FUE hair transplant surgery
Has become popular over the last decade. FUE extracts the grafts directly from the scalp. As a result, FUE does not leave visible scar and looks more natural than the FUT technique.
During an FUE hair transplant, hair follicles, or we can say grafts, are extracted one by one by the surgeon and placed into the incisions. After completing the extraction, the doctor will open the canals using micromotors. These are the holes that the doctor implants the grafts. The surgeon cleans the grafts and then implant them into the target area. After the surgery, patients are most likely to notice the changes on their hair around two months after the transplant. Significant changes usually become visible after sixth month, and the final results appear 12–18 months after the surgery.
FUE hair transplant is preferred because it provides new features and because it is easy to perform when we compare it with other hair transplantation techniques. But the main reason that makes FUE hair transplant very popular is that it does not have anything to do with cuts and enables the patient to recover fast. There will not be any scars and these features attract the possible hair transplantation candidates and make them want to have a hair transplant with this method.
In this method, if there are not enough donors in the area in which the doctor is going to collect roots from, roots can be collected from another areas like beard or chest. This surgery can be performed under any circumstances and it can be successful. This makes FUE hair transplant technique different and more useful than the other types of hair transplantation techniques. People who want to get better results can choose this method, as the transplantation between hair roots is tight and regional transplantation is easily done with the FUE hair transplantation. And it looks very natural.
For those who are afraid of the possibility of hair loss after hair transplantation, FUE hair transplantation is the best solution since the hair roots which are to be transplanted are taken from a place like the back of the neck, an area that do not shed hair, so the hair does not fall out in the area where the transplantation is performed. The transplantation is mostly permanent.
The History of FUE Hair Transplant
FUE hair transplantation was first performed by Woods in 1989. But he kept the FUE method a secret for years. Then, Rassman performed the FUE hair transplant method in 2001 and shared it with the world.
Before the FUE hair transplant technique, doctors were using FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) hair transplant technique. What’s different about this technique is that doctors make an incision to take the strip and suture the area when they’re done with the surgery. So, this technique does leave a scar on patient’s body. It was used back then, but surgeons do not prefer this follicular unit transplantation method, so it is not commonly used nowadays. Follicular unit extraction became more popular with the development of technology and micromotors.
How Is FUE Hair Transplant Performed? & The Instructions Patients Need To Follow
First, the doctor will shave the area where he/she will remove the follicles, then the doctor uses the micromotor in the area, and the doctor harvest the follicles. The micromotor take the follicular units one by one. They collect single follicle grafts and they clean those grafts with a spray and organize them. And with another tool, the doctor will insert the follicles. And then doctor will put a bandage around the scalp.
First day after the operation, patient will be examined by the doctors and will be given some medications. patients need to rest for 2 days. After two days, doctors take off the bandages and clean the grafted area and doctors describe how to wash the scalp to the patient. It is important to protect the scalp from the external factors and try not to scratch the area. Following the first 10 days of surgery, grafted areas can be seen. After ten days, the hair will start to grow. And the hair can be cut shortly but cannot be shaved after the operation. Patients need to avoid staying in the sun for too long and they should also avoid swimming and some other activities that will cause sweating. In the sixth months following the surgery, the hair will return back to its normal self.
There are some other instructions patients need to follow: It is forbidden to wash your hair or shower for 3 days. It is better to use shampoos that are not scented when you start washing your hair after the surgery. It is advised by doctors to take a couple of days off work. Do not use combs in the first month following the hair transplant, as it may harm the transplanted area. Do not wear anything that will disturb your scalp or anything that will prevent the scalp from getting fresh air. Do not do physical activities or exercises for at least a month.
And speaking of what you can’t do after the surgery, it is important to remember that there are also things that you cannot do before the surgery. You cannot smoke or drink alcoholic beverages for 3 days before the surgery. You cannot take any medicine that will affect the surgery badly, and you also cannot take any vitamins and antidepressants for 2 weeks before surgery. You cannot shave or cut your hair before surgery.
Advantages of FUE Hair Transplant
It can be very effective in regional hair loss. FUE hair transplant technique doesn’t have stitches and doesn’t leave scars, so the healing process is a lot easier for the patients, and patients usually fully recover in 2 to 3 days. In this method, it is possible use donor area again in the following years. So, according to the needs and expectations of the patient, hair transplantation operations can be performed with the same method for the second or even third time. With this method, maximum amount of hair can be grafted. With the use of the micromotor, FUE hair transplant technique became popular, because it enables doctors to carry out the operation without having to stitch up. Micromotor only does a little harm to the scalp, so the scar will be very little and temporary, and these scars are also almost invisible. This technique doesn’t have any age limits, and it can be performed on any men or women who wants to get a FUE hair transplant. FUE technique is a comfortable choice for both patient and the surgeon, as the surgery lasts shorter than the other techniques. As FUE hair transplant and technology are one within the other, FUE techniques can be developed. In this technique, surgeons don’t waste their time trying to separate the hair roots, they can focus on transplantation. 2500-3000 grafts (average 6000-6500 hair strands) can be transplanted in a single session. The gap (balding area) can be closed up to %85 in a single session. Since the recovery period is short, the patient can return to work in a very short time.
The Risks of FUE Hair Transplant
It obviously has risks like every other operation, but these risks are the basic risks like infection, etc. which can happen in any kind of operation. The other risks are bleeding in the area, pain or swelling, itching around the scalp, follicle swelling and sometimes the continuing balding and thinning. If a patient has any problem with his/her scalp (or transplanted area), he/she should immediately consult to their doctor about it.
How much does FUE Hair Transplant Cost?
FUE hair transplant cost can change according to the following situations:
- It can change according how much hair is transplanted
- It can change from hospital to hospital
- The cost can be high if your doctor is well-known and experienced.
A FUE hair transplant costs between $4,000 and $7,000. But it can also be different for every person. There is no fixed charging system in this kind of transplant surgeries. The price of the procedure is calculated according to the person and the quality of the technique. The amount of hair loss and hair follicles to be taken and transplanted plays a huge role when it comes to the price of the hair transplantation surgery.
Hair centers do the pricing by calculating how many follicles will be removed and will be grafted, and after that calculation, the patient can decide to undergo a surgery or not.
Most of the health insurances do not pay for people’s hair transplants, so one who wants to get a hair transplant must pay it himself/herself. And also, there are medications that must be used after the hair transplant and these are also not covered by most of the health insurances. A person should know these before getting a hair transplant. And the process of healing and not going to work may be a problem for some people, as they will not be making money during the recovery period.
Success Rate of FUE Hair Transplant
The success rate of the hair transplant process depends on a lot of factors. It can change from patient to patient, or it can depend on the surgeon, if she/he is very skilled in this hair transplantation field, the results will most likely be satisfying. It can also depend on the tools used in the surgery, how great they are etc. And it can depend on hair loss. If one has hair loss in an extreme level, and it is kind of irreversible, the hair transplant may not be successful someone can easily get an infection if their immune system does not work well.
But beside all these, in general, FUE hair transplant technique has a high success rate among the other types of hair transplantation. But one should be picky about the hair center and the surgeon that will perform the surgery. The doctor should have great skills in this area, in order to carry out the surgery without a problem or a mistake. Scalp is an important area, and a little mistake can create bigger problems.
Sapphire FUE Hair Transplant
Sapphire FUE hair transplant is a transplant done by with sapphire-tipped pens. After taking the hair roots with Follicular Unit Extraction method, the doctor opens canals with these sapphire-tipped pens and place the hair roots into these canals. It does not have any different instructions that a patient needs to follow, the instructions are the same. Sapphire FUE hair transplant has many advantages when compared with others. The sapphire-tipped tool is better than other needles and tools used in hair transplant. And this hair transplant looks very natural. The recovery period is also short, so a patient can return to his/her social life within a very short period. It also does not have any serious risks or disadvantages that a patient should be afraid of. Sapphire FUE Hair Transplant.