Follicular Unit Transplantation

What Are Follicular Units?

Follicular units are the natural groupings in which hair grows, usually made up of 1 to 4 hairs. Under magnification distinct bundles of single, double, and triple units are evident. Each unit shares the same blood supply, and the integrity of the unit is preserved in the transplantation process. Because of this elemental concept, nothing of an artificial nature is ever transplanted because these groupings naturally exist. This allows us to achieve  consistently natural-looking results for patients. Find out if you are a candidate for follicular unit transplantation at our New York, New Jersey, and Boston offices.

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is regarded as the state of the art in hair transplantation techniques. Having performed thousands of strip FUT procedures, our doctors have perfected the process and made follicular hair transplantation results highly predictable. Essentially, FUT involves transplanting a patient’s natural hair into the follicular units of balding areas.

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Donor Area Magnified

Follicular Unit Grafts Microscopically Cut and Ready to Place

Follicular Unit Grafts Microscopically Cut and Ready to Place

Follicular Unit Transplantation Process

During FUT, your True & Dorin doctor will carefully excise a strip of skin from the donor area, suture the edges back together, and create individual grafts with microscopes. With this technique, the number of grafts transplanted will equal the number of follicular units that are present in the donor strip being harvested. Patients who undergo FUT generally experience only mild to moderate pain, which can be easily controlled by prescription medications over a one to three day period. The ideal intervals between treatments for FUT are well established at 10 to 12 months.

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Patients of hair loss doctors True & Dorin can expect a comfortable and quick hair transplant recovery. The healing process is generally painless, and takes about 7-10 days.

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With this means of transplantation, only the area of the donor strip is shaved. Sutures are then used to completely close the area from which the donor tissue was removed allowing follicular unit transplantation patients to leave the office not only bandage free but with no signs of surgery in the donor area. In some situations, a patient's existing hair will not only cover the donor stitches but may cover the recipient area as well.  If not, many patients will wear an adjustable baseball style cap after the procedure.

FUT patients can expect tiny scabs in the transplanted area (s) as well as a moderate soreness in the donor area. After 10 - 12 days, the scabbing will be gone and stitches will have been removed - this is the healing period.  Most patients to take time off to keep others from knowing they have had treatment (unless they can wear a hat, work alone, or simply not care that others know they had treatment).


Some early advocates of follicular unit extraction (FUE), an alternative method, have oversensationalized the risks of wide donor scars with FUT strip harvesting. The examples they present are not something we have ever seen with our strip technique. Patients considering FUE versus FUT with strip harvesting at our clinic should rest assured; we will be careful to ensure that they have only a very thin scar.  (Photo of True & Dorin patient with FUT linear scar) 


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Recent ultra-refined hair transplant result by Dr. Robert Dorin of True and Dorin Medical Group

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Dr. Robert True and Dr. Robert Dorin have the skill needed to achieve excellent results with follicular unit transplantation. During a consultation at our New York, New Jersey, or Boston offices, a True & Dorin specialist will gladly answer any of your questions about follicular units, FUT advantages, candidacy, costs, and more. Please contact us to for further information.