Follicular Unit Transplantation is one of the most commonly used hair restoration surgeries.

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FUT Hair Transplant in Chicago, IL

FUT (follicular unit transplantation) hair transplant is known as the “strip method” because the surgeon borrows a strip of scalp from the donor area to harvest hair follicles that can be transplanted in another area like the front of the scalp.

Patients who have hair with a very tight curl are often better candidates for the FUT method because the curved root of the hair follicle can cause a higher transection rate, and damaged follicles cannot be used for the transplant.  This is why we’d like to see you in person at our clinic: to describe the process in detail and determine which method of harvesting the donor area is best for you.

Although this approach creates a linear scar on the back of the head, other hair can easily conceal this scar. FUT is not a good option for men who wish to wear their hair shaved or very short, as those hairstyles may not adequately cover the scarring.

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FUT Procedure Details

FUT Procedure Details

To begin, the patient receives local anesthesia to ensure that the treatment areas are numb so that the patient remains comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, the surgeon carefully removes a strip of scalp from the back (or sometimes the side) of the head that has ample hair follicles. While the surgeon sutures the area, his team prepares the donor hairs for transplantation by grouping them into follicle units.

The surgeon makes small incisions on the scalp for the follicular units to be inserted. At International Hair Institute, the surgeon takes care to ensure the hair is inserted deeply and has the angle of real hair for long-lasting and natural-looking results.

FUT hair transplant is a safe procedure when performed by an experienced surgeon. IHI Clinic boasts high patient satisfaction ratings, with exceedingly low incidence of complications.

Benefits of FUT Hair Transplant

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FUT is an effective way to stimulate real hair growth to fill in a bald spot or address a receding hairline. Patients who choose FUT over the FUE approach generally do so because they have a higher volume of hair follicles they wish to transfer, and the strip method accomplishes that goal in a quicker manner. It can also be the more successful approach for patients who want thicker (denser) hair.

FUT Recovery and Results

Because FUT hair transplant is a more invasive procedure than FUE, the recovery is moderately longer. Patients generally feel well enough to return to work within a few days. Any lingering discomfort can be managed with pain medication. International Hair Institute schedules periodic follow-up appointments to ensure that recovery is progressing smoothly.

Implanted follicle units fall out of the scalp in the first couple weeks following the surgery. In the months to follow, hair grows back in its place. It can take six months to a year to see a full head of hair, but patience is rewarded because the results are indefinite.

FUT Hair Transplant Costs

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) for Chicago Patients

Since each hair transplant is customized to meet the patient’s aesthetic goals, the price of FUT is determined on an individual basis. After assessing the size of the treatment area and the number of follicles that need to be transferred, the team at International Hair Institute can provide a quote. Financing options are available through CareCredit.

Schedule a Consultation

If hair loss has left you feeling less confident in your appearance, you have options for restoring a full head of hair. The sooner you act, the easier the procedure should be. Come meet with Chicago’s best hair transplant experts by scheduling a consultation at International Hair Institute: Call (312) 854-3898 today. Virtual consultations are also available