There are two proven techniques for hair transplant called FUE and FUT. The purpose of both techniques is to move hair from the occipital area (lower back of the head) to the desired “recipient” area. In 8-12 months, the newly transplanted hair will grow fully and naturally. The transplanted hair will continue to grow because occipital hair follicles are not affected by a hormone called DHT, which causes hair loss.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FUE AND FUT
The hair transplants with these two techniques provide the same excellent results. The only difference is how the donor hair follicles are harvested. However, this difference will make the wound, scar, post-op care, and recovery time of each technique different as well. Let’s find out below!
FUE (Follicular Unit Excision)
FUE Hair transplant procedure
1.) We’ll use the hybrid punch from WAW FUE SYSTEM, which is designed by Dr. jean Devroye, to extract the follicles from the donor area. This punch size is smaller than 1mm.
2.) The extracted follicles will be grouped into the one-hair graft, two-hair graft, or three-hair graft. Then, we will keep them in HypoThermosol, which is the best-in-class storage solution for a hair transplant.
3.) The surgeon will also add ATP, which is the best additive, to the storage solution. This step is to feed the nutrient to the follicle and enhance the best result.
4.) The follicles will be placed onto the desired recipient area using the Implanter Pen instead of the traditional forceps. Using this tool will avoid damaging the follicles during graft handling.
Advantages of FUE
With the experience of Dr. Prima Tossaborvorn, who is certified by an American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS), together with WAW FUE SYSTEM, one of the best FUE punches in the world, the wounds from FUE hair transplants will be smaller than 1mm. These wounds will be invisible if the patient’s hair is longer than 3mm. It is a vital advantage of this technique because it doesn’t leave a linear scar with 15-30cm long at the donor area when compared to the FUT technique.
FUE Hair transplant Videos
What is the FUE Hair transplant
Graft placements using Implanter pen
FUT (Follicular Unit Hair Transplant)
The only difference between the FUT and FUE is how the surgeon harvests the hair graft from the donor area. The FUT requires removing the scalp in a single strip. Then, this strip will be dissected into grafts under the microscope. The rest of the whole procedure is the same as the FUE.
Advantages of FUT
A hair transplant thailand with FUT allows the surgeon to harvest a higher amount of graft with a shorter time. This technique doesn’t sacrifice the donor density compared to the FUE. What’s more, the FUT doesn’t require shaving the donor area. This technique is recommended to patients who need a mega-session or multi-sessions. However, the FUT will leave a linear scar, with 15-30 cm long, in the donor area. The patient is recommended to grow his/her hair longer than 3cm to hide this scar.
Are the results of FUE hair transplant and FUT hair transplant different?
The results from hair transplants with these two techniques aren’t different. Two weeks after surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out and enter the Dormant phase. They will start growing by 10-30% in the 4th month. It’s a sign showing that these transplanted hair is entering the Emergent phase. Lastly, they will fully mature in 12-18 months. It is your natural hair that you can cut, dye, or even straighten as you wish.
Please note that before/after photos that are taken a right after surgery doesn’t reflect any good results. It is because the newly transplanted hair will not grow yet, but fall out first according to what we described above. To see the results, you should consider before/after photos that are taken 6-12 months after surgery instead.
What technique is right for me?
According to what we described above, you’ll see that both FUE and FUT have their pros and cons. There’s no absolute ‘best’ technique for everyone, but the right method will depend on each patient. You’re advised to see board-certified hair transplant surgeons for further information.
Hair transplant thailand surgeons, with a code of ethics, will not recommend the only technique they can do. They will recommend the right method for each patient considering the patient’s benefit as a priority.
What is the development after hair transplant?
2 weeks after hair transplant
This is the stage when the hair roots are already embedded. The wound in the area where the hair was transplanted will begin to scab over. During this time, the transplanted hair will fall out first, which is normal. and the puncture wound on the back of the head has completely healed.
3 months after hair transplant
The transplanted hair will start to form a thin hairline, approximately 10-15%, causing the hairline to not be clearly seen in the first 3 months.
6 months after hair transplant
Hair becomes thicker, we will start to see the hairline clearly. The results of the transplanted hair will increase by 40-50% and grow in general of the hair transplant area.
12-18 months after hair transplant
This is the stage where the final results of the hair transplant can be seen. Get a clear new hairline and naturally thick hair.
Preparation before hair transplant
Since hair transplant surgery is a small surgery, the pre-procedure and post-procedure are not difficult, just refrain from vitamins for 1-2 weeks. If anyone is taking Minoxidil, stop taking it before the day of the hair transplant. Also, refrain from having tea or coffee on an operative day as these vitamins, medicines, and beverages can slow down the bleeding, resulting in longer surgery hours. The longer the hair roots stay outside of the body, the survival rate may be reduced, and most importantly a patient might be more tired from a longer hours procedure.
Hair transplant after care
On the procedure day, don’t forget to wear a button-front shirt instead of a T-shirt. When you go home, it’s easier to take off the shirt and not touch the transplanted area, otherwise, the newly planted graft may fall off and not grow as it should.
After the hair transplant surgery, it’s not difficult to take care of yourself. You have to understand that the wound from the hair transplant will take 2-4 days to dry completely. During this time, you may need to be careful because the grafts still have a chance to fall off easily. Be careful not to pick at or scratch the transplanted area, refrain from exercising for about 2 weeks, refrain from swimming and sauna for 4 weeks, avoid being in direct sunlight for too long until the skin is burned. If you have to stay outdoors for a long time, you should wear a hat to protect the hair that has just been planted.
And you can wash your hair every day, but you should follow the advice of the clinic technician, as well as use mild shampoo for the first 2 weeks. After this period, you can wash your hair normally and live a normal life without having to be very careful. Including the use of various scalp serums, that can be used 2 weeks after hair transplantation as well.
Complication after hair transplantation
There are very few side effects from hair transplants that are not a great concern. The most common are swelling, mild pain, redness, temporary native hair falling (Shock Loss) or discolored hair, etc. However, these complications are temporary and can gradually resolve over a period of time.
However, choosing a hair transplant clinic with a standard reduces the chances of these complications. On the other hand, if choosing a non-standard or inexperienced provider, serious complications can occur as well. The worst is the fatal infection that has happened in India before. As you can see, choosing a good hair transplant clinic is very important.
Hair transplant results
Frequently asked questions
What is a hair graft?
The graft is a group of hairs. One graft can consist of 1, 2, 3 or 4 hairs. Normally, 50% of grafts is 2-hair graft.
How much does it cost?
The price is 75-140 baht/graft. It varies with graft count needed for patients’ procedures. The more grafts you need, the cheaper price per graft. Please, consult with our ABHRS-certified surgeon for more info.
- FUT and FUE techniques, less than 1,000 grafts, priced at 90 Baht per graft.
- FUT and FUE techniques, minimum of 1,000 grafts and above, priced at 75 Baht per graft.
- Non-shaven FUE technique, without shaving the hair, priced at 140 Baht per graft.
For the FUE, you will feel a bit pain only when you’re given a local anaesthetic. After that, you won’t feel any pains during and after surgery. For the FUT, you might feel more pain after surgery and it will stay there for many days.
Use real hair or synthetic hair?
Hair transplants are moving hair follicles from the occipital area to bald or thinning areas. So, it’s your own hair which can get longer like natural hair.
Do I need to shave?
You only need to get shaved at the donor area (occipital). It is about 1 palm size.
Need long recovery?
Only 1-3 days for recovery is enough. Hair transplants are considered as small surgeries. For the FUE, the wound is smaller than 1mm. It will be completely healed by 3 days. So, you can go to work the next day! In case you go with the FUT, you’re required to get stitches off 10 days after surgery.
When dose transplanted hair grow?
Hair transplants are the 12-month projects. Transplanted hair will fall out after 2 weeks and start growing again in the 3rd month. It will fully grow in 12 months or 1 year.
Is there a chance of complications?
Hair transplantations are considered as small surgeries. A chance of complications is very small. Anyway, you might get redness or pimples in the donor and recipient areas. Also, swelling at the forehead and the eyes can possibly occur. But they will go away in specific times.
Is there a chance that the surgery isn’t successful?
At HAIRSMITH CLINIC, we expect to see your hair grow more than 95%.
Hair transplant with a real expert
Because the hair that is used to grow is a limited resource, it can be used up. Therefore, if choosing a service provider who has no experience, the hair might not grow so that means you lose your hair for nothing. Hair transplantation with a specialist is something that should be specially considered.
However, at Hairsmith Clinic we have Doctor of medicine, Prima Tossaborvorn, an American Board Hair Transplant Surgeon Certified (ABHRS) since 2014
She graduated with a Master’s degree in Dermatology from Cardiff University of the United Kingdom and is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) with experience in hair transplant surgery over 10 years as well as continuously attending ISHRS workshops and conferences in Malaysia, United States, Czech Republic, South Korea, and Spain.
With over 3,000 cases of successful hair transplant patients, you can be sure that Hairsmith Clinic is definitely one of the top hair transplants in the country.
DR. PRIMA TOSSABORVORN