For those looking for permanent and natural hair restoration results, hair transplantation is still the most effective method available today.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) are the two primary methods currently used by plastic surgeons to restore hair. How the hair follicles are extracted from the patient is the main difference between these two procedures but both are done under local anaesthesia. How long the procedure takes is more dependent on how much hair needs to be transplanted rather than the procedure used.
Both FUT and FUE hair transplantation methods are offered by Medici Capelli hair clinic. Let’s look at each method individually.
Follicular Unit Transplantation Explained
During the FUT procedure, a small strip of tissue that contains hair follicles is removed from the donor hair, which is usually at the back of the head. Using microscopes, hair transplant technicians will harvest follicles from this strip that will then be placed in various locations on the patient’s head. The FUT method is generally used in cases where there has been quite a significant amount of hair loss as it allows for a greater number of follicles to be transplanted during one sitting.
Since the donor area will be closed up with sutures or staples, a small scar will be visible where the strip was removed. Fortunately this scar can be easily concealed with hair and it will fade over time.
The FUT method does tend to result in higher levels of pain and discomfort due to the swelling that occurs once the strip of tissue is removed. Medication and proper care will however ensure that any pain and discomfort can easily be managed.
You can expect to be charged on a per-graft basis for the FUT procedure, which means that costs will be based on each patient’s unique requirements. FUT grafts are generally lower than FUE grafts but the difference isn’t that big.
As with many such medical procedures, the cost to the patient ultimately depends on their current condition, their needs and goals. After your consultation with a specialist regarding your FUT hair transplant procedure, you will be given a clearer idea of the cost of the procedure.
Follicular Unit Extraction Explained
Unlike the FUT procedure, FUE individually extracts each hair follicle from the scalp without having to remove a strip of tissue from the back of the head. The hair extraction is far less noticeable with this procedure as the follicles can be extracted from various areas of the head. The FUE procedure is generally used on patients that require a fewer number of grafts, with patients also having the option to split the procedure into multiple sessions.
Hair extraction is minimal and random so there is no noticeable scaring or areas of missing hair.
The FUE procedure has much faster healing times and results in little to no pain or discomfort after the procedure since there are no scars that need to heal.
This method is also charged on a per-graft basis, with costs varying depending on specific patient requirements. While the cost of FUE grafts is higher, the difference in price to the FUT method is minimal. After your consultation with Dr Leat regarding your Medici Capelli FUE hair transplant in Brisbane, you will be given a clearer idea of the cost of the procedure.
Hair Transplantation Recovery Process
Following your FUE hair transplant procedure, a bandage will be used to cover the donor area, which can be concealed with a cap or bandana. The bandage can be removed two days after the surgery and the patient will be able to wash their hair and scalp.
Patients will be required to sleep with their heads elevated for the first few nights following the surgery. Pain medication will be prescribed where necessary.
It’s advised that patients refrain from any vigorous brushing or shampooing for at least two weeks after their hair transplant surgery to allow the grafts to settle.
Patients can expect to return to work within a few days following their surgery.
Hair Growth Expectations
Hair follicles usually begin taking root within two months and will go through a growth cycle beneath the skin.
In most cases, new hair can be seen after month two and may look a little thin but after 5 months the hair will start to thicken and can be groomed and styled as usual.
Patients can expect to achieve at least 80% more hair growth within a year, with 100% more volume after 2 years.
Hair will continue to grow naturally going forward as all hair will be the patient’s own.