Compare Against Older Methods
The older, traditional form of hair transplantation is called Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), or more commonly, “strip” surgery. In a “strip” surgery, the surgeon uses a scalpel to remove a large piece of scalp from the back of the head. This process requires stitches or staples to close the wound. The strip of scalp is given to a group of technicians who then manually dissect each individual follicular unit. These dissected follicular units are transplanted into the scalp by the surgical team. The recovery period for this procedure is significant, typically several weeks. In addition, patients may experience numbness, scalp tightness or lingering pain. More importantly, the risk of leaving a noticeable linear scar on the back of the head is unacceptable to many patients.