Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is one of the methods used when it comes to what is commonly called a hair transplant. Follicular units are groups of one to four hairs, oil glands, nerves, and muscle, and this method (also known as the strip method) involves removing an entire strip of units from the donor site and replacing them in the area of scalp that is thinning or already bald. It is a tried and tested method that has been working for many years, and although it does leave a small scar and the recovery time is longer than the newer method of follicular unit extraction (FUE), it is extremely popular.
The number of grafts an individual will need depends entirely on the amount of scalp they want to cover – ie how much hair they have lost and what look they want to achieve at the end of the procedure. Bearing in mind that many clinics charge per follicle, or per unit, minimising the number of grafts is a cost effective way to work, but it is also important to ensure that you end up with the result you wanted – or as close to it as possible (your practitioner will discuss what is achievable with you at your initial meeting).
The minimum number of grafts that will be required will be somewhere in the region of 2,300. The maximum number could be up to around 5,000. The difference is big – and it can make a huge difference to your budget – but you won’t be able to tell for sure exactly how many are needed until you speak to an expert at your chosen clinic; they will be able to examine your scalp and discuss with you the options open to you – including how many grafts you will need to obtain the look you are hoping for.