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    Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

    Also called the strip method, FUT hair transplant surgery involves removing a thin piece of the scalp from the back of the head that is then separated into micro follicular unit grafts to be transplanted.

    Recovery Time:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    Resume Exercise:
    2 to 4 Weeks
    Noticeable Results:
    6 Months
    Final Results:
    1 Year

    FUT is one hair transplant option that can restore a fuller, natural-looking head of hair, leaving behind a fine, unnoticeable scar hidden in the non-balding area at the back of the scalp. However, at the Quatela Center, hair restoration is not limited to surgery. Dr. Quatela, Dr. Lee, or Dr. Montague will guide you through safe, medically proven surgical and nonsurgical options.

    Our hair transplant specialists are all double board-certified facial plastic surgeons with more than 45 years of collective experience. They take a comprehensive approach to addressing hair loss that accommodates different preferences, lifestyles, and concerns. They understand the importance of truly listening to your goals, why you are interested in surgery, and what you’ve tried before pursuing surgery. Our world-renowned experts bring together the scientific and technical advancements of hair restoration and the aesthetic principles that make hair transplantation succeed at its highest level.

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    Before & After FUT Case 1020 View #1 View in Rochester, Buffalo, & Syracuse, NY
    Before & After
    Case: 1 of 8

    Case Details:

    Follicular unit transplantation (FUT). 2126 grafts. Graft placement to hairline, temporal region, and central tuft.

    Provider:

    Dr. Vito Quatela

    Procedures Performed:

    Male Hairline and Central Density Hair Restoration, FUT

    Age:

    42
    Before & After FUT Case 1121 View #1 View in Rochester, Buffalo, & Syracuse, NY
    Before & After
    Case: 2 of 8

    Case Details:

    Follicular unit transplantation (FUT). 2000 grafts. Graft placement to add density.

    Provider:

    Dr. Vito Quatela

    Procedures Performed:

    Female FUT Hair Transplant, FUT

    Age:

    55
    Before & After FUT Case 1013 View #1 View in Rochester, Buffalo, & Syracuse, NY
    Before & After
    Case: 3 of 8

    Case Details:

    Follicular unit transplantation (FUT). 2995 grafts. Placement of grafts to frontal hairline and temporal areas, as well as added density to central tuft.

    Provider:

    Dr. Vito Quatela

    Procedures Performed:

    Male Hairline and Central Density Hair Restoration, FUT

    Age:

    48
    Before & After FUT Case 1031 View #1 View in Rochester, Buffalo, & Syracuse, NY
    Before & After
    Case: 4 of 8

    Case Details:

    Follicular unit transplantation (FUT). 2186 grafts. Graft placement was done to connect the mid-forelock to the sides of the frontal area and to fill in central tuft.

    Provider:

    Dr. Vito Quatela

    Procedures Performed:

    Male Hairline and Central Density Hair Restoration, FUT

    Age:

    49
    Before & After FUT Case 1012 View #1 View in Rochester, Buffalo, & Syracuse, NY
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    Case: 5 of 8

    Case Details:

    Follicular unit transplantation (FUT). 2360 grafts. Placement of grafts in frontal hairline and temporal areas, as well as added density to central tuft.

    Provider:

    Dr. Vito Quatela

    Procedures Performed:

    Male Hairline and Central Density Hair Restoration, FUT

    Age:

    57
    Before & After FUT Case 1001538 Front View in Rochester, Buffalo, & Syracuse, NY
    Before & After
    Case: 6 of 8

    Case Details:

    A full head of hair thanks to Dr. Quatela! This patient is 2 years out from his first procedure and 1 year out from a second procedure for added density. In total, 4,000 grafts were added to his frontal hairline.

    Dr. Quatela used the FUT (or strip) method where a thin strip of healthy hair-bearing skin is removed from the back of the s... Read More

    Provider:

    Dr. Vito Quatela

    Procedures Performed:

    Finasteride, Minoxidil, and 82F/M, Male Hairline and Central Density Hair Restoration, FUT

    Age:

    30
    Before & After FUT Case 1010 View #1 View in Rochester, Buffalo, & Syracuse, NY
    Before & After
    Case: 7 of 8

    Case Details:

    Follicular unit transplantation (FUT). 2200 grafts. Placement of grafts in frontal hairline and forelock.

    Provider:

    Dr. Vito Quatela

    Procedures Performed:

    Male Hairline and Central Density Hair Restoration, FUT

    Age:

    51
    Before & After FUT Case 1027 View #1 View in Rochester, Buffalo, & Syracuse, NY
    Before & After
    Case: 8 of 8

    Case Details:

    Follicular unit transplantation (FUT). 2519 grafts. Graft placement to frontal hairline, temporal areas, and to create more density to central tuft.

    Provider:

    Dr. Vito Quatela

    Procedures Performed:

    Male Hairline and Central Density Hair Restoration, FUT

    Age:

    41

    Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

    Benefits of FUT Hair Surgery at the Quatela Center

    FUT is a traditional hair restoration technique that transplants natural groupings of hair follicles, called follicular units, from the back of the head (where they aren’t as susceptible to balding) to areas of hair loss. The goal is to restore a thicker head of healthy hair in a way that appears natural. Our surgeons’ skillful placement of follicular units in balding areas accounts for hair density, size, texture, and the natural angle of hair growth.

    Benefits of the strip method (FUT) include:

    • Produces a large number of grafts
    • Requires only a small donor site
    • Yields excellent quality grafts

    When using the strip method, follicle harvesting is quicker, and the procedure is typically less expensive than follicular unit extraction (FUE).

    A Reputation Built on Results

    Fantastic result - I feel so much better now Dr Quatela was amazing, kind, thorough and overall excellent at what he does. I wouldn't let anyone touch my eyes but Dr Quatela and his team . His reputation is stellar and I also have friends who are prior clients / patients who also had great results. I no longer look as tired. I inherited the hooded eyes from my mom and I feel so much better now.
    This is Your Surgeon - You Can Stop Looking ! Dr. Montague is not only incredibly talented, but also possesses what I feel is a rare quality of genuine kindness and understanding. he took his time and listened attentively to my conserves patiently answering all of my questions and making me feel comfortable. I felt as if I was his only patient and that he was listening and really making sure he could...
    Top-shelf Care! Dr. Montague has made my experience with my procedure and follow-up absolutely pleasurable. He really cares about how you feel every step of the way. He answers any questions I have,in a way that makes me feel at ease. If anyone is considering facial surgery, Dr. Montague is a sure bet for a great experience.
    Love my results and would recommend Dr. Montague and his team My experience with Dr. Montague and the Quatela Center was phenomenal. Dr. Montague was involved from day 1, answering all questions and being extremely attentive after the surgery. Any questions/concerns I had were immediately answered in terms/language I could understand, and I never felt embarrassed or silly for asking any questions....

    FUT vs. FUE for Hair Transplantation

    These hair restoration procedures have their own advantages and produce excellent results, so the right choice largely depends on your preference. FUT leaves a thin linear scar on the back of the head, requiring more recovery time than FUE. FUT can be better for filling in larger areas because it produces many high-quality grafts. Our surgeons specialize in hair restoration—both surgical and nonsurgical—and will thoroughly review the available options.

    FUT

    1. Harvest strip of scalp
    2. Divide strip into slivers
    3. Dissect grafts into follicular units
    4. Transplant grafts

    FUE

    1. Make punch incision around follicular units
    2. Extract follicular units
    3. Repeat until enough grafts are harvested
    4. Transplant grafts

    Is FUT Hair Transplant for You?

    Candidates for the FUT technique meet the following criteria:

    • Want to fill in larger areas of balding or thinning.
    • Have a limited amount of hair in the donor area.
    • Are not interested in wearing their hair closely cropped in the back.  

    FUT is one of the many hair loss solutions available at the Quatela Center that you will learn about when you meet with one of our hair restoration surgeons for a private one-on-one consultation.

    Your FUT Procedure

    We begin the procedure by assessing your hair density and locating the optimal donor site on the back of your head. Your dedicated hair restoration nurse then shaves the donor site, taking care to leave hair above and below it long enough to disguise the incision as it heals. Next, the scalp is numbed with a local anesthetic.

    Your surgeon removes a thin strip of the scalp and closes the fine incision with absorbable, translucent sutures. Our dedicated team of technicians uses advanced magnification technology to separate the donor strip into follicular units of 1 to 4 hairs. When the grafts are ready, we will help you get comfortable lying on your side or in a seated or face-down position and then numb the recipient sites on your scalp with a local anesthetic. Our hair transplant specialists will carefully place the grafts, one by one, into tiny incisions on the scalp. They focus on increasing density in the most noticeable areas during graft placement while accounting for the number of available grafts.

    Your Comfort Is Key

    While you can expect to spend an entire day with us for your procedure, we take special care to keep you comfortable by providing:

    • Pro-Nox™ nitrous oxide to control discomfort and put you at ease
    • Lunch, snacks, and beverages to control your appetite and keep you hydrated
    • Movie and music streaming to help you pass the time

    FUT Recovery Timeline

    Our meticulous, minimally invasive approach means recovery is quick with few restrictions on your activities. Our FUT patients recover along the following general timeline (experiences vary):

    Day of surgery:Return home and rest.
    Day after surgery:Ready to return to non-strenuous work and activities (avoid sweating or straining).
    Day 3:It is safe to shampoo your hair gently.
    1 week:Ready to resume routine hair washing and sleeping position.
    1 to 2 weeks:Sutures dissolve and fall out on their own.
    2 to 4 weeks:Resume strenuous exercise.
    3 to 4 months:New hair grows in the transplanted follicles, sheds, and regrows.
    6 months:Transplanted hair fills in.
    12 months:Final results are established.

    For proper healing and optimal results, closely follow our pre- and post-operative instructions.

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    Recovery Tips for Optimal Results

    For the first week, be sure to:

    • Keep your head elevated even while sleeping to minimize swelling and discomfort
    • Use ice packs as directed
    • Take antibiotics and pain medication as prescribed
    • Avoid bending over, lifting, and straining
    • Hold off on wearing fitted hats (loose hats are okay after about 3 days)
    • Abstain from drinking alcohol
    • Drink plenty of water and other fluids

    Additional precautions:

    • Delay strenuous exercise 2 to 4 weeks to give the incision time to heal
    • Do not smoke for at least 4 weeks, as it interferes with the healing process
    • Avoid direct sun exposure for 2 weeks to protect the scalp from sunburn
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    How Much Does FUT Hair Transplant Cost in Rochester, NY?

    FUT hair transplant procedure prices vary with the specifics of your procedure, including the number of grafts placed. We will give you a personalized, comprehensive quote that includes the procedure and 6 months of follow-up care during your consultation. We will also discuss financing plans if you are interested. While hair restoration surgery is an investment, the results are permanent and may be less expensive than continued hair loss treatments over time.

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    FUT Hair Transplant FAQ

    Does an FUT hair transplant hurt?

    Your scalp will be numb during the FUT procedure to ensure your comfort. After surgery, there may be soreness and swelling along the incision. You will receive a prescription for pain medication to keep you comfortable.  


    When can I resume my regular hair grooming routine?

    Wait 3 to 4 weeks before using hair gel and other styling products and getting a haircut (make sure the scabs have fallen off). Hold off on coloring your hair until at least 4 weeks after surgery.


    I’m from out of town. How long should I plan to stay in Rochester after my surgery?

    We usually have hair restoration patients stay overnight in Rochester, New York. After that, it’s safe to fly or travel long distances. You may choose to stay in the Carriage House, our private, onsite recovery suite adjacent to the Lindsay House. We also have secured special rates with premier hotels close to our facility. Learn more about our support for patients who travel.


    Will the linear scar give me away?

    During a FUT procedure, our hair surgeons’ experience as facial plastic surgeons comes into play. They suture the linear incision in the donor area together so meticulously the resulting scar becomes a fine line that is difficult to notice. Our patients frequently tell us that the donor site remains undetectable even when they swim, shower, and have their hair blown by the wind. This area heals so well that even our patients’ hairdressers are genuinely surprised to hear that they have had a hair transplant.

    If you want to restore your own thicker, fuller, natural-looking hair, request your consultation online, or call the Quatela Center for Hair Restoration in Rochester, NY, to schedule.

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