The Quatela Center for Hair Restoration offers advanced hair replacement options in Rochester for patients from Syracuse to Buffalo, NY, and beyond. When performed by experienced, hair restoration specialists such as Dr. Vito Quatela and Dr. Heather Lee, the follicular hair transplantation (FUT) technique produces remarkable, permanent results that look natural.
Learn why men and women seeking hair transplant surgery travel to Rochester, NY, to have Dr. Quatela, Dr. Lee, and their hair restoration team perform the procedure. Request a consultation at the Quatela Center for Hair Restoration using our online form to meet him personally, or call our office at
(585) 244-0323 to schedule an appointment.
FUT Before & After Photos
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
Thinning hair is a common cosmetic concern among both men and women. Choosing the correct hair restoration option based on your goals and your surgeon’s physical examination of your scalp is the first step to achieving the desired results. Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee creates a treatment plan based on the reason for your hair loss and your consultation. For many patients, follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is the best approach. Another option is follicular unit extraction (FUE) performed by Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee, and the hair restoration team. You may also consider non-surgical options, such as topical or oral medications. In some cases, your surgeon may advise using topical or oral products and medications after hair transplant surgery to help promote hair growth.
How Is a Hair Transplant Done?
There are areas of the scalp that are genetically programmed to be immune to the hormones that cause baldness. With the exception of certain medical conditions, the back and sides of the scalp continue to grow hair, even for people with male pattern baldness. Hair harvested from these areas and grafted to balding portions will continue to grow because it retains its genetic code. The personalized patient care you receive at the Quatela Center begins with providing all the information you need to understand hair transplant surgery and why it’s so effective.
Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS
Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Compassionate and dedicated to personalized patient care, Dr. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon recognized worldwide for his expertise in facial rejuvenation. He established the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery in Rochester, New York to provide excellence in aesthetic surgery.
The FUT hair transplant technique is sometimes called the “strip method” because it involves the removal of a strip of hair-bearing skin from the back of the scalp that is then separated into microfollicular unit grafts to be transplanted. At the beginning of the procedure, a density count is taken to determine the size of the strip to be harvested. The area is then shaved and numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the hair transplant procedure. Once the grafts have been harvested, the recipient site is then numbed with a local anesthetic and follicular units are placed in the direction of your natural hair growth.
The goal of hair transplant surgery is to restore a thicker head of healthy hair in a way that appears natural. The skillful placement of follicular units in balding areas accounts for density, size, and texture of the hair, in addition to the angle that your hair naturally grows.
Hair naturally grows in follicular units containing between 1 and 4 hairs. After removing the small strip from the scalp in the donor area, units are harvested using a microscope and delicately handled to prevent damage. Creating these micrografts enables us to transplant more follicular units and place them closer together than what was possible with outdated techniques. This technique requires precision and the skill of an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee, and their dedicated hair restoration team. Surgery times vary depending on the size of the recipient area, the number of follicular units needed, and the patient’s individual needs. You should plan on spending the entire day at the Quatela Center, where we will keep you very comfortable.
Heather Lee, M.D.
Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
A board-certified facial plastic surgeon and a board-certified otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon, Dr. Lee is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children by using her surgical talents. She specializes in procedures of the face and head including facelift, functional and cosmetic nose surgery, blepharoplasty, and injectable treatments.
How Long Does It Take to Recover From FUT Hair Transplant?
The recovery following FUT hair transplant surgery is minimal and includes the healing of the incision at the back of the scalp. Dr. Quatela and Dr. Lee use their skills as facial plastic surgeons to close the incision using a technique that allows hair to grow over the incision, disguising the donor site even for patients who want to wear their hair short. It’s important to follow the instructions provided regarding shampooing and grooming during the first few weeks after hair transplant surgery.
How Long After Hair Transplant Do You See Results?
Results typically emerge gradually as the healing process occurs. As the grafts become established, new hair begins growing from the transplanted follicles and you will usually start to see a difference 3 to 4 months after the procedure. It generally takes up to a year before you’ll see the full results.
FUT Hair Transplant FAQ
Which is better FUE or FUT hair transplant?
The two primary hair restoration procedures each have advantages, so the right choice largely depends on your preference. These are the advantages of the strip method (FUT):
It’s typically less time-consuming than FUE.
It’s generally less expensive.
You can get a large number of grafts from a smaller donor site.
How much does FUT cost?
The cost of the FUT procedure varies based on a number of factors, including the size of the area where your hair is thinning and the number of grafts needed. We will quote a specific estimated price at your consultation.
Are there side effects from FUT?
Hair transplant surgery is quite safe, and complications are rare. As with any surgical procedure, some minor side effects may occur. The most common include swelling, discomfort, itching, and numbness. These typically resolve on their own, but feel free to contact the Quatela Center with any questions or concerns if you do experience any of them following your hair transplant procedure.
How long until I can groom hair after a transplant?
All of our patients receive a detailed list of instructions after their hair transplant procedures that should be followed to ensure optimal results.
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The Quatela Center for Hair Restoration is a leading name in hair restoration across upstate New York. Men and women frequently travel from outside the area—even internationally—to enjoy our refined expertise in creating natural-looking hair transplant results.