Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Crown Clinic are specialists in FUT hair transplantation including strip FUT & FUE

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

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.

As opposed to an FUE Transplant, which involves harvesting individual hairs, an FUT 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?

Yes, undergoing an FUT hair 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.

FUT Benefits

A large number of hair follicles can be grafted at once
Quick healing time
Little to no head shaving required
Permanent solution

Why have an FUT hair transplant?

A third of men lose their hair by the time they are 30; 40% lose it by the time they are 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 for 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 transplanted hair 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.

Showbusiness journalist James Ingham came to Crown Clinic for a hair transplant because he was worried about his thinning hair.

Your journey


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 procedure, and highlight any risks or issues that may occur.


FUT 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 that pain and discomfort is minimal.


There is a possibility of swelling following the procedure, which is usually around the forehead and generally appears between the second to the fourth day of recovery. However, this is normal and a temporary phase; it is not a sign of further issues. If you do have concerns, it’s important that you 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 some risk of infection; however, these are generally low. Infections from hair transplant surgery are unlikely to happen. It is important to avoid dirt and bacteria or tampering with 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 surgery, rest assured that you won’t need to have your head shaved. In fact, as FUT can leave some scarring, having longer hair can help disguise 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.

FUT Frequently asked questions