The Traditional Strip Method
The Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is the traditional method in hair transplantation. A strip of tissue is removed from the donor area and the donor area is closed with sutures. A team of highly skilled technicians dissects the tissue under the microscope into individual follicular units or grafts.
The grafts are placed intro like groupings based on how many hairs are in each follicular unit (typically 1-4 hairs per follicle). The physician designs a plan for where to utilize the harvested follicles to obtain a natural result. Once designed, the physician will make micro-incisions into the recipient area. The grafts are placed into the recipient sites one after another by hand. One and two hair grafts are used to create a natural soft hairline while three and four hair grafts are used to add density behind the hairline, just as nature made it.
An FUT procedure takes a full day to complete. Patients spend the day watching movies, working on their tablet, eating lunch, and may even take a nap during the procedure.
The stitches in the donor area are removed in 10-14 days. The recipient area may show some redness and scabbing but usually, subsides in 5-7 days. Patients can drive themselves to and from the procedure and are usually back at work within a day or two.
After about three months new growth begins. The hair will continue to thicken and new growth will continue throughout 12 months. At 12 months the patient can expect the final result and the hair will continue to grow at the same rate as it did in the donor area. Color, texture, growth rate will all remain the same.