Crown Clinic are specialists in Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplants, including strip harvesting.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Strip Harvesting
FUT hair transplants, otherwise known as Follicular Unit Transplantation or strip harvesting, are a popular type of hair restoration surgery. They serve as one of the most popular hair loss treatments, alongside Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) treatments.
As opposed to an FUE transplant, which involves harvesting individual hairs, an FUT hair transplant allows the surgeon to safely transplant thousands of grafts in a single session to maximise the cosmetic impact of the procedure. During the hair loss procedure, a strip of hair is removed from either the sides or back of the scalp and transplanted to the affected area.
Is an FUT transplant safe?
Undergoing an FUT transplant is safe if the surgery is performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon, such as Crown Clinic’s Dr Shahmalak, who is one of the most respected hair transplant surgeons in the world.
Although this hair restoration technique requires great precision and care, for a professional clinician such as Dr Shahmalak, it is relatively simple.
Why have an FUT hair transplant?
There are several statistics that show the main reasons for opting for a FUT hair transplant. These include:
- A third of men lose their hair by the time they are 30
- 40% lose it by the time they’re 40 and over half of the men over 50 show signs of baldness.
- Nine out of ten patients at Crown Clinic are men who are seeking a permanent remedy to their baldness.
- Around 10% of our patients are women, and many women do struggle with hair loss at some point in their lives, which is why anyone can benefit from an FUT procedure.
Many people find that hair loss can damage their self-esteem and even their career prospects. Hair transplantation is a permanent solution to this problem, as it is highly durable and should last the patient for the rest of his or her life.
Virtually all men – even those in the advanced stages of baldness – have a permanent horseshoe of hair on the back and sides of the scalp, which gives the surgeon a stable supply of donor hair that can cover current and future hair loss.
It is worth noting that we only tend to operate on patients aged 25 and over, as by this age we can establish what the eventual pattern of hair loss might be. Prior to the age of 25, the pattern is not fully formed, and it is not in the patient’s best interests to operate.
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Your first meeting will help us to prepare for your case and assess what we’re working with. It’s also a great opportunity to ask any questions and iron out any concerns you may have. The consultation will also help both parties plan the next steps, manage expectations of the FUT hair transplant procedure, and highlight any risks or issues that may occur.
FUT hair transplant surgery is typically a day case procedure, meaning that you will be able to go home the same day. It is performed under local anaesthetic, meaning the pain and discomfort are minimal.
There is a possibility of swelling after the procedure, which is usually around the forehead and generally appears between the second and fourth days of recovery. This is normal and a temporary phase; it is not a sign of further issues. If you have any concerns, it’s important to contact Crown Clinic.
Sleeping at a 45-degree angle will ensure there are no further unnecessary complications.
Like with any surgical procedure, there is always a risk of infection; however, this is generally low. Infections from hair transplant surgery are unlikely to happen. It is important to avoid dirt, bacteria or tampering with the donor area or the planted follicles during the healing process.
Many people worry that they will have to shave their head before an FUT transplant, but actually, it can be performed with little to no head shaving involved. If you have long hair and are thinking about FUT hair transplant surgery, rest assured that you won’t need to have your head shaved. In fact, as FUT can leave scarring, having longer hair can help hide this.
As a strip of skin is removed during FUT surgery, there may be some scarring following the hair transplant. If you prefer to wear your hair very short, the scars may be more visible, but if you typically wear your hair in a slightly longer style the scarring can easily be disguised.