Follicular Unit Transplant
For years, the strip harvest (FUT) as been the gold standard for successful, contemporary hair transplantation. This technique allows for the movement of a large number of follicular units with minimal transection (traumatic damage) to the grafts. It also allows for harvesting from the most permanent donor zone. Patients should expect a narrow linear scar where the strip is harvested. This scar will be barely visible and easily covered by surrounding hair as long as it is 1/2 to one inch long. Using advanced surgical techniques, we optimize the scar appearance by performing the trichophytic closure. This advanced technique involves removing a tiny ledge of skin along the strip, so that as the hair grows in, it will grow through the scar.
The whole process of strip removal generally takes only 15-20 minutes. After receiving a mild oral sedative, patients are seated in a prone (face-down) position. We trim only the hair to be harvested. Then using vibration to distract, we use a tiny needle to locally anesthetize the area. We remove a strip of hair-bearing skin from the back of the head, and the area is closed with a dissolving suture. As soon as this is done, a temporary dressing is applied and patients may turn over to nap, watch a movie, or watch a relaxing beach/ocean video.
Once the strip is harvested the individual grafts are prepared using bioptic microscopes to assure each natural occurring hair bundle (graft) is safely and accurately dissected to maximize hair growth.