What is FUE Hair Transplant?
During the past two decades, new techniques and improvements have occurred in hair transplant. Nowadays, hairs can be re-planted to follow the direction of the individual’s natural growth pattern via micro and mini graft techniques.
The FUE technique involves harvesting healthy hair follicles from the scalp, and grafting them directly on to the bald and thinning areas of your head. Although the transplanting principle sounds the same as previous techniques, the FUE technique achieves a more natural look without leaving any scars.
The main advantages of the FUE technique are:
- No linear scarring or stitches, allowing you to wear your hair short
- Achieves a more natural look
- Only the healthy and strong follicles are transplanted
- Less pain and no missed days of work
- Initial healing takes only two to four days
- Sport activities can be resumed after one week
- The cost of hair transplant is even less than previous processes
HAIR TRANSPLANT EXPLAINED
We strictly advise that you follow the below instructions;
- Do not take Aspirin, Vitamin B and E during the last 4 days before your operation.
- Do not consume alcohol during the last 4 days before your operation.
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before the operation.
- Do not consume caffeinated drinks.
- Your hair should be clean.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
- Bring extra clothes.
Arrival in Istanbul:
We will welcome you at the airport and take you to your hotel. All our treatment packages include your transportation between locations.
On the day of the operation, all the details about the process will be explained to you before the operation and your questions will be answered.
Our surgeon will examine your head and do the necessary preparation before the operation. You will be shown the area where the transplantation will occur.
Pictures will be taken and your hair will be cut short in preparation for the operation.
This process takes around 1 hour.
The roots of your hair at the back of your neck will be numbed with a local anesthetic to minimize the pain, so you will feel almost nothing during the operation.
You will be sitting in a face-down position for the harvesting of the healthy hair follicles and the opening of channels which will be used for implanting. Using micro-motors with a diameter of 0.6-0.7mm, the healthy follicles will be collected and kept into the storage solution with Hypothermosol FRS.
This process takes around 3 or 4 hours.
Your hair follicles will be counted.
During the counting, you will rest and have lunch.
The same number of channels as the number of hair follicles collected will be opened. This is the most important process of FUE hair transplanting and done by the surgeon solely. In this step, the natural look of your hair will be obtained.
This process takes around 1.5 hours.
Your custom-made channel needles will be used for the FUE operation.
Planting of your hair follicles into the opened channels.
This process takes around 2 or 3 hours.
The transplanted hair follicles recover in seven days. During this seven day period, please comply with the advice below;
- Always wear a hat when going out as advised.
- Continue taking your medicine as advised by the surgeon.
- Try to abstain from heavy lifting work, contact sports and sexual intercourse.
- Although you can continue your daily routine after just two days, please avoid direct sunlight for the first month after the operation.
Sometimes, you may notice a small amount of bleeding at the back of your neck just after the operation. This is expected and not unusual.
The first three days after the surgery the Patient can expect some mild swellings around the forehead area.
The patient also develops very small blood clots at the incision sites and these usually flake off in anywhere from five to seven days.
Any serious redness that has lingered after the surgery is usually gone by day seven and the recipient area is slightly pinkish for the next few weeks.
Additionally the scabs are expected to fall out during the 7th to 10th day.
Three weeks after your procedure you may begin to experience some shedding of the transplanted hairs. This is completely normal and is to be expected as your hair switches to a temporary dormant phase called the Telogen phase, which all hair grafts go through after any hair restoration procedure.
In this period, you may expect to temporarily lose 15% – 85% of your implanted hair.
After the falling out of the implanted slows down, the hair follicles will rest under your scalp during the Telogen phase.
Over the next several weeks to months, the patient can expect to see some new hair sprouting through the surface of the scalp. This new growth period varies from patient to patient but the average is three months. The new hair does not grow evenly but it will all grow in eventually. The new hair will be thin and fine, but will thicken over time.
During this time the patient may also notice the formation of an acne-like condition in the recipient area. This is normal and is only some of the new hairs trying to grow through the scalp. Sometimes these can become temporarily trapped under the skin like an ingrown hair but the condition is temporary. This should be taken as a positive sign of new growth.
Between months eight and ten, the patient will notice the most impressive difference since the initial procedure.
The hair will be longer and much thicker and the overall appearance will be one of greater density than even a few short months before.
By the time a full year has passed since the procedure took place, the patient can hope to see the final result. However, improvements may still be seen well over a year after the surgery. The time given here is an average.
The hair that is now growing will continue to grow for the rest of the patient’s life and can be cut and styled in any manner the patient wishes.
There is no special regimen required to take care of the new hair. Standard shampoos and other hair products are perfectly safe.