What is FUE?
FUE – „Follicular Unit Extraction is an emerging hair transplant technique that uses a small round punch to extract follicular units, one at a time, from donor areas without hair loss. These 1,2,3 or 4 hair units (“follicular unit graft”) are transferred to the bald areas.
How does Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) work?
In the first part of your FUE hair transplant, Dr. Özlem Biçer the scalp at the back of the head to determine the most suitable hair follicles for transplantation. Local anesthesia is used to ensure a comfortable and painless operation. Then the hair follicles are removed one by one.
dr Özlem Biçer can do this step manually or with the help of a micromotor, depending on the condition of your hair and yours
With the second method, many more hair follicles can be taken per hour. With both methods, Dr. Özlem Biçer a round punch with a diameter of 0.5-0.9 mm. The punch leaves no scar, but small red dots appear in the donor area that quickly disappear.
dr Özlem Biçer and her team will collect your hair follicles in containers that contain your PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and they will be kept here until the end of this process. After removing the last follicle, your surgeon will create microscopic incisions into which to transplant the follicles in the recipient area. At this stage, each transplanted follicle consists of up to four hairs. These follicles are removed by Dr. Özlem Biçer and her team separated depending on the number of hairs and transplanted into the small slits. Care must be taken to ensure that the transplanted units are at the angle that your hair is normally at. The goal here is to rebuild your hairline.
What does Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) involve? Is the result permanent?
Unlike “strip” grafts, where whole pieces are taken from the scalp and transplanted, in the FUE method individual hairs are taken from the sides and back of the head and transplanted one at a time in the balding areas. Since the transplanted hair follicles are genetically more resistant to hair loss, they will theoretically continue to grow throughout life. This means that the transplanted hair will not fall out.
How long does hair transplantation take with Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?
The FUE operation lasts from 3 to 8 hours depending on the characteristics of the follicles. It may take three to four months for the first signs of growth to appear after the surgery, depending on your hair’s natural growth cycle. After 12 months, a permanent effect of %95 is observed (%5 of the hair follicles are always in the “resting phase”).
Is hair transplantation using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) painful?
To be honest, you’ll probably be amazed because the surgery is painless and may only cause you mild discomfort. The reason for the discomfort is that you have to sit in the chair for up to eight hours until the surgery is over, even if regular breaks are taken. Don’t be afraid to get bored. You can get tablets from our team or watch cable TV or listen to music in our operating room.
The local anesthetic may cause slight pain for the first five minutes. However, this pain will be at a tolerable level.
You may feel some pain after the operation. As with all minor surgeries, this pain can be controlled with regular painkillers for several days.
Will a scar remain?
With the FUE method, small incisions must be made in the recipient area. In general, it is not possible for untrained people to notice scars. There is also a small scar in the donor area at the back of the head, but this is hidden under the existing hair and is therefore not visible. You should keep in mind that these small scars will become visible when you shave your hair.