Customized treatment plans for individual patients using the latest techniques and technology make it possible to successfully compensate for thinning hair or baldness. During a hair transplant, thin strips of skin containing hair are taken from the back of the scalp and placed in tiny holes in the bald or thinned area. The grafted hair falls out after the procedure but then grows back and should last as long as the hair from the area in which it was taken.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
Follicular unit transplantation, or FUT, is a surgical procedure in which hair is transplanted from one area of the scalp to the targeted area. Hair is transplanted as individual hair follicle units, typically moved from the back or sides of the head to the frontal balding regions of the scalp. Each transplanted unit consists of one to four individual hairs.
The surgical procedure may last from 5 to 10 hours and is performed under local anesthesia. For some patients, only one session is required. In other cases, the procedure may have to be repeated. Some soreness and numbness is to be expected after the procedure. Normal hair care can usually be resumed within a week. The results of the FUT procedure are usually visible within 3 months after treatment. The closer in color the hair is to the skin, the more successful the results of the FUT are likely to be. FUT can be performed in many areas of the body. Commonly, follicular unit transplantation is performed as:
Temporal peak restoration to combat male-pattern baldness
Follicular unit transplantation represents a significant improvement over the "hair plugs" or transplants previously used. Smaller modern follicular units, as well as micrografts, have many advantages over the larger skin grafts used decades ago. They heal more quickly, involve less discomfort, and provide more aesthetically pleasing results.