FUE Hair Transplant in Turkey
Content overseen by Doctor Costin Pasnicu who has over 7 years of experience in the medical field and has performed numerous successful surgeries. He graduated from the renowned University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" Bucharest.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is an evolving hair transplant technique in which follicular units from the patient's donor areas are extracted one by one. In FUE hair transplant operations, a tool is utilized to make a small and round incision in the skin around a follicular unit, taking it out from the tissue.
What differentiates the FUE method from the more traditional FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) one is that in FUE, the harvesting of the individual follicular units is effectuated by extracting them directly from the donor area, many times one by one. As opposed, in FUT, an entire strip of skin is removed from the patient’s donor area and then it is dissected into several individual follicular units.
The process is reiterated until the hair transplant specialist extracted enough follicular units for the necessary hair restoration. The procedure can take several hours and it can be done in two successive days. The donor wounds – with a size of about 1 mm – heal entirely in the next seven to ten days, leaving extremely small white scars hidden in the hair at the back and on the sides of the scalp.
In our hair transplant clinic in Turkey, our surgeons use the latest medical techniques in hair transplantation procedures, the Follicular Extraction Unit being one of them.
If you are interested in a hair transplant through the FUE method, our surgeons in Istanbul can take you through every step of the procedure. We are also proud to let you know that our prices for a hair transplant through the FUE method are some of the most competitive in Asia and Europe. Read more details about our sevrices on our homepage which also presents a comprehensive guide about hair transplants in Turkey.
Who can undergo a hair transplant through the FUE method in Turkey?
In our clinic in Istanbul, we treat both male and female patients, both types of patients being good candidates for hair transplants. However, the FUE method will usually work better on male patients because this procedure implies the transplantation of graft on bald areas on the forehead most of the time. Also, the donor area in a male patient is better than that of a female patient.
Leaving the male and female patient categorization aside, the FUE can also be used on:
- Individuals who have suffered from alopecia or who have scars;
- Individuals who have small patches of balding areas and the recipient area is small;
- FUE can also be used as a treatment after undergoing other hair transplants through older methods which left scars;
- FUE is also a recommended procedure for those who want to resume their ordinary lives in just a few days.
Athletes and sportsmen are also good candidates for hair transplants through the Follicular Unit Extraction procedure in Turkey. Another particularity of this procedure is that it can be used when the patient’s donor area is the body. This way, the grafts to be transplanted can be collected from various parts of the body.
The FUE hair transplant technique
Even if Follicular Unit Extraction is a well-established hair transplant technique, it keeps evolving as new studies are performed. Over the years, the main surgeries performed by our hair transplant doctors in Turkey indicate that the FUE can be used on both male and female patients suffering from baldness or even those who have suffered various accidents and need repair surgeries.
The FUE hair transplant can be performed in one or two sessions performed on the patient. The average number of grafts implanted during a hair transplant operation is 1,500 follicles, however, in the FUE method, this number can grow considering each graft is transplanted individually. In some cases, patients can undergo two operations in two subsequent days, depending on their condition. However, it is important to note that this aspect will be considered only after the initial consult, but also on the desires of the patient.
An FUE hair transplant in our clinic in Istanbul can imply the doctor to collect hairs from the back and the sides of the scalp, as these resemble the hair on the areas which usually need to be operated on. The surgeon will always take into account for the transplanted hair to have similar characteristics to the hair on the part of the body to be implanted.
It is important to know that a candidate for a hair transplant in our clinic in Istanbul will first be consulted and tested to see if the FUE procedure can be used in their case. This is because, such a technique requires a large number of grafts to be transplanted, therefore the donor area is very important and must be “rich” in hairs which can be used as grafts.
The FUE hair transplant can be used for patients who have undergone other hair transplants before, which is one of the greatest advantages of this technique.
If you are considering a hair transplant in Turkey through the FUE method, our doctors in Istanbul can explain the procedure in detail. If you have any uncertainties about it, you can discuss all your worries with our well-prepared staff.
The steps of an FUE hair transplant in Turkey
There are four important steps to be completed for those interested in having a hair transplant in Turkey, including an FUE hair transplant. These are the initial consultation when the patient’s entire health condition will be assessed, and the donor and recipient areas will be established. Then, the patient will come in for the actual procedure which will first imply the preparation for the procedure.
The first to be prepared is the donor area which must be washed and shaved. Then the hair follicles to be transplanted are collected after local anesthesia is performed. The hair grafts are collected with the help of an electronic punch for precision.
Once the donor area is covered with a dressing, the hair follicles to be transplanted will be carefully selected and the recipient area will be prepared. The surgeon will use a local anesthetic to numb the recipient area in order to reduce the discomfort of the patient at the minimum. The actual procedure of implanting the hair grafts implies using a needle and making small incisions in the scalp area where the hair follicles are put. This procedure can take some time, as the surgeon must match the hairline of the patient, the density and angulation along with the existing hair.
A hair transplant using the FUE method is a minimally invasive procedure, however, it requires a lot of attention and patience in order to offer natural-looking results.
Here is a concise video about the FUE hair transplant technique in Turkey. Take a look!
Post-op indications after FUE in Turkey
After the FUE procedure has completed, the patient will be instructed on how to take care of them for the first days after the surgery. This will imply avoiding sun exposure and rest for the first 2 to 5 days depending on how extensive the surgery was. Also, the patient will be given ointment and pain medication in case of discomfort.
It is important to gently wash the head with recommended shampoos only in order to avoid scaring the recipient area. It should be noted that scabs and swelling on the recipient area are normal after undergoing a hair transplant in Turkey, even if the FUE method was used. However, compared to other types of more invasive procedures, the FUE method will leave patients with almost no pain.
The advantages of FUE hair transplant in Turkey
FUE hair transplant has many advantages. We have years of experience in the FUE hair transplant method, being some of the most experienced surgeons in Turkey. Here are the main benefits of this method:
• The main advantage of FUE over the traditional strip FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) hair transplant method is that it does not leave any visible scars;
• It is extremely cost-effective: the prices practiced by our experienced hair transplant surgeons in Turkey for this type of procedure represent a fraction of the costs which patients would have to pay in most Western European and North American countries;
• The donor areas from where the follicular units are being harvested look unaffected, without any wounds;
• This procedure confers a natural look, without showing that a hair transplant method was used on the patient;
• FUE offers an attractive look because it is applied to the natural hairlines of each person’s head;
• This treatment does not utilize a scalpel or stitches, therefore it requires a short recovery of only a few days instead of months;
• The technique doesn’t produce any major wounds;
• It is totally painless, during and after the procedure, enabling the patients to walk or drive home immediately after the treatment;
• It requires only local anesthesia during the extraction of the follicular units, the same as when you go to the dentist so that you’ll feel comfortable and painless during the entire procedure;
• When you come for an FUE hair transplant in Istanbul in our clinic, you will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the city during your stay.
Would you like to know what are the average prices for an FUE hair transplant in Turkey? Please visit our article which presents details about the hair transplant cost in Turkey, but also the prices of this medical procedure in other countries, such as the UK or US.
Is the FUE method invasive?
Most patients coming to our hair transplant clinic in Istanbul ask whether such a procedure is invasive or not. Most of them consider the FUE and FUT procedures when asking this. The good news is that the FUE procedure is less invasive than the FUT method because in the FUE hair transplant there will be no linear incision in the donor and recipient areas. This will also ease the post-operatory stage of the procedure. Moreover, the donor area will heal faster without requiring too much care from the doctor.
According to our medical staff, the FUE procedure is usually preferred by male patients who keep their hair short, case in which scars are more noticeable. The good news is that a hair transplant through the FUE procedure will leave no scar at all. The FUE procedure is a great technique that works not only on the head but also on the hairline, the eyebrows and the sides of the head. Also, the FUE technique can be combined with scalp micropigmentation and clients interested in this option, can find more details about the scalp micropigmentation cost in Turkey in our article.
FUE vs. FUT in Turkey
The FUE and FUT procedures are always compared by patients when having to decide on the procedure to be used for the hair transplant. Many of them notice the lower price of the FUT procedure, however, they must be aware of the fact that the FUE method is more precise, requires more attention and the time spent by the surgeon operating is approximately 80% of the entire procedure. This makes the FUE procedure more time-consuming. The price difference between FUE and FUT, however, is not that large.
We invite you to our clinic in Turkey for information about the price of the hair transplant through the FUE method.
Why have an FUE hair transplant with our clinic in Istanbul?
The FUE hair transplant method in Turkey, although it utilizes the same principles as the more traditional techniques – involving basically extracting hair follicles from the donor area and implanting them on the bald areas – has become more popular because it delivers completely natural-looking results.
This type of hair transplant method in Turkey is also less painful than other methods and it requires a minimal post-op recovery time. The healing time after an FUE hair transplant procedure in Istanbul is around one week. During this time, patients are advised not to engage in too intense physical activities, however, they can go on with their normal daily schedule without any risks.
A brief history of the FUE technique offered by our hair transplant experts in Turkey
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) was initially depicted by Masumi Inaba in Japan, in 1988, who first used a 1 mm needle in order to extract follicular units. It was successfully operated for the first time on public patients by Dr. Ray Woods in Australia, in 1989. 2002 was the year when this hair transplant method was depicted in the medical publication written by William R. Rassman and Robert M. Bernstein. During the meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) in 2007, robotic FUE devices were first put into discussion, and in the following year’s ISHRS meeting, the research in robotic devices was first presented.
A huge improvement of this procedure was developed by Dr. Jim Harris, who added an auxiliary stage of blunt dissection to the method, substantially reducing the damage of the follicles. FUE hair transplantation method is continuously improving as more specialists learn, experience and practice this technique.
FAQ on FUE hair transplants in Turkey
The FUE method is one of the most performed hair transplant operations in Turkey and patients coming to our clinic often ask about it. We have gathered a few of these questions to which our doctors have answered:
1. Is it expensive to have a FUE hair transplant in Turkey?
Turkey is one of the cheapest countries to have a hair transplant operation in, so compared to other countries this procedure is quite cheap here. The costs, however, depend on the number of grafts to be implanted.
2. How do I know if I am a good candidate for FUE?
Our doctors will first invite you for a consult and this way they will determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. If you are not, you don’t need to worry, as they will recommend the right procedure or treatment for you.
3. How long does the operation take?
The time spent during the procedure depends on the condition of the patient, the hairs to be harvested and implanted. It usually takes at least 4 hours, but it can also take longer.
4. When can I see the first results after the FUE?
You should expect to see the first results after the first month when the first hairs start to grow.
The FUE technique and medical research
The FUE hair transplant was intensely researched during time and the great results transformed it into what it is today: the most performant hair transplant technique in the world. According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health:
- the Follicular Unit Extraction technique was developed in the 1990ies and was first known as the FOX technique;
- now, FOX is used as a test to see if a patient is a right candidate for an FUE transplant (this implies the analysis of around 100 grafts from the donor area);
- after a study conducted by Rassman and Bernstein on 200 participants, candidates can be categorized as FOX 1, FOX 2 and FOX 3 patients;
- the size of the micropunches used to create the place where the grafts are transplanted ranges between 0.6 and 0.8 mm.
Our hair transplant experts have been providing the FUE hair restoration treatment for many years now, under the latest methods and technologies that are internationally recognized. If you would like to schedule an FUE hair transplant in Turkey or receive details about the hair transplant cost in Turkey, please contact us. You can also rely on our doctors in case you need a beard transplant in Turkey or even for FUE scar repair.