Basics – Hair transplant – take hair from the “permanent” regions(eg. back of the scalp) and implant where they are needed.
FUE (follicular unit extraction) – groups of 1-4 hair are removed individually by a small punch and transplanted to the front of scalp
FUT (follicular unit transplant) – a strip of skin with hair roots is removed from the back of head, hair roots are separated and implanted.
Step- 1 – Eligibility and extent – Stage 2a onwards and those above 24 years of age are candidates . However exceptions do exist as younger patients with a relatively higher grade MAY BE taken up as they are already “stable” as far as their hair loss is concerned.
grade follicular units with crown
Step 2 – FUE before FUT
Your first procedure? Go for FUE.
Ready for the second round? – FUT maybe.
There are many pros and cons for both the procedures, but the ones that would make us choose FUE without a doubt would be these.
Reasons- 1. FUE post op pic
FUT post op pic
- With FUT be assured to throw 5 -15% of your donor hair to the dustbin.
The hair lying in the dormant (invisible) stages (exogen + telogen) could range anywhere from 5 -15%. These are invisible to the human eye and so the strip removed in FUT essentially removes these follicles also and are hence lost forever.
Step – 3 – Find the doctor.
- Expertise – Please ensure that only a qualified dermatologist or a plastic surgeon is the person operating on you. ( Obvious? You’ll be shocked to know how many technitians/ physiotherapists / dentists are doing hair transplants in India)
- Budget – usual costs in India range from Rs. 30,000 – Rs. 3,00,000 depending usually on the number of hair required, expertise and the running costs of the clinic in question.
- The cost charged per follicle is usually 30 – 100/ follicle (scalp FU – 30 -70 , body FU – 70 – 100)
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