FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation)
The Procedure: The FUT method, also known as the “classic method,” has been around for approximately 20 years. The procedure is more invasive and the healing time is longer as it requires the removal of a strip of tissue from the patient’s scalp. The hair follicles then, are removed one by one and grouped into grafts for transplantation. (For more on the differences between a follicle and a graft, please click here.)
Pros: The patient does not need to shave their hair before the operation and may keep the operation a complete secret if they wish to do so. The operation is completed within a mere 4-6 hours and up to 2000 grafts may be harvested at once. Therefore, it is also the more affordable option, price-wise.
Cons: The procedure leaves the donor area with a scar of 10-12cm (4-5 inches) and the patient may want to avoid shorter hairstyles after the operation so that the scars won’t be visible.