In Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), to maximize yield and minimize scarring, the donor tissue is removed from the scalp in a single thin strip (Single-strip harvesting). The location of the donor area is carefully chosen to be a region of the scalp with maximum hair density and the best long-term stability. The hair in the area to be removed is clipped short, to a length of approximately 1-mm, so that the uncut hair can completely cover the donor area when the patient leaves the office.

Once the donor tissue is removed from the scalp, it is immediately placed into a holding solution consisting of chilled Ringer’s lactate. This closely mimics the body’s own fluids and maximizes the survival of the grafts while they are being held outside the body.

In Follicular Unit Transplantation, the donor area is closed with either absorbable sutures (that don’t need to be removed) or staples, depending upon the particular situation.