FUT + FUE Combined Hair Transplant combination treatment is a very effective option when trying to maximize the yield of donor hair harvesting in a single visit while causing the least amount of tissue damage. It is also the most effective option in repair cases where prior surgeries have exhausted donor resources and caused scarring.
What is FUT + FUE Combined Hair Transplant?
People who experience a lot of hair loss may sometimes not have the hair they want with one method. FUT + FUE Combined Hair Transplant is a very effective method applied for such cases.
The main purpose of this operation is to reach a lot of graft. Thanks to this, the patient’s baldness can be covered.
These are situations when a combination of FUT
may be preferred:
- The desire to harvest the highest amount of donor hairs at once while limiting extensive tissue damage which a single technique could have caused. It is possible to harvest 10000 hairs or more on a virgin scalp when FUT+FUE is used. Trying to harvest such high amounts with only FUT or FUE can cause wound healing problems, extensive tissue damage and scarring.
- In patients who have had multiple/aggressive FUE procedures the donor density decreases below a certain threshold when another large FUE procedures becomes impossible. In these cases FUT+FUE with a larger FUT session and smaller FUE session, or a large FUT session combined with an FUE session using body hair (FUT+BHT) may be a good option.
- In patients who have had previous FUT procedures and a wide scar, it may be possible to do a smaller FUT session aimed mainly at repairing the previous scar and a larger FUE session for coverage.
Patients who have limited donor area due to advanced hair loss or limited donor availability due to multiple previous surgeries where a single technique does not offer enough improvement.
Patients who have good donor but very advanced hair loss. So there’s a lot of donor availability but there’s also a huge area to cover and the limitations of a single technique in one visit do not allow for a significant coverage.
In these cases we could actually do a Strip (FUT, FUSS) + FUE combined procedure.
Let’s give a few examples to this:
Let’s say a patient had one or two strip surgeries prior, so he has a strip scar. Therefore if you do only strip (FUSS, FUT) again you’re going to get a limited number of grafts, 1500 or maybe 2000 grafts. If you do only FUE, the previous strip has limited donor area, it’s narrowed and also you have to leave some areas around the scar untouched, so it’s camouflaged. So again you’re somewhat limited to let’s say 2000-2500 grafts.
But let’s say you do a combined procedure so you do the strip you get 2000 grafts and then we do FUE and you get another 2000 grafts. So suddenly you’re able to do a huge procedure after multiple ones in one visit. I don’t mean that all this has to be done in one session, it’s frequently a good idea to do it in two separate days so that the grafts are not under too much risk and the operation time is not too long.
Let’s say there’s a patient who had previous FUE, so his donor area is diffusedly scarred and we know that if we try to do FUE again on an operated patient, donor variability is significantly reduced due to the fibrosis that’s all over the area. The scarring may look good to the eye but when it comes to a second surgery, it becomes very difficult to get good grafts. So then again, a combined procedure can come in and you can get get nice 2000-2500 or 3000 grafts, then you can do some FUE and then suddenly you’re talking about 4000-5000 good grafts. So again it works. Also with previous strip scars you can remove the scar you can get few grafts from it but then you add FUE so it again you do a decent sized hair transplant while improving the previous scar.
So, using the two techniques at the same time has some advantages in these difficult situations
FUT + FUE Combined Hair Transplant at AEK Hair Clinic
AEK Clinic never turns away its patients who have hair loss problems. This clinic is known as a very successful clinic that closely follows the technology and applies all hair transplantation methods within its structure.
Our surgeons can determine which type of technique a patient needs by performing a preliminary examination. If a patient’s hair cannot be transplanted with a single technique, then he can obtain a lot of grafts by using FUT and FUE techniques at the same time. In this operation, almost 10,000 hairs can be collected. So, how do you find out how much graft you need? Thanks to the Norwood scale, of course. So, what is this Norwood scale
What is Norwood Scale?
Types of hair loss are divided into two. “Male pattern hair loss and female pattern hair loss.” Male pattern shedding is a natural process that usually occurs when men get older. The Norwood scale is used to determine the stage of hair loss and there are rates of these hair loss stages. On the Norwood scale, there are 7 stages. It is divided from 1 to 7.
- Stage 1: 0-1000 grafts.
- Stage 2: 1000-1500 grafts.
- Stage 3: 2000 grafts.
- Stage 4: 3000-3500 grafts.
- Stage 5: 3500-4500 grafts.
- Stage 6: 4500-6000 grafts.
- Stage 7: 7000 and above grafts.
FUT and FUE combined hair transplantation is applied for patients who come out of the Norward scale at 5 to 7 years. Approximately 3,500 grafts can be transplanted in one operation. Therefore, when more grafts are needed, FUE FUT combined hair transplantation operation can be performed.
Hair Transplant FAQ
How many grafts needed for full head hair transplant?
If you don’t want any gaps left in your hair, 4500 to 6000 grafts are needed. However, this is an estimate, the surgeon makes the most accurate decision.
Can a patient touch his/her head after hair transplant operation?
No, this is forbidden. The first 1 week after the operation is quite critical. Touching the hair follicles, scratching, etc. may cause the operation to give unsuccessful results. Therefore, the patient should not touch his hair for at least 10 days.
How can a patient sleep after hair transplant operation?
It is recommended to sleep at an angle of 45 degrees. Nothing should touch the scalp. Use a neck pillow and put two pillows under your head. Grafts should not be pressured. It is very important that the environment in which you sleep is hygienic. Your head can get germs because channels open in your scalp.
If you do not pay attention to hygiene, you may experience bad side effects. These can be listed as swelling, inflammation, infection, damage to the grafts. You can lay a clean towel on your pillow. If your scalp is damaged while sleeping, contact the clinic immediately.