FUE Technique: The Best solution for a painless Hair Transplant
The FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) technique is a method of hair transplantation where the hair roots are taken from the donor area one by one and then inserted into tiny canals that have been prepped and opened up by the doctor. Unlike the FUT technique, there is no cutting or sewing involved in the FUE method. Since the grafts taken with the FUE method are standard and uniform, and since we can implant them at the desired angle, this method produces the most natural-looking results and ensures the grafts blend in with the original hair seamlessly.
When performing hair transplantation by FUE, the hair follicles are placed one by one in the scalp so that the grafts are placed in the proper direction for the result to be natural. One of the main reasons for the success of the FUE hair transplant is its natural appearance.
During FUE hair transplant, hair follicles are implanted one by one. Thus, the orientation of the grafts is determined for a natural result. One of the main reasons for the success of hair transplantation FUE is its natural appearance.
Procedure Involved in Fue-Technique
8 Steps that are involved in successful implementation of Fue hair transplant are:
We take medical photographs in pre-defined positions and with a standard background for documentation and postoperative analysis of the results. Each patient has a collection of photographs with all the steps of his or her treatment. These pictures are taken by the medical team with a special camera.
Donor and Recipient Area Marking
The physician makes the markings in the donor and recipient areas. It defines the recipient area with the hair in normal length. The donor area may be partially or totally shaved.
Extraction of Follicular Unit from the Donor
After preparing the donor area (back and/or lateral part of the scalp) local anesthesia is applied.
The donor area is the region that will donate the hairs to be transplanted to the bald recipient area.
As long as they do not possess the genetic code for baldness, the hairs from the donor area do not have the tendency to fall.
We perform the extraction using millimeters surgical instruments named “punches”.
They have sharp cylindrical edges and vary from 0.6 to 0.8 mm in diameter.
After being cut with the punch, we extract the follicular units from the scalp with the aid of fine forceps.
The number of follicular units extracted in a one day procedure ranges from 1000 to 6000, which amounts to 2200 to 15000 hairs. This number varies from patient to patient, according to the density of the donor zone (number of hairs per follicular unit).
Preparation of Follicular Units
Immediately after their extraction, the follicular units are placed in a specific solution that ensures their vitality. A member of the team starts their preparation under the magnification of a stereoscopic microscope. The proper preparation and conservation of follicular units are essential for the success of the transplant.
Storage of Follicular Units
The preservation of the follicular units is essential for their survival during the period in which they are out of the body.
The follicular units must remain hydrated and at the ideal temperature during the whole process until the moment of implantation.
Implementation of Follicular Units
In this phase of the procedure, anesthesia is applied to the recipient area and micro orifices are made where the follicular units will be later implanted.
The incisions are made with penetrative blades made of sapphire crystals. Due to the fineness of the sapphire blades and the precision that can be achieved, less damage and trauma is caused to the scalp, therefore reducing any bleeding that may occur and leading to faster healing times and less scarring. The depth of incision is exactly the same as the follicular unit length, thus avoiding the lesion of the blood vessels present in the scalp.
The incisions define the future angle and growth direction of the hairs, which will be similar to the natural hairs present at the recipient area.
We use precision instruments called implanters for placing the follicular units in the recipient area.
About 80% of the transplanted hairs fall between the third and the sixth week after surgery, leaving their roots inside the scalp.
From these roots, new hairs will grow. The growth starts 3 to 4 months after the procedure.
Because the transplanted hairs do not contain the genetic code for baldness, they do not have the same tendency to fall, yielding long-lasting results.
Hair transplantation with FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is one of the most commonly used methods. The FUE hair transplant technique is easier and less painful compared with the other methods: For this reason, people who want to undergo a hair transplant operation prefer this method.
How Long Does FUE Hair Transplant Take?
The FUE hair transplant varies between 4 and 8 hours. It is a time-consuming method because the hair follicles are placed one by one.
After the surgery, the patient leaves the hospital the same day of the operation. The doctor determines when the patient can wash his head.
The Recovery Period of FUE Hair Transplant
The FUE hair transplant process is an easy method of healing.
- The examination and bandage are done the next day.
- During the first week, the dressing can be repeated depending on the condition of the patient.
- In a few weeks, we observe the growth and loss of hair, which are temporary.
- Then the hair regrowth, this hair is now permanent.
- The treatment process varies from person to person; the natural look of hair and healthy growth is from 6 to 18 months.
Advantages of Hair Transplantation with the FUE technique
- No incision or suture is performed in the FUE technique.
- It doesn’t cause excessive bleeding.
- The recovery process takes a short amount of time.
- Gives very natural results because the process is performed by expert people.
- It is a high-quality transplantation strategy.
- Planted hair can be used for life and no fall off is experienced again in the same area.
Benefits of FUE hair transplant
- No scalpel or sutures
- Quick healing process
- Virtually no risk visible scars
- Natural looking result
- Virtually no or hardly any discomfort during or after treatment
- Local anesthesia
- Long-term solution