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What is a FUT Hair Transplant?

Having a hair transplant is more than just patching up a few bald or thinning areas, and while you can go home within a few hours following the treatment, it’s a technical procedure that requires a skilled surgeon.  

There are also different types of hair transplants, including FUT and FUE, both of which are accredited by experts within the industry, with a proven high success rate. The one you choose is dependent on how severe your hair loss is and the background behind. it Fortunately, it’s not a decision you have to make on your own. Crown Clinic’s founder and leading surgeon, Dr Shahmalak will discuss your options during your consultation and provide you with as much information as possible to help you make the right decision while providing you with an understanding of what the procedure will entail. 

As mentioned, FUT hair transplant is one of the most recognised procedures with a proven track record and one that is valued and approved by medical professionals within the industry. But what is a FUT hair transplant, and is it right for you?


What Is An FUT Hair Transplant and Is It Right For Me?


FUT hair transplant stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation. In simple terms, the procedure involves grafting thousands of hair follicles in a single session. The surgeon will remove a strip of hair from the back or sides of your scalp to transplant into the affected area. In terms of cosmetics, FUT hair transplant has a more significant impact.  

While it sounds straight forward, it does require an experienced hair surgeon to perform the surgery, which is why we strongly advise against having any form of hair transplant abroad.  

FUT hair transplants, particularly in the UK, are popular amongst men; however, the procedure is still beneficial to women. 

Did you know that 30% of men begin to lose their hair before reaching 30 and 40% by the age of 40? Over 50% of women will all experience hair loss during their lifetime. These figures are high, and a proportion of them will suffer from anxiety and a lack of confidence. Fortunately, with advancements in technology, paired with scientific and medical research, we now have permanent solutions to hair loss conditions.  

It’s important to remember, that even if you’re suffering from hair loss under the age of 25, Crown Clinic will not be able to perform a hair transplant procedure. You must be over 25, and if you’re offered a FUT or FUE, or other surgical procedure before this age, you must decline and speak to a medical professional such as your GP. Before reaching 25, you will not have an established hair loss pattern, making it exceedingly difficult to carry out the procedure, successfully and it can have a long-term damaging effect.  

FUT hair transplants provide longevity and a natural head of hair for the rest of your life. Don’t worry, our physicians won’t redesign your hairline, so it looks unnatural or give you a new style that makes it obvious you’ve had a transplant! This surgical procedure, along with FUE, will give your scalp a natural look and no one will notice the difference, not even your hairdresser. 


What Else Do You Need To Know?


A FUT hair transplant is perfectly safe, and you’ll be under anaesthetic during the procedure. Of course, to ensure safety and success, it must be performed by a skilled and experienced physician. 

Following a FUT, you can go home, generally within 20 minutes. We do advise that you avoid driving, so make sure you have someone available to collect you. Sleeping can be uncomfortable for the first few days, so sleep with your head elevated to a 45° angle to minimise swelling. You can place an ice pack on the swelling to support with recovery and any discomfort, and you’ll be prescribed, appropriate pain killers. Unfortunately, you’ll need to avoid alcohol for up to five days. 

Like with most surgical procedures, there will be minimal scarring, especially once your hair follicles begin to regrow. With Crown Clinic’s pioneering techniques and experience, scarring will be minimal.  

Your hair will start growing around four to six months following the FUT hair transplant procedure, but it can take between eight to twelve months to have a significant impact. But don’t worry if this seems like a long time to you, it really isn’t, and the results are permanent.  

As your hair begins to regrow, so will your confidence. 

If you’re unsure if a FUT hair transplant is right for you, more information is available on our website, but feel free to speak with Dr Shahmalak, as he can offer more guidance. 

Our Surgeon

Dr. Asim Shahmalak

Dr Asim Shahmalak is a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon who performed the UK’s first eyelash transplant in 2009. He runs Crown Clinic – one of Britain’s most successful and best known hair transplant clinics. He has treated a number of high-profile industry leaders and celebrities including the medical broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen, best known for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

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Hair transplants – where hair from the back of the scalp is extracted and transplanted in balding areas – may be a well-known or even commonplace procedure nowadays, but did you know that body hair transplants are also possible? 

Body hair transplants are certainly a lesser-known procedure, but still one that can be viable for the right candidate – here’s what you should know. 

How do body hair transplants work? 

Body hair transplants work in a very similar way to traditional hair transplants, except that hair is extracted from – you guessed it – donor sites on the body. Patients seeking this type of transplant have typically undergone several hair transplants already and exhausted their supply of donor hair on their scalp. However, for some patients, a body hair transplant is a preferable option if they have naturally thin, patchy hair or if they have acquired a scalp injury that impacts the typical donor areas.

Generally, donor areas for body hair transplants are the abdomen, chest and back. Hair follicles on the arms and legs may be in abundant supply, but the hairs tend to be too fine to use on the scalp. 

The body hair transplant process itself closely mirrors traditional hair transplants. The donor area is shaved before the surgery, and during the procedure the hairs are extracted from the donor area under local anaesthetic, before being transplanted into the thinning areas of the scalp. The length of the procedure depends on how many grafts are needed and the recovery process is comparable to standard hair transplants. 

Can hair be transplanted from the head to the body? 

Body hair transplants can work the other way around, where hairs from the scalp are transplanted in other areas of the body. A common example of this is eyebrow transplants, but head hair can be transplanted in other areas such as the chest or pubic region. Although a less common form of surgery, it can be an option for people who have lost body hair through genetic or external factors such as chemotherapy or injury. 

What are the results of body hair transplants? 

It’s worth noting that often body hair transplants do have a lower success rate than typical hair transplants, partially due to the lower levels of compatibility between the hairs on the head and the hairs on the body and the different structures of the hairs. However, during your consultation you will be able to discuss any potential issues with your surgeon. 

To find out more about body hair transplants and to find out if you may be a suitable candidate for the surgery, get in touch with Crown Clinic. 


For many men, the inability to grow a beard is something that they feel particularly self-conscious of. For those who can grow a beard, they often find that it doesn’t always grow in a uniform fashion, resulting in patchy facial hair.

Beard transplants are a permanent way to create a natural-looking, full beard. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, here’s what you need to know if you’re considering undergoing beard transplant surgery.

What happens during a beard transplant

Beard transplants are carried out through either follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT). FUE is the most common transplantation technique for beard transplants, which involves individual hair follicles being removed from the donor area and transplanted in the sparse areas of the beard.

The surgeon will determine the direction that the hair should grow in to make sure the new hairs blend in seamlessly with the existing beard hair and to create the desired look.

If you’re a good candidate for beard transplantation

To be eligible for a beard transplant, prospective patients must have an adequate supply of donor hair – this is typically hair from the back of the head, as it tends to be one of the last areas to go bald.

However, beard to beard transplants are also sometimes an option for disguising smaller areas of hair loss. This technique involves follicles being taken from the area below the jawline and transplanted in the sparse areas.

When having your beard transplant consultation, your surgeon should give you a thorough examination to determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery and discuss your options with you.

What the potential side effects are

Although beard transplants are a generally safe procedure, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided to reduce the risk of infection. Your face and scalp may experience minor swelling and irritation in the days after the surgery, but this will be eased by sticking to the aftercare routine.

FUE surgery does often cause some scarring in the donor area, but the scars are so small that the natural hair growth will disguise them.

How much a beard transplant costs

The price of the beard transplant depends on several different factors, such as the number of hair grafts required. During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to give you an accurate quote for the surgery.

Booking a beard transplant consultation

Crown Clinic is one of the UK’s most reputable hair transplant clinics, offering state-of-the-art facilities and procedures under the care of Dr Asim Shahmalak, a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon. If you’d like to find out more about beard transplants, get in touch or book a consultation.

Whether you’ve had a disastrous haircut that you’re desperately trying to grow out or are simply bored of your current hairstyle, there’s a good chance you will have searched for ways to grow your hair faster – but is that actually possible?

It’s worth noting that even the healthiest hair only grows around an average of half an inch per month, or six inches over the course of a year. Understandably, this can make people feel as if their hair is growing at a glacial pace – especially when you consider that we also lose up to 100 hairs per day.

How does the hair grow?

Hair grows from the follicle – or root – that is underneath the skin. The blood vessels in the scalp around the base of the follicles supply the roots with oxygen and nutrients, which will help the hairs to grow.

Does scalp massage help the hair grow?

Scalp massagers – brushes with soft, silicone bristles designed to be used when washing the hair – are currently proving popular, but are they actually worth the money?

Although scalp massage can increase blood flow to the scalp, and therefore bring more nutrients to the follicle, there is no evidence that massage will stimulate hair growth. However, scalp massagers can help to remove product buildup and excess oil from the scalp, which will improve the overall health of the hair.

Does cutting hair make it grow faster?

One of the biggest hair myths around is that getting regular hair trims can make the hair grow faster. This is, of course, completely false. Hair grows from the follicles, which are unaffected when the ends are cut off the hair.

Getting a trim can get rid of split ends, which occur when the ends of the hair become dry and damaged. Split ends can gradually progress up the length of the hair, meaning that hair is more prone to breakage – so if you feel as if your hair has been the same length for months, it could be due to split ends. Keep on top of them with regular trims to keep your hair looking healthy.

Will hair vitamins help my hair grow?

Although you will have undoubtedly seen countless influencers pushing pastel-coloured supplements on their Instagram feeds, claiming they have transformed their hair, this unfortunately isn’t true in most cases.

If you are suffering from hair loss due to a nutritional deficiency, then supplements may boost your hair growth, but you will need to consult with a GP to make sure that you are getting everything you need. If you have no deficiencies, hair growth supplements are unlikely to have any impact on the hair.

There may not be any quick fixes to hurry along your hair growth, but the best thing you can do for the health of your hair is to look after your overall health – take a look at Crown Clinic’s expert advice to find out how to keep your hair looking its best.