FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) is one traditional technique where a long thin strip of scalp is removed, typically from lower down on the back of the head. The hair follicles are then divided into single units under a microscope.
FUT, FUE, DHI - What are the differences and how much does it cost?
Thinning hair can have such an impact on a person, it can cause stress, anxiety and loss of self esteem, making you feel like you’d do anything to remedy the situation. Making a rash decision on a hair transplant can have devastating consequences for a number of reasons. Firstly, the result can be unnatural looking, you may have a low follicle survival rate and worse still, so much damage can be done to the donor area that corrective surgery may not be a possibility.
Making the right decision on your hair transplant provider from the beginning is so important – to get a natural looking result and to protect the donor area from trauma. In this article we explain the difference between FUT, FUE and the DHI methods and why DHI stand head and shoulders above the industry in terms of process, quality and results.
Different Methods Explained
A hair transplant involves taking healthy hair follicles (from an area resistant to balding) and implanting them into the treatment area. Both the extraction phase and implantation phase are equally important. The key difference between FUT and FUE techniques are how the donor hair follicles are extracted. We explain below:
The scalp from where the strip was removed is then sewn back together. It is a cheaper form of hair transplant as the extraction phase is quicker than alternative techniques, however it leaves a significant scar that can be seen under short hair and if you are prone to keloid scarring, it can cause a very noticeable scar where the strip was removed.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is another traditional technique where a punch is used to make a small circular cut in the skin around a hair follicle or group of follicles, removing them from the scalp, leaving a small open hole.
The process is repeated until the surgeon has enough follicles to cover the treatment area. The holes heal to tiny white scars throughout the donor area and can be undetectable depending on the skill of the surgeon. These scars heal quicker and are less visible than FUT.
DHI extraction could be referred to as a micro-FUE and only punches with diameter of 1mm or less are used to extract hairs one by one from the donor area. This minimally invasive DHI extraction is always done 100% by a certified surgeon ensuring consistency and high quality.
With both the FUT and FUE options, follicles are implanted the same way, by creating reception holes in the treatment area and placing the hair follicles into the holes with forceps, allowing little control over the angle, direction and depth. Implantation is normally done by technicians, not by a surgeon. With these traditional techniques, the focus is on how many follicles are extracted and little or no emphasis on follicle survival rate after implantation, which is crucial.
With the DHI Direct Technique each follicle is separately placed directly to the affected area with the DHI implanter, the specially designed tool for hair transplant and hair loss treatment. With DHI implanter, doctors can control the depth, the direction and the angle, each graft is placed. Thus, the new hair does not fall, the grafts live longer and the final look is 100% natural. Direct implantation of hair follicles with the DHI implanter provides a natural look, without visible scars on the affected area.
The DHI hair transplant technique is a tested and standardised method, which takes the best approach in every step of the procedure to ensure maximum patient comfort, no visible scaring and 100% natural looking results. We, at DHI Scotland are so confident in our technique that we guarantee natural results.
What Makes The DHI Technique Superior?
1) Procedures are done by a DHI Certified Doctor who is also GMC Registered, not technicians
- on-going training and certification through London Hair Restoration Academy ensures consistency and quality
2) Minimum handling of hair follicles results in high survival rate
- achieving constantly over 90% survival rate vs industry rates that fluctuate between 60-75%
- less donor hairs needed
- this is important as only the surviving hair is worth paying for
3) The most delicate hair transplant method
- no scalpels
- no stitches
- painless under local anesthesia
- no detectable scarring
- short recovery time (you may even return to work the next day)
- While hair follicles are out of patients body, they are kept in special preservative solution (Hypothermosol) that is commonly used in organ transplants. This is important for consistency in the hair survival rate from patient to patient.
- DHI Scotland is the only hair restoration clinics in Scotland that use HypothermosolTM in hair transplants. This sustains the survival rate of the hairs up to 100%.
5) Natural results GUARANTEED
- implantation of the hair follicles happens with a special tool, the DHI Implanter, which allows our specialist DHI doctor to control the angle, direction and depth of the implanted hair unlike any other technique.
- your results are guaranteed to look natural
How much does a hair transplant cost?
When it comes to hair transplants, many people assume that they should base cost on the number of grafts (hair follicles) to be extracted and implanted. The larger the number of grafts, the better value for money, right? Wrong. Older style hair transplant techniques require more of your precious donor hair follicles to be harvested. Using the correct technique allows for fewer follicles needed to achieve the desired result and caring for the donor area to allow for a future transplant if required is the priority. Too frequently, we have seen patients come to DHI Scotland following a botched procedure with little to no option for a remedial procedure due to the damage inflicted or the “over harvesting” of the donor area.
Cheap hair transplants can have serious consequences for a variety of reasons. You can get a low price per graft but you will probably have a low follicle survival rate, so if you have a survival rate of 25-30%, then you will eventually make a very expensive hair transplant. DHI Scotland is constantly achieving over 90% survival rate against other clinics ranging from 60-75%.
Hair loss – alopecia treatments at DHI Scotland pricing starts from £200 and Direct Hair Transplant from £2,000. The exact cost depends on the needs and the expectations of the patient.
Facilities and Patient Care
From the time you first contact DHI Scotland, to the time that you have your last follow-up appointment, you will feel comfortable and in good hands. DHI facilities are second to none and patient care is our number one priority. The hair transplant process involves:
- An initial consultation and hair loss diagnosis
- Pre-surgery consultation
- Follow up appointments at 1 week, 1 month and then 3 months, 6 months and 12 months post-procedure. You will see the majority of the result by 12 weeks with the final result visible at 12 months post-procedure.
Length of Surgery
The actual procedure can take up to 6-7 hours in one sitting. We work efficiently, but we don’t rush it to ensure the precise implantation of every hair, guaranteeing natural results
DHI are the hair restoration specialists and have over 48 years’ experience. All procedures are performed by a highly-skilled DHI Certified Doctor, GMC Registered and certified through the London Hair Restoration Academy. You can contact a hair restoration specialist in our clinic.
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