FUE hair transplantation method involves taking hair follicles, which we call graft, one by one from any donor area of the body and transplanting them into bald areas. The number of grafts required for a patient depends on the following factors;
FUE procedure is almost painless as it is performed with local anesthesia. In this procedure, the recipient area is anesthetized by applying small anesthetic incisions with a micro needle. The surgeon then places the grafts at an angle and concentration appropriate to the natural hairstyle. In this process, a new hairline is created to ensure regrowth.
FUE hair transplant procedure is performed by following the steps below;
Shaving And Anesthesia: Your doctor shaves the hair in both the donor and recipient areas to provide clear access to the hair and skin, and uses a microneedle to apply a local anesthetic to the scalp.
Follicle Extraction: Your doctor removes follicles from the donor area using a surgical extraction instrument (typically 0.6 mm-1.0 mm in diameter) and then makes a series of micro-incisions in the recipient area to locate the follicles.
Graft Implantation: In this technique, hair follicles are applied to the thinned or bald area manually or with a NeoGraft machine. (The NeoGraft machine is an automatic hair transplant system that allows surgeons to transplant hair safely and effectively.)
Cleaning And Bandaging: Your doctor will clean and bandage the affected area for the healing process.
After FUE hair transplantation, patients should remember that it is natural for the operated area to look a little pinker than normal during the recovery period, and this will only take a few days. Since the transplanted hair usually enters a “shedding phase” and the follicles enter the “resting phase”, healthy hair growth occurs within a few weeks after the procedure. . This is in no way an indication that the FUE transplant has failed. On the contrary, this shedding is the natural reaction of the region to the surgery.
The changes generally become more noticeable after 3 to 4 months, when new, healthy, permanent hair begins to grow in the recipient areas of the scalp. Most new hair will appear within 5 to 6 months, and within 10 months the hair will become even thicker and longer. The final result is expected one year to 18 months after the surgery.
The FUE technique, when performed by a trained and licensed professional, poses some potential risks and side effects, including but not limited to the following, with minimal invasiveness;
General health: Every healthy person without any disease is an ideal candidate for FUE hair transplantation. If you have any health problems, it is very important that you inform your doctor about this during your interview.
Patients Over 30: Candidates considering the FUE method should be over 30 years old.
Hair loss in patients under the age of 30 continues to fluctuate, making it difficult to determine how this type of hair loss will develop with age. For this reason, if hair loss continues in patients treated at an early age, additional sessions may be needed in the future. In addition, patients who have suffered from hair loss for at least five years are ideal candidates for FUE hair restoration.
Those who suffer from male pattern baldness, which is usually a genetic problem, are excellent candidates for FUE hair transplant. Since this condition affects only part of the scalp, patients have more hair follicles for hair transplantation. However, patients suffering from non-pattern alopecia (DUPA) are not suitable candidates because they do not have enough donor follicles.
The frequency and repetition of the necessary procedures depend on the patient’s personal goals, the degree of hair loss and their tolerance for the operation. Some patients can get 500 grafts, while others may require 2,000 grafts or more to restore the natural appearance. Your doctor will discuss with you to determine how many procedures you would potentially require to achieve your ideal results.
The results from FUE hair transplant surgery are long-lasting and are considered to be permanent because the hair follicles taken are genetically programmed to continue to grow. However, the surgery must be performed by a skilled, experienced hair restoration specialist who follows the post-procedure care instructions for all patients.
Minor scarring is inevitable in all hair transplant operations, including the FUE procedure, but a skilled and experienced surgeon can manage to keep this to a minimum with the help of his experience. FUE hair transplant scars generally appear as small spots that will fade over time. But it should not be forgotten that after a while, no matter what, the scars will become invisible with the growing hair.
Hair loss is expected in the first few weeks after the surgery, and this does not necessarily mean that they have lost the hair follicle; on the contrary, it is a “shedding phase” caused by the body’s natural response to surgery. New hair grows back in the first 3 months after this natural shedding phase. Hair is very thin at first but becomes thicker and fuller over time. Within 5-6 months, most of the new hair will come out after hair transplantation. Hair becomes thicker and longer after 10 months.