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FUT Procedure, Step by Step

*This blog is a transcription of a video covering a Modena Hair Institute patient who saw Dr. Yazdan for a FUT hair transplant procedure, also known as follicular unit transplantation. We’ve included the video itself here as well*


Jake has arrived at Modena Hair Institute in Orange County, California for his first hair transplant surgery. After careful research, Jake has chosen Dr. Amir Yazdan & Modena to perform his surgery. “I’ve been losing his hair since I was [in my] early 20’s, and it’s really bothered me, so it’s time to make a change.” 

In his office, Dr. Yazdan carefully studies the condition of Jake’s follicles, their viability, and the density of his hair. By taking the time to note these specific details in advance, Dr. Yazdan ensures that the procedure will not only have the best possible results, but go by smoothly, quickly & painlessly. Jake is also given the opportunity to see his information on a monitor, allowing him to go into the procedure with confidence as well. Upon inspection, Dr. Yazdan finds the patient’s donor zone looks perfect, and that it’ll take approximately 2500 grafts to fill in the transplant area and lower his hairline. They’ve decided to have Jake undergo an FUT, or strip transplant, which will allow the surgeon the necessary amount of grafts for the procedure, and only leave the patient with a thin cosmetic seam along the donor area. 

It’s not necessary to cut your hair before a transplant surgery using the strip method; it’s only necessary to shave the donor area. Once the strip is obtained, there’ll be no evidence the area has been shaved. Afterwards, Dr. Yazdan carefully constructs an outline for a natural hairline, and the procedure begins once the patient & surgeon reach an agreement. 

The first step is anesthesia. At Modena, under the direction of Dr. Yazdan, we’ve developed a unique process for its administration. The patient feels no pain during the course of surgery or after, and the area isn’t subject to swelling, as is typical with transplant procedures at outside clinics. It’s necessary to precisely define the width of the donor sample, which, on the one hand, will give the required quantity of grafts, and, on the other, will not cause tension in the scalp as the seam heals.

Excision is the next stage; the surgeon has to carefully cut out a hem so the donor zone shows as little sign as possible of surgical intervention. This technique prevents the seam becoming too wide, which can lead to unacceptable scarring. The stitches used to close the donor area are made using degradable thread, allowing the cut to heal without any need for the surgeon to remove the stitches after the procedure.

Once the seam is closed, the area already looks presentable. The thin strip shows little to no sign of bleeding, and no part of it protrudes beyond the surface of the skin. While Jake takes a break, the rest of the team works to process the grafts. It’s a laborious task to say the least, and attention to detail is key, along with the use of precision tools. Speaking to the patient’s condition during this point of the procedure, Jake is even able to watch the preparation of these grafts.

The quality of graft processing is essential for a successful hair transplant, right along with the success of their extraction. Speed is a key part of this; the longer a hair remains out of the human body, the more stress it experiences, leading to an increased likelihood of transplant rejection. At Modena, to ensure this all happens quickly & professionally, between three & five assistants work on graft processing for each surgery, which is notably substantial in comparison to outside clinics. In turn, even more intensive procedures like Jake’s are able to be performed in a short span of time without sacrificing attention, guaranteeing near total graft survival.

Halfway through the procedure, Jake praised the lack of pain he encountered during the process. “Virtually painless. I fell asleep during the thing. I didn’t feel any pain at all. They’re cutting the grafts right now & I’m getting ready to eat some lunch. Things are going great.”

In beginning the second phase of the procedure, the surgeon starts to create the apertures where the patient’s grafts will settle & reform his hairline. In doing this, Dr. Yazdan makes a specific note of the direction in which the patient’s hair will be growing. He also utilizes state-of-the-art tools to ensure the most extensive transplant possible in a minimal amount of time, along with preserving the direction of the apertures we mentioned earlier, and maintaining natural density in turn. 

Each aperture is counted by a special device that displays the amount on a monitor the surgeon can check as he’s working, allowing him to note & maintain accuracy. He remains lucid & comfortable throughout the procedure, and he continues to show virtually no signs of bleeding the whole time, even after a total of 2,968 grafts are placed.

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Jake, 9 months after his procedure.

On the day after the surgery, when we see Jake for a follow up, he not only shows no signs of hypostasis, a common side effect at outside clinics, it’s impossible to tell that he had undergone hair transplant surgery the day before. After a quick hair wash courtesy of the assistants, along with final instructions from the surgeon, Jake says goodbye & goes on his way.

Jake’s story is just one of many to come from Modena, and your story can be the next one we tell. Located in Orange County, Beverly Hills & Las Vegas, we’re willing to do whatever we can to help you regain your hairline & confidence. Visit our website to schedule a free consultation, learn about our many different services, & call us whenever you’re free during business hours.

How a Hair Transplant Can Help Restore Your Confidence

It’s no secret that a person’s confidence is oftentimes tied to the state of their hair. Many people who end up experiencing hair loss take their hair for granted while they’ve got it, but many of them feel their self-esteem quickly drop once it starts disappearing. Suddenly they don’t feel as youthful as they used to, and they’re not as willing to show off what they’ve got up top. When they don’t look the way they want to, the discomfort they feel in their own skin can affect many other aspects of their life. It’s for that reason many feel a solution to hair loss is about far more than looks.

Cosmetic surgeries have been an accepted & regular part of people’s lives the world over, and hair restoration surgery is certainly no exception. Famous people of all stripes have had transplants done, with Elton John’s being the most notable, and Cristiano Ronaldo even started his own clinic recently (which we’ve discussed in a previous blog post).

As people have seen stars improve their own look, they’ve begun to search out that sort of improvement for themselves. While many have found their way to professional clinics run by experienced hair restoration surgeons, such as Modena Hair Institute in Las Vegas, Beverly Hills & Newport, many others have fallen for the temptation of cheap clinics. As we’ve talked about on this blog before, these clinics often have inexperienced & un-knowledgeable people performing procedures, and all they have to offer you is a damaged scalp & torn-down self-esteem.

We at Modena don’t want to see that happen to anyone. That’s why we dedicate our time & focus to offering our patients world-class care & the best results possible. There are a few ways we’ve optimized our process, but it all comes down to one thing: professionalism.

For one, whether you’re receiving an FUE or FUT transplant at Modena, Dr. Yazdan will be the only one performing the procedure. To give his patients the attention needed to complete a successful transplant, he limits himself to performing one procedure a day. Furthermore, he utilizes his years of experience as a physician & hair restoration surgeon, along with his wide range of specialized tools, to give his patients the most natural & healthy results possible.

When patients can enjoy a natural-looking full head of hair & a healthy scalp, one thing is sure to follow: a major confidence boost. Some might say it’s vain to place that much importance on hair, but there’s little else in the world that feels better than looking in the mirror & feeling 10 or 20 years younger. Sometimes that boost in self-esteem is all someone needs to reach out to the world around them, meet new people, and take their life into their own hands. Whether you’re just thinning out a little bit or well into the balding process, getting an FUE or FUT procedure done by an experienced professional can make all the difference in the world for your self-image. Once you get your hair back & regain control over your look, you’ll be that much closer to becoming your most confident self.

Don’t believe us? Ask one of our many patients who have given testimonials about their transplants. As Ming L. of Newport put it, “At the very least, [Dr. Yazdan’s] work is boosting someone’s confidence and self-esteem, and perhaps allowing someone to hold on to their youth a little while longer. At most, your work is saving someone’s life who was disfigured at the hands of an unethical doctor who didn’t think that a hair transplant was ‘all that big of a deal’.” Kevin F. of Las Vegas was similarly happy with Dr. Yazdan’s work, reflecting on his transplant just six days before & saying, “I look a few years younger already.”

To find out more about how Modena Hair Institute can help you restore your hairline & regain your confidence, visit our website and get in touch with us to schedule a consultation! We’re based in Southern California & Nevada, but we accept patients from all around the world. In fact, we even offer reimbursement packages for those who have to travel more than 50 miles to visit us! You can find out more details about that here.

Case Study – FUE Hair Transplant Donor Area

We get many questions from patients regarding how an FUE hair transplant procedure looks immediately after the procedure and once its healed. How an FUE donor area will look post-surgery depends on a wide variety of factors such as how many grafts were extracted, what size punch tool was used for extraction, the skill and technique of the doctor, the involvement of the doctor, and more. There is a great difference in the appearance of properly done and successful FUE donor area and the appearance of an improperly done one.

Below, we’ve included pictures of a recent case wherein the patient received a 2800 graft FUE procedure. We used our signature 0.7mm punch tool which is the smallest on the market. On the left is a picture of the donor area immediately following surgery, while on the right is a picture of the healed donor area after 6 months. As you can see, the patient healed very well, and there are no visible scars. When expert skill and technique is used, this can be the outcome of a healed FUE donor area.