FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation was once only used hair transplant techniques in its day. Yet, since 2004, and particularly in Turkey, it has lost considerable ground to FUE and DHI techniques.
The FUT method continues to have some advantages, and as such, it remains one of the select numbers of treatments which SHIFT provides.
FUT involves extracting a strip of hair-bearing tissue from the patient’s donor area before subdividing this into individual grafts that are implanted into the patient’s recipient area.
The scalp is then closed using stitches that are removed in the days following the operation. The extraction of a complete strip of tissue constitutes the main difference between the FUT method and the FUE and DHI methods, both of which involve the individual harvesting of donor grafts.
Compared with these other, more modern, transplant techniques, FUT involves a more intensive operation which requires a higher level of intervention and has a longer postoperative recovery period. It is also pricier than other treatment methods.
The more intense nature and the greater involvement of the doctor and his larger team of trichologists in FUT operations also mean that the cost is higher, as does the fact that the treatment is so rarely performed in Turkey now.
FUT continues to be a widely known treatment method, and it is still quite prevalent in countries with a higher level of regulation because it takes longer for new techniques to be approved in such places, often leading to a reluctance to adopt new approaches. However, Turkey is a global innovator in the hair transplant industry, meaning that there is already considerable expertise in methods that are still in their infancy in Europe.
FUE, in particular, has been widely practised throughout Turkey since 2004, in addition to other more recent treatment methods that are less readily available abroad. This means that international patients arriving in Turkey can be confident in having the widest range of treatment options available to them, making for a better and more comfortable experience, and ensuring the very best possible results.
The quality of personalised patient care is what sets SHIFT apart, and SHIFT will always work in partnership with the patient to create a tailored plan of treatment which will yield the best results.