Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Conveniently located to serve the Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. metro areas. 

Are you seeking a more permanent solution to your thinning hair or bald spots on your scalp? Consider a follicular unit transplantation (FUT) procedure from The Hair Transplant Center – Virginia. 

Hair transplants can help people overcome thinning, balding, and receding hairlines caused by aging, genetics, underlying medical conditions, or trauma to the scalp. Many people who deal with hair loss issues can choose to undergo a hair transplant to improve their hair loss circumstances. 

Hair transplants aim to restore hair to areas of the scalp with limited or no hair growth. To achieve significant results, you may need follow-up hair replacement procedures combined with nonsurgical hair loss treatments that include oral finasteride, topical minoxidil, vitamins, and other supplements. In contrast to nonsurgical choices that include wigs or plugs, hair transplants deliver a permanent, natural-looking solution that won’t demand progressive maintenance. 

Hair transplant technique technology is always advancing. Even the most experienced hair transplant doctors continually expand their knowledge of developments within the hair restoration industry. At The Hair Transplant Center – Virginia, we offer Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) technique in the form of a clinic-based hair transplant process that can help you address your receding hairline.

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Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Explained
How Does Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Work?
FUT Permits Extensive Hair Transplant Sessions to Occur
Who Are Eligible Candidates for a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Procedure?
Potential Side Effects of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
FUE Versus FUT: Which Method Is More Effective?
FUT Hair Transplantation Costs
Why Schedule a Follicular Unit Transplantation With The Hair Transplant Center – Virginia?
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Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Explained

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is perhaps the most frequently used procedure for hair restoration. FUT technology is considered an improvement over traditional hair transplant methods that use larger grafts and create an unnatural look that resembles old-fashioned hair plugs. When performed by a trained hair transplant surgeon, FUT techniques will follow the way hair grows naturally. 

As they’ve adopted FUT, hair transplant surgeons have begun transferring individual hair follicles, referred to as follicular units or micrografts, to yield natural-looking results. 

FUT, also known as the “strip” procedure, is a hair transplantation technique that involves transplanting hair in follicular units (naturally occurring groups of one to four hairs). FUT techniques allow the hair transplant physician to securely implant up to thousands of grafts in a single session. 

When conducting a FUT procedure, our hair transplant specialist will remove a strip of skin from the back or side of the head and remove individual hair follicles which then get inserted into thinning and balding areas of the scalp. FUT techniques allow the hair transplant to appear naturally as the transplanted follicular units begin new hair growth after the procedure. 

At The Hair Transplant Center – Virginia, our team of skilled and experienced hair restoration experts can assist you in achieving substantial results. Our specialized focus on FUT procedures means that we can achieve high success rates in performing the FUT technique that can help you reach your goal toward achieving hair loss freedom.

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How Does Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Work?
Who Are Eligible Candidates for Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Procedures?
Potential Side Effects of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
FUE Versus FUT: Which Method Is More Effective?

How Does Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Work?

Our hair transplant surgeon at The Hair Transplant Center – Virginia performs FUT hair transplant procedures that can last between four to eight hours. Although FUT procedures will take place at a faster rate than FUE procedures, you’ll most likely remain awake throughout the hair transplantation with local anesthesia to reduce pain on your scalp.

Your FUT process will follow the steps below:

1. Addressing the Donor Site

Our hair transplant specialist will identify the areas that are thinning on your scalp, the recipient site, to obtain the most natural-looking hairline possible.

Next, we will prepare the hair from the back of your head (the donor site) for transplanting by shaving the area and protecting the hair surrounding it from damage.

After delivering local anesthesia to the donor site, our hair transplant specialist will remove a strip of skin in the donor area, which includes your permanent hair follicles. The size of the strip is determined by the number of follicles needed to cover thinning hair or bald spots. This strip typically isn’t bigger than 1/2 inch wide to 4 to 6 inches long. 

Once he has removed the donor hair, our hair transplant surgeon sutures the donor site and hides the incision area with surrounding hair from the scalp. 

2. Treating Follicular Units for Transplantation

Our hair restoration staff at The Hair Transplant Center – Virginia will treat the donor hair for transplantation by dissecting the hair into follicular units containing one to four hair follicles. In the meantime, while the units get prepared for transplantation, you can relax.

3. Readying the Follicular Units for Transplantation

Once the follicles get prepared for transplantation, our hair transplant surgeon makes tiny incisions on the scalp for each follicular unit. By doing so, our hair transplant specialist focuses on the location, angle, and depth of each follicular unit on the scalp to deliver natural-looking results and optimize the density and coverage in thinning areas of the scalp.

4. Delivering Aftercare for the Procedure 

After the surgery, our hair transplantation staff will offer directions to help you manage the donor and recipient sites and medications for discomfort you could experience.

The day after your hair transplant surgery, you could experience soreness or numbness in your scalp. Any swelling and redness should recede after a week following the procedure. Three months after the surgery, new hair may start to grow. After six months, you should observe significant amounts of new hair growing in your scalp. Final results could take up to a year.

FUT Permits Extensive Hair Transplant Sessions to Occur

FUT procedures enable our hair restoration specialist to transplant a significant number of grafts in each session:

  • Our doctor protects the donor site on the scalp by decreasing how many times incisions occur.
  • Extracting significant numbers of grafts delivers enough one- and two-hair grafts to create a soft frontal hairline and three- and four-hair grafts to create a full head of hair.

Who Are Eligible Candidates for Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Procedures?

To be eligible for follicular unit transplantation (FUT) procedures, you need to have enough donor hair on your scalp for use as a graft. Men and women with androgenetic alopecia are among some of the ideal candidates for FUT. In men, this condition occurs in the Norwood pattern, an M-shaped hairline featuring hair loss at the temples. However, women with this condition typically exhibit the Ludwig pattern, resulting in hair thinning along the hair part or at the top of the head.

Consider the following conditions that may qualify you as a potential candidate for FUT hair transplants:

  • Age: FUT is common for patients ages 25 and older. Hair loss patterns are less predictable in younger people.
  • Area of balding: FUT can effectively treat hair loss at the front and top of the head.
  • Diagnosis: Men who exhibit the Norwood pattern of hair loss will respond better to hair transplants.
  • Hair color: Patients with hair color resembling their skin color are better candidates for FUT procedures since they have less color contrast.
  • Thickness of the hair: Patients with increased hair follicle density typically achieve better coverage with FUT.

Potential Side Effects of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

FUT hair transplants are quite safe when an experienced hair transplant physician performs them. However, some possible side effects are possible:

  • FUT scarring: The FUT method generally leaves a long, linear scar in the donor site that can fade over time. However, the scar may become visible if you prefer short hairstyles.
  • Infection or bleeding: Hair transplants involve making cuts or incisions in the skin, which may result in possible infection or excessive bleeding.
  • Pain and swelling: Some patients may experience pain and swelling in the scalp as healing takes place. Pain relievers can help with any discomfort.
  • Shock hair loss: Donor hair effluvium, known as shock hair loss, takes place when transplanted hair falls out within two months after a procedure. The hair will grow back within four months.

FUE Versus FUT: Which Method Is More Effective?

While FUE transplants can be as beneficial as an FUT method, with 90% graft survival rates, no method is better than another. Both forms can effectively extract follicular grafts. 

Some people believe that FUT procedures can deliver a significant number of high-quality grafts. Our hair transplant surgeon can separate follicular units and reduce the chances of damaging them. With an FUT session, you can benefit from a longer and larger session. The graft survival rate, and hair density, improves when compared to FUE. 

When considering limitations and side effects, FUE works better for those who want less evident scars after the surgery, given that the scars are small and scattered throughout the scalp. These scars are generally small and round, but FUT scars tend to appear long and linear. Further, scars from FUT are much larger, making them more visible.

FUT Hair Transplantation Costs

Consider the following factors when determining the cost of hair transplantation:

  • The quantity of hair transplanted: Many clinics charge by the number of hair follicles transplanted. Some maintain a fixed price.
  • The hair transplant specialist: The cost of the procedure is different from clinic to clinic based on the hair restoration specialist’s experience.
  • Clinic location: Clinics in some cities may charge more for FUT hair transplants.
  • Travel expenses: Consider travel expenses if you need to go to a clinic that isn’t close to your hometown.

At The Hair Transplant Center – Virginia, we provide transparency with our pricing, offering affordable FUT hair transplants that begin at a per-graft rate. You can optimize the value of your spending with minimum pricing for FUT hair transplants.

Why Schedule a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) With The Hair Transplant Center – Virginia?

Now that you’re aware of the FUT procedure, contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our clinical staff members and find out whether FUT provides the right solution for your hair loss.

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