Follicular Unit Transplantation(FUT)

Hair loss or alopecia is a condition of losing hair from a portion of the head or body. Hair loss may cause psychological distress and a lack of confidence in the affected individual. Hair loss can affect men, women, and even children. Common reasons for hair loss are environmental conditions, hormonal alterations, chemotherapy, excessive use of hair dyes, medical conditions, or a side effect of certain medications. In many people, heredity is the main cause of balding.

 

Every individual experiences a small amount of hair loss from the scalp area, but the amount of hair loss can be minor to severe. It is determined according to the level or amount of hair loss experienced. The average amount of hair loss that everyone experiences in a day is 50-100 strands of hair. Hence, if the hair loss is more than 100-200 hair strands and new hair growth does not take place, then it requires immediate medical attention.

 

The hair follicles are defined as a small sac-like structure that promotes hair growth. Damage to this hair follicle unit results in hair fall and balding. To restore hair growth and to achieve a head full of hair, hair transplantation procedure is the best option.

What is Hair Transplantation?

Hair transplantation is the most effective and commonly performed technique for hair restoration. This method involves shifting hair from the donor site (rich in hair) to the recipient site (balding) of the head. This transplantation of hair follicles from the donor site to the recipient site is known as hair transplantation. It is a painless procedure, and local anesthesia is administered to manage pain during the procedure. FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation is the very first technique of hair transplantation, and it involves removing a strip of skin from the scalp containing hair grafts. This procedure is also known as a strip transplantation method. The strip is further processed to obtain follicular grafts that are further transplanted in the balding area of the scalp.

 

The strip containing hair graft is approximately 1mm wide, and this strip extraction area of the scalp later becomes invisible as it covered by hair growth. This procedure provides the best result in restoring natural hair growth. 

 

In this treatment, a single session helps to transplant 1,000s of follicular grafts. The safe and effective FUT hair transplant surgery in Hyderabad is performed at Inform Clinics by an expert hair transplantation surgeon Dr. Dushyanth Kalva.

An ideal candidate for FUT

  • People who have male pattern baldness for more than five years.
  • People who have excessive hair loss and want hair growth in large portions on the head.
  • People who are not able to grow hair from other medical treatments for hair loss.
  • FUT is also useful for those who suffer from hair loss due to trauma like burns.
  • Non-smokers and non-alcoholic.
  • Have realistic expectations with the procedure.

Who is not an ideal candidate for FUT?

  • Suffering from thinning of hair.
  • Women suffering from female pattern baldness (they must opt for FUE).
  • FUT is not suitable for those who have lost their hair completely.
  • People who take blood thinners, suffering from cardiac diseases, platelet disorder, and autoimmune disorders are not considered as an ideal candidate for this procedure.

 

Consult today with an expert for FUT hair transplant in Hyderabad and know more about this treatment and other options available for treating baldness.

Procedure 

  1. The donor site is first anesthetized, and a tool is used to remove the skin strip that contains hair graft from the donor area.
  2. A suture stitches the donor area from where the graft is removed.
  3. In the next step, intact hair grafts are obtained from the strip.
  4. A special salt solution is used to store hair grafts at an optimum temperature.
  5. The recipient site is marked on the scalp for further steps.
  6. The surgeon determines the angle at which the graft will be implanted in the balding site. This helps in obtaining natural results.
  7. The grafts are placed in the small holes that are created on the scalp in the recipient site.
  8. After this, the treated area is bandaged, and the patient is allowed to wear a cap for better protection.

Pre-surgery steps

  • Checking the medical history of the patient.
  • Donor hair assessment.
  • Medical test and blood test.
  • The surgeon determines the patient's desires associated with the procedure.

Benefits of FUT

  • Time-saving.
  • More than 3,000 grafts can be transplanted in a single hair transplantation sessions.
  • Every session uses a large number of hair grafts that reduce the number of incisions.
  • It is beneficial for preserving donor site.
  • This procedure is ideal for severe cases.
  • More graft survival rate compared to FUE. 
  • Safe and provides natural results.
  • It is a strip surgery and is the best option for people with larger balding areas.
  • This process maximizes hair growth, and it is a minimally invasive procedure. 
  • People can get back to a normal lifestyle within a few days after the treatment.

Disadvantages of FUT

  • This procedure takes about ten days to remove sutures.
  • Linear scars may develop after FUT treatment.

Potential risks and side effects of FUT

  • Linear scarring.
  • Scabbing.
  • Redness.
  • Pain.
  • Swelling may occur on the face, especially near the cheeks, nose, and eyes, and last up to a week.

Pre-surgery care

  • One has to stop drinking alcohol, stop smoking 48 hours before the procedure.
  • Take medications as prescribed by the surgeon before the surgery.
  • Avoid caffeinated drink consumption on the day of surgery.

Aftercare

  • Do not remove bandage while going to bed.
  • No smoking and alcohol consumption for a few weeks after the surgery.
  • While stepping out in the sun always cover the head with a hat or cloth.
  • Keep the head a little high while taking rest or sleep for a few days after surgery.
  • While taking shower wash the area gently as guided by the surgeon. 
  • Antibiotics should be taken to manage infections or pain as prescribed by the surgeon.

To know more about FUT hair transplant cost in Hyderabad, visit Inform Clinics

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