FUT / STRIP (Follicular Unit Transplant Technique)

FUT / STRIP (Follicular Unit Transplant Technique)

About FUT / STRIP (Follicular Unit Transplant Technique)

FUT is a well-established and highly practiced, surgical method for hair restoration. It involves a technique where a thin strip of healthy hair-bearing skin, from a ‘permanent’ area of the scalp (where hair is genetically programmed to continue growing for life) is harvested and transplanted to an area of hair loss (‘non-permanent area’). This technique can produce extremely successful results.

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Achieving a completely natural look from FUT requires a surgeon’s expertise which reaches far beyond basic hair restoration techniques, as well as an understanding of how hair grows in a natural way and a patient’s desired results. Dr. Munir Somji is one of the worlds’ leading hair transplant surgeons and with years of extensive experience, treating thousands of patients, he can deliver the results you are seeking to restore and revive your head of hair.

How do I know I am suitable for treatment?

Prior to deciding on the best course of treatment for your concern, Dr. Somji will conduct a no obligation consultation, to assess your individual condition, your medical history and your thoughts on your desired results. He will then create a programme of treatment for optimum restoration.

What happens during treatment?

During the procedure, a strip of skin with healthy hair will be removed from an anaesthetized area of your scalp (the donor area), typically at the back of the head. This strip is then placed under a specially designed high-powered microscope so that our team of experts can meticulously select out individual hair follicle units as they naturally occur, (in collections of 1 to 4 hairs). The grafts are then placed in a chilled solution of Hypothermasol and ATP, to store them until Dr. Somji is ready to transplant them.

In the meantime, the donor area of your scalp will be stitched closed and is usually covered by surrounding donor hair, which means that the incision will not be seen. The stitches will later be removed (after around 10 to 14 days) and the donor area is left to heal with a small scar. This is usually not seen if covered by longer hair styles (grade 4 and above).

To transfer the hair to the recipient sight, Dr. Somji will make very tiny incisions in to the area of concern and this determines the angle, direction and density of the hair to be transplanted. The follicle grafts are then inserted in to the recipient areas using minuscule forceps.


To achieve the most natural and pleasing look, Dr. Somji takes extreme care to position and distribute these follicular units in a way so that they blend in keeping with your own, natural hair growth.

Does it hurt?

Before the procedure commences, you will be treated with a local anaesthetic, making FUT a painless and comfortable procedure.

How long does the procedure take?
Depending on the size of the area to be treated and the number of grafts that need to be transplanted, FUT can take between 4 and 12 hours.

When can I see results?

You can expect to start to see the new hairs grow at approximately 4 months after the treatment. This hair growth will continue to thicken over the first 10 to 15 months. As time passes, the hair will continue to grow in the same way as the hair in the donor area, thus creating a fuller, thicker head of hair.

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For more information on FUT / STRIP surgery, contact our friendly team of staff on 0208 418 0362, to book your no obligation consultation.