There are a number of different FUE implementations that have various advantages. One of these implementations is the Ice FUE method. An Ice FUE hair transplant is identical to a traditional FUE method in terms of harvesting and implanting procedures. However, the difference of the Ice FUE method is in this method; each graft is kept in a special solution that freezes the grafts during the canal opening phase. This enhances the grafts’ chance of survival, which is very important for a successful transplant.
Ice FUE Hair Transplant
The operation begins with the application of local anaesthesia to the patient’s donor and recipient areas. This eliminates any pain or discomfort the patient may experience during the operation. Once the anaesthesia starts to show its effect, the surgeons begin the operation by extracting the healthy donor grafts. They extract these grafts from the patient’s donor area, which is usually located in the nape area.
After harvesting the donor grafts, the surgeon’s assistants place the grafts into small containers. These containers are filled with the special IceGraft solution that freezes the grafts. This special solution is used only on the Ice FUE procedures. It is a mixture of several antioxidants and vitamins that protect and strengthen the hair follicles. The content of this mixture keeps donor grafts at an optimal condition by balancing their pH levels. This solution also acts as a coolant. It brings down the temperature of the follicles, thus prevents inflammation.
Once the harvesting phase is complete, the surgeons then open canals in the patient’s recipient area. They carefully place the grafts, which are kept in the IceGraft solution, into these small canals and finish the operation.
The IceGraft solution significantly increases the survival chance of the grafts. This will positively affect your results.
FUE Hair Transplant in Turkey
If you are seeking an effective way to tackle your hair loss problems, an FUE hair transplant can be a permanent solution for you. The modern Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique is an improvement to older hair transplant methods such as the FUT technique.
A successful and effective FUE hair transplant is within your arm’s reach here at esteGrande. As the esteGrande family, we are dedicated to implementing the best techniques for our clients. You can feel safe at the hands of our surgeons, who are experts in the industry.
The field of hair transplantation in Turkey is growing every day. Turkey is one of the industry leaders in this field. Around 60.000 patients come to Turkey to have a hair transplant every year. But what makes Turkey so attractive for the hair transplant candidates?
One of the major factors why so many people prefer to have their transplants in Turkey is the prices. Hair transplant prices in Turkey cost a fragment of the UK and US prices. The gap in the prices allows patients to come to Turkey, have an operation and visit Turkey’s touristic spots, and some money on top of all these.
But the low prices don’t necessarily mean lower quality. On the contrary, Turkey is a country that has the highest numbers of JCI approved health institutions after the USA.
The reason why the hair transplant prices cost lower is linked with the value of Turkish Lira. The value of Turkish Lira is lower compared to the US dollar and UK pound. This impacts the prices of hair transplant operations.
FUE Hair Transplant Results
Most patients want to see their results after the hair transplant operation. This is quite understandable. Patients invest their time and money into this operation and want to see its benefits. But seeing the results require patience in hair transplantation operations.
To paint you a better picture, we should first inform you about the healing period so that you know what to expect after having a transplant.
Your scalp will be quite sensitive after your hair transplant surgery. You will have to wear a bandage for a few days. This bandage will protect your scalp from damage and infection.
The recipient and donor areas on your head will scab over after the operation. This may cause some itching, but you must resist the urge to itch your head. Itching your scalp will seriously damage your transplant and cause them to fall out.
The doctors will ask you to return to the clinic within 2 or 3 days after the operation, depending on the case. You should be extremely careful during these couple of days as your transplant will not have completely attached to your scalp yet. Furthermore, you will have your first head wash once you return after the given time. You will feel quite relieved as the scabs over your head will go away after your head wash. The assistants then will inform you on how to wash your head. They will recommend you some special lotions and shampoos. You should use these products as they will help you during your healing period.
We should also mention that the doctors will prescribe you some painkillers to ease your pain and antibiotics to prevent inflammation.
Your scalp will have completely healed within two weeks. But these two weeks are very important. Any misstep may cause your transplants to fall out, affecting your results negatively. There are some things that you should avoid during this period.
Drinking alcohol and smoking can negatively affect your results. You should definitely avoid consuming these substances. You should also avoid heavy psychical activities such as lifting heavy objects, working out, running, or even having sex. Too much psychical activity puts pressure on your head. This can cause your transplants to pop out. You should also avoid the sunlight during the first few days.
Once the healing period is over, you can return to your normal life. All you have to do is to wait for your results now. But there is one more thing that you should be aware, and that is the shock hair loss period. Every patient who has a hair transplant experience a period in which their newly transplanted hair starts to fall out. This is called shock loss and is completely normal.
The shock loss period starts 1 to 3 months after the operation. This may cause some panic, but it is an expected period. It generally lasts for about 2 weeks.
During shock loss period, newly transplanted follicles go into a “sleep” phase, in which adapt to their new environment. After this period, your new hair will start to grow stronger than ever.
Your new hair will start to grow 1 or 2 months after the shock loss period. Most likely, it will be curly and thin at first, but they get stronger in time. Your hair will be completely visible after 6 months. Some strands may appear weaker compared to others, but this is quite normal. They will get thicker and eventually will be inseparable from the others. After the 10th month, your hair will be thickened and will look natural. Nevertheless, seeing the complete results will take a year.
You will have to be patient and very cautious at the same time to see the results of your operation. But thanks to the advanced FUE method, you can have very natural-looking hair for the rest of your life.
Risks and Side Effects of FUE Hair Transplant
Hair transplant procedures are operations that require expertise and caution. Although they are completely safe, the patients may experience some side effects during and after the operation. These side effects are considered normal. However, there are some precautions that you can take before and after in order to lessen their severity.
One of the potential side effects is that your recipient and donor areas might catch infection after the operation. This can be problematic; however, it is avoidable. If you regularly use the medications that your doctor prescribes after the operation, you can reduce this risk significantly. You will also be prescribed anti-inflammatory medications to prevent any inflammation that might occur in your recipient area.
The patients may experience scalp pain as well as itching and swelling on their scalp. You must resist the urge to itch your head. Otherwise, you will detach your transplants by itching them and cause them to fall out. This will impact your results negatively. Your itching will be relieved after the first head wash session. You can use the painkillers that your doctor will prescribe you to ease the pain.
Some bleeding may occur during and after the operation. You should stop taking blood-thinning medications for at least a week prior to the operation if you are using one. Your doctor will inform you about what steps to take if and when your recipient area starts to bleed during the healing period.
Another possible side effect is the loss of sensation around the donor and recipient areas. Any numbness that you might feel will go away within a week. But in some rare cases, the loss of sensation lasts up to 2 months. Permanent loss of sensation is extremely rare and almost never happens.
The shock loss period can be considered as another side effect. During the shock loss period, your newly transplanted hair will start to fall out for a period of approximately 2 weeks. This period starts 1 or 2 months after the operation and is completely normal.
Your newly transplanted hair follicles go into a kind of “sleep mode” during this period. They require some time to adapt to their new environment. Once the shock loss period is over, your hair can start to grow normally. It is important to note that the severity of the hair loss during this period can differ depending on the patient.
There are several precautions you can take during this period in order to ensure the growth of your hair in a healthier fashion. Following a healthy and balanced diet is one of these precautions. Eating food with plenty of vitamin and protein content instead of fast foods or other kinds of oily foods can help immensely. You should also keep yourself hydrated. Drinking beverages with alcohol and caffeine-containing and smoking can damage your follicles. Avoiding these would be beneficial. You should also keep using the hair care products that your doctor recommends.
Another risk is the issue of continuing hair loss. Some patients want to have a hair transplant before their hair loss comes to a complete stop. In these cases, the patients’ hair loss continues after the operation, leading to an unnatural appearance. This issue can be tackled with a careful planning phase prior to the operation. We, as the esteGrande family, know how important planning is in hair transplant operations and how it can affect the results. Therefore, we provide you with an exclusive service regarding your own situation.
The Costs of FUE Hair Transplant Operations
To give exact numbers for the costs of FUE hair transplant operations is not possible. There are many factors that affect how much the procedure will cost. One of these factors is the technique implemented during the operation. For example, the Ice FUE and the Sapphire FUE techniques will cost more compared to the regular FUE method as these techniques are more advanced than the regular FUE.
Another determining factor is how many grafts needed to cover the balding regions. As the number of the required grafts increases, the prices increase as well. This is the major factor that determines the prices of hair transplantation operations. What makes giving exact prices complicated is that the number of grafts can be estimated only after a consultation.
The experience level of the doctor performing the procedure will also cause prices to go up. All of our doctors here at esteGrande are the experts in this industry. However, the best of the best will charge more for an operation.
If you choose to have extra products besides the standard medication, then you will be charged with a small fee.
It is important to note that most of the insurance companies consider hair transplantation operations as cosmetic procedures. They don’t cover the costs of these operations.
Every hair transplant procedure is unique and has to be designed according to the needs of the patients. We take into consideration what you want out of this procedure and make our plans accordingly. Please get in touch with us if you want to hear the exact price offer. We will carefully examine your case and then provide you with a detailed offer.
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.