FUT Hair Transplants

Get a market-leading FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation/Strip) hair transplant procedure with a leading UK surgeon.

What is an FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation/Strip) hair transplant?

FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) is regarded as the gold standard hair transplant procedure due to the quality of the grafts obtained during the harvesting and dissection process. FUT is carried out under a local anaesthetic, which is injected into the donor area of the scalp and a long, linear strip of skin is removed by the surgeon. The anaesthetic may sting a little (a bit like having a dental procedure) but will very quickly go numb.

The extracted strip is dissected into thousands of individual grafts using stereo-microscopic dissection by the surgical assistants who ensure they are kept healthy and intact.

How does FUT work?

The follicles, which are microscopically dissected, are inserted into the recipient area which the surgeon has created very fine incisions to receive the grafts and are positioned to match the angulation of the natural hairline.

How long does an FUT procedure take?

Depending on the number of grafts, on average it takes anywhere between 4 – 6 hours.

How long does recovery from FUT take?

The scar heals within 7 – 10 days. There may be some residual numbness which settles over a period of a few weeks, leaving a very fine scar hardly noticeable with a hair style of a number 3 shaver attachment onwards.

The sutures are usually absorbable and will fall off in the weeks to come, or if you prefer non-absorbable sutures they will need to be removed between 7-12 days following surgery.

How long do the results of FUT last?

Once you have undergone FUT, the results are permanent. While the initial transplanted hair will shed a few weeks after treatment, it will grow back strong and healthy.

Why should you get an FUT procedure?

The primary benefit of FUT is that each strip of hair contains many grafts ready to be harvested in a small amount of time, allowing the process to be completed quickly. The large number of available grafts and the small size of each unit also allow hair to be distributed more evenly, resulting in a hair pattern that appears natural. Our surgeons also almost always achieve a very thin if not entirely undetectable scar.

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FUT is an incredibly effective procedure which is suitable for a wide range of patients

FUT is particularly popular with woman and with patients with extreme baldness and a good donor area, who are prepared to leave the hair a little bit longer at the back (Norwood Grade 6-7). However, it's actually suitable for the vast majority of patients, including those with a Norwood Grade 1!

We offer sound, ethical advice on the amount of grafts available to you

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Are you wondering if FUT is suitable for you?

Women are often offered FUT as opposed to FUE hair transplants as they usually have the advantage of having a longer hairstyle that will cover the fine linear scarring.

For those patients who need a very large number of grafts (over 3000), we occasionally recommend combining both FUE and FUT procedures. In extreme baldness, and in the hope of avoiding a second procedure, we may also add further grafts from your beard area if the donor hairs in this region are good.

Comparison of FUE and FUT procedures

FUE procedure (Follicular Unit Extraction)

  • Commonest Procedure for 80% of Patients

  • Men rated up to 5 on the Norwood Scale

  • Multiple very small scars (not noticable after healing)

  • Difficult to repeat in later years

  • Better for those who suffer keloids or scar badly

  • Can have short hair at the back

  • Can exercise after a few days

  • Less risk of complications

FUT procedure ( Follicular Unit Transplantation/Strip)

  • Currently 20% of patients have this procedure

  • Preferred for women

  • Fine linear scar

  • Can repeat strip procedures after many years

  • Need to wear hair at back longer

  • Need to wait 4-6 weeks before strenuous exercise

  • Ludwig and Savin Scale for Women

  • Less damage to the grafts

What our patients have to say about us...

Very relaxing environment, with impressive and knowledgeable clinic manager

I attended the Hillside Nottingham Clinic today. Very relaxing environment, impressive and knowledgeable clinic manager, Regina. Premium Hair Transplant Clinic.

Sam Hunt

Even my hairdresser is impressed with the results

Quite a few people, including my hairdresser, are so impressed with the results on me so early on that they are planning their own procedures with this clinic in the imminent future. This whole team at Hillside are very professional, down to earth & helpful at all times and I feel very fortunate that I…

Hillside Hair Clinic Patient

Friendly and professional

Friendly and professional, Kept in touch all the time. Treatment carried out well. Would definitely recommend

Craig Franks

From the start of the experience till the end i was treated exceptionally well from all of the staff.

I cannot speak highly enough of Hillside clinic. From the start of the experience till the end i was treated exceptionally well from all of the staff. Dr Ali  has a great set up there, and all of his team are brilliant.

Gary Bates

I would have no hesitation in recommending Hillside

Thank you Hillside for all that you did for me. I would have no hesitation in recommending Hillside to anyone contemplating a hair transplant as you are sure to receive a full packaged service with results that are second to none.

Anonymous Hillside Hair Clinic Patient

I found his honesty very refreshing

I had a very open consultation with Dr Ali about my hair loss options; he asked me what I wanted to achieve, and he gave me a realistic expectation of results. I found his honesty very refreshing, he did not pressure me into having treatments which would not benefit me. 

Emma Dowson

Professional advice by REAL DOCTORS and not sales consultants

Consultations are NOT from salespeople, rather it’s from Doctors who advise on what is right, give you facts and look for the best interest of the client. My only regret I didn’t visit them any earlier. Highly recommend anyone looking for real, professional advice by REAL DOCTORS and not sales consultants.

Rosul Miah

Very professional and pleasant atmosphere/ service

Over and above all expectations, very professional and pleasant atmosphere/ service

Ollie Tye

Unlike others they give honest advice not just what you want to hear!

Hillside were perfect start to finish. Unlike others the give honest advice not just what you want to hear! Throughout the day of the procedure they were great and would recommend to anyone!


Approachable and easy to talk to.

Very good service from Dr Ali and the team who are approachable and easy to talk to. Recommended highly for information and expertise in this area.