FUE Hair transplant operation is an organ transplant, therefore, like all surgical operations, it should elaborately be carried out by the expert and experienced hair transplant surgeons.
There is a lot of information and concept confusion on the internet about FUE Hair Transplantation. Considering that people doing research on hair transplantation have many questions in their minds and the researches are mostly done on the internet to find the right clinic for them, but patients often face a deadlock. People who will undergo FUE hair transplant operation generally encounter questions such as how is the hair transplant operation performed, do I feel pain during the hair transplant procedure, how long does the procedure take, how does the healing process work after the operation, is the proces for hair transplant operation difficult, is the hair transplant operation risky? We try to clarify these questions with the articles we wrote in our blog section. Click the links here
Actually, for those who have no idea about the process, FUE hair transplantation can be associated with picking a flower and planting it to another area. In the example we give, we take out the flower without damaging the root by protecting some soil around the root and then we cover it by putting it in another prepared place. In a simple way, hair transplantation is very similar to this procedure, hair follicles are removed with some tissue around it, incisions are opened with incisions to replace it, and then grafts are placed in these opened canals.
There are three phases of hair transplant operation: harvesting/ extraction of grafts from the donor area, opening of incisions/canals and transplantation process. The order of the graft collection and incisions may change according to the needs of the patient. The operation takes 6-8 hours in total.
Before the FUE hair transplant operation, it is necessary to take into account the steps we have mentioned in our Before And After The FUE Hair Transplantation post in detail should be applied, and the points such as nutrition and appropriate cloth selection recommended by the doctor should be taken into account. The most important point is to perform the hair transplantation plan, which is taken by evaluating the neck, head, face, forehead area of
At the beginning of FUE hair transplant operation, local anesthesia is applied to the head of the patient first. This process can be performed with a needle or with a needle-free anesthesia method with the help of latest technology devices. You can get more detailed information on this subject by clicking on our Needle-Free Anesthesia article. This procedure provides great comfort for patients, who are afraid of needles and who do not have anesthesia applied with needles. Needle-free anesthesia is unfortunately used as a marketing tool, and patients are promised “painless anesthesia”. What our patients should know is that needle-free anesthesia is absolutely not painless. Patients who refrain from using local anesthesia may be given some medications to relax beforehand. The patient is conscious during the sapphire hair transplant operation, and they do not feel pain and soreness after local anesthesia.
In the medical terminology, a graft is a form of any tissue in the body taken without vascular and nerve connection in order to be transferred to another part of the body. In hair transplantation, hair follicles are taken with some tissue around them and are called grafts. As the first step of FUE hair transplantation, grafts are usually taken from the nape area. If the patient’s hair loss is not too much and the doctor believes that the number that can be taken from the donor area is sufficient, canals can be opened first. Thanks to the opening of the canals at first, The number of grafts needed for sapphire hair transplantation is precisely determined by preventing more grafts to be taken from the donor area, and their chances for survival are increased by reducing the time the grafts stay outside the body. If there is not enough hair in the neck area, the surgeon who will perform FUE hair transplantation may also decide to remove body hair by taking hair grafts from different parts of the body. One of the questions our patients ask us is whether FUE hair transplantation is possible with grafts taken from other people, or not. Our patients should know that the grafts must be taken from the person to be transplanted, hair transplantation from another individual is not medically possible yet.
Nurses involved in the FUE hair transplant operation classify the grafts by storing them at the appropriate temperature in suitable chemicals, and separating them according to the number of follicles and their structural features. Performing this stage meticulously is of great importance for the person to have good and natural looking hair after hair transplantation. Otherwise, grafts with multiple grafts may be transplanted in the front line and result in an unnatural appearance.
The most important stage in FUE hair transplantation, which creates a natural appearance and causes negative results in terms of appearance when not applied correctly, is the point in which the canal will be opened. The direction of hair growth depends on hair characteristic of each individual, and the regions it grows differs for every individual. The canals where the hair will be transplanted should be opened at the most appropriate angle and depth to the person’s natural hair. At this stage, the expertise and experience of the hair transplant surgeon are very important points.
The last stage of hair transplantation is the stage of placing the hair follicles in the opened canals.
Patients can return to their homes or hotels on the same day, with the completion of hair transplantation operation. At this point, it is very important to pay attention to the points mentioned in our article After Hair Transplantation Operation and points emphasized by the doctors after the operation. One of the most important issues to be considered is the protection of the hair transplantation area from impacts.
One of the issues that patients wonder about FUE Hair Transplantation is whether the procedure is difficult or painful. Local anesthesia applied during the operation eliminates the pain that will be felt during the procedure. Local anesthesia has become more bearable for patients by preventing the fear of needles with the needle-free anesthesia method used in recent years.
It is normal for patients to feel anxious before sapphire hair transplantation, this anxiety usually decreases after the procedure begins and after the procedure is completed. Patients do not experience a strong and uncomfortable pain. Symptoms such as bruising and swelling can sometimes be encountered in the days following the operation. These symptoms are only cosmetically uncomfortable and do not threaten the patient’s health. The bruising and swelling in the face area will go away in a few days. Pain medication recommended by doctors can also be used to overcome the post-FUE hair transplant process more easily.
FUE is not a risky procedure when performed by physicians who are experts and experienced in the field of hair transplantation with the right devices and required hygiene conditions. Rarely, some complications can be witnessed. Smile Hair Clinic is always with its patients with post-operative support, so our patients can easily overcome complications they encountered.
FUE hair transplantation can be considered as a long-term treatment process. While some patients get excellent results with a single transplant, some with insufficient donor area and large area to be transplanted may need another transplant operation again within 1-2 years after the first sapphire hair transplant. Patients are very happy and there is a period that gives information about how the hair will grow within a few weeks after FUE hair transplantation, and after that hair loss is normal. The shed hair will start to grow in a healthy and renewed way again in the first 6 months after the transplant, and the process will take 12-24 months to be completed. Related to the subject, you can read our article called “When Do Hair Transplant Results Become Visible?”.