FUT Treatment

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is one of a number of hair transplant techniques we carry out at Capital Clinic. A strip is taken from the back of the head, often referred to as the donor area. This is sometimes referred to as Strip Technique. The hairs are then implanted in small, naturally occurring sections. These sections are sometimes referred to as follicular units. This method can be better suited when having to cover larger areas as the amount of grafts that can be harvested is more than FUE. Additionally, by using individual follicular units, rather than larger grafts, the surgeon has a greater total number of grafts with which to work. We always make patients aware that FUT leaves a small scar at the donor area but this is virtually undetectable if your hair is longer than a number 3.

We always advise that regardless of what type of hair transplant method you are considering that you make sure your surgeon is GMC registered and the clinic is regulated by either HIS (Scotland) or CQC (England & Wales). All our surgeons are GMC registered and our clinics regulated/registered with the respective regulatory bodies.

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There is sometimes a misconception that FUT is a dated method of hair transplantation but this couldn’t be further from the truth. FUT & FUE are actually complimentary techniques rather than competing and one will be better suited than another in different patients. For any large area of hair restoration, FUT is normally the preferred technique due to being able to harvest a greater amount of grafts per strip. For FUE (follicular unit extraction), the surgeon removes each hair follicle – also known as a graft – individually.

FUT has the benefit of the patient not having to shave their existing hair off, which can make the procedure seem less daunting and invasive. The grafts are then implanted around and amongst the existing hairs. The grafts at the follicular unit level and also the overall distribution will give a visual of a completely natural head of hair.

Both FUE and FUT are minimally invasive techniques which are performed under local anaesthetic. So after the initial injections of anaesthetic you will feel no pain. However, they take a great deal of experience and skill on the part of the surgeon.

At Capital Clinic, our highly skilled surgeons ensure the donor area is seamlessly sutured to leave a thin scar, which even a hairdresser would struggle to detect if your hair is longer than a number 3 at the back and sides. Once this has been carried out, our surgeon will carefully reconstruct your new hairline giving you a natural and denser look.

On the day of the procedure, you will be greeted by your consultant and the surgeon, along with their team of technicians and nurses. At Capital Clinic, we will show you in advance with a surgical marker exactly where the grafts are going to be implanted so that you have complete faith that you are getting a hair transplant that satisfies your needs. We will always walk you through the procedure step by step.

Procedures on average tend to last between 4-5 hours. You may be slightly restless during this time and this is completely natural. To this end, we normally give patients the option of a watching a favourite television show on an iPad to pass the time whilst the surgeon and his team carry out the transplant.

After the procedure you may feel your scalp to be numb and slightly swollen for a day or two, this is completely natural. We advise patients to avoid touching their newly implanted grafts for first couple of days, as this may damage them. Also you should expect minimal scabbing on the scalp. We always advise patients not to be alarmed if after 10-14 days you notice your grafts shedding, this is a totally natural process, the bulb of the hair still remains in the scalp and will now start to grow.

Prior to you leaving the clinic we will provide you with your after care kit which should keep your pain and discomfort to a absolute minimum. We also have our nurses who are on call 24/7 in case you have any queries regarding the recovery process of your hair transplant.

Within a few days of FUT surgery you can expect to experience scabbing in the recipient area of the scalp and some swelling may occur on the forehead. You may also experience some discomfort in the donor area but this can be treated with ordinary painkillers and will soon ease off.

You won’t be able to touch your grafts for the first week but when you leave Capital Clinic after your FUT procedure we’ll provide you with everything you need to take care of them, including instructions for washing your hair and all the necessary sprays to optimise the grafts’ healing and growth.

We always invite patients back to the clinic 6 months & 12 months after the procedure to check on their progress. Typically, after 6 months, the grafts will have started to sprout new hairs and this is a very exciting time. Your friends and family may have commented that you look better or healthier (that are unaware you went for said procedure). It is at the 12 month mark, however, that the transplant will have completely come full circle and the new grafts should be equal in size and density to the original hair.

Any questions on the above?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us either through the enquiry form, direct through WhatsApp or by telephone. We would be delighted to invite you in for a free consultation and answer any questions you may have. We pride ourselves on an extremely high level of service and are always happy to pass on previous patients details of you wish to ask them any questions about their experience.

A hair transplant is a life changing procedure and we regularly see first hand the transformative effect it can have on patient’s confidence.