Follicular Unit Grafting
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
The days of the “plugs and corn rows” are gone and the age of single follicular unit transplantation has arrived. Through the use of the these naturally occurring hair grafts along with new and improved instrumentation, the accomplished hair transplantation surgeon can create a natural hair appearance that is appropriate for each individual patient.
FUT Hair Transplant entails the harvesting of a long narrow strip of hair in a strip from the back of the scalp and then the incision is expertly closed using a trichophytic closure technique. The fine line scar is easily covered by the surrounding hair, even when the hair is cut short.
Single hair grafts have the finest and softest appearance. They provide the critical soft frontal hairline that is the transition to thicker hair. Reconstructing a new hairline is a skill requiring surgical as well as artistic skill. It is critically important to get it right the first time and thus requires considerable forethought, planning, and customization to each individual.
Follicular units are naturally-occurring distinct groupings of usually one to four terminal hairs. The use of individual follicular unit grafts, in contrast to older techniques using larger micrografts (2-3 follicles) or minigrafts (containing 4-6 or more follicles) helps to ensure that the cosmetic result of the transplant is completely natural appearing. Dr. Boden utilizes the singular follicular unit technique exclusively and works with highly trained technicians who specialize in this procedure.
Follicular unit transplantation enables high patient satisfaction because a large number of grafts may be safely transplanted per session. Meticulously placing individual grafts very close together (“dense packing”) allows Dr. Boden to successfully and naturally restore your hair in the best way possible. The evolution of microscopic dissection and follicular unit transplantation has allowed this procedure to be practical for other parts of the body , including eyebrows, eyelashes, mustaches and beards. It has also become much more viable as an alternative for female pattern hair loss which is usually more diffuse.
The side-effects of hair transplantation surgery are relatively minor and may include mild discomfort after the procedure, temporary swelling, and appearance of redness over the transplanted area. Serious problems such as bleeding, scarring, and infection are rare. Modern hair transplantation surgery is comfortable, predictable, and most patients are extremely pleased with the results.
Since hair loss may be a life-long process, it is important to anticipate the possibility of ongoing loss and to plan your hair transplant procedure appropriately. Dr. Boden will take into account the likelihood of further hair loss and will discuss with you how to plan your hair restoration procedure so that you will have the optimum results now and in the future.