Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington, Euless, Bedford, Hurst, Denton, and North Texas.

Looking for a more permanent solution to your thinning hair, bald spots, and receding hairline? Then, consider a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) procedure as your hair loss solution! 

Hair transplants are a good choice for people experiencing thinning, balding, and a receding hairline that is caused by aging, genetics, underlying medical conditions, or trauma to the scalp. Most people having hair loss issues choose to have a hair transplant for them to look good and feel good about themselves. 

The ultimate goal of every hair transplant is to restore hair to areas of the scalp where there is limited or absent growth. To achieve lasting results, you may be required to have follow-up hair replacement procedures combined with non-surgical hair loss treatments like oral finasteride, topical minoxidil, vitamins, and other supplements. In contrast to non-surgical choices such as wigs or plugs, hair transplants produce a permanent, natural-looking solution that doesn’t require progressive maintenance. 

The distinct features of each hair transplant technique are always advancing. Even the most skilled and experienced hair transplant doctors are expanding their knowledge of the fast-growing environment in the hair restoration industry. At The Hair Transplant Center – Fort Worth, we offer Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) technique as a simple clinic-based hair transplant procedure that can help restore your receding hairline.

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Contents

What Is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?
How Does Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Work?
The Ability to Conduct Large Hair Transplant Sessions
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Procedure?
Potential Side Effects of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
FUE vs. FUT: Which Is More Effective?
FUT Hair Transplant Cost
Why Conduct a Follicular Unit Transplantation With Us?
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Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

What Is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?

Over the years, follicular unit transplantation (FUT) has been the most frequently used procedure for hair restoration. It is considered as an advancement over traditional hair transplant methods that utilized larger grafts and often created a pluggy, unnatural look. When performed by a trained hair transplant surgeon, FUT results follow the way hair grows naturally. 

In recent years, hair transplant doctors began transferring individual hair follicles, also known as follicular units or micrografts, to produce natural-looking results. 

FUT is also known as the “strip” procedure. It is a hair restoration technique where hair is transplanted in follicular units (naturally occurring groups of one to four hairs) that allow the hair transplant physician to securely implant thousands of grafts in a single session. 

When conducting a FUT procedure, our hair transplant doctor cuts a strip of skin from the back or side of your head and takes out individual hair follicles which are then inserted into thinning and balding areas of your scalp. Follicular unit transplantation allows the hair transplant to look natural as the transplanted follicular units start new hair growth after the procedure. 

At The Hair Transplant Center – Fort Worth, our team of skilled and experienced hair restoration experts, together with Dr. Stefan Thiele (our distinguished hair transplant physician), can help you achieve significant results because we have a specialty focus on FUT procedures. This allows us to achieve high success rates in performing the FUT technique to help you reach your goal towards hair loss freedom.

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How Does Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Work?

Dr. Stefan Thiele performs FUT hair transplant surgeries that take between four and eight hours to complete. Typically, it’s conducted faster than the FUE procedure, so you’ll most likely stay awake throughout the surgery with local anesthesia numbing your scalp. 

You can expect your FUT procedure to follow these steps:

01
Removing a Strip of Skin From the Donor Site

Initially, we determine the thinning areas (recipient site)…..

02
Preparing Follicular Units

Our hair restoration staff prepares the donor hair…..

03
Positioning Follicular Units

Once the follicles are ready to be transplanted…..

04
After Completing the Procedure

After the surgery, our clinical staff will provide…..

Removing a Strip of Skin From the Donor Site

Initially, we determine the thinning areas (recipient site) that you want to restore to help you achieve the most natural-looking hairline possible.

Next, the team prepares the hair from the back of your head (donor site) by shaving the area and saving the surrounding hair.

After administering local anesthesia to numb the donor site, our hair restoration doctor removes a strip of skin in the donor area, including your permanent hair follicles. The actual size of the strip is based on the number of follicles required to cover thinning hair or bald spots, which usually doesn’t exceed half an inch wide and 4 to 6 inches long. 

Once he has removed the donor hair, he sutures the area back together and hides it with surrounding hair.

Preparing Follicular Units

Our hair restoration staff prepares the donor hair by dissecting it into follicular units containing one to four hair follicles. In the meantime, while the units are being prepared for transplantation, you can read, take a nap, watch a movie or just relax.

Positioning Follicular Units

Once the follicles are ready to be transplanted, our doctor makes tiny incisions on your scalp for each follicular unit, giving enough attention to the location, angle, and depth of each unit to ensure natural-looking results and to optimize the density and coverage of thinning areas.

After Completing the Procedure

After the surgery, our clinical staff will provide instructions on how to manage your donor and recipient sites together with medications for any discomfort you might experience.

The day after your hair transplant surgery, you might experience some soreness, tightness, or numbness. A week after the procedure, any swelling and redness should fade away. Three months after the surgery, new hair may start growing. After six months, you should notice significant new hair growing in your scalp. Final results can take up to a year after the FUE procedure.

The Ability to Conduct Large Hair Transplant Sessions

These are the reasons why the follicular unit transplantation procedure can allow our hair restoration doctor to transplant a large number of grafts in each session:

  • A larger number of grafts can be harvested.
  • The donor site is protected by decreasing the number of times incisions are made.
  • Extracting large numbers of grafts provides sufficient one and two-hair grafts to create a soft frontal hairline and enough three and four-hair grafts to provide a full head of hair.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Procedure?

Follicular unit transplantation procedures require you to have enough donor hair on your scalp to use as a graft. Men and women with androgenetic alopecia make the best candidates for FUT. In men, it usually appears in the Norwood pattern or an M-shaped hairline with hair loss at the temples. On the other hand, women with this condition usually experience the Ludwig pattern, which causes thinning along the hair part or at the top of the head.

Now, let’s take a look at the following conditions that also make you a good candidate for FUT hair transplants:

  • Age. FUT is commonly performed on patients aged 25 and above since hair loss patterns are less predictable in younger people.
  • Diagnosis. Men with the Norwood pattern of hair loss respond better to hair transplants.
  • Hair thickness. Patients with increased hair follicle density typically achieve better coverage.
  • Area of balding. FUT is effective for treating hair loss at the front and top of the head.
  • Hair color. Patients with hair color similar to their skin color commonly make better candidates since they have less color contrast.
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Potential Side effects of Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

FUT hair transplants are predominantly safe when conducted by a qualified and experienced hair transplant physician. However, even with successful hair transplants, some possible side effects can happen. These are:

  • Infection or bleeding. Hair transplants involve making cuts or incisions in the skin developing a risk of infection or excessive bleeding.
  • FUT scarring. The FUT method usually leaves a long, linear scar in the donor site that may fade after some time but may become evident if you wear your hair short.
  • Pain and swelling. Some patients may experience pain and swelling in the scalp as they go through the healing process; it can be relieved with pain relievers.
  • Shock hair loss. Donor hair effluvium (commonly referred to as shock hair loss) occurs when transplanted hair falls out within two months after the procedure. It always grows back within four months.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

FUE vs. FUT: Which Is More Effective?

While FUE transplants can be just as effective as the conventional FUT method (with graft survival rates of 90%), the truth is, no research has shown one method is better than the other. Both methods are effective for extracting follicular grafts. 

Some say that the FUT procedure can provide a huge number of high-quality grafts, as the hair transplant doctor can separate follicular units with less risk of damaging them. With FUT, you can have a larger session and the graft survival rate, as well as the density, is basically improved to that of FUE. 

When it comes to limitations and side effects, FUE is better for those who want less evident scars after the surgery, wherein scars are small and scattered throughout the scalp. They are usually small and round, while FUT scars are long and linear. Furthermore, scars from FUT are localized and much bigger, making them more noticeable.

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FUT Hair Transplant Cost

These factors can determine hair transplant cost:

  • The amount of hair being transplanted. Most clinics charge by the number of hair follicles being transplanted, but some clinics offer a fixed price.
  • The hair transplant doctor. The cost of the procedure varies between clinics and the experience of the hair restoration physician.
  • The clinic location. Clinics in some cities may charge more for FUT hair transplants.
  • The travel expenses. If you have to travel for your surgery, you should also consider the travel expenses.

At The Hair Transplant Center – Fort Worth, we offer transparency in pricing with no gimmicks or hidden fees. We also deliver affordable FUT hair transplants starting at per graft. With that, you can optimize value for your money because we offer minimum pricing for FUT hair transplants.

Why Conduct a Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) With Us?

Now that you fully understand the follicular unit transplantation procedure, contact us today and schedule an initial consultation with one of our clinical staff to see if FUT is the right solution for your hair loss. Our team of hair transplant experts would be very delighted to lead your way to hair loss freedom.