Learn More About Follicular Unit Transplant
Men and women experiencing thinning hair and balding have a powerful option for hair restoration at Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery, where facial plastic surgeons Dr. Andrea Garcia and Dr. Josh Surowitz have the knowledge and expertise in hair restoration surgery to deliver natural, long-lasting results. Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz are committed to the art and science of hair restoration, using the most modern techniques to address each individual’s unique needs.
Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz are passionate about hair restoration. During your consultation, they will review your unique individual needs and help tailor a treatment plan best suited to deliver the results you desire. Choices include Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and the “strip” procedure,” which makes use of follicular unit transplant (FUT). The “strip” procedure method works by taking healthy grafts from an area resistant to baldness and transplanting them to the areas where they are needed.
How Does FUT Work for Hair Restoration?
The strip procedure, also known as follicular unit transplant (FUT), gets its name from the fact that a single linear strip of hair-bearing scalp is removed from the back and/or sides of your head.
First, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz work with you to develop a hairline that best complements your unique facial features. At the start of the hair transplant procedure, your surgeon will examine your scalp and use your input to mark a new hairline for reference during the surgery.
Once the strip is removed, individual follicular unit grafts are meticulously separated. Each graft will contain one to four hairs, surrounded by healthy tissue that allows the graft to remain viable. The total amount harvested will be based on the size of the areas that require restoration.
Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz will then implant individual grafts into the thinning or bare areas, using small incisions placed in a customized pattern to create results indistinguishable from your natural hair.
This hair restoration method maximizes the preservation of parts of the follicle responsible for keeping hairs healthy and strong. Up to 5,000 grafts can be transplanted in a single session using the “strip” procedure, which is performed in the comfort of our office under local anesthesia.
The technique is intended for patients whose hair loss is determined to be hereditary and progressing in an expected pattern.
Dr. Andrea Garcia and Dr. Josh Surowitz are dual board certified surgeons.
FUT Strip Excision Hair Restoration Recovery
In the weeks after a follicular unit extraction, hair restoration patients will notice that the transplanted hair shafts begin to shed (fall out). This is a natural part of the process. New growth will be visible within three to four months after the session, reaching a significant length in approximately six months. It may take anywhere from nine months to a year for the ultimate desired results to develop.
The sutures used in strip excision hair restoration will be removed after 14 days. During that recuperation time, patients should avoid strenuous activity. Printed material detailing all necessary care and activity limitations will be given to you at your pre-procedure appointment. Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz close the “strip” donor site using the most modern surgical techniques to create as minimal a scar as possible on the back of the head.
Browse our gallery of patient before-and-after photos to see examples of our results. Additional before-and-after results are also available for review at the time of consultation.
Other Options for Hair Restoration
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is another surgical hair restoration option at Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery. Similar to the strip procedure (FUT) in that individual hair follicles are removed from the back and/or sides of the head and transplanted to the areas of hair loss, follicular unit extraction differs from FUT in that individual hair follicles are removed using a specialized system to delicately core around each follicle. This takes longer than a strip procedure and typically fewer grafts can be harvested, but it avoids the linear scar associated with FUT for hair restoration.
Patients experiencing hereditary and non-hereditary hair loss also have a range of non-surgical options to consider. The Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery team will explain the various methods available and help each patient to select the best one for his or her unique hair restoration needs.