FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction is an evolving hair transplant technique in which a small round punch is used to extract follicular units from a patient’s bald resistant donor areas one at a time. These 1, 2, 3 and 4 hair groupings (called follicular unit grafts) are then transplanted into a patient’s balding areas.
How does Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant work?
For the first part of your FUE Hair Transplant, Dr. Özlem Biçer examines the back of your scalp to identify the most appropriate hair follicles for transfer. Next, she provides you with a local anesthesia to keep you relaxed and pain-free. It’s now time to begin extracting the hair follicles one by one.
Dr. Özlem Biçer can complete this phase manually or by micromotor to do it, considering your hair situation and your will. https://www.ozlembicer.com/en/a-comparison-of-the-manual-vs-micromotor-fue-methods/
Dr. Özlem Biçer can obtain more hair follicles per hour with the latter method. Regardless of the method chosen, Dr. Özlem Biçer uses a round punch larger between 0.5 – 0.9 millimeter in size. The punch does not leave you with a scar, but you will notice several tiny red marks in the donor area that quickly fade.
Dr. Özlem Biçer places the extracted hair follicles in a moist container filled up with your PRP with her medical team until completing this part of the process. After obtaining the final follicle, your doctor create microscopic slits in the recipient area to receive them. Every follicle transferred at this stage contains up to four individual hairs. Dr. Özlem Biçer with her medical team separates them according to the number of hairs and inserts them into the slits in rows. She takes care to place the transplanted units at the same angle at which your hair grows normally. The purpose of this is to re-create your hairline.
What does Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant involve? Will the results be permanent?
Unlike ‘strip’ transplants, where whole chunks of skin are removed and grafted elsewhere, with FUE individual hairs are taken from the sides and back of the head and are implanted individually into the patient’s balding areas.
The hair follicles that are transplanted are genetically-resistant against baldness so they will, in theory, continue to grow over your lifetime. This means, once transplanted, that hair isn’t going nowhere.
How long does Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant take?
A FUE procedure takes between three and eight hours, depending on the quantity of the follicle. After you have the procedure, initial signs of growth can take anything from three to four months due to the hair’s natural growing cycle. After 12 months there’s a 95% permanent ‘uptake’ (5% of hair follicles are always in a ‘resting’ phase).
Does Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant hurt?
Honestly, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised because there’s no pain with the surgery, just a little discomfort. The discomfort comes from being in the chair for up to eight hours for the entire process to be completed though you will get regular breaks. Don’t be worried about getting bored, our team will provide a tablet and at the same time our operating theater is equipped with cable TV and music.
Local anesthesia may eventually hurt only during the very first five minutes, but really, it will be a very bearable pain.
Post-op, you might experience some mild pain but nothing that your standard painkillers can’t manage for a few days, just like with any minor surgical procedure.
Will there be a scar?
FUE technique requires tiny incisions to the recipient area and any resultant scarring is generally invisible to the untrained eye. There will also be a small scar from the donor area at the back of your scalp, but it will be hidden under existing hair and anyway are generally imperceptible as well. Consider that if you decide to shave your hair these small scars will be eventually visible.