FUE Hair Transplant

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and DHI (Direct Hair Transplant) are the most advanced methods of hair transplantation. FUE was first introduced in 1988, and it gradually replaced FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation). FUE grew rapidly in popularity because it did not leave the type of scars seen in FUT (FUT scarring is a relatively major issue).

Which Method Was Used Before FUE?

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT or FUSS) was the main hair transplantation method before the advent of FUE. In the FUT method, surgeons have to make an incision around the occipital part of the scalp from one ear to the other. This incision is made because hair follicles are removed from the cut strip of skin. The surgeon now stitches the ends of the skin together. The FUT method is no longer in use by most surgeons.

FUE Hair Transplantation Stages

Time is of the essence during FUE hair transplantation so, more than one personnel work simultaneously throughout the operation.

 

Using a micromotor, hair follicles from the donor area are separated from the tissue without damaging the hair follicle and collected by the surgeon. To prepare the grafts for transplantation, another surgeon arranges the collected hair follicles on a surgical gauze strip. After cleaning the follicular grafts, they are placed in a special serum solution because they cannot survive outside the body for a long time.

 

The serum protects the hair follicles from environmental influences, especially from dehydration (drying). Hair transplant, on the average, takes about 8 – 10 hours but the hair follicles can remain in this serum solution for about 8-10 hours.

Anesthesia Procedure

During the operation, the surgeons will numb the patient at least twice. The first dose of anesthesia is applied just before the hair follicles are removed.

The doctor applies anesthesia in a line across the back of the head. The benumbed area will run from the neck to behind the ears. The line ends just below the crown area, which has the strongest hair follicles. The anesthesia takes full effect immediately it is applied. For this reason, you will not feel anything by the time the doctor finishes applying the anesthesia.

The effect of local anesthesia usually lasts for about 3 – 6 hours. The second anesthesia is administered to the recipient area after the hair follicles are removed and just before the opening the ducts. This time, the doctor applies the anesthesia in a line around the recipient area.

Some patients opt to have the follicular grafts taken from the lower part of the beard or the chest area. The same procedure is applicable in both cases.

How Can We Determine Where and How Much Graft Will Be Implanted?

When the hair follicles are separated and the examination and cleaning processes are completed, the doctor prepares to open the canal/duct. Canals are small holes that doctors make using micro blades.

Evaluating the natural growth pattern of the hair, the doctor draws a path accordingly.

As opposed to coming off at a 90-degree angle, our hair tends to grow inclined at a certain angle. For this reason, the surgeons look at the natural angles and make incisions parallel to these angles. The surgeon aligning the grafts would have to count them and then, determine the number of canals to be opened. However, this lengthy process could be very discomforting so, the teams take a small break to give the patient some time after opening the canals.

Sapphire FUE Hair Transplantation Technique

Advancement in technology has made it possible to use sapphire in producing surgical blades.

Sapphire is a precious stone. The hard of the sapphire as a material makes Sapphire FUE hair transplantation technique a special one. Canal opening causes metallic tools to gradually wear and become blunt. This is because metals are susceptible to bending. Contrary to this, minerals such as sapphire do not bend or lose their sharpness. This characteristic enables doctors to open the canals more precisely during the sapphire hair transplantation technique.

The Transplantation Process

At this point, the transplantation process can begin, given that the grafts and canals are ready. Once the break after the canal opening elapses, the experts start the transplantation process with a collection of grafts. Healthier grafts are usually placed in the front row of each canal.

 

Experts remove each graft with a very small tool that looks like tweezers. Time is of the essence here, so, two or more experts work together to transplant the hair follicles. This stage takes a large part of the operation because every graft is sensitive and requires care during transplantation.

 

Sometimes, anesthetics may lose their effect at this stage. If the patient regains his/her sense of feeling, he/she should inform the medical team. More anesthesia will be administered in the event that an insufficient amount was applied during the operation.

The FUT Method Explained

The FUE and DHI methods are more advanced than the FUT because the latter was introduced 10 years prior to the FUE method. The approach to hair transplantation has evolved with changes in medical equipment and medicine, as a whole, over the years.

 

FUT is similar to FUE in terms of the transplantation procedure while DHI, the most recent method of hair transplantation, is slightly different. In both FUT and FUE, canals are opened before the medical team uses tweezer-like tools to transplant the hair follicles.

How Does FUT Differ from FUE and DHI?

The major differentiating factor between FUT and FUE is the grafting process. In FUT, the doctor cuts a strip of skin from which hair follicles to be used as grafts are extracted. However, in FUE and DHI, no incision is made.

.An electrical device (a micromotor) having a high torque motor and a round tip (called a punch) is used in both FUE and DHI. The punch makes circular incisions around the hair follicles to be used as grafts.

The type of hair follicle determines the size of the punch. The punch has a radius ranging from 6 – 9mm. Larger punches do exist, but they are limited in use.

Larger punches are required for curly hair. This is because small punches can damage curly hair follicles (since they have curly structures).

Removal of Hair Follicles in FUE

Using the micromotor, one surgeon makes a circular cut around the hair follicles while the second surgeon removes them, with the aid of the tweezer-like tool. The hair follicles must be removed strand by strand. These removed follicular grafts are then given to another surgeon who uses a spray to clean them. After cleaning, they are sorted and counted, just like in FUT.

The FUT method leaves a large, permanent scar at the back of the patient’s head. In most cases, this scar is only visible if one has short hair. This is why we recommend the FUE and DHI methods over the FUT method.

In the FUE method, no incision is made. Here, the micromotor is used to insert the graft with next-to-no damage on the scalp. This is advantageous to the patient because the process leaves almost no scar – the scars left are almost invisible even when the hair is short.

In the past, the grafts for the FUE process were removed using a mechanical hand-held device (these hand-held devices were popular in the 1990s), and today, a micromotor, developed with the latest technology is used.

Today in Turkey, both the FUE and DHI methods are available at affordable prices. Through our website, you can consult our experts for detailed information on the entire process.

Reliable results could be obtained from the different transplantation methods. Due to the scarring experienced after FUT, FUE and DHI are more common nowadays. In fact, FUT is rarely applied today.

In FUE and DHI, the donor area does not turn out to be bad-looking like in the FUT method. This is because the hair follicles are equally removed from the donor area. Contrary to this, the skin is removed in the FUT method.

The absence of a permanent scar after the FUE and DHI methods makes them a lot more advantageous. Our consultants are on hand to assist you in choosing the method that best suits you.

Steps to be Taken After the Transplantation Process?

Once the FUE process is over, the patient’s head is bandaged, leaving the recipient area unbandaged. This due to the graft’s high sensitivity to touch. On this note, the patient should be careful to avoid physical contact of any form with the head.

Risks and Potential Side Effects of FUE Hair Transplantation

Hair transplant operation, like any surgical operation, comes with some risks and potential side effects. Depending on the services offered by the clinic and the conduct of the patient, some patients experience mild side effects while some don’t experience any side effects at all. Some common side effects include:

  • Hair follicle oedema (folliculitis)
  • Crusty scalp (around the recipient area)
  • Itchy scalp
  • Temporary loss of sensation around the treated areas
  • Inflammation

Our goal is to offer world-class services to our patients, so we work to minimize side effects.  You can get in touch with our consultants for detailed information on risks and potential side effects.

Risks and Potential Side Effects of FUE Hair Transplantation

Sleep Instructions

We provide our patients with guidelines on how to spend their first few days after the surgery. Our patients are advised to sleep on their backs for the first seven days to avoid contact and friction with the head. We recommend using a neck pillow to stabilize the back during sleep.

 

Your First Morning After FUE

We prescribe medications to be taken starting from the morning after the surgery. Instructions on dosage and other information will be also be given.

A check-up appointment will be scheduled once the surgery and other procedures are complete. During the appointment, the bandages will be removed, the head cleaned and a headband given. Due to the surgery and medication, the patient will likely experience inflammation which is a result of moisture accumulation (in response to the open injury and anesthesia).

 

Coping With Oedema

The naturally occurring oedema is prevented from gravitating downwards (to the face) using the headband. Oedema on the face could be discomforting and it is an eyesore. Therefore, the patient needs to follow your doctor’s instructions on the proper use of the headband.

 

We also recommend that patients maintain an upright posture because bending can also cause oedema to gravitate towards the face. On average, it takes about 3 – 7 days for the inflammation to heal. This is dependent on the patient’s body.

 

FUE Hair Transplant Cost

Up till this point, we have discussed the intricacies of hair transplant operations. It is ideal to outline the cost of this procedure in Turkey.

 

In Europe and America, the cost of hair transplant ranges from 4000 – 14000 Euros. Such exorbitant prices are the reason why many people decide against having a hair transplant. However, in Turkey, this operation is available at reasonable prices.

 

FUE Hair Transplantation in Turkey

In all honesty, Turkey is becoming increasingly popular among international patients due to the quality of service and pricing available. Turkish doctors are fully equipped to offer services that are on par with those obtainable in hospitals in developed nations.

FAQ - FUE Hair Transplantation

Sleep Instructions

We provide our patients with guidelines on how to spend their first few days after the surgery. Our patients are advised to sleep on their backs for the first seven days to avoid contact and friction with the head. We recommend using a neck pillow to stabilize the back during sleep.

 

Your First Morning After FUE

We prescribe medications to be taken starting from the morning after the surgery. Instructions on dosage and other information will be also be given.

A check-up appointment will be scheduled once the surgery and other procedures are complete. During the appointment, the bandages will be removed, the head cleaned and a headband given. Due to the surgery and medication, the patient will likely experience inflammation which is a result of moisture accumulation (in response to the open injury and anesthesia).

 

Coping With Oedema

The naturally occurring oedema is prevented from gravitating downwards (to the face) using the headband. Oedema on the face could be discomforting and it is an eyesore. Therefore, the patient needs to follow your doctor’s instructions on the proper use of the headband.

 

We also recommend that patients maintain an upright posture because bending can also cause oedema to gravitate towards the face. On average, it takes about 3 – 7 days for the inflammation to heal. This is dependent on the patient’s body.

 

FUE Hair Transplant Cost

Up till this point, we have discussed the intricacies of hair transplant operations. It is ideal to outline the cost of this procedure in Turkey.

 

In Europe and America, the cost of hair transplant ranges from 4000 – 14000 Euros. Such exorbitant prices are the reason why many people decide against having a hair transplant. However, in Turkey, this operation is available at reasonable prices.

 

FUE Hair Transplantation in Turkey

In all honesty, Turkey is becoming increasingly popular among international patients due to the quality of service and pricing available. Turkish doctors are fully equipped to offer services that are on par with those obtainable in hospitals in developed nations.

A: This depends on the patient; young patients, because of their age, are likely to experience hair loss in the future and so, may need a second operation. You are advised to contact our clinic if this applies to you.

A: Please remain calm as what you are experiencing is ‘shock loss’.This is the body’s natural response to scarring in the hair follicles.

A: This depends on the health of the patient. In most cases, it takes about a year for patients to see their desired result, and all hair follicles are usually active within 12-18 months but may take up to 24 months for some patients.

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