Hair loss, whether due to genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, or external factors, can be a deeply personal and impactful experience. It’s natural to seek solutions that are both effective and discreet, and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) stands as a well-established technique offering long-term, natural-looking results.
While hair loss can be a sensitive topic, FUT transplantation presents a practical and clinically-proven solution. Dr. Ronan employs meticulous surgical techniques and uses your own naturally growing hair follicles, FUT offers the potential to restore your hair density and reclaim your desired appearance.
What is FUT?
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT), often known as the “strip method,” is a tried-and-true method for permanent hair restoration. During follicular unit transplantation (FUT) in Danville, healthy follicles are harvested from a thin superficial strip of skin excised from the scalp. These follicles are then embedded into the areas of your scalp that are balding.
Why Undergo FUT?
Alopecia and male-pattern baldness cause a receding hairline, and FUT is an excellent way to cover it. FUT has the advantage of having a greater survival percentage for transplanted hairs. Follicles are meticulously extracted with FUT, leaving the protective tissue intact, resulting in stronger and higher-quality grafts than various other techniques.
Greater Hair Survival
Leaves Protective Tissue Intact
Follicles Meticulously Extracted
Stronger Higher-Quality Grafts
Who Are the Best Candidates for FUT?
Patients with enough hair on their heads to serve as grafts are the best candidates for FUT. Ideal candidates for FUT are men with androgenic alopecia (also known as male-pattern baldness). FUT hair transplant surgery is best for patients who have reasonable expectations and a history of adhering to hair-loss drugs and therapies.
FUT candidates should be in their late twenties or older, since this is the age at which hair loss typically begins to become noticeable. If follicular unit strip surgery is performed too soon, the results will deteriorate as hair loss develops.
Contact Us to Learn More
Set up an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Stephen Ronan by calling (925)736-5757 today and learn if you are a good candidate for FUT in Danville. At Blackhawk Hair Restoration, we will help you find a lasting solution to hair loss.
The FUT Consultation
During your initial visit, Dr. Ronan will go through the details of the follicular unit transplantation (FUT) procedure with you. You will be given pre-operative instructions to ensure that you are adequately prepared for the process. Additionally, Dr. Ronan will go over your complete medical history to ensure that the procedure is right for you.
The FUT Procedure
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is done with local anesthetic. The hair in the donor area is trimmed short during the FUT procedure to make it easier to deal with. The donor area is usually found on the rear or side of the head, where baldness is less common.
Dr. Ronan removes a strip of skin from the donor location. Thousands of viable hair follicles can be found on one strip. He preserves the follicles by immersing the strip of skin in a specific solution while he continues the treatment. He meticulously closes the donor region with stitches. Because the hair outside the donor site is unaffected, it can be used to conceal the incision as it heals.
follicular units are harvested from the donor strip by Dr. Ronan. These follicles are then inserted one by one in the balding areas, with great care taken to ensure that the donor hairs blend in perfectly with the natural hair in the area.
Dr. Ronan uses a sterile bandage to protect the donor region as it recovers. Oral pain medication will be prescribed. To prevent significant edema, Dr. Ronan may advise patients to keep their heads elevated at all times, including overnight, for at least three nights.
To allow the transplanted hairs to settle completely, Dr. Ronan provides patients specific shampooing and grooming instructions. It could take up to 5 weeks for patients to fully recover. In all cases, patients will be able to return to work a few days after the FUT procedure.
When Will I See Results?
In 10 days after receiving a hair transplant using the FUT procedure, your head should be healed and clear of scabs. After 4 months, new hair will begin to grow in the treated regions. During the first 10 to 15 months, your scalp will experience improved hair density.
How Much Does FUT Cost?
The FUT hair transplant cost is not covered by health insurance, because it is a cosmetic operation. The price of FUT is determined by the extent of the areas to be treated. FUT transplant costs are usually calculated on a cost-per-graft basis.
Contact Us Today
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephen J. Ronan to discuss your hair-restoration needs and any questions you may have regarding FUT in Danville. He would be delighted to address your concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between FUT and FUE?
Both FUT and FUE aim to transplant hair follicles to restore thin or bald areas. However, their extraction methods differ:
- FUT: Dr. Ronan removes a thin strip of scalp containing donor follicles from the back of your head. The follicles are then extracted individually and transplanted to the recipient area.
- FUE: Individual follicles are directly extracted from the donor area using tiny punches, leaving micro-sized scars. No strip removal is involved.