FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplantation method is a process that healthy hair follicles taken from the donor area are inserted end-to-end to the hairless area under local anesthesia, one after another. Before harvesting the hair follicles, the hair in the donor area is fully trimmed. The hair is extracted together with the follicle and the surrounding tissue, and the high density in the donor area is reduced until an invisible degree.
Follicular units extracted in the FUE hair transplantation process are transferred in the channels opened in the hairless area of the receiver. Thus, the possibility of damage to the grafts that are used in the operation is minimized.
The hairline is designed and confirmed considering the patient’s needs and the doctor’s recommendations. Esthetic appearance should be considered as making decision. At this point, it becomes quite important that your doctor has sufficient experience and can evaluate the appropriate optical esthetics.
Manual FUE hair transplantation offers us numerous advantages not only in operation but also in healing processes. Due to the locality, there is no pain during the procedure. There is no visible scar remaining in the donor and recipient areas. The resulting microscopic superficial wounds heal within a week.
The entire procedure is being now carried out with special punches or micro-motors. Manual punch is preferred in our center. The transplanted hair usually falls out within the first month and 2-3 months after the surgery, it starts to grow. It reaches remarkable fullness after eight months and regains its natural appearance within 1,5 – 2 years.
Since the grafts harvested from the donor area through FUE hair transplantation are encoded to grow for a lifetime, no hair loss is observed after the surgery. These favorable results are obtained when an experienced doctor and team perform the procedure.
FUE hair transplantation can be applied to both female and male patients. However, not all hair loss can be treated with hair transplantation. Surgical hair restoration can only be used in individuals who have localized or male-type pattern baldness, known as androgenic alopecia.
Hair loss in women is another form of hair loss, mainly seen in women, and is not dependent on hormones. It affects the entire scalp, including the donor area. In that case, hair transplantation is not the primary treatment. An in-depth medical examination that a specialist performs on these patients and the analysis of laboratory tests are needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some patients experience hair loss at a young age. These patients should seek medication-assisted treatment to stop the hair loss before hair transplantation. PRP and Mesotherapy are applied for this purpose. These procedures may prevent hair loss and hair transplantation may not be necessary. If hair transplantation is performed without the application of this method, it may not be possible to achieve desired hair density as hair loss still continues. Therefore, hair transplant operation and postoperative results may not be satisfactory. To achieve best results, diagnosis and treatment must be performed by a specialist doctor.
Hair transplantation is performed under local anesthesia. The administration of local anesthesia can be a little painful. However, you will not feel any pain during the operation. In our clinic, the anesthesiologist decides on medications to be used and the type of anesthesia before the operation considering the patient’s age, health status, medical history, and operative time and performs the most appropriate anesthetic.
After hair transplantation, a slightly reddish crust may form in the recipient area. These crusts usually disappear about 7-10 days after surgery. Redness reduces and completely fades in 2 to 4 weeks.
It has already been scientifically proven that smoking can cause hair loss due to decreased blood flow. Decreased blood flow will accordingly slow down the healing process. For this reason, we recommend you to quit smoking to avoid negative side effects.
First of all, it is very important to determine the factors that cause hair loss in the patient. If there are hormonal reasons, women will not benefit from hair transplantation. Moreover, if the patient has been diagnosed with diffuse hair loss, the operation is not suitable. Otherwise, the donor area is also affected. This is an undesirable condition. Therefore, the exact cause of hair loss should be examined in women and treatment should be based on the diagnosis.