The FUE Hair Transplant is one of the most widely used hair transplant methods in the world. The popularity of this method stems from the fact that it provides patients with lasting and natural looking results.
The FUE method is surely a great step beyond the conventional FUT method, wherein surgeons cut a large slit on the donor area of the patient, removed skin from this area, and stitched the area back for the transplant. This made way for a much more “surgical” transplant which was higher risk and also left a great deal of scarring. This is quite the opposite of the FUE method which is aimed to not leave scars.
Fue Hair Transplant
The FUE method, which stands for Follicular Unit Extraction, allows surgeons to map-out extraction areas to ensure that the donor area does not experience trauma and trauma-related hair loss. The grafts are then extracted using a tool called the micromotor. These grafts which can have multiple hair follicles are specifically chosen by the medical experts and placed into a sterile container to be transplanted to the areas of hair loss. This not only brings about a much more pleasant healing process but eliminates the need of stitches which quickens healing time.
After extractions, microchannels are opened to place extracted grafts into, these channels created using tiny blades which provide a much quicker heal time than the more outdated method.
The FUE method truly revolutionised the hair transplantation field by minimising both risk and heal time.
FUE Hair Transplant in Turkey
For those who seek an effective manner to overcome their hair loss problems, an FUE hair transplant can provide permanent and effective solutions. The modern Follicular Unit Extraction technique is truly many steps ahead of older methods.
A truly successful and solution-oriented FUE hair transplant is within arm’s reach with esteGrande. With our years of expertise in this method we utilise both our experienced approach and the most advanced techniques currently available. As a result of this you can absolutely feel safe and secure knowing you are in expert hands.
The field of hair transplantation in Turkey has shown immense growth throughout the years and continues to do so every day. Turkey is undoubtedly a sector leader in the field. Around 60.000 patients travel to Turkey, specifically to have a hair transplant every year. But, what makes Turkey such a hotspot for transplants?
One of the major factors influencing this is, without a doubt, cost-related. Hair transplant prices in Turkey cost only a fragment of those in the UK and US. This financial factor and great deal of experience within the field, alongside the fact that Turkey is a major touristic location brings about an amalgamation of benefits for those who seek to receive this service.
But of course, affordable prices don’t directly correlate to low quality. Quite the opposite, Turkey directly follows the US in terms of having the highest number of JCI certified healthcare institutions in the world.
FUE Hair Transplant Results
Most patients understandably want to see immediate results after the procedure. Of course this is to be expected as patients invest time, money, and care towards ensuring they receive the results they envision. Nevertheless, one of the most critical matters to keep in mind is that results require patience. A hair transplant can never be expected to provide an immediate change.
In this regard, to paint a clearer picture of what is to be expected, we provide both transparent knowledge on the entirety of the process and what to expect during the aftercare process as well.
Your scalp will feel quite sensitive during the first few days after the transplant. In fact, immediately after the procedure, wearing a bandage is quite important in ensuring that this sensitive area is not susceptible to infection or damage.
The recipient and donor area will begin to scab over. But this is absolutely not a cause for worry, in fact it’s quite important that it does as this is the body’s natural response to protect itself from outer elements. This scabbing, due to causing dryness, will cause the scalp to become itchy but it is important to refrain from scratching the head as this will cause you to damage the scalp and transplanted grafts which leads to them falling out.
Of course it is completely necessary to be quite careful during the first couple of days after the transplant as the transplanted grafts will not yet have fully anchored themselves on the scalp. In order to make sure that the grafts attach themselves properly without any disruption it is quite important to conduct the aftercare process carefully. The specific aftercare knowledge will be given to you during the first wash session, and by your consultant. Furthermore, during the washing session you will also be recommended special lotions and shampoos to assist the healing process.
In order to ensure your discomfort is kept at a minimum, the doctor will also prescribe you with painkillers, antibiotics, and anti-edema medication to combat any inflammation or discomfort.
Your scalp will have fully healed within the span of two weeks, nevertheless this should not minimise the importance of neither the first two weeks nor the ongoing healing and growth process. Any missteps during this process may induce a negative impact and cause the transplanted grafts to fall out. There are certainly some things that you should refrain from doing after the transplant period.
Drinking alcohol and consuming tobacco products can definitely negatively impact your results. You should definitely avoid consuming these products and excessive caffeine as well. You should also avoid strenuous exercise, heavy physical activity such as lifting heavy objects, running, or even sexual intercourse during the initial recovery period. This can cause the transplanted grafts to rebound and become unattached. You should also avoid coming into contact with direct sunlight, sweating excessively, and swimming or submerging your head in water (such as in a bathtub or hot tub) during this time.
Once the healing process is over, you can return to your fully normal routine. All that is left is to patiently wait for results. The results will become visible to the eye after the shock loss stage. Every patient, no matter the type or method used in a hair transplant, will undergo the shock loss stage where the hair strands that have transplanted with the grafts begin to fall out to make way for new, healthy hairs to grow. This is shock loss and should not be mistaken for losing grafts. It is absolutely not the indication of a bad transplant or that your body is rejecting the transplant. On the contrary, it is perfectly normal.
The shock loss period starts 1-2 months after the procedure, depending on the metabolism of each patient.
This may cause some panic but is perfectly natural. This period lasts for around 2 weeks.
During this shock loss, the newly transplanted follicles go into the “sleep” stage in which they adapt to their new placement. After this period, healthy new follicles begin to emerge upon the shedding of the transplanted follicles.
As your newly transplanted hair begins to emerge during the first 1-2 months, it will most likely look thinner and sometimes curlier at first. This hair later grows to become stronger and thicker. Your hair will grow visibly stronger after 6 months. Some strands will grow stronger faster and some will take a bit longer to take on their final form. After the 10th month your hair will become much more visibly strong and final results may take up to a year.
In the end, the entire process and the patience shown is bound to be more than worth it, because thanks to the FUE method, you will have received natural-looking hair that will last you a lifetime.
Risks and Side Effects of FUE Hair Transplant
Performing a hair transplant requires a great deal of expertise and care. Although the procedure itself is completely safe, patients may experience minor side effects during the immediate healing process. However these are completely normal and even able to be much less invasive by taking the correct precautions.
One of the possible side effects that may occur is the recipient or donor area may become inflamed. This can be somewhat problematic but is also completely avoidable. If you are careful while taking your medication, this risk can be reduced to a great degree. The anti-inflammatory medication prescribed to you also plays an important part in preventing this from occurring.
It is also completely normal to experience swelling and minor soreness of the scalp as well as itching during this transition stage.
The urge to scratch the scalp must be resisted as this will cause the transplanted grafts to fall out. This will of course prevent the patient from receiving the results they desire and minimise the full impact of the transplant. The itchy sensation can be eased by showing proper aftercare and using products which are focused on moisturising the scalp to ensure scabbing is shed in a small window of time. Additionally, using the painkillers that the doctor prescribes will also minimise any discomfort.
Minor bleeding may occur during and after the transplant. A great deal of this bleeding can be prevented by stopping the use of blood-thinning medication at least a week prior to the procedure. This includes painkillers with ibuprofen as well. Your doctor and consultant will also inform you on the steps to prevent bleeding and what to do even if it does occur to ensure a safe and effective transplant experience.
Another possible side effect is a loss of sensation around the donor and recipient areas. Any possible numbness is set to subside within a week, but in some rare cases the numbness can last between 1-2 months as well. Permanent sensation loss is incredibly rare and almost never occurs, especially as our surgeons are extremely cautious to not damage nerves.
The shock loss period can also be classified as a side effect, but is to be expected and completely normal. During this period the newly transplanted grafts will shed the hair follicles with which they were transplanted with. This period generally tends to begin around the 1-2 month stage after the transplant but is dependent on the metabolism of the patient as well. By means of gentle massage application, the new hair follicles can be promoted to grow faster by increasing blood-flow.
During this shock loss, the newly transplanted follicles go into the “sleep” stage in which they adapt to their new placement. After this period, healthy new follicles begin to emerge upon the shedding of the transplanted follicles. This is when the normal growth stage continues. The severity of hair loss can differ from patient to patient during this stage.
There are of course certain precautions you can take during this stage to ensure the growth of healthy new hair follicles.
Following a healthy and well-balanced diet is certainly an important influence. Eating food with plenty of vitamins, especially vitamin B, vitamin E, vitamin D, and implementing a high protein diet while staying away from oily food or foods with a great deal of preservatives or salt is important. Hydration intake is also very important. On the opposite end of the spectrum, high caffeine, excessive alcohol, and tobacco intake can damage the hair follicles. Avoiding the use of these substances is critical. Another important factor is using the correct aftercare products and benefiting from the consultation services provided to you while deciding upon using new products.
Another risk factor is the issue of continuing hair loss. Though some patients can opt to undergo a transplant before their hair loss comes to a complete end, it is important to understand how this may impact the appearance of the transplant further along the line. Although transplanted grafts cannot fall out, losing existing hairs can be an issue faced by some. We, as esteGrande, fully understand the importance of careful planning and timing of the procedure and the influence it can have on results. This is why we strive to provide you with a personalised hair transplant experience.
The Costs of FUE Hair Transplant Operations
To give an exact number of the cost of the procedure is not possible. There are many factors which play into the cost of the hair transplant such as the technique and additional treatments given alongside the transplant. For example the Ice FUE method and Sapphire FUE method are slightly more costly than the conventional FUE method.
Of course the price of the hair transplant procedure also depends on both the proficiency of those applying the transplant. Certainly, small clinics without a trained medical staff tend to give lower prices, but this is moreso an indication that they are willing to compromise on the level of quality they provide or pave the path for unhygienic conditions without using single-use tools.
Another influential factor is whether or not the patient decides to purchase additional aftercare products.
It is also important to keep in mind that almost all insurance companies classify hair transplants as non-essential cosmetic procedures, thus they do not cover the cost of the procedure.
Every transplant procedure is a bespoke experience and should be treated as such. This personalised procedure should be approached with great care in accord to the needs of the patient. We strongly take into consideration the needs of the patient and ensure that these needs are met. If you are considering a hair transplantation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us so that we can carefully examine your specific hair loss case and provide you with a solution, detailed explanation, and quote.
Frequently Asked Questions About the FUE Method
How can I know whether I’m a good candidate for an FUE procedure?
If you are considering having an FUE hair transplant, we recommend you contact us. We can’t answer this question without examining your individual case. Factors such as the degree of hair loss, availability of donor area, quality of donor grafts, age, medical history, etc. determine whether you are a suitable candidate for an FUE procedure.
How much do I have to wait to see the results?
You can see noticeable growth after three months from the operation. However, seeing results requires patience in the case of hair transplantation operations. It can take more than a year to see your final results.
How long does an FUE surgery take?
The length of hair transplantation operations depends on the number of grafts that are needed to cover the balding area. But to give you an idea, we can say that the FUE procedure takes up to 8 hours.
Will I have to have a second hair transplant later?
The hair transplanted during the FUE method are permanent. They are resistant to shedding. However, if your hair loss is still in progress when you apply for a hair transplant operation or if you experience further hair loss later in your life, the non-transplanted hair may fall out. This may leave some gaps in your hair. But through careful planning, unnatural appearances can be avoided. If you want full coverage, you can have another hair transplant.