NYC Fut hair transplant

What is a hair transplant?

A hair transplant is a procedure that permanently transfers a hair to a new location. Hair is taken from the donor site which is usually located in the back or side of the patient’s head. The hair is transferred as individual unit, called the hair follicle. A hair follicle is the fundamental growth unit of hair. The follicle can be placed in regions of thinning to create more density, used to lower a hair line, fill in a bald spot, replace hairs lost in scar tissue, fill in eyebrows/goatees/beards/sideburns and more.

How does a hair transplant produce beautiful hair restoration?

We have finally reached an era in hair restoration where beautiful results are possible. We are no longer moving large clumps or plugs of hair, but rather we are focused on the artistic placement of the hair follicle.

What is an follicular unit transfer FUT hair transplant?

A follicular unit hair transplant (FUT) is considered the “gold standard” of hair restoration options. In this procedure, a strip of skin is excised as a long ellipse from the donor site and sutured closed into a fine line. The hair follicles are hand dissected using sterile technique on a side table using magnification. The single hairs are sorted from the larger units and are then planted into pockets in the recipient site. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and allows our team to produce truly beautiful results.

Why choose HaircareMD to perform your FUT hair transplant?

Dr. Benjamin Paul is our lead FUT surgeon at HairCareMD. He is a double board certified facial plastic and head and neck surgeon who did over 6 years of training in head and neck surgery. He has been performing FUT since 2014 and has done thousands of procedures. He is the single most experienced facial plastic surgeon performing hair transplant in NYC. As a plastic surgeon, he is uniquely skilled in placing not only superficial sutures but a scaffold of deep dissolving sutures to ensure your incision lines heals as beautifully and inconspicuously as possible. Dr. Paul is meticulous in his closure.

What are the different types of hair transplant?

  • The two main forms of hair transplant are FUT, follicular unit transfer, and FUE, follicular unit extraction. Both techniques isolate the individual hair follicle and differ in the method of harvest.
  • In FUT, a surgical strip is used and the individual hair follicles are hand dissected on a side table.
  • In FUE, hairs are removed with a micro-punch rather than a scalpel. FUE is not always suitable for patients who have tight curly hair, white hair, or women.
  • Hair plugs are an outdated form of hair transplant where clumps of hair follicles are transferred. The results are unnatural, and we do not perform this procedure.

How is FUT done?

  • What happens during the first visit consultation?
    • During your first visit, you will meet with the physician to discuss your concerns and your goals. Your hair will be examined. The underlying cause and pattern of your hair loss will be identified. The options for treatment will be reviewed. You will be presented with individualized surgical and non-surgical options.
  • How do I prepare for a FUT hair transplant?
    • If you are a candidate for an FUT hair transplant, the team will provide you with thorough instructions before your procedure.
    • For most patients, no medical clearance is required as the procedure is performed under local anesthesia. If you are required to obtain a medical clearance, we will let you know in advance and support you with this process.
  • The procedure – what to expect on the day of FUT hair transplant surgery
    • The morning of the procedure, you will meet with the physician and discuss your plan for the procedure. The markings for the recipient site will be drawn.
    • For FUT, the hair to be extracted is shaved. The hair above and below the harvest zone is kept long. This ensures that the sutures are hiding within your hair after closure.
    • You will be face-down for the harvest. Local anesthesia is gently injected. There are patients who ask for a deeper level of anesthesia, and we are happy to be able to provide this upon advanced request. The harvest takes about 45 minutes. You will have sutures placed by the physician. We place both superficial and deep sutures, which is classic of facial plastic surgery. This prevents a widened scar. We NEVER use staples as this can damage nearby hair.
    • For the rest of the day, you will be on your back.
    • Next, “sites” or pockets are made by the physician. This sets the artistry of the result and is a key reason to choose our office. Artistry varies significantly between clinicians. The sites do not just determine the distribution and spread of the hair follicles, but also sets the exit angulation, which is fundamental to creating a gorgeous result that blends in naturally.
    • The final step of a hair transplant is placement of the hairs into the sites. This process will be performed with two skilled team members working simultaneously. Your physician will be guiding the team and adjusting the design aesthetic as needed.
    • At the conclusion of the hair transplant, most patients have a wrap placed on their head.
    • The instructions for after care will be reviewed prior to discharge.
  • What is the recovery from FUT hair transplant surgery
    • Patients have minimal discomfort and are able to work from home the next day.
    • The wrap on the head is removed at home the next day. If you feel uneasy removing your wrap, you will be given an option to have on of our skilled team members visit your home or hotel to remove the wrap.
    • Most patients can wear a baseball cap the next day.
    • Using a modification in technique which you will be taught, patients are encouraged to gently wash the hair two days after the procedure.
    • Activity that produces sweating or rubbing on the grafts is avoided for two weeks.
    • Most can return to workplace after once week, though some can return even sooner.
  • What is the follow up after an FUT hair transplant
    • Patients return to the office a week and a half after the procedure for a check in. Sutures are removed at this time. If you are travelling, we can place dissolving sutures that do not need to be removed. We do NOT use staples in the closure.
    • We next see patients 6-12 months after the procedure, or sooner if any questions or concerns arise.
  • When can I expect to see results
  • The hairs that are moved in an FUT will grow for 3 weeks to 3 months then shed. At 3-6 months, the follicle has “taken” and is resting under the skin in the recipient site. At 6-18 months, the transplanted hairs grow. They will then grow for life. Classically, patients see 80% of the result at 8 months.

What are the benefits to an FUT hair transplant?

To this day, FUT is considered the gold standard of hair restoration. FUT is a fabulous technique to harvest a lot of hair at one time as all the hairs in the strip will be used in the transplant. It is also a technique that maximizes viability of the hairs that are transferred. FUT is excellent for curly hair, white hair, fragile hair, old hair in both men and women.

Who should not do FUT?

  • You should not do an FUT if you are unwilling to have a suture line (fine line scar) in your donor site, likely the back of your head.
  • Patients who are on blood thinners, have no donor laxity, and heal by forming keloids (raised scars) may not be candidates for FUT.
  • During your consultation, you will be evaluated to ensure you are a candidate for FUT.

Case study – FUT

This patient is 1 year after follicular unit transfer (FUT) by Dr. Benjamin Paul to improve the frontal core. FUT is an excellent technique in patients who do not wear their hair short as the hair follicles transferred have maximal viability.

This is a patient who had hairline hair transplant by Dr. Benjamin Paul. He is 8 months after FUT, follicular unit transfer, hair transplant. He is thrilled with his improvement in density and position of his hairline.


Do I have unlimited grafts to take? Does the hair you take grow back?

We all have a finite number of hair follicles. After a transplant, you will not have more hair on your head, but your hair will be distributed the best way possible to create a result that is natural and beautiful.

During your consult, we will examine the areas of need, termed the recipient site. We also closely inspect your donor site. The donor site often will limit what can be done in a transplant.  Hairs taken during a transplant do not grow again in the donor site.

How many grafts will I need?

The number of grafts needed depends on the size of the recipient site. A larger area of thinning will require more hair. The following chart may help educate you on rough numbers.

Do you charge by the graft during FUT?

We do not charge by the graft. For FUT, we will discuss our plan for what is needed and what is available in the donor site. The laxity, density of hair, and size of the donor site will determine what is possible to transfer on the day. The cost of the FUT will be presented prior to scheduling the procedure. This reduces anxiety for the patient as there will be no additional fees for extra grafts within the strip on the day of the procedure.

Is an FUT hair transplant worth it?

In the correctly selected patient, a hair transplant may be one the best decisions of their adult life. An FUT is worth it as it can help you grow hair where you otherwise would not grow hair. This can improve density, re-frame the face, and ultimately improve your confidence and beauty.

What needs to be done before an FUT hair transplant?

Before an FUT hair transplant, the patient will have spoken with the physician about not only the procedure but also the holistic plan to help with long term hair goals. Each patient is given a pre-operative packet with a timeline of guidance. Patients are encouraged to pick up all medicines before the transplant.

How long with the surgery take?

An FUT transplant is often routinely performed in 4-6 hours. For FUT, you spend only 45 minutes lying face down. The remainder of the procedure is spent resting on your back in a reclining position. You can use the restroom during the procedure as needed.

When will the hair start to grow?

Hairs implanted grow for 3 weeks to 3 months. They will often shed and rest between 3 months – 6 months and then come to life. Some patients will not see shedding and others may shed later. Most patients see results in the second half of the year, and 80% of patients see 80% growth at 8 months

UT more successful than FUE?

FUT is considered the gold standard of hair transplant because it has the highest rates of take (approaching 95%-100% viability). For this reason, FUT is considered maximally successful. FUE can approach and be on par with FUT, but this depends on many variables such as the inherent strength and nature of the patient’s donor hair follicle. FUT is more reliable than FUE overall.

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