Follicular unit transplant (FUT), commonly referred to as “strip surgery” or the “linear method”, is a traditional hair restoration surgery approach where a strip of scalp is meticulously and painlessly removed from the back of the head. From this strip, individual hair follicles are extracted, trimmed, counted and sorted, and then transplanted to thinning areas. Established as the benchmark in hair restoration since the 1990s, it continues to be the “gold standard” against which newer techniques, like FUE, are measured. While the FUT method does result in a discrete linear scar in the donor area, its advantage lies in the abundant and high-quality grafts it provides for transplantation into the areas of need. If you don’t envision sporting an ultra-short hairstyle, FUT might be the best choice.