Understanding FUT Hair Transplant Procedures

In FUT procedures, the doctor surgically removes a thin strip of hair from the back of the head near the neck base. This strip is divided into grafts, and the hair follicles are then relocated to the top and front of the head. The doctor performs this removal process. It’s worth noting that hair at the back of the head is resistant to a chemical called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which prevents it from falling out. Hence, it’s common for men to have a ring of hair at the back and sides of the head.

Procedure Details and Surgical Technique

After applying a local anesthetic, the doctor starts the hair transplant surgery by removing a small strip of hair from the back of the head, known as the “donor” area. Then, the doctor instructs the surgical team on how to divide the grafts into small follicular units or hair group grafts. These units act like organs, having a blood supply and being chemically regulated like other body organs. Next, the doctor creates small slits in the area where the grafts will be transplanted, mimicking the natural hair growth pattern. This step involves both artistic and technical precision, focusing on depth, angle, direction, size, and width to ensure proper placement and growth of the transplanted hair.

Post-Surgery Care and Expectations

After the surgery, patients can quickly return to normal activities. It’s advisable to rest on the day of the procedure. Over the following days, patients can gradually resume work and leisure activities. Avoid strenuous activities to prevent damaging the grafts. Hair can be gently washed with mild shampoo, and within a few days, redness will subside, and the grafts will blend with existing hair.

Understanding Hair Growth and Expectations

Following the surgery, hair follicles enter a dormant phase called “shedding”. This will last about 3 to 6 months before new hair growth begins. Hair grows in cycles, starting within 2 to 4 months and gradually increasing over time. Full results may take 12 to 24 months to become apparent, with ongoing hair maturation. Surgical healing is relatively quick, with donor sites typically healing within 1 to 2 weeks. However, it may take several months for the hair to regain full strength.

Addressing Concerns and Additional Information

If you have concerns, speaking with a patient who has undergone our procedure can provide insight. Additionally, for more information, explore our frequently asked hair transplant questions.