FUT Hair Transplant London
Clinic of the Year 2023
An FUT hair transplant is a 1-day hair restoration procedure. Your FUT hair transplant will take place in our London clinic, where our qualified, experienced consultants and surgeons will restore your hair, giving you newfound confidence in your look.
We’re grateful to all our patients who voted us Hair Transplant Clinic of the Year 2021, 2022 and for a third time in 2023. Our team, led by principal surgeon Dr. Michael May, has made a significant contribution to developing the then-revolutionary FUT transplant technique and making hair transplants more accessible for everyone.
Our patients are at the centre of everything we do. That’s why we’re so highly rated on both Google and TrustPilot. Read on to find out more about getting an FUT hair transplant in London at the Wimpole Clinic.
“At 52 I had accepted the state of my hair loss but after seeing my friends incredible results with Wimpole I decided to do something about it, and I am glad I did, couldn’t be more satisfied!
What struck me was how close the team members were – it was like a family and they made me feel really welcome and part of it for my short 6 hours there!”
“Had my hair transplant (FUT) at the Wimpole Clinic and what an incredible experience from start to finish. James, my patient advisor was excellent and I opted against going overseas – so glad I did!
They even squeezed me in before I went on holiday – Wimpole is truly an awesome and down to earth team!”
“I consulted with 6 clinics within London and 3 outside and what was astonishing is the lack of transparency and commercialised approach to such an intimate and nerve wracking decision. With many offering inadequate advice and telling me I’d need more than one procedure. I knew this was untrue because of the level of detail I initially obtained from the Wimpole Clinic.”
“My FUT hair transplant has transformed my life. Marie, my advisor held my hand throughout the experience while Dr. Ismail and Dr. May both consulted me and I really respected their honesty. They said I would require at least 2 hair transplants to get the required results in the most optimal way and I felt they had my interest at heart. I can’t thank the Wimpole team enough.”
About FUT Hair Transplant
What is an FUT hair transplant?
FUT, or Follicular Unit Transplantation, is a common hair transplant method. It’s also known as strip harvesting or FUSS (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery). In FUT, the surgeon removes a strip of skin containing active hair follicles from the back or side of your head. They then dissect it into tiny follicle clusters known as grafts, which can contain single or multiple hairs. Each graft is then reimplanted into the bald or thinning areas.
Although the recovery period is longer and there’s more risk of scarring, with FUT more grafts can be extracted from a smaller area. And just like FUE transplants, FUT creates a natural-looking hairline that blends in effortlessly with the rest of your hair — restoring your confidence as well as your hairline.
How does an FUT hair transplant work?
Before your FUT procedure begins, you’ll be given a local anaesthetic to numb your scalp, and a mild sedative to help you relax. These make the procedure as comfortable and painless as possible.
The surgeon uses a scalpel to remove a thin strip of skin from your donor site. This strip is usually 5-20cm long and 0.5-2cm wide, depending on the number of grafts required. The strip is cut up into tiny follicular units, each one typically containing 1-4 follicles.
The surgeon creates a series of small cuts in the thinning areas around your temple and/or crown. They implant the hair grafts to create a natural-looking finish, aiming to achieve the same density as your natural remaining hair. After the procedure, the wound in your donor area will be stitched up, leaving you with a thin linear scar.
Why choose an FUT hair transplant?
- FUT offers the same fantastic results as FUE
- FUT is ideal for those who wear their hair longer, due to the slight scarring at the back of the head
- FUT works well for curly and Afro hair types. Learn more about afro hair transplants.
- Your hair will look thick and natural in 6-18 months
- Most procedures are completed in under 1 day
- The Wimpole Clinic’s FUT success rate is 97%.
General FUT FAQs
FUT is usually recommended for patients with tightly curled or Afro hair (learn more about Afro hair transplants). That’s because the FUE harvesting method is more likely to damage the follicles in people with these hair types.
FUT is also popular with women and people who prefer to wear their hair long, since longer hair hides the strip scar.
FUT is typically slightly more expensive than FUE, as it’s a little more invasive and requires a larger surgical team. You can also expect slightly longer downtime, slower recovery, and a higher risk of scarring. So it’s best for those who don’t need to be back at work within a couple of days.
Most patients tell us that hair transplant surgery isn’t as painful as they thought it would be. We use anaesthetic to numb your scalp, so at most you’ll feel mild discomfort during the procedure. Medication can reduce pain, swelling, and tingling after the anaesthetic wears off.
The outline of your new hairline will be visible immediately after surgery. Around 4 to 6 months later, your hair will be visibly thicker in the transplanted areas. Final results are usually visible 12 to 18 months from the procedure. Learn more the growth cycle following a hair transplant.
Yes. FUT hair transplants give you permanent results that will last a lifetime. Hair loss solutions like Minoxidil can help you manage any ongoing hair loss, preserving your thick, full look.
The number of grafts required will largely depend on the extent of your hair loss and your desired outcome. We usually refer to the Norwood Scale for men and the Ludwig Scale for women to provide an estimation of the number of grafts. This is all covered extensively during your free consultation.
Yes — unlike FUE, FUT leaves a scar in your donor site. If you grow your hair, the scar won’t be noticeable to others. Scalp micropigmentation can also cover the scar tissue if you’re worried about scar visibility.
How much does FUT cost?
Wimpole FUT prices start at £3,499. Find out more about Wimpole Clinic’s prices.
The cost of your hair transplant depends on how many grafts you require, and your surgeon’s experience and ability. Cut-rate hair transplants can mean the clinic is cutting corners, which could compromise the success of your hair transplant, or even your safety. Learn how cost reflects quality in our UK hair transplant cost analysis.
James’ Hair Transplant Journey
Since having the hair transplant it’s made such a positive impact on my life. I am much more confident in how I look, how I feel, being a dad, being a husband – it’s just made a really positive impact!
“I’ve always been a confident person but there was something that did concern me and that was my hair. During my 20s I could start to see my hair receding and it just got worse and worse. I didn’t realise how much of an impact it was making on my life.”
How James’ Hair Transplant Changed His Life
“Since having the hair transplant it’s completely changed how I feel and I’m proud of the hair that I have – it doesn’t embarrass me. Being able to go down to the beach and swim, play with my daughter and go on nice holidays, it’s made my life so much better!
Having gone through the surgery myself I know how straightforward the procedure is and it has very minimal time to recover, so if you are thinking of having a hair transplant I recommend taking 2 weeks off work.
Since having the hair transplant it’s made such a positive impact on my life. Those insecurities that just used to creep into every day life. You don’t realise, the eating out, the wind blowing, the hair getting wet, the hair dressers, the things we have to do. I am much more confident in how I look, how I feel, being a dad, being a husband, it’s just made a really positive impact!”
The FUT Procedure
Our skilled surgeons have decades of experience performing FUT hair transplants. Learn more about the FUT procedure below.
FUT Procedure FAQs
The length of your procedure depends on the number of grafts you need, but in almost all cases, the surgery takes less than a day. You’ll be in the chair for 4-6 hours. FUT usually takes less time than FUE, though the recovery period is longer.
Strip surgery wounds take some time to heal, so the FUT recovery period is usually longer than FUE. Allowing your strip wound to heal fully can prevent infection and other complications. Most FUT patients can resume normal activities 7-14 days after the procedure. Learn more about hair transplant recovery.
Yes. We recommend that you take a minimum of 1 week off work after FUT surgery. Taking time to recover gives your hair transplant the best chance of success, and reduces the risk of dislodging your new grafts or reopening the strip wound. Learn more about going back to work after a hair transplant.
Two-thirds of hair transplant patients worldwide achieve their ideal results after just one procedure. But some need a second or third hair transplant to get the look they want, especially if they don’t use solutions to manage continuing hair loss.
Your surgery will be carried out by one of our skilled, registered surgeons. One of our hair transplant technicians will also assist them with the procedure.
Side effects of FUT include mild swelling, numbness, soreness, and an itchy scalp, especially in the graft area. These side effects usually disappear after a few days. In the meantime, we’ll give you some medication to help you manage these symptoms.
Not completely. A small section of hair will be shaved so the surgeon can remove the strip of skin. But this will soon grow back, and can usually be disguised with your hair or a hat in the meantime.
What Results Can I Expect From FUT?
Benjamin S's FUT Hair Transplant Review
I had my hair transplant (FUT) at the Wimpole Clinic. I had an absolutely fantastic experience throughout. I had a complimentary consultation with James Walton who was very helpful and kindly managed to book me in for a transplant just a few days after, so I could have it done before going overseas.
James was there to greet me on the morning of the surgery and made the whole experience seem very relaxed and smooth.
I then met Dr May, who I had requested for the surgery based on his great reviews and many years of experience. He was very friendly and professional and did a fantastic job – the whole procedure was completely pain free and I even managed to get some sleep!
Following the surgery James kindly provided me with a lunch as he ran through everything I needed to know post-treatment. I was home by midday and felt completely fine all afternoon and back at work already!
FUT Hair Transplant Aftercare
- 24 hour aftercare hotline
- Medicated shampoo
- Paracetamol, antibiotics, and anti-swelling tablets
- Baseball cap
- Post-operative care notes
Why Choose The Wimpole Clinic?
The Wimpole Clinic is one of the most experienced and enduring hair restoration clinics in the UK. We’ve been providing FUT procedures for more than 45 years. We use sophisticated strip harvesting techniques to keep scarring to a minimum, while creating a hairline you’ll love.
Our surgeons are all registered with the GMC. Led by our principal surgeon, Dr Michael May, our team has the skill and experience to perform even the most complex FUT procedures. So no matter which hair type you have, you’ll get the results you want from the Wimpole Clinic.
Patient care is our biggest priority. That’s why our patients have awarded us 4.9/5 stars on both Trustpilot and Google. With an industry-high success rate and unrivalled aftercare, the Wimpole Clinic will restore your hairline to create a confident new you.
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Persica's FUT Hair Transplant Review
In my experience, retired Sales Director, everything flows from the top so I needed the facts. Dr Michael May, Principal, outstanding leader in this field for over three decades runs a Centre of Excellence, a benchmark of achievement.
First, I visited Ron in Bristol and Warren in London, both also with decades of experience for the detailed facts, I got them. This was about my personal appearance so trust and confidence was needed before I could take that first step. Warren accompanied me for a Dr May assessment at the Wimpole Clinic which was entirely customer focussed. Only then was I ready to commit to a date.
In the event, I have completed my third procedure, in total 5.6k follicles with FUT and, this one FUE. Dr May presides while Billie and her team, on this occasion Eva and Sonia, complete the procedure. I never feel like the patient but part of the team in a room full of care, kindness and compassion, totally customer focussed.
Due to their expertise every procedure has been a complete success. I am hoping for a final procedure if this is deemed possible but, due to their integrity, they will only take what is safe to do so, it is all about the customer. Accordingly, I have no hesitation in highly recommending the Wimpole Clinic for your first step.