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Follicular Unit Transplantation

Follicular Unit Transplantation

Hair restoration by surgical means gives new hope for millions of patients whose self-esteem has been seriously curbed by pattern hair loss or scarring alopecia. Follicular unit transplantation (aka FUT treatment) is a relatively safe outpatient procedure that can involve hair, eyelashes and eyebrow transplantation.

The advantage of FUT treatment is that results are natural as the patient’s own hair is harvested from the back and side scalp areas resistant to the hormone dihydrotestosterone, which is responsible for the shrinking of the follicles in the crown and frontal scalp regions.

The Follicular Unit Transplantation Procedure

Throughout the first physical examination the doctor has to measure your hair density and calculate how many hairs you naturally have in a set follicular unit. The pattern of your baldness should also be considered before any FUT treatment is commenced.

Then the dermatologist or plastic surgeon devises the number of transplant sessions necessary based on the amount of hair you have left and the severity and speed of your hair loss.

Follicular unit transplantation is quite a minute procedure that lasts for 5-10 hours per session considered that a follicular unit contains 1-4 hairs and in one go thousands of hairs have to be transplanted to produce visible results.

The follicular unit transplantation surgery starts with extracting the donor grafts, which contain the hair follicles, with hairs, skin and surrounding tissue. The donor tissue is then divided into follicular units (with 1-4 hairs each) and transplanted into the tiny incisions in the balding parts. To maximize the yields of the grafting stereo microscopes aid the doctors all along the surgery.

Who Are The Best Candidates For Follicular Unit Transplantation?

  • Patients with high caliber, coarse or wavy hair
  • Patients with slow ongoing hair loss
  • Whose donor areas have high follicular density

 Follicular Unit Transplantation Cost

As results in case of successful transplantation last for a lifetime, the follicular unit transplantation cost is quite high. The price always depends on the number of treatments the patient receives and the number of transplanted units per session. In average terms procedures for follicular unit transplantation cost between $6,000-$15,000.