Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): The Success Rates of Surgery

Chevy Chase Follicular Unit Transplant Success

Oct 9, 2014 — by Hadi Rassael
Tags: Follicular Unit Transplantation Hair Restoration

A man leaning against a wall at homeAt Millennium Medical, we feel that the best hair restoration results are fueled by patient empowerment and education. This may be why so many people in and around Chevy Chase come to our practice for advanced hair transplant surgery such as follicular unit transplantation (FUT). We will be more than happy to provide solid answers and straight talk about the surgery and what it can do for you.

One question comes up a lot about FUT: just how successful is it?

Let's answer that question right now.

How Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Works

During follicular unit transplantation (FUT), small grafts of follicular units are taken from the back of the scalp and transferred to the area in which the patient is bald or has experienced hair thinning. These follicular units consist of one to four hairs, and each is staggered in order to recreate the natural appearance of the hairline.

High Rates of Success for Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

One of the best things about follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is the extremely high rate of success and overall effectiveness. It is estimated that 95 percent of the follicular units harvested will be viable when transferred to a bare area off the scalp. This is an extremely high rate of success for the follicular units, which is why the procedure is so sought after.

More Natural Results Than the Hair Restoration Surgeries of the Past

In addition to the high rate of success, we should also note that follicular unit transplantation (FUT) yields more natural results than many of the surgical hair restoration techniques used in the past.

Take hair plugs, for instance. These involved noticeable transplants of hair often in a pattern, creating an appearance not unlike the hair on a doll's head. Hair restoration specialists have been able to hone their craft and refine their techniques with FUT.

For one, FUT grafts are far smaller than the one used in the hair plugs of the past, meaning that they are nowhere near as noticeable. In addition, the follicular units are staggered along the hairline so that the distribution of hair is more natural and aesthetically pleasing.

Ways of Increasing the Chances of Success

Though the success rates for follicular unit transplantation (FUT) are quite high already, there are things that patients can do to ensure the success of the procedure and to prevent complications from occurring during the healing process. These include:

  • Avoiding tobacco products prior to and after surgery as directed
  • Avoiding alcohol consumption prior to and after surgery as directed
  • Cleaning their scalp thoroughly and gently after surgery
  • Protecting the scalp from direct exposure to the sun after surgery

Full pre-op and post-op instructions will be provided to patients so that they can promote good healing and achieve optimal results.

Is follicular unit transplantation (FUT) right for me?

The best way to find out if follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or another form of hair restoration is right for you is to visit our team. We will perform a thorough examination of your scalp and the nature of your hair loss and help determine the best possible treatment option for you.

Learn More About Hair Restoration Treatment Options

To learn more about follicular unit transplantation (FUT) all of your different options for addressing hair loss, be sure to contact our hair restoration specialists today. We at Millennium Medical look forward to your visit and helping you deal with varying degrees of balding.

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