Follicular Unit Transplantation
With an FUT hair transplant, the follicular units are harvested from a strip of scalp that is removed by the surgeon from the back of the head. The incision is then sutured and it leaves a small linear scar when healed.
A staff member looking into a microscope for a hair restoration procedure at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center in Worcester, MA
Technicians carefully remove the follicular units from the scalp strip by dissecting them under a stereo microscope using a two-stage process. First, they cut the scalp strip into slivers. Then, they dissect the follicular units from those slivers. Technician skill and expertise has a direct effect on how many follicular units are harvested.
At DiStefano, our technicians have worked here for an average of nine years and, under Dr. DiStefano’s training, have honed their craft to increase the overall graft yield from a strip of scalp by approximately one third over the years.
For patients with extensive hair loss, or who only want to have one session, the best hair transplant option is AMAP, which means as many as possible. It is simply a hair transplant session where as many grafts as possible are transplanted in a single session. Currently, DiStefano hair restoration surgeons are able to transplant up to 4,000 grafts in a single session.
These AMAP mega sessions are ideal for patients that want to cover large transplant areas and don’t wish to come in for multiple sessions. A single AMAP session also costs less than multiple sessions and the results are more immediate.
- Lower cost
- Less scarring at donor site/fewer incisions
- Less recovery time
- Faster results
- Better graft yield/survival
AMAP sessions require a highly skilled hair restoration surgeon and a number of highly skilled technicians during the procedure to prepare the follicular units for transplantation. For the best hair transplant, it is vital that these people have worked as a team over many AMAP sessions. Together, Dr. DiStefano’s team has more than 60 years of combined experience.