Follicular Unit Transplant
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is one of many hair restoration methods offered by Dr. Feinberg. Since the early 90’s, Follicular Unit Transplant has been the traditional method of harvesting follicular units (FUs). The grafts are removed from the back of the scalp, the so-called fringe area; that seems to be able to grow hair for most of a normal lifetime, in even the baldest individual. That rear fringe is also known as the “safe area.”
The donor hair is trimmed, up to about ¼ inch, and can extend ear to ear. The trimmed strip is injected with a local anesthetic, removed, and the scalp is either stitched or stapled. A linear scar is created, but with minimal hair length, it is not usually obvious.
The strip is sectioned, placed under microscopes, and the FUs are removed and placed in dishes filled with a cold preservative solution.
After the grafts are prepared, the bald scalp is outlined and injected with a local anesthetic. Placement is made by nicking the scalp with varying sized needles, and the one to four hair FUs are inserted into the tiny openings. Usually, a pressure dressing is applied that is removed the next morning. The short transplanted hairs fall out over the next few weeks (transplant shock), and regrowth starts sometime around the third month post-transplant. Hair grows at different rates, but most people have reasonable growth and coverage in six to ten months.
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