Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
FUT: (Follicular Unit Transplantation) is a process of extraction of a section of mid donor region hairs. FUT does not diffusely decrease the donor region. The scar is in a linear pattern with various types of closures performed. Ultra refined follicular units are dissected microscopically with very minimal transection rates. FUT has true follicular grouping with intact support and hair maintenance structures. By removing a section of donor hair the density of the rest of the donor hair is left intact. FUT is utilizing permanent donor hair in even large sessions and subsequent sessions. Usually the number of permanent hair follicular units is 5,000-7,000 grafts and above. FUT is advantageous for patients with a hair loss class and /or a family history of hair loss class of 4-7, and especially for class 5, 6 and 7. With FUT hair can be left long while healing. No shaving is required. A trichophytic closure can be used with most skin types. This allows the hair to grow through the donor scar. FUT is advantageous for patients who wish to have a more predictable density and allows for more recipient artistry because the units have more body, support tissue and direction.
Disadvantages of FUT: The donor region does take longer to heal. Patients that choose this technique should leave their hair 1/2 inch or slightly longer since everyone does heal differently. There will be a linear scar.