FUT is a well-established surgical method for hair restoration. However, achieving a natural look from FUT requires expertise that goes beyond the basic techniques. Rejuva Aesthetica’s Hair Transplantation Team are among the world’s leading exponents of FUT surgery.
They combine surgical excellence with long experience and an understanding of the aesthetics of how hair grows, to ensure that each patient can achieve the best possible result.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (‘strip’ surgery) involves removing a thin strip of hair-bearing skin from a “permanent area” of the scalp. Where hairs are genetically programmed to continue growing for life (the ‘donor area”). Healthy hair follicles are harvested from this piece of scalp tissue. And it is transplanted into an area of hair loss (the ‘recipient area’).
The FUT procedure begins with the removal of a strip of hair-bearing skin from the anaesthetized donor area of scalp, typically the back of the head.
The strip is then placed under specialized high-powered microscopes. Moreover, the surgical team meticulously divide it into tiny grafts of individual follicular units comprised of one to four hairs (as they naturally occur). These grafts are placed in chilled tissue storage until the team is ready to transplant them.
The site of the donor strip is closed using small stitches. It is usually immediately covered by the surrounding donor hair. The stitches are removed after 10-14 days and the donor area heals to form a linear scar. It is usually undetectable when covered by hair worn grade 4 or longer.
Next, Dr Arth Shah makes tiny incisions in the patient’s recipient area, which determines the angle, direction and density of the transplanted hair. The grafts are then placed into these recipient sites using very fine forceps. In order to achieve a natural look, Dr Arth Shah pays extreme care and attention. His care to the positioning and distribution of these follicular units, ensuring they blend seamlessly with the patient’s native hair.
FUT requires only a local anesthetic and is virtually pain-free. The whole process can take between 4 and 12 hours. It is depending on the size of the recipient area and the number of grafts that need to be transplanted.
Approximately four months after surgery the new hairs will begin to grow through in the treated areas of the scalp. Moreover, it is continuing to thicken over the first 10 to 15 months. These hairs will continue to grow in the same way as those in the donor area, creating a natural, fuller head of hair.