Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) Hair Transplant Surgery
A modern hair transplant procedure is a minor surgery, which is easily accomplished in an office setting using local anesthetics and mild sedation. The patient is awake for the entire procedure and can easily take breaks in order to eat and use the restroom. In fact we encourage our patients to watch movies, which we supply on our flat-panel TV’s in each operating suite to help them relax and enjoy the day.
The day begins with a complete review of your medical history. This will occur in our Foster City office, which is convenient to San Francisco, Oakland, the Silicon Valley peninsula, and San Jose patients. The surgeon then reviews the treatment plan, ensuring that your aesthetic concerns and expectations are established and met. The surgeon then explains the entire procedure to you, paying the greatest attention to the benefits and risks of surgery. These operations are very safe and it is our job to make sure that you completely understand details of your personalized treatment and have an opportunity to ask questions.
In the FUT hair transplant procedure, a patient’s hair is transplanted in naturally occurring groups of one to four hairs, called “follicular units”. These small units allow the transplantation of thousands of grafts in a single session, which improves the aesthetic outcome.
We always meet with each patient, in advance, and determine the best hair transplant procedure for him or her. In some cases, we recommend ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplantation (robotic hair transplantation), FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction), and in others medical management or PRP for hair loss — it depends on each individual patient’s needs and clinical situation. People come to us seeking FUT hair transplant for Bay Area patients and often find a different procedure better serves your needs. Whether you live in San Francisco, Foster City, Palo Alto or elsewhere on the Peninsula, reach out to Dr. Canales for a free consultation. He will determine the best hair transplant procedure for you, whether that is the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) or the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) hair transplant procedure.
Hair Transplant Procedure
The procedure begins with the preparation of the Donor Area. The hair directly above the donor site is lifted up and taped in place. A thin strip of hair is then shaved to expose the skin, which will soon become the donor strip. We will calculate the length and width of the donor strip, which is necessary to achieve your goals and only shave that much. Local anesthetic will be used to completely numb this area and the donor strip will be excised. The wound is then closed with stitches. Since the entire shaved area has been removed and the taped hair above is released to cover the stitches, there is usually no way to see that you have had surgery in the back of the head.
The strip of donor hair is passed to our highly trained surgical assistants, who work under a microscope to divide the strip into follicular unit grafts. While the surgical assistants are creating the grafts, the surgeon will give local anesthetic to the front of the head. This will result in your entire scalp feeling numb. The doctor will then create tiny slits, called recipient sites, which conform to a natural pattern of hair and follow the angle, and direction of your existing hair.
Following completion of the recipient sites, the individual hair grafts will be placed one-by-one into those sites by hand using jeweler’s forceps.
If you are looking for a FUT hair transplant specialist in the Bay Area, reach out to us, today, for a free consultation. With a convenient Foster City, California, location, you can reach us easily from Oakland, San Francisco, Palo Alto and other Bay Area cities for your hair transplant needs.