Also known as the strip method, Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT is the most popular method of hair restoration today. During the procedure, a strip of hair is removed from the donor site, generally from the back of the head, and then dissected into smaller groups before they’re implanted into the recipient sites (balding and thinning areas). It’s considered the gold standard in hair transplantation due to its high yield of up to 90% and 5% low graft rejection. The end result of follicular unit hair transplantation is a pattern and distribution that mimics your natural hair.
As a traditional procedure for hair transplantation, Follicular Unit Strip Surgery remains a reliable treatment for men experiencing thinning hair or hair loss. It’s a surgical restoration method wherein individual hair follicles are collected in a strip and then transplanted from the donor area (typically the back or the sides of the head) to the areas where thinning or balding is apparent.
On average, hair naturally grows in units of 1-4 hair strands. Along with their associated structures, these hairs are known as a follicular unit. During follicular unit transplantation, these units are transplanted on to the recipient sites’ new openings. As hair naturally grows in units of 1-4 strands, the newly transplanted grafts appear more natural.
Normally, each follicular unit hair transplantation session can take up to a whole day. Sessions of 1,500-2,000 grafts are common, while some hair transplant specialists even have sessions of up to 4,000 grafts.
The successful results of follicular unit transplantation weigh heavily on the skills of the hair transplant surgeon and his team of specialists. Careful planting and design of the hairline, as well as the direction and angle in which the hairs are planted, all help create natural-looking results that will be yours to enjoy for a lifetime.
Follicular unit strip surgery has proved to be a very successful treatment for hair restoration. While there will be a linear scar at the back of your head for a while, it can be quickly concealed once the hair grows a bit longer. As for the recipient site, you will begin to see and appreciate new growth after three months’ time, right after the shock loss has occurred. A few weeks after that, hair stubble will begin to line the bald areas.
One of the unique selling points of follicular unit hair transplantation is that large numbers of follicle groups can be transplanted in a single session. The FUT method allows for mega sessions, where up to 4,000 follicle units can be transferred in one sitting. This makes follicular unit transplantation the more economic and practical option for clients with busy schedules and a strict budget. The FUT procedure also has a high rate of follicle survival, making it suitable for people with limited hair availability in the donor area.
Overall, follicular unit transplantation can create a beautiful and natural outcome, granted it’s done by highly skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeons like the ones at Svenson!
Hairloss does not only happen to men. Women suffer from it, too. When they do, the emotional impact is much worse. Suffering from any of these common hair and scalp issues? At Svenson, we understand your unique hair and scalp needs. That’s why we help women fight for every strand with our proven effective treatments.
Who is a good candidate for follicular unit transplantation?
Good candidates for FUT are those who still have a good amount of donor hair available. They should be at least 21 years old. Otherwise, if follicular unit strip surgery is done too early, the aesthetic results will suffer as hair loss progresses.
It is important to seek professional advice from a certified hair and scalp expert, like Svenson’s in-house trichologists. You can schedule a free consultation with us so we can provide you with suitable hair restoration recommendations.
Am I suitable for follicular unit strip surgery?
To find out if you’re suitable for FUT hair transplant, it’s best to schedule a consultation with Svenson. We will ask you questions about your medical and family history, and perform a hair and scalp examination to check the status of your hair. This is also to see if an FUT hair transplant will meet your expectations and solve your hair loss problems or if another method is more ideal.
All of the trichologists in Svenson are trained and qualified hair specialists. They’re basically the best people to go to for hair loss problems. They will diagnose and recommend the most suitable treatments and regularly follow up to ensure you get your desired results.
What can I expect before, during, and after the procedure?
During your initial consultation, Svenson will thoroughly explain what you can expect during the follicular unit strip surgery. Before the actual hair transplant session, you will be guided and given pre-op instructions to prepare you properly for the procedure.
During the follicular unit transplantation, you will be in the trusted hands of board-certified plastic surgeons with years of experience under their belt. After the hair transplant session, you will be recommended follow-up treatments to help your hair regrow and ensure your hair and scalp remain healthy. Unlike other hair loss centers in the Philippines, only Svenson provides comprehensive pre- and post-transplant care.
Are FUT hair transplants permanent?
Yes, an FUT transplant is a permanent hair loss solution. This is mainly because the hair follicles transplanted to areas of thinning or loss are programmed genetically to continue growing for life.
Your transplanted hair follicles will retain their original characteristics and continue growing, even though they’ve been transferred to an area of your scalp where hair thinning or hair loss is occurring. Additionally, your newly transplanted hair is not weaker than your normal hair. You can cut it, wash it, and generally treat it like how you would with your original hair.
How much does follicular unit transplantation cost?
FUT costs vary depending on the degree of hair loss and the thickness you want to achieve by the endof the procedure. However, it’s definitely not as expensive as you think it is. If you would like to know of our pricing plans, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Why should I choose Svenson?
Other clinics offer follicular unit strip surgery only but with Svenson’s comprehensive range of anti-hair loss solutions, you have more options to consider before you commit to a hair transplant surgery. If hair transplant is the best recourse for you after having a consultation with our trichologists, Svenson also offers a more complete approach compared to other clinics with our 3-step solution:
- Before Hair Transplant: To ensure our clients’ hair and scalp are healthy and ready for the transplant, our qualified trichologists address the root of the problem first. Consultations are complete and thorough so you get the best possible result.
- During the procedure: We perform a hair transplant that mimics the pattern and distribution of your natural hair.
- Post-transplant Care: You get post-transplant care through our advanced hair and scalp treatments. This ensures that your new and remaining hair stay thick and healthy.