Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)
Hair transplantation is a common surgical technique that moves an individuals hair follicles from a part of their body, commonly called the ‘donor site’, to bald or balding part of their own body which is known as the ‘recipient site’. It’s primarily been used to treat male pattern baldness. Hair transplantation greatly differs from skin grafting in that grafts contain almost all of the epidermis and dermis surrounding the hair follicle, and many tiny grafts are transplanted rather than a single strip of skin.
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is the traditional method of hair transplantation used by most hair transplant surgeons. Hair grows from openings on the scalp either singly or in groups of 2, 3 or 4 hairs. These hair groups are known as “follicular units”. Under local anesthesia, a strip of scalp is removed with a scalpel from the back of the head (donor area). The strip is sectioned and the follicular units are removed under a microscope. The bald scalp (recipient area) is anesthetized, small holes are made with very fine needles and the follicular units (follicular micro-grafts) are inserted.