In Follicular Unit Transplantation, often called FUT or the strip method, the follicular unit grafts are essentially moved from one area of the body with an abundant supply of hair (donor) to the area where hair is thinning or balding (recipient area). Utilizing the strip method (FUT) in hair restoration surgery, which maximizes yield while minimizing scarring, Dr. Gabel will surgically remove the donor tissue from the back of the head in a single thin strip of a predetermined size.
The donor hair is usually chosen from the back of the head where density is the highest and the hair follicles have the best long-term genetic stability to resist the effects of male pattern baldness. Dr. Gabel performs the strip method (FUT) with meticulous detail, and is careful to examine the donor hair for suitable grafts to transplant with expert precision. Once the donor hair is mapped out, the hairs are trimmed to a length of approximately 8 mm. Dr. Gabel prefers the hairs to be a little longer so that he is able to see the natural curve of the hairs, which is important to know when placing the grafts aesthetically.
After which, the area that was mapped out and trimmed is numbed, and Dr. Gabel removes the designated donor strip of tissue. Dr. Gabel then closes up the donor area with sutures and a plastic surgery method called the trichophytic closure technique, designed to camouflage and potential scarring.
Dr. Gabel and his team at the Gabel Center will provide detailed instructions on the post operative care of the incision after surgery. About 10 days after surgery, the sutures will be removed. Occasionally, Dr. Gabel will use absorbable sutures that do not need to be removed. The donor area will heal over the next several weeks resulting in a fine linear scar that blends in underneath a patient’s existing hair. Heavy lifting and exercises that place exertion upon the head and neck are to be avoided for several weeks after surgery, talk to Dr. Gabel about any specific concerns about your exercise regimens during your post-operative care.