Autologous Micrograft Transfer vs Hair Transplant

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Are you among those facing the distressing challenge of male or female pattern hair loss and thinning? If so, you’re not alone. Hair loss can significantly impact your confidence and self-esteem, and you might be looking for practical solutions to restore your once-luscious locks. 

Two popular hair restoration options in Singapore  are surgical hair transplants and autologous micrograft transfer, a more recent treatment. Today, we’ll be sharing the differences between these procedures, so you can make an informed decision about which suits you.

Autologous micrograft transfer

Autologous micrograft transfer is a non-surgical hair restoration technique. It inhibits hair loss and stimulates growth and thickening by activating dormant hair follicles with regenerative medicine.

Unlike surgical hair transplants, this method uses stem cells of scalp tissue from the back or sides of your head. The extracted tissues are then processed into a regenerative solution containing vitamins, nutrients and growth factors, before being injected into the bald or thinning regions of the scalp.

Autologous micrograft transplant has zero downtime and minimal risk of side effects. 

Procedure

These are steps involved in an autologous micrograft transfer.

  1. Anaesthesia
    The donor site is numbed with local anaesthesia. A small area is shaved to allow for precise graft extraction.
  2. Sample extraction
    Small hair and skin grafts are extracted from the back of the scalp.
  3. Solution preparation
    Graft samples are processed into a regenerative solution.
  4. Solution application
    Transdermal injections are administered into the balding areas of the scalp.
  5. Post-procedure care
    Follow the specialist’s instructions for healing and recovery.
  6. Hair growth and results
    New hair growth can usually be seen within 30 days. You may observe hair that grows thicker and faster, with improved density.  The full results, though, will take a few months to show.

Risks 

Autologous micrograft transfer is generally safe but, as with any medical procedure, it comes with a few risks. These risks are rare and can be minimised when you consult an experienced professional.

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring

FUE hair transplant

FUE hair transplant has been a popular hair restoration technique in Singapore and elsewhere since the early 2000s. It has helped many regain their lost hairlines and improve their overall appearance. 

An FUE hair transplant, or follicular unit extraction, involves harvesting hair follicles from the back or sides of your scalp and transplanting them to the areas experiencing hair loss. The newly transplanted hair follicles will then grow to fill the thinning areas of the scalp, improving the appearance of your hair.

The process of extracting hair follicles is meticulous and requires surgical expertise to avoid damaging the follicles. Typically, the hair follicles are extracted in clumps to increase survival rate

After extraction, the healthy hair follicles, called ‘grafts,’ are assessed under a microscope and stored in a specialised solution called ‘hypothermosol’ to improve survival rates before being transplanted into areas experiencing hair loss.

FUE hair transplantation is minimally invasive. You can go home right after the procedure without a hospital stay or prolonged bandaging.

Procedure

  1. Hairline design and planning
    Your doctor will plan and draw your hairline, discussing the transplant areas with you.
  2. Donor preparation
    The donor area is prepared by trimming hairs.
  3. Sterility
    The scalp is cleansed.
  4. Anaesthesia
    Your doctor administers mild sedatives and local anaesthesia to numb the donor area.
  5. Harvesting
    Using a motorised punch, your doctor extracts grafts while a technician carefully handles them.
  6. Quality assessment
    Harvested grafts are checked, trimmed for quality, and sorted based on hair count.
  7. Recipient anaesthesia
    Your doctor administers regional anaesthesia techniques to numb the recipient area.
  8. Recipient site making
    Customised blades are used to make tiny incisions according to the hairline design.
  9. Graft placement
    Technicians gently place the grafts back into the scalp using surgical forceps.
  10. Application of hair serum
    A stem cell-based hair serum is applied to aid healing and hair growth.
  11. Bandaging
    The donor area is bandaged and instructions are given for the care of the recipient area.
  12. Hair growth and results
    Newly implanted hairs will take three to four months to grow. The scalp takes time to adapt to the grafts and begin the hair growth cycle.

Risks

An FUE hair transplant is generally safe like the autologous micrograft transfer. It, too, however, comes with a few risks, albeit rare..

  • Damage to hair follicles
  • Post-procedure swelling
  • Infection
  • Bleeding

Which one is right for you?

Although a brief comparison will show that you can get quicker results with Autologous Micrograft Transfer than with an FUE hair transplant, one may be more suitable for you than the other.

Invasiveness and downtime

FUE: FUE is more invasive than Autologous Micrograft Transfer. It requires more downtime due to incision healing and can cause mild to moderate discomfort during the procedure.

Autologous Micrograft Transfer: Autologous Micrograft Transfer is less invasive compared to FUE. Patients typically experience minimal discomfort and no downtime.

Effectiveness

FUE: More significant and noticeable results, especially for advanced hair loss and balding.

Autologous Micrograft Transfer: Results may vary depending on the extent of hair loss and individual response to the treatment. It may be more suitable for individuals with early-stage hair loss.

Longevity of results

FUE: Permanent results which continue to grow naturally.

Autologous Micrograft Transfer: Multiple sessions may be required for optimal outcomes. It may not be as long-lasting as FUE.

 

Both procedures can treat male and female pattern hair loss, but which is ultimately most suitable for you depends on your health profile and needs. It is best to make an appointment with a hair transplant clinic in Singapore and weigh your options after a thorough assessment of your condition.

At Terra Medical, we will do a thorough analysis to account for factors such as the extent of your hair thinning, the quality and quantity of donor hair, and your scalp’s condition.

Book a consultation with us today.

About Terra Medical

With years of experience and excellent patient care, Terra Medical is a dedicated hair loss clinic that specialises in innovative hair restoration techniques, as well as a holistic approach to overall hair wellness. The hair clinic is led by an internationally credentialed team of doctors, Dr. Joshua Chong & Dr. Jia Cheng Heng, and a team of experienced hair restoration technicians. The clinic aims to provide precision and care of the highest standards to achieve natural-looking and long-lasting results for our patients.

We cater to each of our patient’s individual needs and expectations through comprehensive consultations and personalised treatment plans tailored by the doctors. These treatment plans can be a combination of the following: FUE hair transplant, Regenera Activa (AMT), and more.

Beyond just our clinical expertise, we understand how challenging it is to face hair loss alone. As a leading hair restoration clinic, our specialised team provides compassion, empathy, and ongoing support throughout your journey, ensuring you feel heard, empowered, and informed every step of the way.

Rediscover the joy of fuller, healthier hair. Schedule a consultation with Terra Medical today.