If you’re experiencing permanent hair loss, you can consider follicular unit extraction or FUE hair transplant Turkey. Through this surgery, you can achieve permanent, natural results. Moreover, FUE is pain-free and does not leave visible scars.
FUE Hair Transplant Overview
In FUE restoration surgery, the surgeon extracts individual hair grafts containing 1-4 hair from the donor area, which is the back and sides of the scalp. After that, s/he makes incisions in the recipient site to insert the grafts.
Hair transplantation procedure in Turkey takes place under local anaesthesia, so you will not feel any pain. The surgery can last anywhere between 6-8 hours, but it can vary depending on the number of grafts you need. Some people need multiple sessions to achieve their desired results after FUE hair transplants.
How Much FUE Hair Transplant Turkey Costs
The Follicular Unit Extraction hair transplant cost in Turkey is lower because of the cost of living. Moreover, the exchange rate makes the price of hair transplants much cheaper than in the UK. Keep in mind prices further vary depending on the location of the clinic, the surgeon’s experience, and the number of grafts. However, hair transplant clinics in Turkey include the maximum number of grafts in the package, which is inclusive of the cost of the surgery, hotel accommodation, and transfer services.
Who Can Get FUE Hair Transplant Turkey & Why
FUE hair transplants are most common among men and women suffering from pattern baldness. Males can lose hair on the front (hairline), top, and crown/vertex. In females, it causes widening of the part line, recession in the temple region, and diffuse thinning. It is a genetic condition that makes the person lose their hair permanently. Hair transplant procedures make use of follicles that are resistant to the effects of the hormones responsible for hair loss. This ensures permanent results.
Moreover, people who have permanently lost their hair due to physical trauma (burn or injury), scarring alopecia, or chemotherapy/radiotherapy can restore hair with follicular unit extraction. Importantly, a good candidate for an FUE hair transplant Turkey needs to have a good follicular unit density in the donor region. This will ensure greater coverage of the area of thinning hair and give more natural-looking results.
Am I Suitable For Hair Transplant?
What To Think About Before Getting FUE Hair Transplant
Before heading to a hair transplant clinic for your surgery, there are a few things you need to consider. Firstly, make sure to ask about the surgeon who will perform your surgery. Learn about their overall experience, qualifications, and certifications. Also, inquire about the relevant professional bodies with which they are associated. Secondly, you need to specifically ask how many times they have performed follicular unit transplantation and the complications that arose. Thirdly, you need to know about their complication rate, transection rate, and success rate.
The leading hair transplantation surgeons need to give you personalized treatment recommendations. They need to guide you about which hair transplant method is best for you. Lastly, make sure to ask your surgeon about the kind of follow-up you can expect in case things go wrong. These inquiries will help you in decision making about FUE hair transplant Turkey.
How To Best Prepare for FUE Hair Transplantation Procedure
To ensure a successful FUE hair transplant Turkey, you need to do the following things:
- Inform your surgeon about any medications that you’re taking and update them about your scalp condition.
- Stop taking any blood-thinners 10 days before your hair transplant procedure.
- Do not take any recreational drugs or drink alcohol 3 days before the surgery.
- Stop smoking a week before follicular unit transplantation.
- Do not shave/cut your hair 2 weeks before the surgery and remove any hair system that you’re wearing 3 days before coming in.
- Do not take any supplements for a week before your FUE hair transplantation.
- Heart patients need to get written consent from their cardiologist before FUE hair transplant Turkey.
What FUE Hair Transplant Turkey Involves
For your FUE hair transplant Turkey, the surgeon may first shave your hair. After that, s/he will give you local anaesthesia, which takes effect in about 5 minutes. As a result, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the extraction and implantation process.
Before the extraction process, the surgeon determines the thickness of the hair, follicles per graft, and the hair type. These factors will help them determine the number of grafts to extract to meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. Then, using a handheld, motorized punch tool (0.7-1mm in diameter), the surgeon will take the grafts out of the donor area, one by one.
The extraction of individual follicular units containing 1-4 hair strands ensures that the hair transplant doesn’t have a “pluggy,” unnatural appearance. After that, using forceps, they will pick them out and place them in a solution to ensure hair follicles’ survival.
Once the extraction is done, the hair transplant surgeon begins the insertion process. Here, they will make small incisions in the balding area and then implant the hair follicles in them. While doing so, they have to make sure that the angling, placement, and density of the transplanted hair is accurate so that the results look natural. The whole surgery takes 6-8 hours. However, some patients need a large number of grafts (5,000-6,000). This may last for 12 hours.
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Recovery and Results of FUE Hair Transplants
Soon after the surgery, the hair grafts are very delicate, so make sure that you’re gentle around the area. You will experience swelling for a few days after the surgery. In addition, you may feel numbness in the surgical area a few weeks following the hair transplant. If you feel itchy, resist the urge to scratch as it poses a risk of infection and permanent damage to the transplanted hair.
The surgery has minimal downtime. How soon you can get back to work depends on the nature of your profession. However, it is recommended that you rest for 2-3 days right after FUE hair transplant Turkey. You may experience “shock loss” a few weeks after the hair transplant surgery. It is normal and temporary. You’ll start noticing hair growth after 3-6 months. It will take around 12-18 months before you see the final results.
FUE Hair Transplant Procedure Aftercare
In order to reduce swelling after hair transplantation, you should lie down with your head elevated. You can start scalp massages 2 weeks post-op as it can help get rid of scabs while improving blood circulation. Avoid any activity that makes you sweat, such as exercising, sauna, and hot baths for at least a month after your FUE hair transplant Turkey. Moreover, you cannot enter the pool or go under direct sunlight 1-month post-surgery.
Firstly for washing your head, use the medicated shampoo and lotion according to the surgeon’s instruction. Most importantly, make sure the water pressure is not high as it can dislodge the grafts, and the water should neither be too hot nor too cold. Also, avoid tight headwear for a month after the surgery. In addition, stay hydrated and eat healthy for normal recovery after FUE hair transplant Turkey.
FUE Hair Transplant Turkey Side Effects to Expect
The side effects of this surgery are usually temporary. You may experience the following:
What Could Go Wrong with FUE Hair Transplant
You may develop a scalp infection in the recipient area, which can damage the transplanted grafts and alter hair growth. Consequently, it will affect the overall hair density in the final outcome. Moreover, it carries a risk of scarring. Make sure that you follow the aftercare instructions that the surgeon provides after your FUE hair transplant Turkey.
What To Do If You Have Any Problems with FUE Hair Transplant
In case a problem arises after FUE hair transplant Turkey, you can avail free online aftercare services. Alternatively, you can get an assessment from your surgeon after emailing or calling the Aftercare department for assistance.
Alternatives to FUE Hair Transplant Procedure
If the patient has a weak donor area with extensive balding, they might not be eligible for a hair transplant surgery. In this case, they can discuss the option of taking oral/topical medication for thinning hair. Other than that, they can consider scalp micropigmentation, which will give the appearance of a fresh buzz-cut.
Other Procedures to Have with FUE Hair Transplant Turkey
When getting an FUE hair transplant Turkey, you can also get platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. It can speed up the recovery process while ensuring a greater survival rate of the transplanted grafts. Moreover, this, improves the overall hair density. The patient can start getting PRP injections on the day of the surgery.
What's the difference between FUE and FUT hair transplants?
In a FUT hair transplant, the surgeon removes a strip of skin from the back of the head and extracts follicular units from it. However, in FUE, the surgeon directly extracts follicular units from the donor area.
Is FUE scarless?
FUE hair transplant scars will fade with time and are barely visible even with short haircuts. That said, it does leave behind punctiform scars that are less than a millimetre in diameter.
What makes a donor area "weak" in an FUE hair transplant?
A weak donor area means that you have 15-20 hair grafts per cm2 on the back/sides of your scalp. You may not be able to get an FUE hair transplant Turkey in this case.
What is the graft survival rate after FUE hair transplants?
The hair graft survival rate in FUE restoration surgery is around 95%.
Can I lose hair after an FUE hair transplant Turkey?
You can experience temporary hair loss after the surgery, but the transplanted grafts remain intact permanently.
Do I have to shave my head for an FUE hair transplant?
Your surgeon may recommend shaving the head prior to surgery for greater visibility. However, you can also get an FUE hair transplant Turkey without shaving your head.
At what age can I get an FUE hair transplant?
It is recommended that you wait to get an FUE hair transplant Turkey till the age of 25 if you have male pattern baldness. Female pattern hair loss usually sets after menopause. For other conditions, you should consult a doctor.
How many hair grafts do I need for an FUE hair transplant?
That depends on the balding area. You can find out the number of grafts you need using a graft calculator.
Will I meet my FUE hair transplant surgeon to agree to the treatment plan prior to the day of surgery?
Yes, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your hair transplant surgeon before the surgery. In it, you should communicate your expectations from the FUE hair transplant Turkey, and the surgeon will inform you what’s achievable. Moreover, s/he will explain the surgical procedure and draw your hairline. We will only proceed with the surgery once you agree to the treatment plan and hairline design.
Who is the FUE hair transplant surgeon, what are their qualifications and experience, and where can I verify this?
Our team will share the CVs and portfolio of the surgeon with you. Moreover, you can learn more about them on our website.
Which parts of the FUE hair transplant will be done by a doctor and which by a non-doctor?
A team of 3-4 medical practitioners will perform the FUE hair transplant Turkey. Your hair transplant surgeon will make the incisions in the recipient site before the insertion of the hair grafts.
Is the FUE hair transplant clinic registered with a health care authority?
The clinic for FUE hair transplant Turkey is registered with the Ministry of Health, while the clinics in London have Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration.
Does the FUE hair transplant doctor have insurance that covers my procedure?
Your hair transplant surgeon will have malpractice insurance.
How long will I need to stay abroad after FUE hair transplant before I’m well enough to travel back to the UK?
You can return to the UK a day after the FUE hair transplant in Turkey. However, we recommend you to come for your follow-up appointment the very next day.
Will follow-up checks for FUE hair transplant be offered in the UK, and who will do them?
Other than online aftercare services, you can get an in-person medical assessment from our surgeons in our London clinic.
Can you put me in touch with anyone else who has had an FUE hair transplant?
If you request it, we can put you in touch with someone who has had an FUE hair transplant from your surgeon.
What language will the doctors, nurses and other health workers involved in my FUE hair transplant surgery use and what language will my medical notes be in?
It will all be in English. To further assist you, an interpreter will also accompany you.
Is it possible to undergo FUE after FUT hair transplantation?
You can undergo an FUE hair transplant after having FUT surgery. The latter leaves a linear scar, and it can cause aesthetic concerns if the patient needs another session to cover a large balding area. Therefore, they can opt for FUE instead, which can be performed successfully without leaving visible scarring.
Reviewed and Approved by Dr Kuddusi Onay