FUT involves the removal of a strip of superficial layers of hair bearing scalp from the back and sides of the head (donor area). The strip is dissected into fine follicular units with the help of stereo microscopes and are transplanted on to the bald area (recipient area).
The main advantage of this method is to cover wider areas as it gives scope for obtaining more no. of grafts in a single session. If the donor area permits, one can transplant even up to 5000 follicular units (8000 follicles) in a single session. Centers that use stereo microscopes and mantis microscopes and also incorporate four hook method of dissection (open method) will have lesser chance of graft wastage (transection).
Although this method leaves a scar in the donor area, by virtue of the latest advancements in the technology, this can be minimized by a technique called tricophytic closure. Many Indians by nature tend to develop little thicker & wider scars when compared to western people. Dr. Nilesh has a developed a technique of suturing by which he tries to minimise the scar as small & as invisible as possible. This method helps in minimizing the scar which is almost invisible after some time and even new hair growth is seen through it in most of the patients.
The survival rate of grafts is very important to achieve good results post hair transplantation. We at Dr. Nilesh's take care in each and every step of the procedure like giving micro slits for implantation, adapting non-touch technique method of implantation, maintain low temperatures and implanting at good speeds resulting in drastically increased survival rate of grafts when compared to the older methods.
Only centres, that have more no of highly skilled surgical assistants with sufficient microscopes can carry out this procedure. This method is the time tested one, less expensive and gold standard in hair restoration.
Dr. Nilesh's technique can be called as minimum scarring and maximum survival rate technique.