While FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation is a surgical hair restoration method that dates back decades, it wasn’t until more recent times that the procedure evolved to produce the most natural-looking results.
FUT Hair Transplants involve the removal of a strip of skin (usually from the back of the head) from which to harvest healthy follicles for transplantation into bald or thinning areas of the scalp. Dr. James Marotta is a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon who also specializes in hair restoration in Suffolk County, New York. He applies his skill and experience to helping patients realize their best hair restoration results.
FUT Hair Transplants offer the most substantial hair restoration results of surgical and non-surgical methods by transplanting hairs from the back of the head, an area less susceptible to hair loss than the crown. Hair follicles in the back of the head are resistant to a hormone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone) that contributes to hair loss. By transplanting such hair follicles into areas where baldness or hair thinning has occurred, you can achieve permanent hair restoration.
FUT and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) are both effective options for hair transplantation. However, some differences may make FUT Hair Transplants a better fit for some patients. FUT Hair Transplants are generally an ideal treatment for patients who need a greater number of hair follicles grafted. It also involves a shorter surgery time and is less expensive than FUE.
Likewise, there are some circumstances that may make FUE the ideal approach for some patients. For example, patients who do not have dense or sufficient donor hair on the back of their head may use FUE to harvest follicles from a wider area or different areas of the body. FUE also does not cause significant scarring. FUE is less invasive, allowing for a shorter recovery time.
Just before your surgery begins, Dr. Marotta will mark the border of your hairline.
FUT Hair Transplants are performed under local anesthesia. If desired, you may also receive a sedative to help you relax during your procedure. Dr. Marotta will trim the hair in the donor area to approximately two millimeters in length before excising a thin strip of skin containing your donor follicles. Then, he will close the incision. The individual hair follicles will be removed from the donor strip and inserted into the recipient area of your scalp through tiny incisions. The follicles will be placed in a random, natural pattern. Finally, Dr. Marotta will apply an antibiotic and a dressing to your scalp. From beginning to end, you can expect your FUT Hair Transplant procedure to take between four and eight hours.
While some Long Island FUT Hair Transplant patients return to work as soon as five days after their surgery, you may want to plan to stay home from work for up to ten days to ensure that your scalp is scab-free.
You will need to avoid touching the grafts for the first five days. You can expect scabbing, swelling, and tenderness in the recipient area, in addition to discomfort in the donor area. However, you can use over-the-counter painkillers to manage these treatment symptoms. Between two weeks and two months after your treatment, your grafts will likely shed. This is entirely normal as the hairs enter their resting phase. Between four and ten months, you will notice your grafted follicles growing new hairs that will become thicker and stronger over time.
You will realize the full results of your FUT Hair Transplants between 10-15 months after treatment. At this point, your transplanted hair will look and feel like your original hair.
If you would like to discuss FUT Hair Transplants or explore all available treatment options, please contact us to schedule your consultation at Marotta Hair Restoration on Long Island. FUT Hair Transplants offer dramatic and lasting results for men and women experiencing hair loss.
FUT Hair Transplants are a surgical procedure, and you are likely to experience some discomfort during your recovery, but this is usually quite minimal. We take the proper measures to ensure that your procedure and recovery are as comfortable as possible. In general, FUT is very well tolerated.
The results with FUT Hair Transplants are considered permanent. You can expect your results to last many years or the rest of your life.
Long Island hair restoration specialist and facial plastic surgeon Dr. James Marotta is here to help you reach your goals on your terms. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Marotta to restore your hair’s youthful density and your confidence today.
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