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Hair Transplantation

Hair loss becomes a significant problem for both women and men and improvements both in hair loss treatments and hair transplantations continue to grow quickly nowadays. There are mainly two hair transplantation techniques which are known as Follicular unit extraction (FUE) and FUT. FUE is widely used in medical applications such as unshaven hair transplant, Pen method, implanter, DHI (Direct Hair Implant) method, and robotic hair transplantation.

FUE is a type of hair transplantation where individual hair follicles are taken from the nape of the neck one by one and are transferred to the hairless region of the head. If needed, roots could be taken from also other regions of the body such as the back, breast, or arm. FUE is also known as a non-surgical technique that neither scalpel nor a surgical stitch is used in the process. FUE technique can also be used for beard, mustache, and eyelash transplantations.

FUE Hair Transplantation Stages:

  • The patient's hair is shortened and the region where roots will be taken is numbed by local anesthesia. Using very thin punches, grafts that are 0.6-0.8 mm in diameter are removed one by one.
  • The procedure is performed by a doctor.
  • The number of grafts that can be taken in one session may change depending on the patient.
  • The process may take between 1 and 8 hours depending on the size of the applied region.
  • An open or closed bandage may be used after the process if the doctor chooses.
  • Once the procedure is completed, the doctor makes final checks with the patient and the patient can go back home the day of the operator in normal conditions.

Post-FUE steps:

  • It is very important to protect the transplanted hair from any physical trauma (for ex: any hits) for the four-six weeks after the procedure. The patient should avoid touching this region even by hand. Wearing a tight hat or cap is also not suggested.
  • Depending on the doctor's decision, the patient may wash his hair approximately 2-4 days after the procedure.
  • The healing of scab in the transplantation area takes around one to two weeks.
  • The transplanted hair may partially shed in the following 2-5 weeks after the procedure. These hairs start to grow again in 2-3 months.
  • It may take from 6 months or 1 year for the transplanted hair to complete its adaptation process.
  • Any traumas such as hitting and scratching within the 4-6 weeks period or not using the suggested medicines regularly, may cause infections that result in hair loss in the hair transplanted area.
  • After the procedure, there may be temporal edema in the forehead or the eyes. In this case, your doctor will plan the necessary treatment. Approximately 6 weeks after the hair transplantation, Mesotherapy, CGF, or PRP treatments could be planned based on your doctor’s suggestion. FUT Technique is another type of hair transplantation and is not commonly used. In this technique, an appropriate area is cut from the donor and the grafts are decomposed. The surface of the area is stitched. There's a likelihood of having a scar in this technique and therefore it is not widely preferred.

!!! Hair transplantation should be performed by a licensed doctor!