetic, your scalp will be numbed, before the procedure.
  2. The donor area will be used to remove your hair, which will then be cut to a length of about two millimetres.
  3. A small strip of your skin with hair follicles is going to be used, and a transplant will be excised by the surgeon. During the procedure, you’ll be awake. The yield is maximised and issues like enlarged and/or prominent linear scars are avoided by determining the proper size and placement of the donor follicles.
  4. A medical specialist will remove hair follicles from the strip and prepare them for transplantation.
  5. The surgeon will sew your scalp together.
  6. The hair follicles will be inserted into the balding regions of your scalp in an appearance-natural method.
  7. You will receive an antibiotic and bandages for your scalp.
The actual width of the strip depends on how many follicles are required to completely cover the bald areas, although it is often no wider than one to 1.5 cm (0.4 to 0.6 inches).

Advantages of Getting A FUT Hair Transplant

The main advantage of getting a FUT hair transplant is that it’s a permanent cure to hair loss in men and hair loss in women, and you’ll have the renewed energy of being aware of having a full head of lush hair.
  • You won’t ever have to worry about wigs, toupees, spray-on concealers, or nasty topical treatments, thanks to a FUT hair transplant.
  • Since the tissue was concentrated in better donor zones after the FUT transplant, the hair output is on the greater side. After healing, the patient appears to have fuller hair as a result.
  • If you need several grafts, it’s the greatest option. As the donor region is maintained after surgery, FUT permits several procedures.
  • In a single transplant session, it has the highest success percentage. It is predicted to be successful in excess of 96%.
  • When compared to FUE, FUT is less costly.

FUT Hair Transplant Disadvantages

Given that healthy blood flow to the scalp promotes rapid wound healing and decreased infection rates, problems during FUT hair transplantation are generally uncommon. However, there are possible hazards.
  • You will experience something known as “shock” loss, which is characterised by the shedding of natural hairs at the recipient or donor location. Most significantly, this is often transient and is most likely caused by stress and microtrauma that were incurred during the procedure. Knowing that the bulk of the hairs lost will regrow in 3 to 4 months should be given to patients.
  • Ingrown hairs and epidermis cysts hairs might cause an inflammatory reaction that would harm all of the grafts.
  • Fewer than 1% of patients have an infection. The therapy includes antibiotics, shampooing twice a day, and warm compress exfoliation.
  • Excessive fluids might cause swelling (oedema).
Hair transplant aftercare

Frequently Asked Questions

Since FUT uses your own hair from the permanent zone, the effects of the treatment should last a lifetime.

The treatment might take anywhere between 4 and 8 hours, depending on how many grafts are required.

Overall, the final appearance of the transplanted hair should be so natural-looking that people won’t be able to tell whether a transplant was done.

Last updated by Wendy on August 18, 2022. Content medically reviewed by D. Demirel, MD.

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