FUT And FUE Hair Transplant Treatment In Singapore

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FUT And FUE Hair Transplant Treatment In Singapore

Hair loss is a medical condition that can affect your scalp or other parts of the body, and it can be temporary or permanent. Alopecia, or hair loss is a complex phenomenon that is not fully understood by doctors. However, we know that certain factors such as hereditary, medical conditions, hormonal changes, certain medications, and intrinsic ageing may cause your hair to fall. For individuals experiencing thinning hair or male or female pattern hair loss, hair transplant in Singapore remains a highly effective treatment for restoring one’s crowning glory. So, what exactly is a hair transplant and what is the process?

Below, we cover the two main kinds of hair transplants and their differences.

1. Types of hair transplant treatment

There are two main methods of hair transplant: Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Both are effective hair restoration techniques with high success rates. So, what are they and how are they different?

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)

FUT involves removing a strip of scalp tissue containing healthy hair follicles from the back of the head.

The strip is then divided into individual follicular units, each containing one to four hair follicles. These units are transplanted into the recipient areas, where hair loss has occurred, to promote natural-looking hair growth.

The success of FUT depends largely on how healthy the scalp skin is and how many hairs there are per square centimetre of the donor scalp. In general, FUT procedure potentially has more hair yield during a lifetime compared to FUE. FUT is often recommended for individuals suffering from extensive hair loss, as it allows more hair follicles to be transplanted in one session.

When the strip is removed from the donor site, it is placed under a microscope so that the surgical team will meticulously divide into tiny grafts of individual follicular units that should contain between 1 and 4 hairs. The donor area is then stitched up and usually covered by surrounding hair so that the scar is not obvious. After 1-2 weeks, the stitches are removed and the donor area heals to form a small scar. The downside to this treatment is the unsightly scar at the back of the patient’s head that will take some time to heal, longer downtime, and higher risk of complications.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

FUE hair transplant surgery involves harvesting the hairs from the areas (usually the back and side of the head) and inserting these hair follicles one by one into balding areas. There will be a series of tiny dots on the scalp. After 1-2 weeks when the scars recover, they will be barely noticeable. Over a few sessions of FUE procedures, the donor area may gradually thin out.

Hence, there is a limited amount of donor hair that doctors can harvest. This means that the doctor needs to ensure that there is sufficient supply for repeat procedures, if necessary.

While FUE may take significantly longer time to complete as compared to FUT, it is less invasive and does not leave scars on harvested areas, and results in faster healing.

2. Who Is A Candidate For Hair Transplant Surgery?

  1. Patients with well-defined male or female pattern baldness, who wish to have a more attractive hair line, or increased hair density. 
  2. Patients with hair loss from scarring or scalp injuries
  3. Individuals who wish to enhance facial hair such as thicker eyebrows, more defined sideburns, beard or moustache

An ideal candidate for hair restoration surgery should also have healthy hair to “donate”. 

Since male or female pattern baldness usually affects the hairline and crown, we usually harvest the most sturdy hair follicles, which are found on the back and sides of the head. These follicles are genetically programmed to grow for life. When transplanted to the balding area, they have the ability to take root and grow normally in the recipient site. This phenomenon is known as donor dominance. 

Other potential donor sites are beard, or body hair such as chest hair. Only your own hair can only be transplanted. You cannot “donate” hair to someone else due to graft rejection. 

3. How does hair transplant work?

4. Number of grafts needed for hair transplant treatment

It depends on several factors such as the severity of your hair loss, the density of the donor area and your current scalp condition. In general, up to 4,000 hair grafts may be transplanted during one procedure. The more advanced the hair loss, the more grafts you may require to fill the balding areas.

5. What Can I Expect After Getting Hair Transplant Surgery In Singapore?

Following hair transplant surgery, patients can gently wash their hair with baby shampoo starting the very next day. Most individuals can return to work within a couple of days, though it is advisable to limit vigorous exercise for at least a week to promote wound healing.

Over the course of a month, the transplanted hair shafts will likely shed. However, the hair follicle will have integrated into the scalp, and new hair growth will begin approximately three months after the procedure, progressing at a normal rate. 

By the six-month mark, the transplanted hair will start to take on a natural appearance and continue to grow for a lifetime. No long-term care is necessary, but your doctor may recommend continuing medications such as minoxidil or finasteride to prevent further hair loss in the existing hair.

Hair transplantation is the only treatment that addresses areas of the scalp with a loss of hair follicles. In cases of severe hair loss, more than one treatment session may be required to achieve optimal results.

6. Benefits of FUT and FUE hair transplant treatment

The FUT and FUE methods have their pros and cons. Although both treatments provide good outcome, it depends largely on the doctor and your scalp condition in order for the doctor to recommend which treatment suits you better.

Benefits of FUT

FUT is best suited for patients who require a large number of grafts since there is a higher yield of hair than FUE. Although FUT technique may cause a linear scar at the back of the head, the scar will likely heal well and it can be hidden with the surrounding hair. Depending on the complexity of the treatment, the entire FUT procedure can take between 4 and 12 hours to complete. With less time and effort required, FUT is generally less expensive than FUE procedure.

Benefits of FUE

One of the biggest differences between FUE and FUT is that FUE is a minimally invasive surgery and does not leave any linear scar on the scalp. Only individual follicular units are harvested, leaving only tiny dot scars which won’t be noticeable once the scar heals. FUE is particularly suitable for men or women who keep short hair because there is minimal scarring. This treatment is suitable for people who suffer from less severe form of hair loss and only require relatively fewer hair grafts.

7. Side effects of hair transplant treatment

Just like any other surgical procedures, there are potential side effects which may occur during a hair transplant treatment. These side effects include:

8. Cost of hair transplant in Singapore

The cost of hair transplant procedures in Singapore can vary as it depends on the doctor’s experience, type of treatment, and number of grafts required. In general, you can expect to fork out S$6,000 to $13,000 or more for a procedure. The main factors that determine the cost of hair transplant are:

Doctors often quote the price of the treatment based on the number of grafts required. The price range per graft is about S$3.50 to $7. On the average, you can expect to pay about $5 per graft. In addition, there are also other charges that relate to the procedure. Post-treatment medication can range from S$50 to S$300.

9. Non-surgical hair loss treatment in Singapore

A surgical hair transplant can be expensive with long downtime. In addition, for hair transplant to be successful, you need to have enough hair in the first place to harvest from the donor site to the recipient area. For people who may not be too keen to shell out large amounts of money and to tolerate the long downtime of surgical treatments, they can turn to non-surgical hair loss treatments.

Regenera Activa

Regenera Activa aims to provide an intensive, targeted scalp treatment to promote stronger, thicker hair growth. It is specially designed to regenerate and kickstart hair growth process using autologous micrograft. Simply speaking, this treatment uses your own body’s ability to use functioning hair follicles to stimulate the growth of hair follicles in inactive areas of the scalp. It is an FDA-approved, CE-marked and HSA-approved device for the purpose of stimulating healthy hair growth. You can expect some bruising and bleeding after the treatment but these should resolve within a day.

PDRN Scalp Therapy

PDRN Scalp Therapy aims to provide a targeted treatment to repair and rejuvenate the scalp from the inside. Unlike other scalp treatments that provide symptomatic relief, PDRN Scalp Therapy strengthens the scalp and provides a healthier, stronger foundation for thicker hair growth.

This hair loss treatment has almost no downtime and you can return to work or go about your daily activities after the procedure.

LASEMD hair regrowth laser

A laser technology that hails from South Korea, LASEMD uses a cosmeceutical delivery system (CDS) to administer hair growth compounds deep into the scalp to increase the absorption rate of the serum. In addition, the Thulium laser energy stimulates the hair follicles and encourages blood flow to produce stronger, thicker hair. There is minimal downtime associated with this procedure and you may resume your daily activities after the treatment.

Revitalise Your Hair With Advanced Hair Loss Treatments In Singapore From Radium Medical Aesthetics

If you’re looking to address your hair concerns effectively, Radium Aesthetics offers minimally-invasive aesthetic treatments that promote healthy hair regrowth. 

With a team of expert aestheticians and a focus on advanced technologies such as Regenera Activa, PDRN Scalp Therapy, and LASEMD Hair Regrowth Laser, we provide a comprehensive approach to hair restoration. 

Schedule a consultation today to learn more about our non-surgical options and begin your journey towards healthier hair.

Frequently asked questions about hair transplant in Singapore

Is hair transplant permanent?

FUT and FUE hair transplant procedures can be permanent for some people. However, hair fall can still occur if the scalp condition is not optimal or other factors that cause hair loss still persist.

Am I a suitable candidate for hair transplant treatment?

A good candidate for hair transplant should fulfil all 3 factors:

Is hair transplant treatment painful?

Hair transplant treatment is not entirely pain-free. However, the doctor and nurses will provide you with sufficient pain relief medication and/or anesthesia before carrying out the procedure.

What should I do after hair transplant treatment?

In order to achieve better outcome of your hair transplant treatment, doctors usually advise their patients to:

How long is the downtime of hair transplant treatment?

In general, you can expect the downtime to last about 3 to 10 days. Hence, it might be good to either work from home and avoid social activities during the recovery period.

When can I exercise after hair transplant?

Most patients can exercise 1 week after treatment, swim after 2 weeks and participate in strenuous activities after 1 month.

Can Hair Transplant Solve Male Pattern Hair Loss?

Yes, hair transplants can effectively work on male pattern hair loss. Both Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) techniques are specifically designed to address hair loss in men and help restore a natural-looking hairline and fuller hair coverage.

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