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FUT Hair Transplant

FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation)

Newport Beach, CA

Many people see their hair as an extension of their identity and character, which is why hair loss can be a significant blow to your self-esteem. Hair loss can also dramatically change the perceived shape of your face.

With FUT hair restoration surgery, Dr. Christopher Varona can restore your confidence and youthful, vibrant appearance. As one of the leading hair surgeons, Dr. Varona has helped thousands of patients regain thick, healthy hair through follicular unit transplantation. His meticulous technique ensures natural-looking results for both men and women experiencing hair loss.

WHAT IS FUT? ​

Follicular Unit Transplantation

FUT (follicular unit transplantation) is a procedure that restores thinning hair by surgically implanting grafts taken from the back of the head. It is sometimes referred to as “strip surgery,” as a small strip of the scalp is removed during the procedure. FUT is slightly more invasive than FUE (follicular unit extraction), but it is an excellent option for those seeking a significant increase in hair density. The procedure is performed in the following steps:

Follicular unit transplantation begins with prepping the harvest site and mapping out the treatment plan on the scalp. The hair is then shaved to about beard stubble length in the harvest area. The entire head does not need to be shaved and, for patients who wear their hair long, the donor area is easily concealed.

After numbing the harvest site with local anesthesia, Dr. Varona uses a scalpel to remove a thin strip of tissue (measuring about 1.2 – 1.3 cm wide) from the back of the head. The area is carefully sutured to reduce the appearance of the resultant scar. Dr. Varona uses trichophytic closures whenever possible to further reduce scarring. It typically takes around 30 minutes to perform this step.

The removed strip of tissue is examined under a microscope, so the grafts can be carefully extracted and counted until the desired amount has been removed. The harvested area is typically re-anesthetized along with the recipient area to ensure patient comfort.

Dr. Varona then uses specialized tools to make small punctures into the scalp, which is where the grafts will be placed. This highly complex step is a crucial part of the overall process, and Dr. Varona takes great care to control the depth and angle of the graft sites. This ultimately determines how the hair will grow. Dr. Varona’s meticulous approach allows the results to blend in naturally with the surrounding hair. Once the recipient area is fully prepped, Dr. Varona’s team places the grafts into the transplant sites. 

Is Follicular Unit Transplantation Right for You?

FUT is an excellent option for most patients who are seeking a long-term solution to hair loss. It is an especially attractive option for women experiencing hair loss because only a small portion of the hair needs to be shaved.

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Most men and women considering FUT hair restoration have thinning hair due to:
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Lifestyle
  • Certain health conditions

Depending on the extent of your hair loss, you may want to start with a conservative approach, like medication or PRP therapy. Many patients have experienced excellent results with these treatments, especially when started in the early stages of their hair loss. These treatments can also be combined with restoration surgery for optimal results.

At your consultation for FUT in Newport Beach, Dr. Varona will help you explore all available options. Taking into consideration your concerns and ultimate cosmetic goals, he will provide you with a customized treatment plan.

Before & After

VARONA
HAIR RESTORATION​

Premier Destination for FUT in Newport Beach, CA

Dr. Christopher Varona has spent the last decade perfecting his accuracy, surgical techniques, and artistry with the leading hair transplant procedures. He is excited by the challenge each patient presents, and he truly enjoys helping people regain their confidence through hair restoration. As a former hair transplant patient himself, Dr. Varona is inspired by the way these procedures completely transform a person’s outlook. He draws on this inspiration to consistently create superior results.

Dr. Varona takes responsibility when helping patients reach their cosmetic goals, which is why he performs the graft extractions himself, rather than relying on technicians or robot-assisted technology. His excellent surgical skill has earned the trust of celebrities and other high-profile professionals; he continually strives for excellence by keeping pace with advancements in the field.

Frequently ASked Questions

FUT Hair Transplant Surgery

Follicular unit transplantation is generally an all-day process. Patients begin at around 8:00 a.m. to fill out required paperwork. They then have a pre-surgery consultation to go over the treatment plan and discuss the details of the procedure. Once the surgery begins, it typically takes about 30 minutes to remove the strip of tissue. After this step, the patient is free to relax for a while or break for lunch. Meanwhile, Dr. Varona and his team will examine the tissue under a microscope and dissect the grafts.

When the patient is ready, and the grafts have been counted, the recipient area is fully prepped by Dr. Varona. Grafts are then placed into the implant sites. Most FUT procedures are completed between 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., but this will vary from patient to patient. 

Follicular unit transplantation typically does not require a lengthy recovery period. Most patients experience moderate discomfort around their sutures for the first few days. It’s common for patients to have swelling, but this usually starts to subside after the third day. Within one week to 10 days, scabbing will form. Patients typically resume their regular daily activities after a few days, but strenuous physical activity should be avoided for at least a week.

Dr. Varona has patients return the next day for a follow-up appointment. This visit will include a hair wash and tips for how to further care for the treated area during the healing stages. Patients are asked to return for an additional appointment a few weeks later, followed by a 6-month checkup and a 1-year checkup.

FUT surgery leaves a thin linear scar on the back of the head. In many cases, the line will be concealed by the hair. It is only visible if the patient wears their hair very short. Dr. Varona also utilizes trichophytic closures to reduce the appearance of scars.

Meet Dr. Varona

Blending Artistry with Surgical Excellence

As a former hair transplant patient himself, Dr. Varona understands the transformative power of hair restoration. He is inspired by the way these treatments can completely change someone’s outlook, and he has spent the last decade perfecting techniques that produce natural-looking, long-lasting results. Dr. Varona approaches hair restoration from an artistic perspective; the graft sites are meticulously placed to match the patient’s natural hair.

Dr. Varona blends this artistic approach with superior surgical techniques to restore thick, healthy hair. He is one of the few surgeons who perform FUE extractions himself, and he uses specialized tools to manually control the depth, angle, and distribution of hair grafts for natural-looking density. This dedication to detail and artistry has made Dr. Varona one of the leading hair transplant surgeons in the field.

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