FUE Hair Transplant
FUE is consist of the initials of Follicular Unit Extraction. It is a hair collecting method for transplantation purpose. It has been very popular in recent years because of its advantages such as minimal trauma, no need for incision or stiches, and opportunity to detect exact hair direction.
FUE Hair Transplantation is the procedure of extracting follicles from nape which is genetically resistant for hair loss, and placing them on front parts without hair. Hair follicles collected from nape will preserve their hair loss resistant genes in their new place. Hair transplantation with the same method can be applied for eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, moustache, and scar places. Operation takes 2-10 hours depending on the size of procedure area. All operations are performed under local anesthesia, and you can leave for home in the same day right after the operation. It is not a painful method. In FUE technique we perform frequently, there are no scar marks left after the operation. Hair Transplantation operation is a pleasant one accompanied by food and relaxation breaks and cheerful chat. Even though it is held under rosy scenario conditions, it is still a surgical operation and performed by a plastic surgeon and his team.
In FUE hair transplant technique, hair follicles are collected one by one by equipments in different sizes such as “Punch” or “Extractor”. These Punches range between 0,6 and 1,3 mm sizes. More narrow ones do not have an advantage. On the contrary, since there is a risk of damaging hair follicles, narrower ones are not produced. Please don’t be deceived by those numbers being used for commercial purposes. Later micromotors are developed to improve those equipments for increasing the speed of procedure. For this reason, it is called as p-FUE (power- FUE) in some places.
What is the difference between DHT and FUE techniques?
The method which is called as DHT in some European countries is actually FUE technique. It stands for Direct Hair Transplantation, and it is used for making difference for commercial purposes. It is necessary to give additional information here that in DHT technique collected follicles are implanted to front parts of head not through canals opened by slits but by Choi Implants. This operation is called and practiced as Special Hair Transplant in Turkey.
How do you collect grafts in FUE transplantation technique?
We don’t want you to come on an empty stomach for hair transplant. We will shave your hair in practice room after taking your pictures. This way we will understand direction of your hair. After shaving your hair we will determine the areas of grafting and implanting by drawing. For transplantation we prefer collecting grafts from nape part of head as they are resistant for hair loss. We don’t prefer collecting grafts from other parts of the body since hair quality is not good. Following the drawing you will lie your face down, and we will apply local anesthesia to the grafting area. You will only feel tiny needle tips. After local anesthesia you will not feel any pain. Following necessary paresthesia follicles will be collected, and preserved for a long time by using Frozen –PLT Graft Bank Technique prepared with your own blood. Frozen –PLT Graft Bank Technique has high importance especially for hair transplants taking long time.
How are grafts placed by using FUE Technique?
Following the last procedure we usually give a break, and then ask you to lie your back down. On the front part which implant will be taking place we will use local anesthesia. After required paresthesia is acquired, we will prepare the bed for follicles by micro-blades. Then, hair follicles will be implanted one by one to the prepared beds as planned earlier. As soon as procedure is completed, only nape part will be closed by medical dressing and implanted area will be left without medical dressing. Then, you may go to your home and start exercising our recommendations. In rare cases, we perform more than 1 session. In these cases before the operation, we decide what to do together with the patient.
How many grafts/follicles can be collected in one session?
For suitable patients, 3500-4000 grafts can be extracted in one session. 1/3 of those grafts will be with single follicle, 1/3 of them will be with double follicles, and the remaining 1/3 will be with 3 or 4 follicles. Deriving from those numbers, we can say that about 7000-10000 follicle transplant will be done in one session.
What are the care instructions after FUE hair transplant?
After transplantation, you may go to your home and sleep your back down. Start using the prescription we shared with you. In 3.day, your first hair wash will be held in the clinic and we will show you how to do it by yourself. Then, we will tell you about follow-up schedules.
When my new hair will grow?
Implanted hair usually experience a shocking hair loss period in first month, and looks like before the hair transplant. It will start growing in 3-6 months, and it will be in the aimed thickness and density in 9-12 months.
What factors affect the success?
Technique of transplant, experience of the team, your dietary habits, smoking, stress, PRP, using stem cell and similar treatments affect a successful result in hair transplant.