Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a tried and true hair transplant method that has restored the locks and confidence of countless individuals experiencing hair loss. At Charles Medical Group, led by the esteemed Dr. Glenn M. Charles, FUT surgery is performed with an unmatched level of expertise and attention to detail, providing patients with natural-looking and lasting results.

The FUT Procedure Explained

FUT surgery begins with a thorough consultation at Charles Medical Group, where Dr. Charles evaluates the patient’s hair loss and discusses their goals and treatment options. Once FUT is chosen as the preferred method, the process moves forward. During the procedure, a strip of hair-bearing skin is carefully removed from a donor area, typically at the back of the head where hair is more resistant to balding. This is done under local anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort.

The donor strip is then meticulously dissected under a microscope into individual follicular units, each containing 1 to 4 hairs. These units are prepared for transplantation into the balding or thinning areas of the scalp. The recipient sites are created with precision to mimic the natural growth pattern of hair. The follicular units are then placed into these sites, creating a fuller head of hair.

Post-Operative Care and Long-Term Results

After FUT surgery, patients receive comprehensive post-operative care instructions from Charles Medical Group to ensure optimal healing and hair growth. The recovery period typically involves some swelling and discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed medication. Stitches from the donor area are usually removed after about ten days, and patients can often return to their normal activities within a week or two.

The results of FUT surgery are long-term, with transplanted hair growing naturally in its new location. It’s important to note that the final outcome of the transplant will be visible after the hair has gone through its natural growth cycle, usually within 9 to 12 months after the procedure.

FUT vs. FUE: Making an Informed Decision

When considering hair restoration options, it’s crucial to understand the differences between FUT and FUE (Follicular Unit Excision). While both methods involve transplanting hair follicles from a donor area to balding areas, the extraction process differs. FUE involves removing individual follicular units directly from the scalp without a strip, which may be preferable for those who wear their hair very short or are concerned about scarring.

However, FUT remains a popular choice due to its efficiency in transferring a large number of grafts in a single session and its cost-effectiveness compared to FUE. Dr. Charles ensures that the linear scar resulting from the FUT procedure is minimal and easily concealed by the surrounding hair.

Addressing Common Misconceptions

There are several misconceptions about FUT surgery, such as the visibility of scars and the unnatural appearance of transplanted hair. With advanced techniques and the skilled hands of Dr. Charles, scars are typically very discreet and the transplanted hair blends seamlessly with the patient’s natural hair.


FUT surgery continues to be a foundational hair restoration technique with a record of success. At Charles Medical Group, patients can trust in Dr. Charles’ extensive experience and dedication to achieving the best possible outcomes. Whether choosing FUT or another method, Charles Medical Group stands ready to guide patients through their hair restoration journey, ensuring that each step is taken with the utmost care and precision.