FUE (follicular unit extraction) method is applied under local anesthesia by shingling and transplanting the hair into the channels in the hirtellous area or bald patch. It has been applied since 2004 and it has still been developed thanks to its openness to innovation. With FUE harvesting, individual follicular units containing 2 to 3 hairs (called as grafts) are removed by tiny punches of very small micro blades or fine needles between 0.7mm and 1.0mm in diameter from the “donor site”. Grafts will be transplanted into the targeted areas. How much grafts will be needed by the patient is determined by the surgeon during the examination before the surgery.
How is hair transplantation with FUE method applied?
The first step of the treatment is the preparation for the operation. It takes approximately one hour to prepare the patient. Photos of the patient are taken; hair is shingled shorter than 1 millimeter and the targeted area is determined. Donor site anesthetized with local
anesthetics. Hair follicles removed from the donor site and it takes approximately three hours. Removed follicles are soaked into a special solution which is +4 or +10 degree. Targeted transplantation area is anaesthetized and canals in which hair follicles will be placed are opened with the help of special grooving chisels. Open canals are filled with hair follicles and it takes three hours. The whole operation takes six or nine hours.
Does hair transplantation with FUE method cause pain?
After the surgery, donor site is wrapped with a bandage. It will be removed in a few days. Painkillers for possible mild aches and antibiotics for possible infections are prescribed after the surgery.
How long does hair growing take after the surgery?
Transplanted hair follicles become strong in a week after the surgery. During this week the patient should carefully wash his head in order to clear the incrustations. Transplanted hair grows for two or three weeks and then they fall off. Transplanted follicles stay in their place. After a week, hair begins growing again. Hair in the front area will grow in 6 or 8 months and hair in the top area will grow in 8 or 12 months.
Will there be any scar after the hair transplantation with FUE method?
Scars and bald spots smaller than 1 millimeter can be formed on the donor site after this surgery. When the surrounding hair grow these spots will be invisible. Therefore hair transplantation with FUE method does not leave visible scars.
What should the patient avoid before the hair transplantation with FUE method?
Hair transplantation requires a recovery time therefore; you should go on a leave for seven or ten days in advance. Blood thinners, anti-depressant pills, painkillers, multivitamins involving vitamin E and vitamin B should not be taken before the surgery. You should not use alcohol three days before the surgery, too.
What should the patient avoid after the hair transplantation with FUE method?
The patient should protect transplantation area for seven or ten days after the surgery. The bandage put after the operation will be removed on the first or second day after the surgery. Hair should be washed daily and your surgeon will inform you about the washing method. On the seventh day incrustations will be removed from your scalp. It is important to stay away from swimming in the pool or sea and visiting tanning booth in order to get better results from the surgery.
Who can receive this treatment?
Each individual who do not have a serious health problem can receive this treatment. Type of your hair loss, your hair analysis and your donor site analysis will be made by your surgeon in order to determine your suitability to receive this treatment.