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Hair Transplant – Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Cost of a hair transplant - FUT

USA AUD15776.00
Australia AUD11000.00
UK AUD10172.00
Malaysia AUD6286.00
Mexico AUD4009.00
Turkey AUD1952.00
* Prices start from and are subject to change

Hair Transplant – Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

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What is a hair transplant?

Hair transplant is a procedure which transplants grafts of hair follicles from one part of your body to a bald or balding part of your body, primarily used to treat male pattern baldness. The procedure can also be used to increase the amount of hair around your eyebrow, or chest areas. There are two types of hair transplant techniques – the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique, and the follicular unit transplant (FUT) technique. Many patients prefer the FUE technique as it has a faster recovery period, there is no linear scar in the donor area, and there are no limitations on strenuous exercise post-procedure. Patients who prefer the FUT technique does so as the maximum follicular unit graft yield is higher, the graft is out of the body for a shorter period of time, and due to the cost factor – the FUT technique is generally cheaper.  Real life example of hair transplant transformation.

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) technique

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a procedure where hair is transplanted from the area on the back of your head, and sides of your scalp, where hair is more resistant to balding, to the balding areas of the scalp. An FUT procedure involves the surgeon removing a strip of tissue from the back of your head or the sides of your scalp, known as the donor strip. Once extracted, the donor strip is cut into many follicular units using microscopic dissection techniques. As these follicular unit grafts are being prepared, the doctor makes tiny holes in the scalp, where the grafts are placed. The arrangement and positioning of these follicular unit grafts determine the aesthetic qualities of a hair transplant, and so this arrangement must be decided on a case-by-case basis, depending on your history of hair loss and the likelihood of future hair loss.

There may also be some scarring left in the donor area after the procedure which looks like a narrow linear scar on the back of the head. Unless the patient’s hair is really short, the scar is not generally visible.

What happens during the surgery?

You will have an initial consultation with your surgeon to discuss the suitability of the procedure, to establish an appropriate donor site, and discuss the details of the procedure. Once all of the details are agreed upon and confirmed, a date for the procedure is set.

During the procedure, your scalp is first cleaned. The donor site where the hair is being harvested from will be injected with an anesthetic to numb the area before the strip of hair follicles are extracted. The extraction involves the surgeon removing a strip of tissue from the back of your head or the sides of your scalp, known as the donor strip. Once extracted, the donor strip is cut into many follicular units using microscopic dissection techniques. As these follicular unit grafts are being prepared, the doctor makes tiny holes in the scalp, where the grafts are placed. The arrangement and positioning of these follicular unit grafts determine the aesthetic qualities of a hair transplant, and so this arrangement must be decided on a case-by-case basis, depending on your history of hair loss and the likelihood of future hair loss.

The procedure usually takes 4-12 hours depending on the number of grafts of hair follicles transplanted. The higher the number of grafts of hair follicles, the longer the procedure would take. In some rare cases, an extra appointment may be necessary due to a large number of hair follicles needing to be transplanted.

It is common to experience itchiness, swelling, pain or numbness post-procedure. Most patients are able to be discharged post-procedure. Patients are advised to rest with their heads slightly raised. Patients are generally recommended to compliment their hair transplant procedure with some Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments.

How do I find the right surgeon?

The best way is to speak to a few hair transplant surgeons and find out which surgeon you are most comfortable with. At Holiday Health, we can connect you to reputable and reliable hair transplant surgeons. We strongly suggest you take into consideration that the surgeon you choose:

  • is reputable and trustworthy;
  • has a proven track record;
  • is registered with or accredited by their local government or the governing medical body or association – especially important in countries like Turkey and Thailand – View our guide to hair transplant in Turkey;
  • has never been disqualified from practicing anywhere in the world;
  • has never been found guilty of endangering a patient’s life; and
  • has never been found guilty of malpractice.

You should also include any preferences you might have. For example, you might be more comfortable with someone who has more experience or someone who specializes in one technique over the other. You can have a look at our price guide for hair transplants to help you make the right decision.

The history of Follicular Unit Transplantation (strip method)

The fundamental idea behind hair transplant surgery originates from the permanency of some hair. While some hair on your scalp has a temporary life span, other hair tends to endure for a lifetime. It was found that permanent hair could be moved to any part of the body where it can continue to grow and behave as if it was still on its original site.

The principal of moving from the donor area and relocating them into the balding or thinning areas of the scalp (recipient area)  was originally discovered by Japanese dermatologist Dr. Okuda in 1939 and was used to treat severe burned patients. The Technology did have much advancement until 1990 where an innovative technique that provided natural results was firstly applied. This hair transplant procedure was known as the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) Technique.
In the last 10 years that have been significant improvements using FUT  allowing for faster recovery times and minimal scarring at the donor area. With the naked eyes, it is almost impossible to distinguish the difference between the existing hair and transplanted hair. Due to the improvement of implant angles and density that contribute to your natural pattern of hair.

The main difference between this and follicular unit extraction (FUE) is that FUT involves removing a strip of follicular units via microscopic dissection; whereas FUE involves removing the actual follicular units directly from the donor site.

 

Important 

Before your procedure, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and the results you would like to achieve with your surgeon. Communication is vital in reaching your goals. Ensure you communicate your vision clearly to your surgeon and re-confirm the intended procedure to ensure there is no miscommunication. Your surgeon will work with you to reach an understanding about what you can expect from this procedure, and what long-term benefits and side-effects you may experience. Every patient is different, and your specialist will choose the surgical technique and treatment plan that is right for you.

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and which vitamins and medications should be taken or avoided.

Please note. The information found on this website is purely for educational purposes only and should not be relied upon for its exactness or for its accuracy for your specific situation and/or for your specific procedure. The information provided is not a substitute for advice from your physician/surgeon as it may not contain all the known facts, risks and side effects of this procedure. Please consult with your physician/surgeon about your personal circumstances and about your personal procedure/treatment plan. We take no responsibility for any misinformation, inaccuracies, or for any loss or damage suffered by you in relation to the services we provide to you, or the information provided on our website.

Healthcare providers

Absolute Hair Clinic Bangkok, Thailand

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  • Highly qualified and experienced hair transplant surgeon
  • Guarantees that 90% of the transplanted hairs will grow within 12 months
  • 30km from Suvarnabhumi International Airport
Acibadem Adana Hospital Adana, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • The radiation oncology department operates as a benchmark center for the Adana and Çukurova
  • 3km from Adana Şakirpaşa Airport
Acibadem Ankara Hospital Ankara, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure and technology
  • 43km from Esenboğa International Airport
Acibadem Atakent University Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Has a strong focus on cardiology, nuclear medicine, and oncology
  • 11km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Bakırköy Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Has highly experienced staff in general surgery, orthopaedics, urology, pediatric cardiology, and brain surgery
  • 8km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Bodrum Hospital Bodrum, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Experienced cardiology team
  • 44km from Milas-Bodrum Airport
Acibadem Bursa Hospital Bursa, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • One of the most advanced Oncology and Radiotherapy Center in Bursa, Turkey
  • 129km from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
Acibadem Eskişehir Hospital Eskişehir, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Strong focus on cardiology, oncology, orthopaedics and pediatrics
  • 119km from Zafer Airport
Acibadem Fulya Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Specializes in sports medicine, orthopaedics, physical therapy and traumatology
  • 22km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem International Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • A world-class leading hospital renowned with foreign patients
  • 7km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Kadıköy Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Specializes in IVF and risky pregnancies
  • 32km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Kayseri Hospital Kayseri, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • The Cancer reference center for the Central Anatolian Region in Turkey
  • 6km from Erkilet International Airport
Acibadem Kocaeli Hospital Izmit, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • A reference center for childbirth in the Kocaeli and Gebze region of Turkey
  • 69km from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport
Acibadem Kozyatağı Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Specializes in neurological science and oncology
  • 32km from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
Acibadem Maslak Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • A reference center for cancer treatment
  • 32km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Acibadem Taksim Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group
  • Fully fledged hospital serving in all branches of medicine
  • 20km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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  • First hospital to be awarded the JCI accreditation in the UAE
  • An award winning facility specialising in cosmetic surgery
  • 6km from Dubai International Airport
Dr. Ko Clinic Johor Bahru Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Dr. Ko Clinics group
  • Skincare and aesthetics specialists
  • 8km from Johor Bahru city centre
Dr. Ko Clinic Klang Klang, Malaysia

Review

  • Part of the Dr. Ko Clinics group
  • Skincare and aesthetics specialists
  • 35km from Kuala Lumpur city centre
Dr. Ko Clinic Penang Penang, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Dr. Ko Clinics group
  • Skincare and aesthetics specialists
  • 23km from George Town city centre
Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • Home to the first Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion in Malaysia
  • 10km from Kuala Lumpur city centre
Gleneagles Hospital Medini Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • Specializes in Cardiology, Gyneacology and Obstetrics, and Orthopaedics.
  • 18km from Johor Bahru city centre
Gleneagles Hospital Penang Penang, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • First private hospital in Penang
  • 2km from George Town, Penang city centre
Hizmet Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Specializes in cardiovascular surgery, hair transplants, kidney transplants, neurosurgery, orthopaedics and traumatology
  • 10km from Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Medstar Antalya Hospital Antalya, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Specializes in cancer treatment – Medstar Chemotherapy and Arts Center
  • 9km from Antalya Airport
Medstar Topçular Hospital Antalya, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • A multidisciplinary hospital specializing in Gynecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Urology
  • 11km from Antalya Airport
Memorial Ankara Hospital Ankara, Turkey

Review

  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Has the most advanced medical technology in Turkey
  • 35km from Ankara Esenboga Airport
Memorial Antalya Hospital Antalya, Turkey

Review

  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Specializes in IVF, bariatric surgery, hair transplant and plastic surgery
  • 13km from Antalya Airport
Memorial Ataşehir Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Is a multidisciplinary hospital
  • 37km from Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Memorial Dicle Hospital Diyarbakir, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Offers world-class standard health care
  • 5km from Diyarbakir Airport
Memorial Diyarbakir Hospital Diyarbakir, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Offers world-class standard health care
  • 7km from Diyarbakir Airport
Memorial Kayseri Hospital Kayseri, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • The hospital’s Kayseri IVF center serves as a reference center for IVF globally
  • 5km from Kayseri Erkilet Airport
Memorial Şişli Hospital Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Part of the Memorial Hospital Group
  • Prestigious reputation in cardiology, organ transplantation, IVF and genetics
  • 23km from Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • The hospital has a specialist Cancer Institute, Breast Care Centre, Eye Centre, Hand and Upper Limb Centre, Spine and Joint Centre, and Heart Centre
  • 8km from Kuala Lumpur city centre
Pantai Hospital Penang Penang, Malaysia

Review

  • Part of the Parkway Pantai Limited group which treats approximately 14,000 international patients each year
  • Has a specialist centre for the treatment of stroke
  • 5km from Penang International Airport
Raffles Hospital Singapore, Singapore

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  • Part of the Raffles Medical Group
  • Practise high standards in patient care
  • 19km from Singapore Changi Airport

FAQs

The price of a follicular unit transplantation (FUT) hair transplant varies. With the medical providers we work with, the price starts from AUD$1,952.

There is a success rate of over 95% – with most patients not able to distinguish the transplanted hair from their normal hair within 3-6 months. It does usually takes up to 12-months to see the full results of the hair transplant procedure.

  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Scarring
  • Tenderness of the scalp
  • Hair transplant failure – where the transplanted hair doesn’t grow

There may be other potential risks involved when undergoing an FUT hair transplant procedure. Please discuss them further with your surgeon.

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