Hair Transplant

Hair Transplant in South Korea

A hair transplant is the process of taking hair from a hair dense area like the side and back of the scalp, and transferring it to a balding area. South Korea has become synonymous with top-notch medical care, especially when it comes to cosmetic surgery. With its cutting-edge technology and highly skilled doctors, South Korea provides some of the best hair transplantation services in the world! This, combined with affordable prices makes South Korea the first choice for people looking to get a hair transplant.

At Shin Medical, providing premium service and absolute satisfaction is our top priority. Our agency only works with the most experienced, highly qualified doctors, and medical teams. We provide the best medical results, making sure you are taken care of before and after your procedure. We make everything hassle-free and effortless, so you can focus on getting better while enjoying your stay in South Korea.

The Process

Doctors will conduct multiple consultations with you to get a better idea of your individual expectations, and to answer any questions you might have. When you are happy with the decision you have made, the rest is taken care of for you. From pre-procedure consultation preparations, to follow-ups after the procedure, we make the whole experience as stress-free as possible.

Each procedure has its own advantages and after listening to your expectations, doctors will recommend which procedure would be best suited for you.

What is a Follicular Unit (FU)?

The Follicular Unit (FU) is the organic way in which hair grows on the human scalp. The hair follicles in human hair grow as groups, as opposed to the common belief that they grow one-by-one. These groups are called Follicular Units (FUs) and they contain on average 1-4 hair follicles; having the same sebaceous gland, the same nerves and vessels and all that are enclosed in a common “tunic” of connective tissue.

Advantages: FUT vs FUE

Turnaround for daily activities: 10 days Turnaround for daily activities: 3-5 days
Turnaround for intense activities: 4-8 weeks Quick turnaround for intense activities: 10 days
More grafts per session, up to 4000 Fewer grafts per session, up to 2000
Longer healing period Fast healing (no sutures)
Mild post op discomfort Less post op pain
Small linear scar Hardly any scaring
High level of graft survival 98% Graft survival of 85%
More ideal for longer hair due to linear scar Good for very short hairstyle
No need to shave hair Some shaving in donor area
Short surgery time: avg 5 hours Longer surgery time: avg 8 hours
Ideal for dense hair Better for less dense donor area

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)

The first of the 2 main options for hair transplantation the FUE method. The FUE transplant procedure is a technique whereby a follicular unit(a grouping of 1,2,3 or 4 hairs), is individually extracted using a small micro instrument from a denser hair area (donor area). The instrument extracts the FU by making a small round incision around the hair follicle. After the surgeon has made the small incision, they will remove the graft with another instrument. This is done very meticulously in order to ensure the hair remains in optimum condition.

Now that each graft has been extracted from the donor area, the surgeon uses a state-of-the-art scalp scanner to determine the perfect position for the grafts to be inserted. The surgeon then transfers the grafts one-by-one to the recipient area, at the most natural angle to maintain an organic look and maximize regrowth.

The FUE method uses the 1mm incision instrument to remove the follicular unit when the procedure requires no sutures. No sutures means faster healing and minimal to no scarring. The FUE is minimally invasive with very little bleeding, some cases might not have any bleeding at all.

Patients using the FUE procedure method report minimum, or even no postoperative pain. Patients can expect a uniform use of the donor area which allows the hair in the donor area to regrow leaving a full and natural look without a linear scar. An added benefit of FUE is that regrowth in the donor area can again be used for future operations, if necessary.

This video illustrates how an FUE operation is performed

FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation/Strip)

The other commonly used hair transplantation method is FUT. Using the FUT/S method, doctors will remove multiple follicular units (a grouping of 1, 2, 3 or 4 hairs) at a time. This is done by removing a long thin strip from the donor area, situated around the back or at the sides of the scalp and the incision is closed with a suture. The removed hair strip is then transferred to a special microscope, where the doctor will separate it into smaller individual strips. These individual strips are separated into follicular units and prepared for transplantation.

After the follicular units are harvested, the subsequent steps for FUT is practically the same as with FUE. The hair is dissected under a microscope to harvest the follicular units, and after the position scan to determine perfect placement is completed, the FU is transplanted to the thinning or balding area on the scalp.

FUT does require stitches which will be removed after a few days. This suture will leave a scar. However, with modern advances in techniques and technology, scarring can be reduced to such an extent that it will not even be visible. The FUT can provide maximum coverage of a sparse or empty area, as more hair can be harvested at a time.

This video illustrates how an FUT operation is performed


ARTAS is a state-of-the-art robotic system that uses the latest in AI technology to improve hair transplantation. ARTAS uses the most advanced technology to assist physicians with laborious and repetitive tasks that require manual movement. ARTAS automates two important steps during FUE transplantation; The FU graft harvesting, and also during the creation of implant sites.

ARTAS robotic FUE machine

Before Surgery

Do Do Not
Stop taking all non-prescribed and unnecessary medication, such as: ibuprofen, aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication. Smoke or drink two weeks before your scheduled procedure
Keep taking normal prescribed medication Wear make-up, jewelry, or contacts
Disclose to clinic staff if you’re taking any medication, including: birth control, and hormone medication Wear tight-fitting, uncomfortable clothes
Disclose all medical and physical conditions (i.e. diabetes, heart-disease etc.) and medical history (including allergies) to the clinic and doctor Drive after a procedure under any circumstance
Diabetes patients: consult primary physician before undergoing any procedure
Wear comfortable, and loose clothes on the day of your procedure
Fast 5-8 hours before you procedure (depending on physicians instructions)

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