Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) 

If you decide to have a FUT Procedure in Iran, reading this article can improve your knowledge about cost of FUT Procedure in Iran to a great extent and help you to choose the best city and hospital to undergo FUT Procedure in Iran.

In this article we provide you with a comprehensive description of FUT Procedure in Iran, the cost of FUT Procedure in Iran and the best Iranian hair transplant doctors.

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 What Is a Hair Transplant?

It's a type of surgery that moves hair you already have to fill an area with thin or no hair. Doctors have been doing these transplants in the U.S. since the 1950s, but techniques have changed a lot in recent years.

You usually have the procedure in the doctor's office. First, the surgeon cleans your scalp and injects medicine to numb the back of your head. Your doctor will choose one of two methods for the transplant: follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) or follicular unit extraction (FUE).

With FUSS, the surgeon removes a 6- to 10-inch strip of skin from the back of your head. He sets it aside and sews the scalp closed. This area is immediately hidden by the hair around it.


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Next, the surgeon’s team divides the strip of removed scalp into 500 to 2,000 tiny grafts, each with an individual hair or just a few hairs. The number and type of graft you get depends on your hair type, quality, color, and the size of the area where you’re getting the transplant.

If you’re getting the FUE procedure, the surgeon’s team will shave the back of your scalp. Then, the doctor will remove hair follicles one by one from there. The area heals with small dots, which your existing hair will cover.

After that point, both procedures are the same. After he prepares the grafts, the surgeon cleans and numbs the area where the hair will go, creates holes or slits with a scalpel or needle, and delicately places each graft in one of the holes. He’ll probably get help from other team members to plant the grafts, too.

Depending on the size of the transplant you’re getting, the process will take about 4 to 8 hours. You might need another procedure later on if you continue to lose hair or decide you want thicker hair.

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How long does a hair transplant surgery take?

The duration of the Hair Transplant is dependent on multiple factors. Depending on the size of the transplant you're getting, the process will take about 4 to 8 hours. You might need another procedure later on if you continue to losehair or decide you want thicker hair.Namely:

1) The number of grafts being implanted

2) The procedure being followed

The number of grafts being implanted

Grafts or hair roots that are extracted and implanted in a procedure determine the duration of the surgery. Each graft can have 1-5 hair strands. Many clinics use hair and grafts interchangeably which is an unethical practice as each graft can contain 1-5 hair.

The Procedure being followed

Majorly, there are two types of Hair Transplant surgeries. (The other types are variants of these procedures)

FUE: Follicular Unit Extraction, as the name suggests, each hair unit is individually extracted i.e each graft is individually extracted. It is a very labour intensive process and the time of the surgery depends upon the experience of the Hair Transplant Team.

At iraniansurgery, we boast of a highly skilled Hair Transplant Team that can implant upto 3500 hair grafts in 8 hours.

FUT: Follicular Unit Transplant or Strip Hair Transplant, uses a strip of the scalp to extract hair grafts. A strip of the scalp is cut and is handed over to an experienced technician to dissect and separate the hair grafts from. It usually takes 4 to 6 hours.

Below is table that takes into account the procedure and the number of grafts to approximate the surgery time

Read more about : FUE method

General information about FUT Procedure

The following table describes general information about FUT Procedure including FUT Procedure cost in Iran, recovery time, and to name but a few.

General Information



$ 500 - 1000



Hospital Stay

No/The same Day

Back to Work

3-5 Days

Duration of Operation

4-6 Hours

Minimum Stay in Iran

3-4 Days

About Iranian Surgery

Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best hair transplant doctors in Iran. The price of a FUT Procedure in Iran can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined based on photos, a number of grafts a patient needs and an in-person assessment with the doctor. It is our responsibility to give you enough information about this surgery, so that please feel free to contact us and get free consultation from Iranian surgery.

What is a Hair Transplant?

Hair transplant also known as hair restoration or hair transplantation is a surgical technique in which new hair follicles are transplanted from a hair-loss resistant area to a balding or hair thinning area. In fact, Hair Transplant is a permanent replacement treatment to restore the hair in the balding area.


What is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?

Follicular unit transplantation is a hair restoration method, also known as a strip method. The FUT process removes a small strip of tissue from the back of the head (where hair fall is less and hair growth is still thick), from which the donor hair follicles are extracted.

The hair follicles are harvested from this strip by a skilled clinical team before being individually transplanted to the recipient areas. The area from where the strip is taken is sutured leaving a linear scar on the scalp. In cases of advanced hair loss, FUT is preferred because it allows for the greatest number of grafts to be transplanted in a single session.

Before FUT Procedure

When to consider FUT Hair Transplant

. If you have thinning hair

. If you have bald spots

. If you have a receding hairline

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Preparing for your procedure

How do I prepare for a FUT procedure?

Your surgeon will provide thorough preoperative instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery.

In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:

. Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.

. Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.

. You may be asked to take a shower and wash your hair with regular or antibacterial soap.

. Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.

FUT procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery.

What can I expect on the day of FUT procedure?

FUT is usually performed with local anesthetic and is performed in an accredited facility. This may be a hospital, clinic or office-based surgical suite. FUT procedure take four to six hours to complete. Your surgeon will give you an estimate of how long your surgery will last based on the details of your surgical plan. You will receive instructions on how to prepare and what to expect. This is what you can anticipate:

. The donor area(s) will be trimmed so that the surgeon can access and remove the hair grafts.

. The entire head will be shampooed and cleaned to prevent infection.

. Oral or IV anesthesia may be administered to help you relax during the surgery.

. A local anesthetic will be injected into the scalp.

. The surgeon will extract the hair follicles and transplant them into the skin.

. Usually, the surgeon will space out the grafts to achieve maximum retention.

. Afterwards, the scalp will be cleaned and covered with gauze.

. You may have to wear a pressure bandage to aid healing.

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Who are the Ideal Candidates for a FUT Procedure?

. Men who have been losing their hair due to male pattern baldness for more than five years or who have progressed to a Norwood class 3, which is the earliest stage of male hair loss, or above.

. Men who have realistic expectations and who understand that their hair loss might continue to progress even if they are taking prescription medication to stop the progression.

. Men who have been balding for many years and whose pattern has stabilized and are interested in growing hair to provide a more youthful appearance.

. Men and women who have lost hair due to trauma or burns.

. And someone who has adequate hair growth or follicles that can be used for transplant.

Who should avoid undergoing FUT procedure?

. This procedure is done under the effect of local anesthesia, so it does not directly interfere with the functioning of the heart, etc. But, there are always risks to the patients having serious heart diseases and they should consult with the surgeons before taking the treatment.

. Heavy drinkers and smokers are also not allowed to undergo the treatment because of the risk of internal and external bleeding. If they have to take the treatment, they have to abstain from their drinking and smoking habits at least a few weeks before the time of the procedure.

. People with diffuse hair loss have inadequate donor supply hence they are advised against undergoing a hair transplant. They have a higher risk that the grafts are too weak and will not take at the recipient area.

. Those who suffer from thinning hair may also not be suitable for FUT surgery since there are no distinct bald patches and not enough space to implant the new hair. There is a risk that the new grafts will be rejected or that they will dislodge the neighbouring hair.

. Also, the risks of a FUT procedure can be minimised if your scalp is normal or loose. People with a tight scalp are not the best candidates for the procedure, as it would be difficult for the surgeon to insert the grafts.

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of FUT technique?


. The main advantage of FUT is that larger graft numbers can be achieved and you do not need to shave the back of your head.

. This procedure works well to provide long term results for male pattern baldness, hair thinning in women due to hormonal fluctuations and in cases of scalp injuries.

. FUT is more cost effective than medication treatments as the whole cost is incurred in one procedure versus a lifetime of treatment.

. Natural hair growth is the main aim of this procedure, making its effects long lasting.

. The results of the surgery is in the patient’s control, with the eventual aesthetic beauty achieved as per each patient’s vision.

. It makes little to no changes to the hair density in the donor area.

. More affordable than other hair procedures such as FUE


. Infection of the hair follicles, scalp swelling and itching are the most common side effects of the surgery.

. In some instances there is a chance of losing transplanted hair, and this is referred to as “shock loss.”

. There are small chances for hair follicles to die off before the hair regenerates. And this often causes bumps on the scalp.

. It might take months for hair to grow into the area

. A linear scar is left where the strip is taken, which may limit your hair length to a grade 3 or 4 haircut.

Risks and Side effects

What are the risks and Side effects of FUT procedure?

Like any surgery, a FUT procedure involves certain risks. But with the right specialist by your side, they can be kept at the lowest level possible. In addition, the occurrence of adverse events after a FUT procedure is considered to be relatively low compared to other surgical procedures. Here is an overview of the possible risks associated with a FUT procedure.

. Poor results

It may happen that the result does not meet your expectations. Either the hair density is too low or the hair grows in an unnatural direction and creates a non-aesthetic image. Failure to match the natural hair growth direction may also result in an unsatisfactory appearance. However, with a trained specialist who has been performing hair transplants for years, you need not be afraid of this risk.

. Pain during or after a FUT procedure

Anaesthetic injections may be a bit uncomfortable as they need to be done at several points in the scalp. The use of needles and syringes may scare off some patients.

. Inflammation and swelling

Of course, wounds can swell and redden after surgery. These risks of a hair transplant are bound to occur at least for a short time after the surgery has been performed. That is especially the case with the FUT method, where the doctor has to remove the whole strip of skin from the head. Inflammation can be disturbing for the patient, however, it is a normal consequence of any surgical intervention.

If the patient applies some antiseptic and soothing cream, inflammation and swelling will be relieved in 1-2 days. You can also reduce swelling by sleeping on a high pillow with your head elevated.

. Itching

Itching is quite common after surgery, it means that the wounds are in the process of healing. However, you must desist from scratching the itchy areas, since it can displace the newly implanted grafts as well as increase the risk of infection.

. Bleeding

Bleeding may occasionally occur within 2 weeks after the operation. To avoid or minimise it, the patient should never scratch the scalp or pick the scabs. Avoid strenuous physical activities, drinking alcohol, smoking, and taking aspirin within at least 7-10 days as well. If bleeding takes place, put a clean gauze cloth on the bleeding areas and gently apply pressure with your fingers.

. Infection

In the FUT method, there is a risk of infection if proper care is not taken during and after the hair transplant. The doctor will most likely prescribe antibacterial cream to the patient to prevent any infection. However, keeping the hygienic standards is particularly important here, which is why it is necessary to check the reputation of the clinic beforehand.

. Scarring

Scarring may be quite visible in FUT or ‘strip’ method. The visibility of scars, however, will also depend on how well the wounds can heal, if the scalp is loose or tight and how densely the surgeon implants the grafts.

. The grafts fall out

Some patients experience what's known as "shock loss," which causes all of the transplanted hair to fall out at once. However, it's very unlikely that this hair loss is permanent and typically new hair will grow in its place. This risk can be diminished by a comprehensive preoperative examination of the patient. It is possible to predict how good the grafts will take by assessing the quality of the scalp and hair.

During FUT Procedure

During procedure

How does the procedure work?

The FUT or strip method involves the following steps:

  1. At the outset, the doctor anesthetizes the scalp.
  2. A strip of your hair tissue is removed from what is called the donor area, or the area on your head where the hair is more resistant to balding, i.e., the back and sides.
  3. The doctor then sutures the area from where the strip of hair tissue was removed. This leaves a fine scar, which can be easily covered by your remaining hair.
  4. The donor strip is cut into individual follicular units (groups of around 1-4 hair follicles.) through a process of precise microscopic dissection.
  5. The doctor then drills minuscule holes on your scalp, where the hair loss has occurred and inserts the follicular graft units.
  6. A disinfecting solution is gently applied to your scalp.
  7. Your donor area is dressed with a bandage.

After FUT Procedure

Recovery and Aftercare


After a FUT procedure, your scalp may be very tender. You may need to take pain medications for several days. You should wear bandages over your scalp for at least a day or two. Your surgeon may prescribe an antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory drug for you to take for several days. Most people are able to return to work 3 to 5 days after the operation.

FUT procedure may take several hours to several days to complete. In part, this depends on the amount of work performed by the surgeon. You will go home the same day of the procedure.

Once the surgery is done, the area may be swollen, so your surgeon might inject triamcinolone into the area to keep the swelling down.

You’ll likely feel pain or soreness at the transplant site as well as in the area where hair was taken from. For the next few days, your surgeon may prescribe:

. Pain medications, such as ibuprofen (Advil)

. Antibiotics to prevent infections

. Anti-inflammatories, such as an oral steroid, to relieve swelling

. Medications such as finasteride (Propecia) or minoxidil (Rogaine) to help stimulate hair growth.


Here are some aftercare tips for FUT surgery:

. Wait a few days after the surgery to wash your hair. Only use mild shampoos for the first few weeks.

. You should be able to return to work or normal activities in about 3-5 days.

. Don’t press a brush or comb down over the new grafts for about 3 weeks.

. Don’t wear any pullover shirts and jackets until your doctor say it’s OK.

. After surgery go home and rest.  Keep your head up about 45 degrees. A recliner will be helpful.

. You can work out again after 1 month

. You can swim and do steam baths after 1 month

. You can wear hats after 10 days, and hard hats after 4 weeks

. A headwrap will be placed around your head for the first night. The next morning, take scissors and just cut the headwrap and remove it. Don’t pull it off, or you might pull out some grafts. Don’t leave it on more than the first night either, your head will swell more later on if you do so.

Don’t worry if some hairs fall out. This is part of the process. Transplanted hair may not grow much or seamlessly match the hair around it for a few months.


The cycle of hair growth after FUT procedure

. Day 0: the day of the surgery is counted as day 0.

. Day 1-5: The first 2 weeks after a FUT procedure are the most critical ones. During the first 5 days, patients may experience swelling of the forehead and at the back of the head, which is the donor area. The skin may also look red at the areas where all the tiny incisions were made for the newly transplanted hairs. This redness usually resolves after the first week or 2. After only a few days, the donor area is no longer tender.

. Days 6 – 10: At this point, patients no longer experience any swelling and the redness should only be faint or completely gone. For each follicular unit transplanted, a “crust” will form which is the attached skin layer drying out. This scab can be gently removed by soaking and gentle rubbing with fingers. By day 10, all the crusting should be gone and the transplanted hairs will appear like a “crew-cut” haircut.

. Week 2- 3: The transplanted hairs will start to shed at this point, and by the end of the 3rd/4th week, most will be gone. This is a normal part of the healing process and is totally expected. The newly transplanted hairs go through a shedding process as the actual hair shaft is released, but the actual follicular unit and bulb are totally intact starting to grow a new hair shaft. Patients may feel like the operation was a failure but this is part of the normal hair cycle.

. End of Month 1 – Month 2: The hair follicles have entered into the resting phase of their cycle. The length of the resting phase can vary before they start to grow again. At this stage, patients will appear exactly as they did prior to surgery with regards to the amount of hair present.

. Months 2 – 4: The new hairs should start coming out. For some patients, their transplanted hairs start growing early in the timeline; for others, they start growing later. Patients will see the new transplants, but they will be thin at this stage as they begin to emerge from the scalp. Most of the native hair will be growing back at this time. The donor area is healing and any redness at the donor site will resolve.

. Month 6: Transplanted hair has entered the anagen phase and begins to grow (finally…progress!). At this point usually, the doctor used to see you in follow up.

. Months 6 – 9: Patients will start to see a considerable amount of hair emerging from the scalp. The hairs are thinner; many of the transplanted hairs will be over 3 inches or longer and is able to be groomed. Toward the end of this period, the hair will show textural changes and start to thicken up. The donor area will be completely healed at this point. The original donor laxity is restored by month 9.

. 1 Year: Patients have achieved about 80% of the hair growth of the transplanted hairs. Most of the hairs will have emerged from the scalp. At this point, further density is unlikely to noticeably improve without further surgical and/or nonsurgical intervention (PRP). It’s time to focus on outcome maintenance!

. After 1 year: For some patients, they achieve the full appearance by 1 year; others will take longer for the hairs to emerge and increase their density and thickness.

Additionally, as the hair grows longer, that provides a fuller appearance since the volume of hair is increased at the transplanted area.

Are there any Post-procedure Scars?

The FUT strip extraction method typically results in a very narrow linear scar in the back of the head. Since the scar is very thin, it can be easily concealed by all but the shortest of haircut styles. Over time the scar will become less noticeable as it fades.

How long will the results last?

Hair transplantation results last for a lifetime; however, some patients may find that after the procedure, they continue to lose some of their original hair or their new head of hair may not look as full as they would like. In these cases, it's not uncommon for patients to schedule a second surgery.

Hair Transplant Doctors

How can I find the best Hair Transplant Doctor in Iran?

Hair Transplant doctors in Iran can make your face more appealing. Hair Transplant doctors in Iran can also help you in making your final decision about what type of Hair Transplant is more suitable for you.

It is important that you seek the assistance of experienced and skilled Hair Transplant doctors in Iran who have provided a suitable condition for people with limited budgets to undergo FUT Hair Transplant in Iran easily. It is worth explaining that the quality provided by Iranian doctors is far higher than other countries including Turkey and India.

Hair Transplant doctors and technicians in Iran, have performed numerous procedures annually which make them more experienced than other countries’ doctors, due to high demand and low cost of FUT hair transplant in Iran, thousands of people travel to Iran every year so that they can undergo FUT hair transplant in Iran with the best hair transplant doctors at an affordable and reasonable price.

The factors that the best Hair Transplant doctors and technicians should have:

  1. Experience

Because of performing a great number of procedures, they become knowledgeable and highly skilled which make them very famous worldwide.

  1. Expertise in different types of Hair Transplant surgery

It is of paramount importance that your surgeon be expert in various types of Hair Transplant including FUE and FUT.

We are happy to introduce a great number of Iranian doctors and technicians who have all two above-mentioned features.

Hair Transplant Clinics

Tehran Clinics

. Dr. Ghasemi Clinic

. Dr. Vafaie Clinic

. TehranKasht Clinic

Shiraz Clinics

. Avisa hair transplant clinic

. Dr. Vaares Clinic

. Mehrara hair transplant clinic

Mashhad Clinics

. Shaaparak Clinic

.  Goharbod Clinic

FUT Hair Transplant Cost in Iran

4 Factors affecting the cost of FUT procedure in Iran

  1. City the average FUT hair transplant cost in Iran varies from city to city. For example the cost of FUT procedure in Mashhad and Shiraz are lower than Tehran.
  2. The clinic FUT procedure cost may vary due to different medical facilities. This means that, some clinics are equipped with modern and up-to-date medical facilities which make their prices higher. Some centers offer special prices for a FUT procedure. But it is better to avoid clinics with suspiciously low FUT procedure costs.
  3. The number of graft a patient needs. It is difficult to determine the average FUT procedure cost because it depends on a number of grafts a patient needs. The bigger the number of grafts is necessary, the higher the cost it is.
  4. Doctor’s skills and experience. Doctors with vast experience and positive patients’ reviews may ask for a higher fee increasing the FUT procedure price. The choice of a highly-skilled doctor is a key factor to the procedure success. It is better to pay a higher hair transplantation price to be sure of the result.

FUT is the cheapest hair transplant method in Iran. FUT Hair Transplant Cost in Iran starts from $500 and reaches $1000.

1What is follicular hair transplant?
Bosley's FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant is a proven, minimally invasive outpatient procedure in which follicular unit grafts, consisting of a small number of hair follicles, are individually removed from the genetically stronger areas of your scalp (the “donor” areas) and artistically restored to your .
2Is fut hair transplant permanent?
Hair transplants are a permanent natural solution for a number of reasons. Most of us have permanent hair in ample supply. ... During a hair transplant procedure, healthy hair follicles are taken from an area like the back of the head and moved to an area where the thinning is occurring or where the scalp is bald.
3What is better FUT or FUE?
FUT and FUE – The Benefits. ... However, FUE tends to have less tissue scarring than FUT. This is down to the fact that with FUT, linear strips of hair follicles are removed from the back of the scalp and then placed in circular incisions at the front.
4Is fut hair transplant safe?
A hair transplant is generally a safe procedure, but as with any type of operation there's always a small risk of: excessive bleeding. infection.
5Do hair transplants last forever?
Most people are able to return to work 2 to 5 days after the operation. Within 2 to 3 weeks after surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out, but you should start to notice new growth within a few months. Most people will see 60% of new hair growth after 6 to 9 months.
6Which type of hair transplant is best?
FUT vs FUE hair restoration. There are two types of hair transplant methods: FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). The best option for you will depend on your individual needs and the recommendations of your physician.
7Do transplanted hair fall off?
The follicle doesn't need it to produce a new hair. It is possible for a graft to fall out after a transplant, but this is extremely uncommon. If it happens, it usually only occurs within the first day or two after the procedure, and it is accompanied by some bleeding.
8What is the success rate of hair transplant?
The success rate of hair transplants is very high, as high as 98 percent, when the procedure is performed properly.
9What are the side effects of hair transplant?
They can include: bleeding. infection. swelling of the scalp. bruising around the eyes. a crust that forms on the areas of the scalp where hair was removed or implanted. numbness or lack of sensation on the treated areas of the scalp. itching. inflammation or infection of the hair follicles, which is known as folliculitis.
10Does fue leave scars?
In FUE the extraction leaves the many tiny white spots on the donor site of the scalp. These scars can be seen when the patient trimmed/shaved the hair fully and no technique is available to repair this kind of scars permanently that bothers the patient throughout their life.

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