FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant is one of the most commonly used methods. Compared to other methods, the FUE hair transplant technique is easier and less painful: this is why people who want to have hair transplant surgery prefer this method. Hair transplantation using the FUE technique is a method of harvesting hair follicles from a donor area such as the arms, legs, and chest, usually the back of the head.
It is implemented through the comfortable and safe FUE (Follicle Unit Extraction) method using the lateral slit technique accompanied by an anesthetist under mild drowsiness without feeling any pain. The state of mild drowsiness without total loss of consciousness is provided through the sedatives given before the hair transplantation operation after the blood tests and health checks performed by a specialist physician in advance. With this method, hair transplantation becomes much more enjoyable, comfortable, and safe for those who have a low pain threshold, fear of operation, or phobia.
It is implemented through the comfortable and safe FUE (Follicle Unit Extraction) method using the lateral slit technique accompanied by an anesthetist under mild drowsiness without feeling any pain. The state of mild drowsiness without total loss of consciousness is provided through the sedatives given before the hair transplantation operation after the blood tests and health checks performed by a specialist physician in advance. With this method, hair transplantation becomes much more enjoyable, comfortable, and safe for those who have a low pain threshold, fear of operation or phobia.
What is a Fue hair transplant?
From Dr. Orentreich in the 1950s to follicular unit hair transplantation (FUT) in the 1990s to the latest follicular unit extraction (FUE) technology. With the advent of FUE, the dream of a “donor site without visible scars” now seems possible. In FUE, the graft is harvested as a single follicular unit by a two- or three-step technique, while the implantation method is the same as in traditional FUT. The addition of the latest automated FUE technology is designed to overcome some of the limitations of this relatively new technology, and it is now possible to achieve over a thousand grafts a day in trained hands. This article provides an overview of the methods, limitations, and benefits of FUE hair transplantation.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) technique is a method of hair transplantation in which hair follicles are extracted one by one from the donor area and inserted into tiny channels prepared and opened by the doctor. Unlike the FUT technique, there are no cuts or sutures in the FUE method.
Since hair transplants are done in a standard and consistent manner with the FUE method, we can place them at the desired angle, which results in the most natural results and ensures that the transplant blends seamlessly with the original hair.
During hair transplantation through FUE, the hair follicles are placed on the scalp one by one, so the direction of the transplantation is correct and the result is natural. One of the main reasons for the success of FUE hair transplants is its natural appearance.
During FUE hair transplant, hair follicles are implanted one by one. Therefore, the orientation of the graft is determined for natural results. One of the main reasons for the success of FUE hair transplants is its natural appearance.
In addition, DHI hair transplantation method has become popular recently.
Procedure for FUE hair transplant
- The steps to a successful Fue hair transplant are:
- Identify Donor and Recipient Areas
- Extraction of follicular units from a donor
- Preparation of follicular units
- Follicular unit storage
- Implementation of the follicular unit
- Post-transplant procedure
Identify Donor and Recipient Areas
The doctor marks the donor and recipient areas. It defines the receiving area with normal-length hair. The donor area can be partially or completely shaved.
Extraction of follicular units from a donor
After preparing the donor area (the back and/or side parts of the scalp), a local anesthetic is applied. The donor area is the area where the hair to be transplanted is donated to the bald recipient area. Hair from the donor area is not prone to hair loss unless they have the genetic code for hair loss. We use millimeter-precision surgical instruments called “punches” for extraction. They have sharp cylindrical edges and vary in diameter from 0.6 to 0.8 mm. After cutting with a punch, we use fine forceps to remove the follicular units from the scalp.
The number of follicular units extracted over the course of a day varies from 1,000 to 6,000, equivalent to 2,200 to 15,000 hairs. This number varies from patient to patient and depends on the density of the donor area (number of hairs per follicular unit).
Preparation of follicular units
Immediately after extraction, the follicular units are placed in a special solution that ensures their viability. A member of the team begins preparations under the magnifying glass of a stereomicroscope. Proper preparation and preservation of follicular units are critical to the success of the transplant.
Follicular unit storage
The maintenance of follicular units outside the body is critical for their survival. The follicular unit must remain hydrated and at the ideal temperature throughout the procedure until implantation.
Implementation of the follicular unit
At this stage of the surgery, the recipient area is anesthetized and micropores are made where the follicular units are subsequently implanted.
The cut is made with a piercing blade made of sapphire crystal. Due to the delicate and attainable precision of the sapphire blade, there is less damage and trauma to the scalp, reducing any bleeding that may occur, resulting in faster healing time and less scarring. The depth of the incision corresponds exactly to the length of the follicular unit to avoid damaging the blood vessels in the scalp.
The incision defines the future angle and direction of hair growth, which will be similar to natural hair present in the receptor area. We place the follicular unit in the recipient area using a precision instrument called an implanter.
About 80 percent of the transplanted hairs are shed between the third and sixth weeks after surgery, leaving their roots in the scalp. These roots will grow new hair.
Growth begins 3 to 4 months after surgery. Because the transplanted hair does not contain the genetic code for hair loss, they do not have the same tendency to fall out, leading to lasting results.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplantation is one of the most commonly used methods. Compared to other methods, the FUE hair transplant technique is easier and less painful: this is why people who want to have hair transplant surgery prefer this method.
What Happens After FUE Hair Transplant?
Recovery from FUE is quick. You may experience swelling or discomfort for about 3 days. Here are some follow-up care instructions your doctor may give you:
- Do not wash your hair or shower for 3 days.
- For a few weeks after you start washing your hair, use a mild, unscented shampoo.
- Take a few days off to speed up healing.
- Do not brush or comb new hair for at least 3 weeks.
- Don’t wear hats, caps, or other clothing until your doctor says it’s okay.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity for a week.
- During the healing process, some hair may fall out. this is normal.
- You may notice a difference after 3 to 4 months. Depending on the health of the transplanted hair, your hair may not grow back as expected.
- After hair transplantation, it is important to use special products developed for post-hair transplantation. Evocail Plus series products are recommended to be used after hair transplantation.
- Evocapil Plus products can be used to thicken and strengthen the hair in the donor area. In addition, Evocapil Spray is very effective for the new hair to grow stronger in the hair transplant areas. Check our Evocapil Shop for finding the best solution for yourself.
Let your doctor know if you notice any of the following rare side effects:
- Symptoms of infection•
- Pain or swelling around the surgical site•
- Swollen hair follicles (folliculitis)•
- Bleeding at the surgical site•
- Numbness or tingling near the surgical site•
- The transplanted hair does not look like the surrounding hair
How much does an FUE hair transplant cost?
Each FUE hair transplant costs between $2,000 and $15,000. Multi-session programs can cost as much as $20,000 or more.
The cost of FUE hair transplant depends on:• How much hair will be harvested and transplanted•
- How many surgeons are available for this procedure in your area•
- How often can your surgeon perform FUE hair transplants•
- What is your surgeon’s experience or needs-
You may need to have an FUE hair transplant at your own expense, as most health insurance companies do not cover this cosmetic procedure. You must also provide a prescription for pain or other possible side effects from the surgery. When considering cost, you should take into account the time to return to work. This could mean staying home for 3 to 4 days.
Most companies do not cover hair transplants under health insurance.