Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Referred to as the ‘strip method,’ FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation. As with FUE, this outpatient procedure transplants donor hair to thinning areas. The difference is the manner in which the grafts are harvested. Our medical team removes a strip of tissue that contains multiple follicular units. These follicular units are placed under a high-powered microscope and dissected into their natural groupings of 1, 2, 3 and 4. These dissected follicular units are called grafts! After our doctor creates recipient sites, the grafts are placed into their new location. Once the new hair begins to grow, it looks completely natural — because it is your hair!

What happens
under the microscope?

Once harvested, the hair follicles are examined under a stereo microscope.

Under this high-powered microscope, the Hans Wiemann medical team dissects follicles into their natural groups of 1, 2, 3 and 4. This replicates the way your hair naturally appears.

These dissected follicles are called grafts!

Graft facts:

Here’s a fun fact about grafts: Not all grafts are equal!

A graft is considered a graft no matter how many strands of hair it contains. So, the number of grafts doesn’t necessarily define the size of the procedure or the overall results. For instance, if you have a surgery and received 1000 grafts it doesn’t mean you are getting more or less hair than your friend who received 1200 grafts.

What’s the difference between FUT and FUE?

During this minimally invasive procedure, hair follicles are removed from the donor area. The manner in which hair follicles are removed (harvested) depends on the type of transplant. Hans offers both the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) ARTAS® Robotic transplant.

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