Follicular Unit Transplantation or Strip Hair techniques. The essence of these procedures is that the hair is transplanted into the balding area as individual follicular units (naturally occurring groups of 1-4 hairs), so that it will look totally natural and be undetectable as a hair transplant.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) differ in the way the hair is harvested (removed) from the donor area in the back of the scalp. In FUT, the hair is removed in a single, thin strip and then dissected into in individual follicular units using microscopes. In FUE, the follicular units are removed directly from the back and sides of the scalp using a robotic device.
All of our hair restoration procedures are performed under local anesthesia. Hair transplant sessions that use thousands of follicular unit grafts may take a whole day; however, the time goes by quickly. During the procedure, patients rest comfortably and can watch TV or a movie, take a nap, or chat with the staff.
The misconception that most people have of hair transplantation is associated with the out-dated “plug” techniques in which patients leave the office with their head wrapped in bandages and enduring significant bleeding and pain. In modern follicular unit hair transplants, patients leave the office with only a hat and headband and are able to shower and shampoo their hair the day after the hair restoration surgery.