Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a hair restoration procedure where naturally-occurring groups of one to four hairs, called follicular units, are transplanted from the donor area to the recipient area.
In FUT, after the patient’s scalp is numbed, the doctor removes a thin strip of tissue from the back and/or sides of the scalp. The donor strip is then separated into hundreds to thousands of individual follicular units using precise stereo-microscopic dissection techniques. As the follicular unit grafts are being prepared, the doctor makes tiny slits in the scalp (recipient sites), into which the grafts are placed.
If well executed, the use of follicular units will insure that the transplant will look completely natural and be undetectable. Follicular Unit Transplantation was conceived by Dr. Bernstein and first described in the medical literature in his landmark 1995 public.