Donor Harvesting Techniques

Three different techniques exist:

  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
  • Combination of FUT and FUE

A patient may have a preference for one type of donor harvesting technique over the other, but the final choice can only be determined after a physical exam is performed by Dr. Reese or Dr. Issolah.

Each donor harvesting technique has certain advantages and disadvantages outlined below.

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

  • The is the traditional method of donor harvesting.
  • It is also known as the “strip” method.
  • A strip of donor scalp is removed from the back of your scalp and closed with a suture that is removed about 10 days post-procedure.
  • The follicles contained in the strip are individually removed by skilled technicians using magnification which is why follicle transection (injury) rates are so low using this technique (typically less than 1%).

FUT advantages

  • Most cost effective method of hair restoration.
  • Always moves the most amount of hair for the patient.
  • Always performed as a one day treatment session.
  • Immediately undetectable because the overlying hair covers the suture line

FUT disadvantages

  • Creates a linear scar—but typically only 1 to 2mm wide.
  • More discomfort compared to the FUE technique.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

FUE is a minimally-invasive technique where follicles in the donor zone are harvested INDIVIDUALLY over a large area of the donor zone.

FUE advantages

  • Minimally invasive technique compared to FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation).
  • No linear scar.
  • Optimal technique for those who prefer a short hairstyle
  • Minimal post-procedure discomfort.
  • Allows the doctor to choose the follicles to transplant that are most appropriate for the patient’s procedure; 1, 2, 3 or 4 hair follicles.

FUE disadvantages

  • Longer harvesting times (performed over 1-2 days).
  • Increased rates of injury to the follicle compared to the FUT technique with transection rates typically in the 3% to 7% range.
  • May require the donor hair to be cut very short for the procedure.

WHY choose SmartGraft® FUE

Dr. Reese has seen and/or used every FUE device ever invented. SmartGraft® is the fastest, most technically-advanced, most accurate and most follicle protecting FUE device ever invented.

Most FUE devices only score the scalp leaving the follicle in place which must be manually extracted; it is this manual extraction component (pulling) where injury to the follicle occurs.

After scoring the scalp, the SmartGraft® advanced technology suction-extracts the follicles without manually pulling on them. It is the manual pulling action that leads to so much injury in the follicles using traditional FUE equipment. The extracted follicles are then stored in a moist, chilled environment to avoid dehydration of the extracted follicles. Other FUE devices do not provide this added benefit.

Currently Reese Hair Restoration is the only practice in the Twin Cities to have the SmartGraft® technology.

Click below to watch some short informational videos about the SmartGraft technology:

Combination of FUT and FUE

All hair transplant surgeons are challenged with the concept of large demand zones (where the hair is needed), versus smaller supply zones (where hair is removed from).

Most patients have a “mismatch” with large area demand zones, compared to smaller area supply zones.

For patients that have experienced significant hair loss that would require very large hair transplant procedures, the combination of the FUT and FUE techniques are ideal to obtain the maximum number of follicles available to transplant in a single day treatment session.

Follicular Unit Transplantation

At Reese Hair Restoration we are experts at determining the type of treatment that is best for each patient’s situation. Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is the process where a superficial strip of hair-bearing tissue is removed from the donor area. This area is located around the sides and the back of the head. Dr. Reese takes the donor strip and prepares it into follicular unit grafts. These follicles are then transplanted into the thinning areas of the scalp. The newly-transplanted follicles will grow for life.

Hair grows in natural groupings which are made up of 1 to 4 hairs. These are called follicular units. When a hair transplantation surgeon looks under a magnifying lens they can see distinct bundles of single, double and triple units. The units each share the same blood supply. This blood supply is preserved in the transplantation process. This process allows Dr. Reese to achieve the natural look and the excellent results that patients expect and deserve.

Medical Therapy

Dr. Robert Reese is a renowned expert on the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the hair transplantation process and is one of the first doctors in the world to use PRP in hair transplant surgery. As an expert is his field, Dr. Reese has given lectures at hair restoration meetings around the world on the use of PRP in the hair restoration process. Through these efforts Dr. Reese has advanced his profession to the point that the use of PRP in the hair restoration process is now considered as mainstream and is routinely practiced by leading experts in the field.

Platelet-rich plasma has been found to accelerate tissue regeneration. So much so, those patients who have FUE in combination with PRP heal within 3-5 days which is much faster than normal. Patients have been very happy with the advantages that PRP treatments yield.

Eyebrow Transplantation

Click here to watch a video presentation on eyebrow transplantation by Dr. Reese for the Advanced Board Review Course at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).

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