MediHairFUT Hair TransplantMelbourne

Dr. Andrew Kim, MBBS, MD, PhD

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT)

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a technique used in hair restoration procedure where small clusters of hair called follicular units are removed from the donor area and transplanted into the receiving area. These follicular units, which are sac-like structures beneath the scalp, contain naturally occurring groups of 1 to 4 hairs, the sebaceous glands, nerves and a small muscle.

Our highly experienced FUT specialist Dr. Andrew Kim, along with his team of competent and well-trained hair technicians and medical crew, employs only the latest techniques in performing the FUT hair transplant procedure. Dr. Kim has extensive practice and knowledge in cosmetic surgery, which he carries through his skills in aesthetically executing hair transplant procedure to ensure natural looking results and greatly minimize the visibility of incision scars in the donor site. If you want a hair transplant result that is virtually undetectable, then MediHair is the best place to have your losing hair restored.

We have clinic in Melbourne but we offer FUT hair transplant consultation across Australia.

Advantages of MediHair FUT Hair Transplant

1. FUT allows maximized hair graft harvest, but we work precisely at keeping the integrity and quality of the harvested hair follicles rather than focusing on quantity.

2. Our proficient and highly skilled medical team are adept at ensuring excellent quality hair grafts for transplant using gold standards to eliminate graft damage during the process and yield maximum hair regrowth results.

3.  Leaving visible surgical scars in the donor site is not in the vocabulary of Dr. Kim. He is an esteemed cosmetic surgeon who specializes on a number of aesthetic procedures, which includes FUT hair transplant, and is known for his expertise in minimizing surgical scars.

4. Depending on the extent of your hair loss, Dr. Kim can perform your hair restoration with just one session that will give you dramatic results.

FUE VS FUT

Compared with the Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE technique, FUT carries along better advantages for hair loss clients.

  • The FUT technique maximizes the number of grafts that can be harvested and transplanted in just one session.
  • It greatly minimizes the occurrence of graft transection or hair follicle damage, which ensures hair growth in the recipient area.
  • It can be performed faster compared with FUE because the whole process involves a team of hair technicians working on dissecting the donor strip, while Dr. Kim sutures the donor area and prepares the recipient area.
  •  Whether you choose FUT and FUE, the results will be a thicker and more new hair regrowth in the balding area. However, FUT promises better coverage and fewer traumas to the scalp.
  • It is significantly cheaper compared with FUE.

FUT Hair Transplant Procedure

Donor Tissue Extraction

The FUT method involves a technique called Single Strip Harvesting, where a strip of tissue is removed from the donor site. This is removed using either with two parallel blades to form a single, long strip or a single blade to produce a long and thin oval. This technique helps to minimize follicular transection or damage and keeps the follicular units intact.

Graft Dissection

This strip is then further subdivided into smaller sections in a process called graft dissection using a stereo-microscope. This efficiently isolates single follicular units from the donor strip without breaking or damaging it. It takes expert handling to efficiently execute this step in separating the individual grafts from the strip into approximately 2 to 2.5 mm width by passing a scalpel blade around the follicular units. It is extremely important to keep the units intact to ensure maximized hair growth to give the most fullness and natural look.

Dr. Andrew Kim, resident specialist at Medihair for FUT, along with his experienced team,  performs this very meticulous step seamlessly with extreme care to maximize graft survival by minimizing mishandling. They also carefully sort the individual grafts according to number of hairs each contains and store them in a solution to preserve it while waiting to be placed into the scalp of the patient.

Transplanting to the Recipient Site

These prepped individual grafts are now ready to be inserted into the recipient area, after an anesthetic injection is administered, using a micro-needle to slice minute lateral slits. It is important to create just the right slit size to ensure that there is a snug fit between the grafts and the skin around the graft. This maximizes the oxygenation of the grafts, as well as promotes healing and increases graft survival. And in the expert hands of Dr. Kim, scars in both the donor site and recipient site will be close to nothing.

This also allows Dr. Kim to place and orient the hair in the units to match the natural growth of the existing hair in the recipient site. This gives the surgeon the advantage to control the direction and angle in which the donor hair will ultimately grow. Typically, 1- and 2-hair follicular units are placed to create a soft hairline and 3- to 4-hair grafts are strategically transplanted behind to provide the full look.

At MediHair, we only use the latest equipment to implant the hair grafts with the correct angulation, orientation and natural direction to allow your new hair to blend with your existing hair to give you the most natural-looking results.

FUT Hair Transplant Results

In the most expert of hands, the results will look completely natural and can even be indistinguishable from the original hair.

Downtime

Because FUT involves making a surgical incision in the donor site, the technique involves a considerable amount of recovery time, which can depend from patient to patient. Typically, it takes about 7 to 10 days post-op before the incision will heal and sutures can be removed. Minute scars and scabbing in the recipient will usually go away after just 2 to 3 days from surgery day. You will advised to restrain from performing strenuous activities at least one month from the date of surgery.

To learn more about recovery and seeing the final results, you may check our Hair Transplant Timeline page.

Our Medical Team

It is crucial to only approach the best and experienced surgeon who is supported by an equally well-trained team of hair technicians. A good hair transplant surgeon makes the necessary thorough assessment of the existing conditions of both the donor and recipient site to ensure that maximized survival and hair growth is achieved. As each individual’s hair is unique, FUT Hair Transplant expert Dr. Kim will develop a personalized approach to ensure that you will receive your realistic, desirable and expected outcome.

Questions on FUT Hair Transplant

1. How does it work?

Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT is a technique used in hair restoration procedure where small clusters of hair called follicular units are removed from the donor area and transplanted into the receiving area. These follicular units, which are sac-like structures beneath the scalp, contain naturally occurring groups of 1 to 4 hairs, the sebaceous glands, nerves and a small muscle. When these units are transplanted, it replicates natural hair growth in the balding area of the head without the clumpy or plug-y look seen in older hair transplant techniques.

2. Am I suitable for a FUT Hair Transplant?

The best way to know whether you are a suitable candidate for FUT hair transplant is for a thorough consultation with Dr. Kim. But typically, the following criteria will be determined to see whether you are a good candidate for the procedure:

  1. Cause of hair loss
  2. Unresponsive to hair loss medication
  3. Sufficient donor hair supply to meet current and future hair transplant needs
  4. Realistic expectations

3. How much does an FUT hair transplant procedure cost?

One of the greater advantages of FUT hair transplant is that it is comparatively cheaper compared with the FUE technique. FUT hair transplant cost ranges approximately between $6 to $8 per graft.

4. How soon will I see the results?

Part of the hair transplant result is a phase called hair shock loss, where the transplanted hair will start to fall out 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure. This process will allow new hair to grow. On the 2nd to 5th month you will start to notice new fine hairs to spurt in the recipient area. This will continue to grow and you will be able to fully appreciate the final results after one year.

5. How long will the results last?

Hair transplant results are permanent, as hair follicles from the recipient area are not prone to hair loss. However, the procedure will not prevent further hair loss from happening in the untreated area in the future. In the case balding happens in other areas, another hair transplant may need to be performed.