What is Fue Hair Transplantation?

Fue Hair Transplantation is a technique used for graft extraction in almost every operation today. It is one of the most frequently asked questions by people with hair loss problems. Because it is an abbreviation term, there are frequent misunderstandings. In a more descriptive way, the term FUE, which means ‘follicular unit extraction’, is actually a method of extraction, not a planting method. The word FUE is often used for different purposes from time to time, as it is touted as a planting method.

How is Fue Hair Transplantation Applied?

In this technique, the main purpose is to collect the hair follicles in the donor area in the best quality manner, within the planning made for the transplant area, without disturbing the tissue integrity, in order to ensure that the person’s donor area image is restored as soon as possible. Hair follicles in the donor area in everyone, male or female, stand in clumps. These groupings may contain 1, 2, 3 or more hair follicles. The purpose of Fue Hair Transplantation is to collect these groups without damaging them with special apparatus called ‘punch’. Grafts collected without damage are very important for the success of the operation. Because contrary to popular belief, the number of grafts and the number of hair strands are different things. One strand of hair may come out of a graft, and several strands may come out. The more hairs the groupings contain, the more hairs will be obtained and the higher the post-operative frequency will be.

What are Fue Hair Transplant Techniques?

Before the FUE hair transplantation, which has been used since the beginning of the 2000s, the method called ‘FUT’ was used. To explain briefly; FUT technique is the process of transferring hair follicles, which consists of the initials of ‘Follicular Unit Transplantation’, obtained by separating a piece of tissue taken at the width of a finger between the two ears at the nape of the neck and turning it into a graft. It was replaced by the fue technique in the early 2000s, due to the scarring that occurs after the operation, which bothers people very much. In the FUE technique, an uncomfortable image does not occur. In a short period of ten days, the donor area becomes old. It regains its old appearance and people can easily return to social life. For a person who has a hair loss problem and is considering a hair transplant, Fue Hair Transplantation is both more effective and faster than the FUT technique.

In Which Situations Is Fue Hair Transplant Preferred?

In today’s technology, there are two main topics used in planting technique;

  • Sapphire canal hair transplantation,
  • DHI hair transplant.

These two techniques are used for the transfer part of the hair transplant operation. No matter which technique is used, the graft collection phase takes place with Fue Hair Transplantation. The operation continues in the same way, regardless of the technique used until the end of the graft collection phase. The difference occurs when the transfer phase starts, depending on the technique used.

How Long Does Fue Hair Transplantation Process?

The duration of the procedure is usually between 2-3 hours, depending on variables such as the quality of the donor area, the planned number, and the condition of the tissue. This period may decrease or increase depending on the various situations mentioned above. The person is usually in the prone position at this stage. Due to the prone position, the difficult part of the operation can be described as this stage. At this stage, people may be advised to sleep in order to use the body energy to a minimum, and a sedative tablet can be given before this stage to help them sleep. In this way, since the person can sleep more comfortably, body energy is preserved and the operation is made easier and more comfortable.

In Fue Hair Transplantation, if for any reason the fue time, which is the removal phase of the grafts, is prolonged, the procedures to protect the energy of the person can be continued. The point to be noted here is that the grafts taken out also prolong the waiting period.

While the grafts are in our donor area, they continue to be fed from our body. After it is taken, it starts to lose its existing quality because it does not have a food source while waiting outside. When the hair follicles, which have not been fed for a long time and have lost their strength, are transferred, it becomes difficult to return to their original state. This negatively affects the success of the Fue Hair Transplant operation. Since there is no unlimited donor, the person cannot get the desired result. He may have to continue to live with the hair problem for the rest of his life.
For this reason, at this point, graft steam infusion units come into play. The procedure performed with graft steam infusion unit in Fue Hair Transplantation; It is the process of giving mesotherapy steam rich in vitamins and minerals to the hair follicles they need. The hair follicles continue to be fed with mesotherapy steam at a temperature of 4-6 degrees from the moment they are taken until they are transferred. In this way, when the FUE period is prolonged, there is no need to worry about losing the quality of the hair follicles.

What Should Be Done Before Fue Hair Transplant Operation?

Fue Hair Transplantation, which is an aesthetic operation, is a procedure that people have in order to improve their quality of life. For this reason, all procedures to be performed before or after the operation should be planned in a way that will affect our social life the least.

Before Fue Hair Transplant Operation;

  • If we have an ongoing treatment, approval must be obtained from the attending physician. The drugs used must be reported to the doctor who will perform the hair transplant, and the relevant tests must be submitted. Hair transplantation is a procedure done to feel better. For this reason, if we have an ongoing treatment, it should be integrated with the hair transplantation process.
  • The use of alcohol, coffee, green tea and acidic beverages should be reduced before the operation. It is recommended not to be used for the last 3 days if possible.
  • Smoking should be reduced if present. The transfer of hair follicles is only a part of the hair transplantation process. Maximum quality nutrition should be provided to the transferred hair follicles after the operation. Smoking has an important effect here. If smoking cannot be stopped completely, it is recommended to minimize it.
  • It is important not to use hair stylers while coming to the operation and to leave the hair in its natural state in order to make the planning more effective.
  • If a shirt or a garment that can be opened and closed from the front is chosen while coming to the operation, the person will be much more comfortable after the operation.
  • Before the operation, you should go to bed early at night and start the operation rested.
  • Breakfast must be made before the operation. This allows us to have a more comfortable operation.

What is the Healing Process After Fue Hair Transplantation?

Contrary to what is known, the recovery process after Fue Hair Transplantation is quite comfortable. The bandage applied after the operation is removed on the second day following. While normal bathing can be done for the lower part of the neck for 10 days, the transplantation and donor area should be washed with the washing set prepared for the post-hair transplant as recommended. At the end of 10 days, shell casting is done for the planting area. After the shell casting process, there is no image that will disturb the person socially, neither in the transplantation area nor in the donor area. You can easily return to social life. In the following week, the hair continues to grow. Although it varies from person to person, two weeks after the operation, there is no trace of the hair transplantation process in the transplantation area or in the donor area.

Shock Shedding After Fue Hair Transplant

The planting area should be protected against rubbing and impacts for 10 days after the operation. At the end of 10 days, the shell casting process is carried out. Hair growth continues in the following days. Approximately in the 1st month, the shock shedding process begins and is 115-120. continues for days. At the end of the 4th month, new hair growth begins. It gains speed in 6-7 months. While there may be new hair growth until 1 year is up, the hair follicles that have completed their growth continue to thicken.

To exemplify the shock shedding process in Fue Hair Transplantation,

It can be thought that a person who has lived in the same house for years has moved to a neighboring neighborhood. The neighborhood he moved to may be a place he knows, maybe passes by every day, but it will inevitably be a process of getting used to. Although the person is the same person, the goods are the same, the neighborhood is a known environment, this process of getting used to is inevitable.

The shock spill process can be likened to this example. The person is the same, the body is the same, the hair is the same, but because the place has changed, an adjustment period is needed. This process is called shock spillage due to rapid spillage. It takes approximately 2-3 months. Afterwards, new hair growth will be observed.

What are the Advantages of Fue Hair Transplant Method?

Contrary to the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) method used in the past years, which has been discontinued due to the irritating trace left in the donor area, Fue Hair Transplantation has many advantages. If the person works in an office environment, he can return to work two days after the operation. If he is working in the field rather than in an office environment, he should wait approximately ten days to return to work. In both cases, the person can return to his daily routine in a short time after the operation. The period to be considered is a maximum of 10 days.

  • Since the stress applied to the tissue is limited, pain does not occur after the operation.
  • Since tissue integrity is preserved, no scars are left when correct planning is made.
  • The donor area can be reused for the second session if needed in large openings.
  • Since the grafts are taken one by one and according to the donor area, the homogeneous image continues.
  • In the following years, the person can easily use their hair in long or short form.
  • Since scarring will not occur, there is no loss of sensation or similar complications.

What are the things that people who have Fue Hair Transplantation should pay attention to?

First of all, performing the operation is one part of the process, while maintaining the transferred hair to live there is the other part of the process. The parameter based on this process should be the least affected by the social life and the hair should continue to be fed in the highest quality while returning to daily life as soon as possible.

  • During the recovery period, it is necessary to stay in constant contact with the doctor performing the operation and to strictly follow her recommendations.
  • In the first 10 days, especially the planting area should be protected against rubbing or impacts.
  • For the first 3 days, drinks that dilute the blood such as coffee, green tea, alcohol or spicy foods should be avoided.
  • About 10 days after the operation, new hair will be completely attached to the tissue in a healthy individual. The risk of damage or dislocation is completely eliminated.
  • After the operation, the existing hair should be treated as lightly as possible. Nails should not be used especially during washing, the soft part of the finger should be massaged with the palm and the washing should be completed.
  • 3-4 liters of water should be consumed daily. Optimum water consumption will increase the quality of nutrition by having a positive effect on circulation.
  • Prolonged exposure to extreme heat or cold should be avoided.
  • Smoking should be minimized and, if possible, completely stopped.
  • You can start sports about 1 month after the operation. If the person has been doing sports actively before, he can continue walking at a light pace for a month after the operation. After about 1 month, he can increase his training level step by step by starting sports at a light tempo without increasing body pressure.

Correct Determination of the Direction of Hair Roots in Fue Hair Transplantation

In Fue Hair Transplantation, the hair directions can be given as desired, as the grafts are taken one by one and transferred one by one. The parameter taken as a basis here is the person’s original hair direction. Original hair directions are used to achieve a natural look. In this way, the person can use his hair in the desired length and form. He can change the way he cuts or combs his hair whenever he wants. If the directions of the hair are given correctly during the preparation of the locations of the hair follicles, the natural appearance will not deteriorate in any way.

The Reason for Removing the Hair Roots from the Nape Area in Fue Hair Transplantation

The hair in the nape area is the strongest hair in terms of genetic structure and comes out as coded not to fall out. Shedding is not observed unless the person experiences a specific situation (such as heavy drug use, long-term treatments). For this reason, hair follicles to be transferred to areas with hair loss are taken from the nape area.

While purchasing, care should be taken to make a homogeneous purchase process. When the hair is taken with a homogeneous distribution with Fue Hair Transplantation, the remaining hair camouflages the gaps in the areas where it is taken and there is no change in the image.

Beard Graft Removal in Fue Hair Transplantation?

Although the nape area is generally preferred as the donor area in Fue Hair Transplantation, it can be used as a donor area in the lower part of the beard if needed. The point to be considered here is;

  • The person is growing a beard,
  • Not being too young ,
  • Not using the roots taken from the beard in the profile.

If the person grows a beard and is not in a position to cut his beard due to his social life, the roots at the bottom of the beard can be used. Since the hair follicles will be taken homogeneously, there will be no change in the image as long as the beard is not cut. If the beard is completely shaved, small scars may be seen in the areas where the facial tissue is taken due to the softness of the facial tissue. Although these scars will gradually fade over time, they may disturb the person when completely shaved. For these reasons, the use of beard donor area is not recommended for young people. Undesirable images may occur when the beard has to be cut for a job change, marriage or any other reason.

Another issue is that the roots taken from the beard should not be used in the profile. Although hair and beard roots are similar in structure, they are not exactly the same. The roots taken from the beard area can be transferred by combining them with the hair follicles taken from the nape area on the back, called the crown area, by being distributed homogeneously. In the planning to be made in this way, an extra density will be obtained with the grafts taken from the beard in the planned area, and an image defect that may occur due to the different form of the beard is prevented.

Return to Normal Life After Fue Hair Transplant

In today’s world, men give importance to their appearance as much as women. In this context, hair occupies an important place in terms of providing an aesthetic appearance. Many people postpone the hair transplant operation due to both work and social concerns and have to continue their lives with hair problems. Contrary to popular belief, the difficult part of the operation is before the operation rather than after the operation. After the operation, people can quickly return to their social life. The period to be noted is 10 days. After 10 days, the transferred hair completely adapts to its new place. Depending on the person’s job, the time to return to work may be earlier. In the 6-7 month period, new hair growth accelerates and the person gets a satisfactory appearance. It takes approximately 1 year to complete the process completely.

Fue Hair Transplant Method Prices 2022

The operation price changes according to many parameters such as the time of operation, the package received, the technologies to be used, the condition of the region to be planned. You can get information about the current prices of Fue Hair Transplant here.

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