Follicular unit transplantation is also known as Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) and its steps are almost the same as FUE procedure expect the follicular graft extraction:
- The surgeon will first examine the scalp and determine the suitability of the scalp for hair transplantation.
- In the next step the hair surgeon will mark the donor and recipient areas.
- Using a scalpel the hair transplantation surgeon will remove a small longitudinal piece of skin from the back of the scalp. The site is closed with sutures.
- The hair transplant team will them split the donor piece into small piece containing hair grafts.
- Small incisions are made recipient site and the hair grafts are placed in the recipient site keeping an angle of air and density of the existing hair in mind.
- The surgical sites are covered with bandages or gauze and the patient can go home the same day.
The number of grafts need for hair transplant will depend on:
- The type of hair you have
- The size of the transplant site
- The thickness and growth of the hair
- Hair colour