What Is FUT Hair Transplantation?


Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), also known as strip harvesting, is a widely recognized hair restoration technique that involves transplanting hair from a donor area to regions experiencing hair loss. Este Istanbul Hair  specializes in this technique, offering effective solutions for those seeking to restore their hair.


The FUT Procedure


The FUT hair transplant procedure consists of three main steps: strip harvesting, graft preparation, and implantation.

  1. Strip Harvesting: The process begins with applying local anesthesia to the scalp. A strip of skin from the donor area, typically the back of the head, is surgically removed. This strip contains numerous hair follicles necessary for the transplant.
  2. Graft Preparation: The extracted strip is dissected under a microscope into individual follicular units. Each unit typically contains 1-4 hair follicles. This meticulous process ensures that the maximum number of viable grafts are prepared for implantation.
  3. Implantation: The prepared follicular units are then implanted into the recipient area. Small incisions are made in the scalp, and the grafts are placed at specific angles and densities to achieve a natural-looking hairline and overall hair density.


Advantages of FUT Hair Transplantation


FUT offers several benefits, making it a preferred choice for many patients:


  • Higher Yield of Hair Grafts: FUT allows for the transplantation of a large number of grafts in a single session, making it ideal for patients needing extensive coverage.
  • Permanent Results: The transplanted hair follicles are typically resistant to the hormone that causes hair loss, ensuring long-lasting results.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Compared to other methods, FUT can be more economical, especially for those requiring a significant number of grafts.
  • Efficient Use of Donor Hair: FUT can maximize the use of donor hair, which is crucial for individuals with limited donor hair availability.


Disadvantages of FUT Hair Transplantation


While FUT is effective, it does come with some drawbacks:


  • Linear Scar: The removal of the donor strip leaves a linear scar on the back of the head. This scar can be visible if the hair is worn very short.
  • Longer Recovery Time: The healing process can take longer compared to other techniques like FUE. Patients may experience discomfort and tightness in the donor area.
  • Potential for More Invasive Surgery: FUT is more invasive than FUE, involving suturing and a higher risk of complications such as infection or nerve damage.


Post-Operative Care and Recovery


Post-operative care is crucial for the success of the FUT procedure. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks to prevent complications. Proper wound care and medication adherence can significantly enhance recovery and results. Swelling and discomfort are common but typically subside within a week.




Compared to Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), FUT can provide a higher yield of grafts in a single session and may be more cost-effective. However, FUE has the advantage of no linear scarring and a quicker recovery period. The choice between FUT and FUE depends on individual needs, the extent of hair loss, and donor hair availability.




FUT hair transplantation at Este Istanbul Hair is a highly effective method for restoring hair, especially for patients requiring extensive coverage. Despite its invasive nature and the potential for scarring, its ability to yield a large number of grafts and provide long-lasting results makes it a valuable option for many. Proper consultation with a qualified hair transplant surgeon can help determine if FUT is the right choice for your hair restoration needs.