(Follicular Unit Transplantat)
What is Follicular Unit Transplantation?
Follicular Unit Transplantation, is an intricate surgical procedure in which our clinic is an expert. A thin strip of skin containing the permanent hair is removed from the donor area. This hair-bearing skin is then dissected and the resulting grafts, known as follicular units, are then inserted into the thinning or balding areas of the scalp.
Using the FUT procedure donor hair is surgically removed in a thin strip and the hair follicles on the strip are dissected by highly skilled technicians.
Using the FUT procedure donor hair is surgically removed in a thin strip and the hair follicles on the strip are dissected by highly skilled technicians. The resulting incision can be stitched together again, usually creating a fine, hard to detect scar which is covered by existing hair, even if it is short.
The resulting grafts are known as follicular units. Excess tissue attached to the graft is removed, as failure to do this can result in pitting and/or tenting of the skin, which can lead to an unnatural looking hair transplant. The grafts are then carefully inserted in minuscule surgical sites made in the thinning or balding (recipient) areas of the scalp. The size, shape and angle of these insertions are key to how the hair transplant will finally look.
FUT or FUE?
Before any patient makes a decision as to what techniques they wish to choose, a consultation with a properly qualified consultant surgeon is essential
Both FUE and the FUT techniques have their advantages and disadvantages, some of which are listed below for ease of reading;
For patients undergoing an FUE procedure usually the entire scalp must be shaved in advance of their procedure, for those undergoing an FUT procedure only the area of hair to be removed is trimmed.
In an FUE procedure the graft yield is lower than with FUT which means you get less donor hair for transplantation. This is because it is not possible to harvest as much hair.
In an FUE procedure the growth rate of the grafts is often lower as the accuracy of the punch tool used is not as good as a skilled technician using a microscope.
A stitch is required in an FUT procedure; in an FUE procedure no stitches are needed.
For patients that like to wear their hair very short FUE may be the preferable option as the scars resulting from the FUE procedure may be less noticeable in very short hair as they are more spread out.
Should a patient decide to return for a 2nd or 3rd hair transplant procedure with the FUT technique a skilled surgeon can remove the scar from the patient’s previous surgery however with the FUE technique this is not possible and new scars will always be created with subsequent surgeries.
Before any patient makes a decision as to what techniques they wish to choose, a consultation with a properly qualified consultant surgeon is essential.
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