The old minigraft and micrograft procedures are now already considered obsolete. Around the world, the follicle hair transplantation method has made significant progress. Here, the essential characteristics of modern hair transfer methods and the follicle unit transplantation are described.
What is FUT Treatment?
The hair roots are required to perform hair transplantations with continuous and permanently good results so that the hair does not fall out again later. These hair follicles are generally taken from the neck area. You have probably already observed that most people do not lose any hair in the nape of the neck (donor area).
A band or a strip of skin is removed and distributed in 2 and 3 follicular units under a microscope. This step is carried out to ensure that the integrity of the hair is not affected. A follicular unit is nothing but a tuft of hair formed into 2-5 follicular units. Human hair grows – not as one might initially suspect from the outside – in rows or whirls. These hair units can be taken in large quantities. Since they are not destroyed, denser hair transplantation is possible.
Advantages of the FUT Technique::
- Within a short time, up to 1500 Grafts can be extracted and transplanted
- The withdrawal is finished in approx. 15 minutes (with the FUE technology, it lasts about 3-4 hours)
Disadvantages of the FUT technique:
- As with any surgical intervention, hair transplantation using the FUT method requires the band to be sewn. This is a disadvantage if you like to wear a short hairstyle. A thin strip scar in the nape of the neck would be visible during the hair regrowth period.
- A withdrawal of more than 1500 Grafts is not possible.
- The risk of inflammation, injury to bloodstreams and nerve tracts are substantially higher than the FUE method.
- Aftercare (change of dressing, removal of stitches, and control) is necessary in England – this would result in additional costs because the health insurance scheme does not cover these costs.