What Is FUE Hair Transplant, How Is It Operated?

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method which has been used since the 1930s is one of the most important and commonly used hairs transplant methods. Since this method isn’t a surgical intervention, patients who are planning to have a hair transplant operation can easily choose this technique.

How is FUE Hair Transplant Operated?

In FUE hair transplant, local anaesthesia is applied and the hair roots are collected one by one by using special edged micro motors and implanted to bald areas by considering the hair growth direction and angle. The hair roots are collected faster with these micromotors and the hair transplant is completed in a short time.

To express it more clearly, the hair is implanted into the bald area one by one by shaving the donor region to 1 mm in the FUE hair transplant method. The hair root collection and implant regions are numbed with a local anaesthetic. The micro motor end is brought closer to take the hair root in the middle and the motor is punched to the scalp in the hair growth direction. The hair root is cut in cylindrical format with the follicle and the microscopic tissue around it. The hair root is gently pulled with micro forceps and the follicular unit is separated from the base. The follicular units are collected like this and placed into small holes in the bald area. Each follicular unit has approximately 2 or 3 follicles.

What Are The Advantages of the FUE Method?

This automatic system that minimises the risk to damage the grafts during the operation shortens the operation duration and increases the number of collected grafts. When the procedure is operated in an experienced, correct and sufficient clinic that uses adequate technology and technique, the individuals can have new hair for life.

Why Should I Choose FUE Hair Transplant?

With this technique and technology, the hair transplant is operated easier and the required hair roots can be collected from more regions. The most important property is that the operation can be completed without a scar. Sutures and bistoury aren’t used. The pain is low and the treatment process is faster. With this fast recovery, individuals can adapt to their social lives fast.

If the procedure is operated by a professional and experienced team, the results will be permanent. Patients don’t experience pain, tissue or sensation loss after the operation. Since the hair roots are genetically durable against hair loss, patients will have permanent hair.

The hair transplant cost will decrease with the speed of the technologies and this will provide a financial relief for the patient.

What Are the Things to Consider in Hair Transplant?

One of the most important things to consider in hair transplant is to plan an entirely customized treatment process. Because the donor region and bald region are different for everyone. Therefore, “a standard hair transplant for everyone” is an incorrect approach. A custom treatment or hair transplant method should be selected for hair structure and expectations. Surgeons can reach up to 99% success rate by choosing an entirely custom treatment process for the patients during the pre-op consultation process.

  • The hairline must match the face line of an individual: Since everyone has a different face and head structure, the natural hairline is different. Correct identification and planning of the hairline will give a natural look after the hair transplant.

  • The implanted hair should have the right density and position: Incorrect planning in hair transplant will prevent a natural look. Similarly, trying to complete a large area in one session will cause a thinner hair look.

  • Incorrect hair implant angle: Incorrect hair implant angle will both decrease the permanency by decreasing the hair strength and cause an unnatural look due to improper combing direction.

  • Collecting too much hair grafts: Collecting too much grafts or hair roots from the donor region might lead to complications in this region. This could lead to irreversible problems.

Who Cannot Have Hair Transplant?

  • Individuals with Hepatitis C
  • Individuals with HIV – AIDS

  • Individuals with psdeudopelade and lichen planus disease

  • Individuals with scarce hair on the donor region

  • Individuals with serious chronic diseases

  • Individuals with heart disease, diabetes, liver failure, high blood pressure and kidney failure

  • Individuals under 18 years old (we recommend the treatment for individuals over 22 years old)

Since the individuals mentioned above cause a health risk or cannot achieve successful hair transplant results, it isn’t right to apply hair transplant operation!

Hair Transplant Steps

Hair transplant operation consists of 6 basic steps. The hair transplant operation can start after running some tests on the patient to determine whether the patient is a suitable candidate. The procedure is applied under local anesthesia. Local anesthesia is applied to provide the highest comfort for the patient and hair transplant team. The patient doesn’t feel any pain or ache during the hair transplant operation.

Does Hair Transplant Provide Successful Results?

Now, new and modern methods are used in hair transplant. Thus, higher success rates can be achieved. Professional hair transplant teams can reach 99% success rate with new generation hair transplant techniques. It is possible to achieve more successful results every day with innovative approaches thanks to continuous developments in medicine and technology. It is possible to obtain highly natural results. Therefore, patient satisfaction is at the highest level.
The techniques for the success of the hair transplant operations must be selected individually for each patient. The post-op tests and the selected hair transplant technique are highly effective on the success rate. At the same time, patient’s care about the instructions has an impact on the hair transplant results. The patient must follow the instructions and recommendations of the surgeon.

When Can I See Hair Transplant Results?

Immediate results after the treatment might not be possible all the time. Patients need to show patience after the hair transplant operation. The surgeon will inform the patient in this process and share when the patient can see the realistic results. There will be a waiting period after the treatment. The natural results will be visible at the end of this process. Surgeon will regularly follow the development process to prevent any complications.

Note: Turkish Doctor’s Association and Turkish Surgical Association forbid taking photos of the patients during and after hair transplant operation and sharing these photos on various platforms?

What Is Hairline Correction and How Is It Done?

The hairline is the most important thing that effects the naturalness in hair transplant. The hairline will lose its natural look due to incorrect planning. In this case, hairline revision is operated. It is possible to correct and restore the hairline after the hair transplant operation for a natural look. For hairline revision, the face lines, hair density and number of grafts should be considered before the operation. The hairline is designed accordingly and restored with hair transplant.

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Things To Be Considered After Hair Transplant

There are certain things you need to careful about after hair transplant treatment. You must not intervene the donor and implant region for 3 days. You need to follow the specified sleeping position. You must not swim in the pool and sea for 2 months after the hair transplant. You must avoid smoking and alcohol. Smoking and alcohol have negative impact on implant hair success rate. You must avoid activities that require force during the recovery. If the patient has an unsuitable occupation to avoid this, taking an annual leave is recommended. Resting during the recovery is important.

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The patients must follow the haircare recommendations provided by the surgeon. These elements have a huge impact on the success of the operation.

The rules to prevent pathogen microorganisms called “eupepsia” and “antisepsis” and infections must be followed in all types of micro surgery operations. The infection risk for hair transplant is highly low if operated under hygienic conditions. The recovery process after the hair transplant depends on the individual. The first three days are important after the procedure.

There might be mild pain on the first night after the hair transplant operation. Using the painkillers recommended by the surgeon might relieve the pain. The patients must lie on their back after the operation and avoid any contact with the operation region. The medication recommended by the surgeon must be used to avoid inflammation. Patients must strictly avoid alcohol use after the operation. Alcohol use and smoking have significant negative impact on the recovery process. The hair can be washed after the first three days. The shampoo and haircare products recommended by the surgeon must be used for 15 days by following the instructions. The hair transplant region must be protected from sunlight for 15 days. The implanted hair will be in health cycle in 4 months.

Hair Transplant Post-Op

The hair transplant post-op process is extremely important for the success of the operation. The most important thing in this process is to regularly use the medication prescribed by the surgeon. Surgeons might recommend different medication depending on the patient’s medication status. Also, patients must be careful about their eating habits after hair transplant. Eating habits play an important role on recovery and thicker hair.

Eating After Hair Transplant

Eating healthy plays an important tole for healthier and stronger hair. Patients must be careful about eating, choose beneficial food which plays an important role for the cell regeneration speed and decreasing recovery process. Each consumed food has a huge effect on the implanted hair roots. The cell membrane dysfunctionality might occur due to food with insufficient micro and macro nutrients (mineral, fatty acids, protein, vitamins). This will disrupt the normal lifecycle of the hair and might prevent nutrition to reach the hair roots. Also, this might cause hair loss after hair transplant operation. Patients must follow the nutritional plan below for health hair roots:

B complex vitamins such as B7 and B12 plan and important role for the hair structure, quality and healthy hair growth. B complex vitamins such as B7 and B12 will create nutrients for hair and hair roots and support metabolizing the nutritional sources. Therefore, experts recommend using B complex vitamin usage after the hair transplant operation. Nuts, avocado, banana, brown rice, chicken, eggs are rich in terms of Vitamin B.

Zinc deficiency can cause hair loss and hair thinning. Zinc intake after the hair transplant operation plays an important role. Zinc plays an important role to repair tissues, produce collagen, cell multiplication, protein absorption and protein synthesis. Spinach, whole grains, lamb, shrimp, chickpeas, fish, eggs are rich in zinc.

Hair loss due to zinc deficiency is linked with iron deficiency. Iron will strengthen hair texture and help carrying oxygen and nutrients to scalp. Iron intake plays an important role for the patients to achieve the desired results after the operation. The recovery process will be faster with iron that strengthen immune system. Beans, red meat, oysters, and beef liver are some of the food’s rich in iron.

Vitamin E is effective to repair damaged skin. Therefore, this vitamin helps fast wound recovery after the operation. Also, it has antioxidant property. Vitamin E oil applied after the wound recovery in the transplant and donor region can soften the tissue and increase the tissue quality. Foods such as olive oil, spinach, avocado, almond, sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin E.

Human cells and hair roots need vitamin A for growth. Vitamin A plays role in producing “sebum” which is a fatty substance that moisturizes and nourishes the scalp and hair and vitamin A deficiency might lead to hair loss. Also, vitamin A deficiency might lead to itching and dry scalp (itching is a temporary side-effect after hair transplant). Spinach, beef liver, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot is rich in Vitamin A.

Another thing about nutrition is the balanced cholesterol level. Balanced cholesterol will help fast wound recovery and healthy hair growth.

The medication prescribed by the surgeon must be used regularly after the hair transplant. The surgeon might recommend special medication depending on the medical state of the patient. Each patient is different. This varies among individuals. Patients must be careful about their eating habits during hair transplant recovery.

Hair Transplant Before After

People are asking questions after hair transplant about results and post-op experiences. You need to contact with hair transplant clinic for hair transplant before and after photos.

Note: Due to article 5, paragraph ğ of Commercial Advertising and Unfair Commercial Practices Regulation, hair transplant clinics cannot use “any statement or images of before and after treatment” in their advertisement and commercial applications.

Basic Information About Hair Transplant Operation

The things you need to know about hair transplant are collected under two main categories which are “FUE” and “FUT”. Today, 99% of the procedures are operated with FUE method.

  • Local anesthesia is applied in the operation. If there are any allergies, the treatment might be postponed after the tests.
  • The treatment might be postponed with contagious diseases such as (HIV, Hepatitis etc.) are identified in tests before the hair transplant operation.
  • The most important purpose of the hair transplant operation is to collect strong hair roots from suitable regions and achieve successful results by implanting to bald areas or areas with thin hair. As expressed above, 99% success rate is achieved in hair transplant operations today.

Frequently Asked Questions

The hair transplant success rate can reach up to 99% with an expert team, correct technique and application.

Anyone who is uncomfortable with hair thinning or baldness can have hair transplant.

There aren’t any age limits for hair transplant but the surgeons recommend 22 years or older age.

The hair transplant operation with this technique doesn’t need collecting the tissue in the donor area when the grafts are collected. Therefore, the hair transplant can be completed without incision, cuts or any traumatic interventions.

The strong hair roots for hair transplant are collected from the back of the head. In addition to the back of the head, the hair roots can be collected from beard or chest.

Since the hair transplant is operated under local anesthesia, there won’t be any pain or ache during the operation.

One session takes between 6-9 hours. Of course, the size of the bald are is an important variable.

Your scalp will be washed in the hair transplant clinic 2-3 days after the operation. This is the first wash. The crusts will mostly disappear with this wash. The crusting will be completely gone in 10 days. However, the patient must not remove the crust by hand in this process. Otherwise, the implanted hair roots will be gone with the crust.

There is no need for hospitalization in hair transplant unless there are any serious complications. The hair transplant is operated on the first day and the implant region is checked on the second day.

The new hair implanted in the hair transplant operation will fully grow in 8-12 months.

Approximately 40% of the implanted hair will fall in 6 months. This is called “shock fall”. New hair will grow from this fallen hair.

If the hair transplant is operated by an expert with the right technique, there won’t be hair loss after 12th month.

The hair implanted after hair transplant will start to grow and be visible after the 6th month. The hair transplant will be complete after 1 year and there will be full hair growth.

The donor region will recover in 7-10 days if the surgeon’s instructions are followed. After removing the dressing to accelerate the recovery, the patients must follow the haircare instructions expressed by the surgeon after the 3rd day.

There are multiple reasons for itching after hair transplant. These are crusting, hair grown, allergy and infection. If we explain it in detail:

  • Crusting: This is a common and normal itching after hair transplant. The small holes on the implant region during the hair transplant operation will start to close after the operation. This occurs with crusting. The crusting will be visible on the 2nd day after the operation. This crusting is due to blood and bodily fluids. This is normal for the recovery and there is no need to worry. The only thing to be careful about is to avoid touching the itchy region. If the patient itches these regions, there might be infection and the new hair might fall. Therefore, patients must avoid touching or itching that region. The itching will pass over time.
  • Hair Growth: Another reason for itching in hair transplant area is hair growth. The hair growth in the implant area causes serious itching. The newly implanted hair will start to grow 1-2 months after the operation. Therefore, the patients might experience hair growth itching after crusting itching. This hair growth will also happen in the donor region. Therefore, there might be itching in the donor region as well. The itching around donor region isn’t too common. There might be gradual itching rather than continuous itching. The growth in the donor region will continue for a long time. Therefore, there might be regular itching.
  • Infection: Infection-related itching are rare but this itching might occur. The itching that occurs suddenly and cause extreme discomfort might be due to infection. You need to immediately consult to your surgeon if you experience such problem.

Although hair transplant is perceived as a simple procedure, it is a surgical operation. Therefore, there might be certain complications. While headache, oedema, redness, itching and hair loss are the generally accepted and mild side effects, these might be experienced. Although it is possible to alleviate these problems with rest, patients often use painkillers for a few days. There might be pain between the 3rd and 7th day which is not common in the donor region.