Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)
Surgical hair replacement is the only permanent solution for hair loss. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is the latest, state-of-the-art hair restoration procedure superseding Mini/Micro Hair Transplants, Flap Surgery and Scalp Reduction. It is the only treatment that provides a full, natural looking head of hair.
Follicular Unit Transplantation is only possible through the use of the Stereo-microscope. The Stereo-microscope is used to dissect the follicular units, which grow in naturally occurring groups of one to four hairs. The microscope ensures accurate and undamaged dissection.
The benefits of Follicular Unit Transplantation are immeasurable. The ultimate benefit for the patient is the creation of the most natural hair transplant possible. The Stereo-microscope makes it possible to trim away the greatest amount of epithelium (top layer of skin) from the follicular unit graft.
This produces significantly smaller grafts than mini and micro grafts which can then be placed in tiny puncture sites situated closely together. The growth of the transplanted hair often starts sooner and is generally considerably faster as a result of less shock to the follicular units and the scalp.
Cloning and gene therapy may very well be the ultimate treatments for hair loss. Cloning would allow hair transplant surgeons to have an unlimited amount of available donor hair, which would be surgically implanted using current Stereo-microscopic techniques. Gene therapy could “turn off” the actual gene that causes hair loss. Unfortunately, we are not yet technically able to clone hair follicles or modify genes.
It will probably be many years, perhaps not in our lifetimes, before these procedures are perfected. In the meantime, highly motivated and dedicated surgeons will continue to perform Follicular Unit Transplants. The only permanent solution to hair loss.
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