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Male hair loss or male pattern baldness is a result of genetics and the effect of testosterone on the hair growth cycle which can be effectively treated by hair transplantation. Hair transplantation is an operation that takes hair from the back or the sides of the head and moves it to the area of hair loss. Hair transplant allows the patients have a natural look with consistently growing hair because patients’ own hair is implanted. The fringe (back and sides) of hair on a balding scalp is the hair that will continue to grow throughout the life of most men. The transplantation of this hair to a bald area does not change its ability to grow.

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Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Follicular unit transplantation is a surgical technique that continues the modern emphasis on achieving a “natural” look from hair transplants. This is the most common procedure in which small clusters of hairs or ‘follicular units’ are removed from the donor area of hair in a strip, and inserted into the bald area. These are naturally occurring units which if transplanted well, will replicate this natural growth in the recipient area of the scalp. There is no need to cut your hair short for the surgery, also a maximum of 4,000 hairs can be transplanted in a single session. After the surgery, more than 90% of implanted hair grows back up which makes patients highly satisfied with the result.

- Duration of surgery : 3 to 6 hours
- Cost: Starting at KRW 3,500,000 ~ (for 2,000 hairs)

Who are the ideal candidates for Follicular Unit Transplant surgery?
  • Patients with extreme hair loss on particular area of the head
  • Patients who need as much as hair transplanted in a single session
  • Patients who expect the maximum absorption of implanted tissue to the scalp
The Follicular Unit Transplant Procedure

The surgery is performed under a local anesthetic. The hair in the area where the units will be removed will be trimmed to enable easier access. The surgeon will then remove these hairs one by one. Your surgeon will use a microscope while doing so to prevent the risk of damage to the hair follicles. These units are removed in strips for micro-dissection before implantation. The strip is removed from the centre of the donor area which enables the surgeon to obtain a large amount for transplanting. He will then inject an anesthetic into the recipient area (bald area of your scalp) and will use a specially designed ‘micro-needle to insert the follicular units into the scalp. These hairs will then grow as per usual.

  • Step 1 - Design the area where the grafts will be transplanted
  • Step 2 - Dissect the scalp
  • Step 3 - Suture the scalp
  • Step 4 - Remove the follicular units

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Follicular Unit Extraction is a way of obtaining donor hair for Follicular Unit Transplantation , where individual follicular units are harvested directly from the donor area, without the need for a linear incision. In this hair restoration procedure, a 1-mm punch is used to make a small circular incision in the skin around the upper part of the follicular unit, which is then extracted directly from the scalp. FUE takes longer and is more expensive than FUT. Several sessions of FUE are needed in order to achieve a result whereas a result can be obtained in a single FUT session. It takes at least 6 to 7 months to obtain expected result.

- Duration of surgery : 4 to 6 hours
- Cost : Starting at KRW 4,500,000 (1,500 hairs~)

Who are the ideal candidates for Follicular Unit Extraction Procedure?
  • Patients interested in a smaller procedure, one typically up to around 1,000 grafts
  • Patients where the donor supply is limited
  • Patients where scalp elasticity is limited
  • Patients who need or want to wear their hair short
  • Patients who don’t mind having their donor hair clipped short at the time of the rocedure
Follicular Unit Extraction Procedure

The hair of donor area will be extracted from the scalp one at a time by the specialized punch, less than 1mm in diameter. Then the extracted hair will be implanted to the bald area. The procedure will be performed under a local anesthetic.

  • Step 1 - Design the area where the grafts will be transplanted
  • Step 2 - Remove the hair of the surgical area
  • Step 3 - Extract the follicular units
  • Step 4 - Insert the follicular units

Combination of FUT & FUE Hair Transplant

The Follicular Unit Transplant and The Follicular Unit Extraction are performed at the same time to maximize implanted hair at the same time which allows 5,000 to 6,000 grafts to be transplanted in a single session. This is a surgery that combined the advantage of FUT and FUE. The combination procedure minimize trauma to the scalp.

- Duration of surgery : 5 to 7 hours
- Cost : Starting at KRW 6,000,000 ~ (for 5,000 hairs)

Who are the ideal candidates for the combination procedure of FUT & FUE?
  • Patients with less elasticity in the back of the scalp
  • Patients who are in need of a large hair transplant in a session

The Combination of FUT & FUE Procedure

The area where the hair will be transplanted is designed to begin the procedure. Then the hair on the back of the scalp will be removed to extract the Follicular Unit. The procedure will be performed under a local anesthetic. Then the extracted scalp will be separated under a stereo microscope and each follicular unit will be dissected. The procedure ends with Individual follicular units are transplanted back into the scalp.

  • Step 1 - Design the area where the grafts will be transplanted
  • Step 2 - Remove the hair of the surgical area (FUE)
  • Step 3 - Dissect the scalp (FUT)
  • Step 4 - Suture the scalp (FUT)
  • Step 5 - Excise cuttings placed under a stereo microscope (FUT)
  • Step 6 - Dissect each follicular unit (FUE)
  • Step 7 - Individual follicular unit cuttings are transplanted back into the scalp

KMH Recommended Tips

  • 1. Medical conditions that could cause problems during or after surgery, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure or blood-clotting problems should be informed to your doctor.
  • 2. You are not allowed to take Antiplatelet drugs such as aspirin or Vitamin products for a week before the surgery.
  • 3. You can still take the medicine for high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma on the surgery date.
  • 4. Wash your hair before checking in and prepare a hat to put on after the surgery.
  • 5. It is recommended for you not to put on wigs at least for a week after the surgery.
  • 6. The newly transplanted hair starts to grow, initially as very fine hair normally 3 to 5 months after the surgery and some or all of the original hair that was shed begins to grow back.
  • 7. Receiving reaular scalp treatments always help for you to keep healthy hair.

Recommend Hospital

Dr. Ahn Hair Transplant Clinic is a hair loss treatment hospital that opened in 2004 and specializes in hair transplantation surgery. 

Dr. Joing Pil Choi at JP Plastic surgery is not only a plastic surgeon with 14 years of experience but also an ABHRS certified physician.

The Hair Transplantation Center at Kyungpook National University Hospital (KNUH) is opened in 1996, and expanded as KNUH Hair Transplantation & Research Center in 2011.