There are a number of different treatments that your hair follicles may go through ahead of implantation into your scalp and one such method is ICE. An ICE graft transplant is identical to a traditional FUE method in terms of harvesting and implanting the follicles, however, each ‘bulb’ will go through treatment with a solution in order to enhance the chances of a successful transplant.
The treatment will begin with the application of a local anaesthetic to the scalp in order to eradicate any discomfort throughout the procedure. This will be focused on both the donor and recipient areas, ensuring that no pain is felt throughout. Once this takes effect, a round ‘punch’ tool is used in order to extract individual follicles from the scalp. This is usually done after the donor area has been shaved, though unshaven hair transplants are also possible in some cases.
After harvesting, the ICE graft process begins. Each harvested follicle is set into the IceGraft solution, which is a mixture of a number of antioxidants and other vitamins designed to strengthen and revitalise hair follicles. This ensures that each graft is kept at optimal condition after harvesting, balancing the pH levels and preventing the loss of any follicles prior to transplantation back into the scalp. This solution also acts as a coolant, bringing the temperature of the follicles down and triggering a natural anti-inflammatory effect.
Each follicle is implanted into the scalp through small incisions made with a fine surgical knife. The cooled transplants will adapt to the body’s natural temperature after they are transplanted, helping to cool the scalp and reduce swelling and inflammation throughout the procedure itself. The solution helps to expand the lifespan of the follicles, keeping them at the best condition for longer and ultimately providing an enhanced chance at a successful graft.
Any candidate eligible for a traditional FUE transplant will be eligible for the ICE Graft hair transplant procedure. Those suffering from male or female pattern baldness are typically the most viable candidates for a hair transplant depending on where on the Norwood or Ludwig scales that they are. However, those with permanent hair loss due to patterned alopecia may also be eligible, as well as those suffering from partial thinning or baldness due to age, trauma or similar.
Age, your general health and your hair type may also affect your eligibility for a hair transplant, however, ICE graft hair transplants may improve chances of a successful transplant in those on the borderline of eligibility. Our surgeons are internationally accredited and experienced in FUE and ICE FUE procedures, offering patients peace of mind that they
When opting for an ICE FUE procedure at Longevita, you will be first invited to attend a consultation at our clinic in London. We are also able to host consultations in Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester in some cases. This consultation will determine your eligibility for the hair transplant, as well as provide the opportunity to talk through any concerns, worries or expectations from the surgery.
If you are eligible and choose to go ahead with the procedure, you will be required to pay a deposit, after which we will begin the process of putting together your travel itinerary package. Every ICE graft hair transplant package we offer will include the procedure, a 4 or 5-star hotel, private transfers between the airport and your hotel, a 12-month aftercare system, a dedicated host, as well as a travel coordinator who will compile different packages for you to choose from, including the best-priced flights to either Istanbul or Izmir. You will need to pay for the flights separately, however, the coordinators will work hard to ensure flight options are kept affordable.
The treatment itself will take upwards of 1-2 hours or more, though this will differ on a case-by-case basis depending on how many grafts are required. Following the procedure, there is no strict downtime required for recovery, though it is advised that you remain within Turkey for up to a week following the ICE FUE procedure for post-surgery check-ups. You will also be asked to send photos of your scalp to your dedicated host at one month, three months, six months, nine months and twelve months in order to track the healing process and maintain the best results.
To book your consultation for an ICE Graft hair transplant or to find out more, feel free to get in touch with a member of our team via our friendly call centre on 0845 5198 948.