FUT Hair Transplant: Benefits & When To Choose It?
- December 04, 2018
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- Dr. YV Rao
In the world of hair transplant surgeries, the hype nowadays is all around FUT Surgery. It’s commonly known as the strip surgery. But what is it? And what makes it better than the other alternatives. Well, the FUT technique of hair transplantation is not only a popular choice among hair transplant surgeons, but it is also appreciated by each patient who has taken this treatment.
So, without further ado, let’s get to it.
What Is FUT Hair Transplantation?
In the simplest words, hair transplantation is extracting hair from one part of the body and planting it in the area where hair is lacking. In FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) Technique, a strip of hair that contains multiple hair follicles is extracted using a scalpel. The extracted hair grafts are then placed where you require denser hair growth.
What Makes FUT Hair Transplantation The Best Hair Loss Solution?
There are many common beliefs when it comes to the benefits of FUT transplant surgery. Thankfully, nearly all of those beliefs are true. Let’s evaluate those benefits from a medical perspective.
During FUT hair transplantation, hair follicles are extracted from the back of your scalp. The scalpel used to make the incision as narrow as possible while protecting the health of each hair graft. This makes a minimal invasion with a very small wound. These wounds require minor stitches which get dissolved in a week or two. Some wounds may heal even without any stitches. Hence, the chance of scarring is minimal with good maintenance. Even if there is any scar, it can be easily concealed under the growth of hair around the area.
FUT hair transplantation is done under the influence of anesthesia. Hence, you will not feel a thing during the procedure.
After the procedure, you might feel heavy-headedness for a day or two. If there’s any pain, you can manage it with the prescribed medicines. However, please remember that you must never overdose yourself with painkillers. If you feel pain even after taking the prescribed doses, talk to your doctor; don’t boost up your doses by yourself.
A hair transplantation should ideally look natural in look and feel. Although it could be technically a minor surgery, it’s a matter of skillful art. Performing a good hair transplantation requires training and experience. Two very important factors here are – the source of extracted hair and the angle of hair plantation.
An expert surgeon will do proper tests to check the compatibility of the donor’s hair and the recipient area. When he finds a match, he can plant a hair follicle precisely following its natural growth angle, ensuring that the final outcome gets the most natural look.
One very important yet often misunderstood factor related to FUT hair transplantation is the element of its longevity. How long does a hair transplantation last? Is it permanent? Yes. The short answer is ‘yes’.
But let’s understand what it really means. Three months after the surgery, the transplanted hair will fall off and then, new hair will grow in its place naturally. This new-grown hair is just like your natural hair. They will fall off after their natural life cycle. But new hair will again grow. But just like natural hair, it can’t be expected to last a lifetime. Based on your genetic composition, maintenance and lifestyle choices, the transplanted hair is as equally vulnerable to damage as your natural hair.
The success rate of a hair transplantation is measured by the number of grafts that were successfully planted and the grafts which survived the recovery period. In FUT technique, the average growth rate of transplanted hair follicles in 95%. The count can be bettered if you take good care of the surgical area during the recovery period.
Covers Large Balding Areas:
FUT is the best hair transplant technique when it comes to large areas of baldness. It is best suited for people who suffer from genetic hair loss such as male/female pattern baldness. However, such transplantation requires a lot of donor’s hair which may not be harvested from your scalp alone. You can Talk To a Trichologist (a hair doctor) to find out if you can use body hair for such hair restoration.
TWO WEEKS – That all it takes. After two weeks, the surgical area will look just as normal as before. Although, the scars may take a little more time to disappear, but no later than one year.
However, to see the final outcome, you will have to wait for nearly 6 months. In the meantime, the transplanted hair will fall off and new hair will spurt out all naturally!
FUT is more cost-effective as compared to FUE if you are going for a ‘bulk’ hair transplantation surgery. However, even then, the surgeon will only extract a pre-planned number of grafts to ensure less wastage. You pay only for the number of grafts planted. To get a fair estimate, you will have to discuss your requirements with the doctor.
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About the clinic:
Dr. Venkata Rao Yalamanchi is a qualified & certified Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon in Hyderabad. After his degree in plastic & cosmetic surgery, he got trained, extensively in reconstructive, microsurgery & cosmetic surgery at reputed center both in India & abroad. He has eighteen years of experience as plastic & cosmetic surgeon in Hyderabad. His special interest is in Hair Transplantation & Cosmetic surgery and has been pursuing these with more dedication.
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