Follicular Unit Transplant surgery (FUT or strip method) is a time-tested technique for permanent hair restoration in SLC, Utah. Drs. Thompson and Henstrom, double board-certified facial plastic surgeons, use your own hair to restore thick, healthy hair to balding areas and can recreate your natural hairlines with the most natural results.
FUT involves taking the transplantation of tiny follicular units of hair that are extracted from areas of strong hair growth that are more resistant to balding – typically the back and sides of the scalp – which are then implanted to thinning or bald areas of the head. Dr. Thompson’s and Dr. Henstrom’s extensive experience with hair restoration techniques, medical expertise, and attention to detail produce incredibly natural results for patients concerned with hair loss.
In comparison to older, traditional methods, Drs. Thompson and Henstrom are able to achieve successful outcomes by dissecting the harvested hair into very small sections, called follicular units, and artistically placing them in tiny grafts that are virtually undetectable. These results are in complete contrast to those of hair “plugs” from hair transplant surgery years ago.
Frequently Asked Questions
Follicular Unit Transplantation is done in our surgical room at UFP Hair Restoration under local anesthesia. Patients are awake but are given medication to help them relax and feel comfortable during the procedure. First, the surgeon cleans off the scalp. Then he injects an anesthetic to the place where the strip of scalp is going to be removed. The strip of scalp is taken and set aside, and then the scalp is closed in a way that will result in minimum scarring.
Next, the follicular units are carefully dissected under a microscope so they are not broken or damaged. It is critical for maximum hair growth that the whole follicular unit is kept intact during this process. After the grafts are prepared, the surgeon cleans and numbs the area of placement, creates tiny holes (recipient sites) with a scalpel, and delicately places each graft into each recipient site.
Drs. Thompson and Henstrom arrange and position these follicular unit grafts in an aesthetically pleasing, natural fashion. The pattern and protocol for which this is done is determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the patients’ history of hair loss and the likelihood of future hair loss. The follicular unit transplants mimic the way the hair grows naturally, so when transplanted by an experienced professional, the result is completely natural and the transplanted area is indistinguishable from one’s original hair.
For years it was thought that each hair grew as an individual strand but we know today that scalp hair actually grows in tiny groups of 1-4 hairs each. These grouping of hair are called “follicular units” and by using these units for hair restoration in Utah, the result is much more natural looking that previous methods of hair transplantation.
- Completely natural results
- Shorter procedure time compared to certain methods of FUE
- Healthy tissue to maximize follicular unit growth
- Typically less expensive than FUE
- Horizontal scar at donor area (typically can be covered by hair)
- Requires more healing time for donor site
- Not suitable for patients with “tight” scalps or those at risk of significant scarring
- Not suitable for patients who prefer very short hair
An ideal candidate for the strip method includes men or women with hair loss concerns who are able to cover the appearance of a fine linear scar on the back of the head with their hair post surgery. The strip method, FUT (follicular unit transplant), is typically lower in cost than FUE and therefore may be more appealing to many patients. It’s best to meet with one of our hair restoration physicians to determine if this method is appropriate for you.
Because every patient has a different set of goals and needs varying amounts of grafts for fullness, UFP Hair Restoration does not provide set costs for surgery without an evaluation. A full detailed quote is given during a complimentary consultation or through our Virtual Consultation page.
Following follicular unit transplantation, patients typically resume normal activities the next day with minimal restrictions. The donor area where the strip was removed will require about one week of care.
It is not uncommon for the hair to fall out with the new hair growth beginning around 4-5 months following surgery. You can expect fully mature hair growth in approximately one year from your procedure date, though it does vary with each patient.
The follicular unit transplantation method has been the standard in hair restoration since the early 1990’s. It continues to be a popular method for hair restoration throughout the world. In recent years, Follicular unit extraction (FUE) has become increasingly popular due to advancements in technology, such as Neograft. Drs. Thompson and Henstrom have extensive experience with both techniques and will help you determine which method is best suited for you and your specific goals.