FUT hair transplant in Miami
One of the most critical decisions for patients experiencing hair loss is choosing a hair transplant procedure that produces the most aesthetically pleasing results. With the availability of new techniques, it is natural to feel confused.
FUT hair transplant is still preferred by some surgeons since it allows maximum utilization of the donor zone. This method, when performed by a skilled surgeon, can yield incredible results. Patients who want more coverage opt for FUT hair transplant in Miami. While some may feel this is an old technique, that’s not necessarily the case. FUT is a demanding surgery, but it is equally safe. Therefore, there is no reason to be afraid.
At Jolie Plastic Surgery, FUT hair transplant in Miami is performed by a surgeon well trained in follicular unit hair transplantation.
What is FUT hair transplant?
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is a hair restoration process that involves transferring follicular units from the scalp to bald areas. Hair follicles are carefully extracted one by one, and transplanted to the recipient areas. Once the grafts are healed, patients can enjoy new natural hair.
Candidates for a FUT hair transplant in Miami
The ideal candidate for FUT hair transplant in Miami is in overall good health and does not suffer from any medical condition that will make the operation unsafe. Patients suffering from advanced hair loss can benefit from this procedure as it delivers results more consistent with their aesthetic goals. Various types of hair loss are commonly treated through FUT hair transplant, including male and female pattern baldness, hair loss caused by facial plastic surgery, trauma and injuries.
The age is also an important factor to consider. For example, men can experience male pattern baldness in their 20s and it can continue into their late 30s. Hence, FUT hair transplant in Miami may not be a good idea for younger men since they may continue experiencing significant hair loss as they age. The thirties is generally a great time to get evaluated for FUT hair transplant. During the first consultation, the surgeon will determine if the patient is ready for this procedure.
How is a FUT hair transplant done?
Throughout the FUT hair transplant operation, the surgeon extracts hair follicles through strip excision. Strips have more hair follicles; therefore, they yield a more significant amount of donor hair. A trained hair restoration specialist will harvest hair follicles before they are transplanted to the desired areas. Surgeons can entirely utilize the scalp area. They also have more grafts available to transplant in a single session. FUT can be a complicated technique, but the results can be fulfilling.
The FUT hair transplant core steps are as follows:
- Administering local anesthesia. The patient will be administered local anesthesia and sedation as required to ensure the procedure is pain free.
- The donor site is carefully chosen. After that, the surgeon makes long vertical incisions to remove the strip of scalp that contains the hair grafts used during transplantation.
- Donor tissue is stored. The strip of hair is placed in a physiological solution, which helps minimize body fluids and allows the surgeon some time to close the wound.
- A sliver is taken from the harvested strip and trimmed. Grafts are then separated one by one for implantation.
- The recipient site is created in a way that will achieve natural results.
- Implantation is the last surgical step. The surgeon will carefully transplant the grafts into the holes he had made, and also check the grafts at the end of the procedure. The donor area is covered with a bandage, and the patient can wear a bandana to protect this area better.
Challenges of FUT hair transplant Surgery for the surgeons
There are times when some challenges related to the donor area, graft preservation, graft survival, growth, and enhancement can arise. In some cases, the patient may not reach his or her expectations.
- Donor area challenges – It is possible for the final scar to be disfiguring when the hair doesn’t have a good length. However, this generally happens when the surgeon doesn’t make good surgical decisions or the patient’s skin characteristics don’t encourage proper healing.
- Harvested donor hair preservation – The preservation of hair grafts are a crucial aspect of hair replacement surgery. Although there are storage solutions to help preserve hair grafts up to 8 hours. If an injury occurs when the tissue is re-implanted, the hair grafts may need to be out of the body longer than that.
- Preserving donor hair – Hair preservation is also a common challenge among patients who suffer hair loss. When alopecia or any other condition causing hair loss is diagnosed early, patients can start medical therapy and diminish hair loss.
- Lack of donor hair – There are times when the surgeon doesn’t have sufficient donor hair available to work with. If there isn’t sufficient donor hair, FUT hair transplant may not be performed.
- Donor zone transection – When a lot of follicular units are transected, the patient may have less hair density and suffer permanent shock loss.
- Problems with managing the tension of the target donor strip – The different layers’ tension of tissue can vary along the path of the incision. The surgeon should control tension in a way that no area suffers a specific extra amount of pressure when the wound is closed.
After-care instructions following a FUT hair transplant procedure
Patients interested in getting a hair transplant need to know what to do after the procedure. Postoperative instructions are essential to an effective FUT hair transplant and sooner return to daily activities. Some after-care instructions to follow include:
- Have someone drive you home safely after surgery. Anesthesia will take some time to wear off. Driving yourself home may not be safe.
- Follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions. The person administering the strip hair transplant knows what’s best for your specific case.
- Keep your scalp dry and the area around the scalp clean during recovery. It is natural to feel soreness and numbness in the grafted area. However, you should not apply anything on your scalp that has not been approved by your surgeon.
- Take care of your scar by applying antibiotic topical cream prescribed by your surgeon. This will help prevent infection and reduce swelling.
- Painkillers can help alleviate the pain for the first 3 to 4 hours after surgery.
- Sleep in semi-upright position raising the head with some pillows. Some patients prefer sleeping on a reclining chair. This position will keep the head elevated. If there is a strip scar, patients should sleep on the side, so the grafts don’t fall off when rubbed against the pillow, and to encourage better hair growth.
- Wash and shampoo your hair thoroughly to prevent damaged hair follicles.
- Icepacks are great to reduce swelling and bleeding, especially during the first week. Icepacks should not be placed directly onto the donor site. They should be placed on the forehead and back of the head.
- Avoid exposing yourself directly to sunlight for a few days.
- Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking as it can interfere with blood flow and blood supply.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity until a week after the operation
- During the first week, avoid bending over, leaning forward or blowing your nose too hard.
Benefits and disadvantages of a FUT hair transplant procedure
Patients who want to get the best strip hair transplant results should know about the pros and cons of this procedure, especially when compared with FUE.
One of the main pros of FUT hair transplant is the risk of scarring and a lengthier recovery. The follicular unit transplantation technique will leave a linear scar at the donor site. Also, any additional sessions may cause the scalp to stretch, which can worsen the appearance of the scar. This procedure can be invasive; therefore, the surgical wounds will take longer to heal.
Stitches are removed in two weeks, and patients most avoid vigorous exercise after the removal. There are also limited harvesting options. With the FUE technique, body hair can also be extracted and transplanted while surgeons can perform FUT on a specific donor area about 22 cm long.
FUT hair transplant is the ideal technique for patients suffering from extensive balding who need to create more hair volume. One of the main advantages of the strip hair transplant technique is that it yields more hair grafts when compared to FUE. The FUE technique may cause transection, and some hair follicles may not survive the process. During FUT, on the other hand, there is less chance of transection, and there is more hair harvested.
FUT has a single linear scar. During further FUT sessions, the surgeon includes the old scar in the new incision. Although the surgeon extracts more hair during following procedures, the hair will not be thinner in the donor site. Multiple FUE sessions, on the other hand, may cause hair loss in the donor sites.
Risks and side effects of the FUT procedure
In order to ensure realistic expectations, patients who want to get the best results should fully understand the follicular unit transplantation side effects and risks. Although hair transplant surgery is a safe out-patient procedure without major risks or complications, there are some things to keep in mind before choosing this hair restoration method. Some of the most common ones include:
- Swelling – Post-operative swelling will occur. In rare cases, it will last a couple of days. There are only about 1% of incidents with “black eye.” If this happens to you, make sure to contact your doctor.
- Bleeding – Bleeding in the sutured area is also possible. You should keep your head elevated; put gauze on it for about ten minutes, and apply pressure to the area with the palm of the hand. If you see that the bleeding doesn’t stop, contact the clinic immediately.
- Pain – Mild discomfort can occur after follicular unit hair transplantation surgery. Pain medication can help alleviate the pain. Some patients may not need pain relievers.
- Numbness – It is natural for patients to feel numbness at the graft sites and above the suture line. It can take several months to fully disappear.
- Scarring – Surgeons always try to make the scar as discreet as possible. However, crusting and redness in the incision site is possible but only on a temporary basis.
- Anesthesia reactions – Local anesthetics can have some effects on the body, and the heart, including allergic reactions, irregular heartbeat, and in some rare cases, heart attack. Other reactions include, feeling lightheaded and low blood pressure.
- Allergic reactions – Every patient reacts differently to medications, suture materials, and food prescribed. You should inform your surgeon of any reaction to medications you had in the past.
FUT scar restoration options
The issue of scaring should be discussed with your surgeon. With FUT hair transplant, all patients are left with a large strip-like hair transplant scar, only noticeable if the patient’s head is completely shaved. Some hair transplant scar repair options include:
- W-plasty technique – This technique is used on medium to large scars to alter an old scar caused by FUT and improve scar quality. The scar can be reduced to 80%.
- Implanting hair with the FUE technique - This is also a brilliant method for scar restoration, and it yields natural results.
- Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) - The Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology suggests that this technique is very effective at covering up visible scars from FUT. The procedure consists of tattooing the skin to give the impression of growing hair.
FUT hair transplant cost
The average cost for FUT hair transplant is $3 to $5 per graft. However, the follicular unit transplantation cost varies among patients. Your surgeon can give you a more detailed price after a complete examination of your scalp, and based on the amount of work your specific case requires. At Jolie Plastic Surgery the average cost per hair graft is $3.50.
FUT hair transplant FAQs
Some people believe that hair restoration is not a good option for women since female hair loss is entirely different from male hair loss. Nevertheless, FUT hair transplant can also be performed on women. Women whose hair loss was caused by trauma and burns instead of hair thinning can benefit from FUT.
During FUT and FUE hair transplant, the surgeon takes hair from the donor site. The strip hair transplant technique (FUT) involves the removal of a thin strip of hair from the donor area. During FUE the hair is removed individually with a punch tool. The method used to transplant the hair is the same in both techniques.
The amount of grafts required is based on the patient’s hair density, scalp elasticity, and the size of the area of the scalp the patient wishes to cover up. During your initial consultation at Jolie Plastic Surgery, Dr. Pascual will calculate the estimated number of grafts needed. A FUT procedure can harvest an average of 3,000 grafts. However, this number can vary from patient to patient.
The follicular unit hair transplantation procedure can take 6 to 10 hours but this surgical time can vary.
There is minimal to no pain during the procedure itself. Before surgery, patients are given a sedative followed by local anesthetic injections. However, patients may feel pain and discomfort after the operation. Painkillers prescribed by your surgeon will relieve any residual pain.
The final results are natural. The patient’s hair will look natural in appearance. Therefore, the outside should not discern any traces of FUT hair transplant surgery.
Recovery for FUT hair transplant is longer than other techniques due to the lengthier scar. Pain and swelling in the forehead are also common, but these symptoms will go away in about a week. Some patients may feel a lingering numbness after that. In about 12 days, the grafts should be rooted, and patients can come back for a follow check-up. During this time, staples and sutures are removed. Unfortunately, transplanted hairs will start to shed after the second week. This is natural as your body is making stronger hair follicles. You will see no improvement until the next 2-5 months where the newly transplanted hair will grow. You will be able to groom the new hair in 6-10 months. The best time to appreciate full results is a year after.
Hair loss tends to increase with age. Some patients may need a second strip hair transplant procedure. It is important to note that patients will not lose transplanted hairs as they were removed from the permanent zone into the balding area.