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FUT Hair Transplant

Care4Hair provides Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) for patients in Miami and worldwide who suffer from unwanted hair loss. Whether your hair loss is due to age, genetics, hormonal changes, and trauma or injury, our specialists will recommend the best transplantation method to provide you with permanent and natural-looking results. Once Dr. Valladares determines that you are healthy enough for a hair transplant, he will assist in comparing the FUT hair transplant surgery with other methods before you make a final choice.

What is the FUT hair transplant?

During FUT hair transplantation, Dr. Valladares cuts a strip of hair-bearing skin from the back of the head and dissects the follicles individually. These follicles are then inserted into the balding parts of the patient’s scalp. The FUT technique is ideal for patients suffering from advanced hair loss who want to cover a large portion of the scalp. While other hair transplantation methods are less invasive, a FUT hair transplant is preferable for patients with more severe balding since it yields more grafts in a shorter time.

Benefits of the FUT Technique

  • Ideal for large balding regions
  • Quicker than other methods (4-6 hours per session)
  • Less costly
  • More grafts in less time
  • Requires minimal shaving

Disadvantages

  • The FUT method leaves a sizeable scar
  • Requires stitches
  • Longer recovery period (10-14 days)
  • Limited mobility during recovery
  • Greater risk of complications (blood loss, infections, etc.)

How is a FUT hair transplant done?

The FUT transplant procedure goes as follows:

  • 01
    Anesthesia
  • 02
    Incision & Donor Site
  • 03
    Extraction & Implantation
  • 04
    Suture & Bandage
A Care4Hair professional administers local anesthesia to ensure your procedure is pain-free.
Dr. Valladares cuts a section of hair-bearing skin (several inches long) from the back of the head with a scalpel.
The surgeon dissects the hair on the strip of skin into individual follicular units and implants them into the balding recipient area.
The incision is closed with stitches and bandaged for recovery
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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.

Risks and Challenges of a FUT Hair Transplant

As with any surgery, the FUT hair transplant has certain risks and challenges associated with it. Some possible complications include but are not limited to:

  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Inflammation of hair follicles (folliculitis)
  • Excessive bleeding from the incision site
  • Prolonged numbness and swelling
  • Tension around the donor strip
  • Adverse reaction to the anesthetic

You will discuss your complete medical history with Dr. Valladares at your initial consultation. It is essential to disclose all former and current health conditions and any surgical complications you experienced in the past to avoid unnecessary drawbacks during your hair transplant.

Hair Transplant Before and After

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FUT Hair Transplant Cost

The cost of a hair transplant is calculated on a per-graft basis. The price per graft of a FUT hair transplant in the United States can be as high as $7.00USD per graft. On average, Care4Hair charges between $2.00 and $3.50USD per graft. The overall FUT procedure cost varies from patient to patient. For a personalized quote, schedule a free consultation with Care4Hair in Miami now!

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.

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.
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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.

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    FAQS

    Does Care4Hair perform FUT hair restoration on women?

    Yes. Care4Hair performs FUT hair transplants on women. Typically, women whose hair loss was caused by burns and other trauma (instead of hair thinning) can benefit more from a FUT than other hair transplant methods depending on their degree of hair loss.

    How long does the FUT procedure take?

    A FUT procedure takes approximately 4-6 hours, which is a shorter procedural time compared to other hair transplant techniques.

    How many donor grafts will I need for a FUT hair transplant?

    The number of grafts required to achieve your fullest results depends on your hair density, scalp elasticity, and the size of the treatment area. The Care4Hair specialists will calculate the estimated number of grafts needed at your first evaluation. The FUT procedure harvests an average of 3,000 grafts, but this varies from patient to patient.

    What is the main difference between the FUE and FUT techniques?

    The main difference between FUT and FUE hair transplant techniques is how the follicles are removed:

    • FUT transplant: The surgeon cuts a strip of skin from the patient's scalp with a scalpel. This strip of skin is then dissected, and its follicles are implanted into the balding areas.
    • FUE transplant: The hair follicles are individually removed with different technologies such as ARTAS or NeoGraft. An FUE procedure can also be performed using the DHI
    How long after the FUT procedure will I see the final results?

    The recovery process after a FUT hair transplant is longer than with other methods. However, you will see final results 12-18 months post-procedure, which is the same timeframe as other hair transplant methods.

    What is shock loss after a FUT hair transplant?

    Many patients experience shock loss approximately 2-3 weeks after their hair transplant surgeries. Shock loss is a shedding of the hair that occurs as your body's innate response to the procedure. Although it may be alarming to see your hair falling so soon after your FUT hair transplant, rest assured that although the hair is falling, the grafts will remain safely under the skin. Therefore, your hair will grow back steadily in the months to follow.

    Who are the best candidates for a FUT hair transplant?

    The FUT technique is best suited for patients in good general health and over the age of 25, ideally between 30-50, which is when hair loss stabilizes. Since this procedure yields more grafts in a shorter period, it can be advantageous for patients who require several grafts to cover a significant balding portion. However, the patients must have sufficient donor hair available to graft.

    Individuals who wear longer hairstyles are more likely to choose the FUT method. Patients who want to maintain a short haircut may opt for different hair transplant methods since a FUT hair transplant leaves a residual scar that will be visible unless it is covered by long hair.

    Can you receive a hair transplant if you have a medical condition?

    If you have a pre-existing medical condition, please inform Dr. Valladares and his team of professionals at your preliminary consultation. The Care4Hair team in Miami needs your detailed medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

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