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What is FUT hair transplant surgery?

FUT, which is an abbreviation for follicular unit transplantation, hair transplant surgery is one of the most common forms of hair restoration surgery available around the world. Also known as the “strip harvesting” method, FUT hair transplants allow thousands of individual grafts to be safely transplanted in a single session.

This procedure is performed with a specially calibrated tool that is used to extract a strip of donor tissue containing the follicles from the rear of the scalp where hair loss is typically unlikely to happen. The donor tissue is then separated from the individual follicles which are then prepared to be transplanted into the recipient area of the scalp. The surgeon will make microscopic incisions in the recipient area before transplanting the follicles in small groups and varying densities to accurately match the natural growth of your existing hair.

The procedure itself is considered minimally invasive and only requires the use of a local anaesthetic on the scalp rather than a general anaesthetic, reducing your recovery time post-operation and lowering any risk of complication.

Other than a small amount of scarring on the scalp, which is generally considered to be undetectable unless you choose to shave your head, the results are incredible and blend in naturally with the rest of your hair. The newly transplanted hair will take a bit of time to grow through and starts approximately three to four months after your surgery.

What is FUT hair transplant surgery?

FUT, which is an abbreviation for follicular unit transplantation, hair transplant surgery is one of the most common forms of hair restoration surgery available around the world. Also known as the “strip harvesting” method, FUT hair transplants allow thousands of individual grafts to be safely transplanted in a single session.

This procedure is performed with a specially calibrated tool that is used to extract a strip of donor tissue containing the follicles from the rear of the scalp where hair loss is typically unlikely to happen. The donor tissue is then separated from the individual follicles which are then prepared to be transplanted into the recipient area of the scalp. The surgeon will make microscopic incisions in the recipient area before transplanting the follicles in small groups and varying densities to accurately match the natural growth of your existing hair.

The procedure itself is considered minimally invasive and only requires the use of a local anaesthetic on the scalp rather than a general anaesthetic, reducing your recovery time post-operation and lowering any risk of complication.

Other than a small amount of scarring on the scalp, which is generally considered to be undetectable unless you choose to shave your head, the results are incredible and blend in naturally with the rest of your hair. The newly transplanted hair will take a bit of time to grow through and starts approximately three to four months after your surgery.

What should you expect with an FUT hair transplant surgery?

Hair transplant surgery is something that is becoming more and more popular in modern society, with huge celebrities like Wayne Rooney and Robbie Williams famously taking steps to restore their locks. It isn’t a miracle cure that instantly stops the baldness though and doing your research is vital before booking yourself in for a surgery. You need to make sure that all your questions and queries are answered, so take a look at some of the more commonly asked ones below.

Something that worries a lot of clients is the fear that after having a hair transplant, they are just going to lose their hair again. Because the follicles used are taken from the rear of the scalp which is commonly considered the “permanent zone”, your new hair will be completely permanent and you can style it however you like.

FUT hair transplant has a slightly different recovery period to its FUE counterpart due to the way in which the treatment is carried out. Because a strip of follicles are extracted, this creates a linear scar and the length of time for this to heal varies on a person to person basis. On average, we find that the wound normally closes after around 7 to 10 days, and at around this point the staples used for closure will be removed in our premises. Otherwise, the healing process is the same for the newly transplanted follicles as they follow a similar implantation process.

The scar associated your FUT transplant surgery is something that comes as part of the parcel, however there are a number of ways that you can improve the appearance of the scar. This includes simple scar revision, FUT transplantation into the scar tissue (though this brings the issue of a secondary scar which will then have the same issue) and using other cosmetic procedures such as scalp micropigmentation to camouflage the scar.

If you choose to have another hair transplant following on from an FUT procedure, you still have the choice of utilising either an FUE or FUT transplant. The problem you do have however is that you will have some previous scarring from your FUT hair transplant and this could become visible if having another transplant procedure. If you do choose to have another FUT transplant, you shouldn’t end up with multiple scars as it is done through the same area of scar that already exists.

Before the surgery, we provide our patients with a sedative and then use local anaesthetic during the day to alleviate any pain that could be associated with the surgery. Generally, we find that the consensus is that there is very little or no pain during the procedure itself, although some patients do experience some level of pain and discomfort in their scalp following the procedure. Although this pain is considered to be more intense than that associated with an FUE procedure, they should last no longer than a few days and medication will be provided to aid with this.

Any form of pre-existing medical condition will raise concern with our staff as any medical condition has the capability of causing issues before, during and after your surgery. If you do have a medical condition, please speak to your surgeon about it during your consultation and they will be able to advise you on whether or not you are a suitable candidate for the surgery. This means that although it is possible that a medical condition can rule you out of a surgery, it doesn’t mean that it will be a definite and this decision comes down to yourself, your surgeon and in some cases your physician.

It’s our goal to create a hairline that looks as natural as possible, no matter what type of hair transplant method you opt for. With an FUT hair transplant your hair will continue to look natural unless you decide to cut it very short as this can cause the scar to show through the hairline, otherwise nobody should be able to tell the difference.

What should you expect with an FUT hair transplant surgery?

Hair transplant surgery is something that is becoming more and more popular in modern society, with huge celebrities like Wayne Rooney and Robbie Williams famously taking steps to restore their locks. It isn’t a miracle cure that instantly stops the baldness though and doing your research is vital before booking yourself in for a surgery. You need to make sure that all your questions and queries are answered, so take a look at some of the more commonly asked ones below.

Something that worries a lot of clients is the fear that after having a hair transplant, they are just going to lose their hair again. Because the follicles used are taken from the rear of the scalp which is commonly considered the “permanent zone”, your new hair will be completely permanent and you can style it however you like.

FUT hair transplant has a slightly different recovery period to its FUE counterpart due to the way in which the treatment is carried out. Because a strip of follicles are extracted, this creates a linear scar and the length of time for this to heal varies on a person to person basis. On average, we find that the wound normally closes after around 7 to 10 days, and at around this point the staples used for closure will be removed in our premises. Otherwise, the healing process is the same for the newly transplanted follicles as they follow a similar implantation process.

The scar associated your FUT transplant surgery is something that comes as part of the parcel, however there are a number of ways that you can improve the appearance of the scar. This includes simple scar revision, FUT transplantation into the scar tissue (though this brings the issue of a secondary scar which will then have the same issue) and using other cosmetic procedures such as scalp micropigmentation to camouflage the scar.

If you choose to have another hair transplant following on from an FUT procedure, you still have the choice of utilising either an FUE or FUT transplant. The problem you do have however is that you will have some previous scarring from your FUT hair transplant and this could become visible if having another transplant procedure. If you do choose to have another FUT transplant, you shouldn’t end up with multiple scars as it is done through the same area of scar that already exists.

Before the surgery, we provide our patients with a sedative and then use local anaesthetic during the day to alleviate any pain that could be associated with the surgery. Generally, we find that the consensus is that there is very little or no pain during the procedure itself, although some patients do experience some level of pain and discomfort in their scalp following the procedure. Although this pain is considered to be more intense than that associated with an FUE procedure, they should last no longer than a few days and medication will be provided to aid with this.

Any form of pre-existing medical condition will raise concern with our staff as any medical condition has the capability of causing issues before, during and after your surgery. If you do have a medical condition, please speak to your surgeon about it during your consultation and they will be able to advise you on whether or not you are a suitable candidate for the surgery. This means that although it is possible that a medical condition can rule you out of a surgery, it doesn’t mean that it will be a definite and this decision comes down to yourself, your surgeon and in some cases your physician.

It’s our goal to create a hairline that looks as natural as possible, no matter what type of hair transplant method you opt for. With an FUT hair transplant your hair will continue to look natural unless you decide to cut it very short as this can cause the scar to show through the hairline, otherwise nobody should be able to tell the difference.

Less than 6 hours in surgery

5 – 6 hours in clinic

Local anaesthetic, driving is permitted

2 weeks before any strenuous exercise

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The minimum age for any consultation or surgical procedure is 18. Certain things, such as becoming pregnant before the surgery, will stop you from being able to proceed forwards from the consultation phase. This will be discussed during your initial consultation.

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