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FUT Hair Transplant Pros vs Cons

According to the 2020 survey report of THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF HAIR RESTORATION SURGERY (ISHRS), about 2,083,552 patients were treated for hair restoration worldwide in 2019. Of which 681,964, i.e., 32% received clinical hair transplant. On average, 84.2 percent of procedures were performed on men, while 15.8 percent were performed on women. It can be clearly seen that hair loss has become a serious problem that affects many. You may be facing a similar problem and searching for the right solution. There are mainly two types of hair loss treatments:

  1. Clinical Treatments
  2. Non-Clinical Treatments

In this blog, I will discuss more clinical treatments, mainly Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or more commonly referred to as Fut hair transplant. By the end of this blog, you will get a clear idea of a FUT hair transplant, the difference between FUE and FUE hair transplants, the pros and cons of FUT hair transplant, and the average cost of FUT hair transplant, which will enable you to opt for the best solution for your hair loss problem.

Before We Move Ahead, Let Me Share The History Of Hair Transplants.

Modern-day hair transplant originated in Japan in the late 1930s. During the early stages, the results were not pleasing and looked completely unnatural. In 1995 doctors started transplanting individual hair follicles(follicular units), which resulted in a more natural look.

Modern-day hair transplant  involves minimally invasive method to cover bald spots caused by hair loss. There are majorly two types of hair transplantation currently in use :

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Let’s discuss the second one.

What Is A FUT Transplant?

In this procedure, individual hair follicles are extracted carefully from a donor area, primarily the back or side of your head, and inserted into the balding area of your scalp. This type of procedure covers the receding hairline caused by male pattern baldness.

How Follicular Unit Transplantation Works?

Depending upon the size of the bald area to be covered, the hair transplant doctor cuts a strip of skin from the donor area. Usually, the donor area will be the back of your head. Once the strip of skin is cut out, individual follicles are removed from the strip carefully, and they are re-inserted into your scalp. The procedure usually takes about 4 and 8 hours, and the process is done under local anaesthesia.

Now let me answer some common questions that you may have in your mind.

When Will You Start Seeing The Results Of The FUT Transplant?

The visible result of a FUT transplant method takes up to 6 to 9 months in most people. But in some instances, it may take even longer.

How Can You Know Whether You Are The Best Candidate For FUT Transplants?

The best candidates for FUT transplants are men with androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). FUT transplant is performed on people usually over the age of 25. The thickness of the hair is another factor; people with thick hair are suitable candidates. And FUT is most commonly preferred when treating hair loss at the front of the head.FUT transplants won’t be an option if you have a medical condition like thyroid disorder causing hair loss.

Finally, you can never determine for yourself whether you are a suitable candidate for FUT or FUE transplant. Proper consultation by an expert hair transplant doctor is mandatory for any clinical hair transplant procedure. Check whether you are a suitable candidate.

What Is The Difference Between FUE And FUT Hair Transplants?

Both FUE and FUE involve the translation of individual hair follicles. So you may ask what the difference is; the difference lies in removing the hair follicles. In the case of FUT, the hair transplant doctor cuts out a strip of scalp from the donor area and then extracts the follicles from this strip, while in FUE Process, the follicle is extracted directly from your scalp.

So Let’s Understand The Advantages Of FUT procedure.

  • Faster procedure compared to FUE 
  • Cost less compared to FUE 
  • It can be used when a large area needs to be covered

Some Cons Of FUT:

FUT hair transplant is mostly risk-free. But inexperienced professionals and clinical procedures may lead to some complications such as bleeding, swelling, and pain. These risks can easily be avoided by consulting an experienced hair transplant doctor.

The most common concern of everyone opting for FUT procedure is the visibility of the scar in the donor area. You have to understand that the scar is permanent as the follicles are removed from here, restricting further hair growth. But the scar will fade over time and be camouflaged by hair in that area. It will only be visible if you keep your hair short.

How Long Do FUT Scars Take To Heal?

FUT scars may take up to 4- 5 weeks to heal.

How Long Does FUT Hair Transplant Last?

As discussed earlier, FUT hair transplant process takes only 4- 8 hours and can be done under local anaesthesia. The patient is normally awake during the procedure; in our clinic, we give them the provision to watch their favourite series on Netflix while the procedure is being done. Patients are also allowed to use the restroom whenever they wish. The whole procedure can be completed within a day.

Factors Affecting FUT Hair Transplant Cost

The cost FUT hair transplant depends on two factors:

Size of bald area: Most clinics charge for FUT hair transplants based on the number of grafts needed to cover the bald area. More baldness more grafts are needed.

The expertise of the professional and the clinic: As discussed above, for the best results, you need to have the best Experts performing the procedure. Thus, professionals with good experience will charge more, but when it comes to getting back your youthful look and screwing up your look, nobody wants to take the risk, right?

Cost Of A FUT Hair Transplant In Australia

The average cost of a FUT hair transplant in Australia depends on the number of graft that needs to be transplanted to the bald area. The average price for 1000 grafts at our clinic is $8800, which is inclusive of GST. Theatre Fee, all Post-op Follow-Up. Check out our pricing page.

Conclusion

I hope you have got a clear-cut idea of the procedure of FUT hair transplant. This method which involves extracting a strip of the scalp and using it to cover the bald area is usually considered 100% safe. Good and natural-looking results can be achieved using FUT transplant, if properly done by a trained and experienced hair transplant doctor. If you are searching for the best clinic for FUT hair transplants in Australia, Our clinic is the right place to come. Our head, Dr Vikram Jayaparakash is Australia’s most sought-after hair transplant expert, with over a decade of experience in FUT and FUE hair transplant procedure. Consult today by requesting an appointment.

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