FUT hair transplant

quick facts

Procedure Type



Local Anesthesia


8-9 hours
depending on the number of grafts

Recovery Period

4-7 days


Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a method used for hair transplantation. It is most suitable for people suffering from larger areas of hair loss or patchy growth.

In the FUT Hair Transplant method, all the hair follicles that will be used for the transplant procedure are removed in one go in the form of a thin strip from the donor area, usually from the back of the head where hair growth tends to be more robust. Only the follicles with the highest chance of transplant survival are selected for implantation. These follicles are prepared by skilled technicians with a high-powered stereo microscope.

Then, when the follicles are ready, small incisions are made in the recipient areas to match each patient’s natural hair growth pattern, before each follicle is individually planted using the artistic talent of the surgeon. The surgeon pays detailed attention to the location, depth and angle of each follicle when it is transplanted to ensure even coverage. This approach maximizes the density and coverage for the thinning areas to ensure the best possible results – a revitalized head of hair with a natural hairline.

The FUT hair transplantation method does result in a fine scar on the back of the head from the donor area which is virtually unnoticeable after the procedure when the hair is worn slightly longer.


  • Does the FUT hair transplant require anesthesia?
  • Who is a good candidate for the FUT hair transplant?
  • Recovery & downtime for the FUT hair transplant
  • Are the results of the FUT hair transplant permanent?
  • Deciding about the FUT hair transplant
  • How much does the FUT hair transplant cost?
  • Preparing for your initial meeting with the surgeon
  • FUT hair transplant FAQs – what should you ask the surgeon?
  • Choosing your surgeon
  • Preparing for the FUT hair transplant
Does the FUT hair transplant require anesthesia?

The FUT Hair Transplant is usually performed under local anaesthetic.

Who is a good candidate for the FUT hair transplant?

Men and women with large areas of hair loss or patchy growth are good candidates for the FUT Hair Transplant

Recovery & downtime for the FUT hair transplant

The FUT Hair Transplant is a minimally invasive procedure but does require a small stitch at the donor area. The recovery time – from immediately after the procedure to full healing – is around 10 days. Most patients, however, are able to return to work before this time providing that their hair is long enough to cover the donor area at the back of the head.

Are the results of the FUT hair transplant permanent?

The results of the FUT Hair Transplant are permanent, with the initial results usually being noticeable within three months of the procedure being performed. The hair continues to grow for twelve months after which the full permanent results will be evident. Of course, the FUT Hair Transplant does not stop any new or progressive hair loss and further grafts may be required at a later time to maintain the best results.

You should also lead a healthy lifestyle with a balanced ‘clean’ diet to provide the vitamins and minerals you need for optimum health, take regular exercise and avoid smoking.

Deciding about the FUT hair transplant

As with any procedure that can significantly change the way you look, undergoing a FUT hair transplant can have a psychological impact and so careful thought needs to be given prior to going ahead. At Cocoona, we ask for you to conduct a self-evaluation to help you assess if you are one hundred per cent ready, both physically and mentally, for surgery. You should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have realistic expectations about what a FUT Hair Transplant can achieve?
  • Do I know how I want to look after undergoing a FUT Hair Transplant?
  • Do I fully understand the procedure, how long it will take and what I need to do afterwards to promote healing and recovery?
  • Am I prepared to follow a healthy lifestyle to help maintain the results?

Once you have clarity on the above, the next step is to find the right surgeon and clinic. These are of paramount importance.

You need a surgeon who is experienced in performing FUT Hair Transplants, has a sound reputation and proven results. You should also look for a surgeon who will give you honest and realistic advice on what you can and can’t achieve with this procedure.

A good clinic is one that has an experienced and highly skilled surgical team, licensed aestheticist(s), well trained nursing staff, an excellent reputation, and a low complication rate. Of course, the clinic also needs to be licensed with the relevant authorities for the country or region it is situated in. At Cocoona, we tick all these boxes.

How much does the FUT hair transplant cost?

For an accurate cost assessment, you will need to book an initial consultation with our surgeon. As with almost any aesthetic procedure, the cost will depend on the following factors:

Surgeon’s Expertise – The surgeon’s fee is based on their experience. Obviously, a reputable surgeon who is established and has a successful track record will charge higher fees.

Clinic/ Hospital – Fees also depend upon the quality of the facility chosen for the operation.

Geographic Area – Depending on the city/ area you decide to have the surgery in, the cost is likely be different: clinics in larger metropolitan cities tend to cost more. You should bear in mind that the expertise of your consultant and your comfort factor with him or her should be one the most important considerations, much more so than the cost of the procedure. A cheap procedure could turn out to be an expensive proposition in the long run.

Preparing for your initial meeting with the surgeon

Once you are clear about your reasons for having the FUT Hair Transplant and have decided to proceed, call us to fix an appointment. On the appointed day, the expert surgeon who will perform the procedure will consult with you. During the consultation, you should expect the following:

  • Discussion about why you have opted for the FUT Hair Transplant and what your goals are in relation to the procedure
  • Understanding your medical history
  • Evaluating your health status
  • The options available for your procedure
  • An examination of the area to be treated, measurements (if relevant) and potentially, photography to record what the area looks like prior to the procedure being undertaken
  • Explanation of the options, steps involved, future treatment, risks, and potential complications, if any

Feeling apprehensive before the procedure is entirely normal. Be sure to discuss any fears or concerns you have with your surgeon and don’t hesitate to ask any questions related to the results you hope to achieve.

FUT hair transplant FAQs – what should you ask the surgeon?
Choosing your surgeon

After your initial consultation, you will need to make the final decision regarding your surgeon. Never choose your surgeon simply based on how much the treatment will cost. Instead, focus on the following:

License & certification – is the surgeon licensed and certified to conduct FUT Hair Transplants by a reputable body?

Expertise & experience – the number of years of experience/ how many FUT Hair Transplants has the surgeon has performed previously

Before/ after pictures – evidencing their capability of past performance

Clarity on possible results – whether they are providing you with realistic expectations and honest feedback

Professionalism & comfort factor – if you feel comfortable with the professionalism and manners of a surgeon, and feel you can trust him/her with your face and body then that’s the surgeon you should consider

Safety philosophy – if the surgeon is ready to put you at risk by recommending or agreeing to perform multiple unrelated surgeries and/or procedures on the same day or within a short period of time, you should refuse to proceed and go elsewhere.

Patient testimonials & reviews – A good reputation and a large number of positive patient testimonials and reviews on independent forums should be an important consideration in your process of choosing the right surgeon

Keep in mind that there are hidden costs in the long term and greater risks (including threat to life), associated with a surgery where costs, safety and skills are compromised. Always be wary of a plastic surgeon or clinic that is offering very low costs and/ or miraculous results.

Preparing for the FUT hair transplant

After your initial consultation with the surgeon, once you are satisfied with the outcome of the ensuing discussions and have confirmed that you will go ahead with your chosen consultant, a date will be fixed for the procedure.

FUT Hair Transplant surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis for most patients. In the unlikely event of complications, an overnight stay may be required for outpatients, or inpatients may face a longer stay, should the attending doctor make the recommendation. Before you come in for your procedure, we recommend that you plan accordingly.

Here are some of the important steps that you must take before the procedure:

  • Discuss all medication and vitamins that you regularly use with your consultant to see if you should stop taking them before surgery and, if so, for how long. For example, any medications and vitamins that interfere with your body’s blood clotting ability, such as Vitamin E, will need to be stopped completely prior to surgery.
  • Smokers should quit at least two months prior to surgery; smoking interferes with the efficiency of blood flow to the skin which may have an impact on achieving optimal results and increase the risk of complications.
  • You should be in the best possible health and at a stable weight; ensuring that you follow a healthy, balanced diet prior to surgery will help you to be in optimal physical condition to help promote the best outcome

Our surgeon and patient counselor will guide you thoroughly about what you need to do so that you are completely at ease and ready for surgery and beyond.

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Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a method used for hair transplantation. It is most suitable for people suffering from larger areas of hair loss or patchy growth.

patient safety assurance

Cocoona is the only clinic in all of UAE that offers free patient safety assurance. What this means for you is that you will be covered for specified post-operative complications up to AED 50,000. This is like an insurance cover with a limit of AED 50,000. Click here for details.

Now, that you have more information about FUT hair transplant and about choosing the best hair transplant surgeon and clinic for getting your surgery done, you have to make the decision.

For answers to any questions regarding FUT hair transplant in Dubai, call us on 800-362636 or +9714 3884589 or complete the appointment form or email: [email protected].

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