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FUT/Strip Harvest

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Strip Harvesting are terms referred to a previously popular technique of hair restoration surgery that required a large, horizontal incision to harvest hair follicles from the back of the head (Donor area). In this procedure, a ‘strip’ of skin is removed and is then carefully dissected to extract hair follicles; the donor area is later sutured to close the wound. Extracted follicles are then implanted into the skin of the desired area (Recipient area). This is considered a more invasive surgery compared to FUE as it involves removing a portion of the patient’s skin and sutures. 

Depending on the patient’s condition and the surgeon’s ability, this is sometimes used in combination with FUE to achieve the best results. At Bangkok Hair Clinic, we have demonstrated safe and natural results for patients requiring strip surgery.

FUT/Strip Harvest procedure: 

Advantages of FUT:

  • FUT surgery can be done for patients who require large numbers of grafts to fill a large area of low density
  • Little cosmetic change in hair style after surgery
  • Shorter surgical time compared to FUE, improving graft survival
  • With professional techniques, scars can barely be seen much like FUE

Disadvantages of FUT:

  • A long horizontal scar can be visible at the back of the head from the strip of skin removed
  • Must return to remove sutures
  • More difficult wound care
  • Longer recovery time
  • Keloid scars may form

Who is suitable for FUT/Strip Harvest:

  • Those suffering hair loss, receding hair line or baldness
  • Men and women of all ages
  • Patients with a small donor area
  • Patients requiring a large number of grafts 

How long does FUT/ Strip Harvest take

The procedure takes 4-6 hours depending on each patient’s needs. We aim to complete the procedure in a timely manner as grafts must be re-implanted as soon as possible to reduce the ‘out-of-body’ time and improve survival rates.

Is FUT/Strip Harvest safe

The simple answer is yes. FUT is the first surgical technique of hair transplantation and continues to be a widely used procedure around the world. Modern advances in medicine have been adopted into the procedure and a lot of research has been done to develop the technique. There are still risks of surgery such as bleeding and infection, and you should discuss this with your surgeon at Bangkok Hair Clinic.

Pre-procedural instruction before FUT/Strip Harvest surgery:Avoid shellfish, fermented foods, and alcoholic beverages 1 week prior to the procedure

Avoid shellfish, fermented foods, and alcoholic beverages 1 week prior to the procedure

Stop oral medication, vitamins or supplements that affect blood coagulation (e.g. blood thinners, Vitamin C) 2 weeks to 1 month prior to the procedure. Please ask if you are unsure.

Avoid curling, perming or colouring your hair 1 month prior to the procedure

Avoid smoking cigarettes at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure

Ensure plenty of rest the night before

Drink lots of water

No tea or coffee on the day of the procedure

Wear a buttoned shirt on the day of the procedure

Post-procedural instruction after FUT/Strip Harvest surgery:

No rubbing, scrubbing, scratching or the transplanted area for 2 weeks

Do not bend down below your waist area

Avoid consuming alcohol or smoking for at least 1 week

Continue to wear the given headband for 4-7 days after the procedure to prevent any facial swelling. You should not remove the headband any longer than 20-30 minutes each day

Sleep on a high pillow or two pillows for at least 1 week after the procedure

You may go for a short walk or carry out gentle exercise that do not cause sweating.

Do not get a hair cut or dye your hair for 1 month after the procedure.

Please eat foods that are rich in nutrients including proteins, fibres and vitamins and minerals. Do not try to follow any strict diet regimen.

Take oral medication as prescribed by our doctors

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