FUT (follicular unit transfer) is also known as the strip procedure, this term refers the the strip of hair that is harvested from the back of the head. The reason we harvest the hair from the back of the head is because it is genetically programmed to grow for life. The grafts are individually extracted from the strip of hair. Patients with advanced hair loss tend to receive an FUT procedure since the physician is able to fully optimize each hair follicle with this method. One question many patients have is about the linear incision they have from the FUT procedure. While Dr. Kahen is extremely talented and our patients have minimal scarring, this is a factor that should be taken into consideration.
The procedure may seem overwhelming however, it’s an outpatient procedure meaning you go home once we’re done with your hair transplantation. We’ll remove the strip of hair and our incredibly talented surgical technicians, along with Dr. Kahen, will separate the hair follicles and prepare them for hair transplantation. The doctor and the surgical team will create donor hair transplant sites which we will use to place the harvested hair follicles. At this time we’ll inject platelet rich plasma into your scalp to aid in the healing process and to ensure your hair is harvested at it’s full potential. The last step will be implanting the follicles into the donor hair sites.
Many patients inquire about the hair transplantation healing process. Maintaining a regular lifestyle with no downtime is ideal. Our idea of “downtime” is not being able to perform strenuous activities like going to the gym. Outside of intense physical behavior and careful showers your life will resume as usual post-procedure. The scabs over the grafts will take about 7-10 days to fall out.
Our patients see results around 4-6 months post-procedure. Optimal results are at one year post-procedure. Keep in mind hair takes time to grow so patience will help the process. Hair restoration is a life changing procedure that can positively impact your life. To learn more about the FUT (follicular unit transplantation) procedure and how we can regrow you hair call us for a complimentary consultation.