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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant

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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a minimally invasive hair transplant technique that involves extracting hair follicles from the safe donor area individually and implanting said hair follicles into the recipient area one at a time. Although the FUE hair transplant method is more time-intensive, it results in minimal, non-visible scarring and shorter recovery periods. Patients who choose the FUE method can expect more natural looking results. It is the preferred method of hair transplantation of qualified dermatologists across the world.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant is a cutting-edge medical procedure employed for treating hair loss. Since its initial development in 2004, the FUE technique has undergone significant advancements. Notably, the introduction of motor-based FUE in 2010 revolutionized the field of hair transplants. Today, it stands as the most popular and favored technique among doctors worldwide, including renowned Turkish doctors like Dr. Civas and Dr. Akpınar.

One of the primary reasons behind the global preference for the FUE hair transplant technique is its minimally invasive nature, resulting in minimal scarring. Patients also benefit from reduced pain and shorter recovery times. Additionally, the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant technique allows for the utilization of hair from alternative donor areas like the chest or beard, benefiting those with weaker donor areas.

Dr. Civas has been using the FUE hair transplant technique since 2006. Back in 2006, hair transplant procedures allowed for the extraction of approximately 1500-2000 grafts per session. However, with the advent of motor-based FUE hair transplant in 2010, Dr. Civas can now extract 2700-4000 grafts per session, depending on the patient's safe donor area.

What Is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplantation?

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During FUE hair transplantation, skilled surgeons meticulously harvest individual follicular units (FUs) from the designated safe donor area. Using 0.6mm-1.0mm punches, these surgeons create small, circular incisions around the upper portion of the graft, enabling the direct and intact extraction of  hair follicles.

The primary advantage of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant, when compared to the traditional FUT method, lies in its lack of a linear scar in the donor region. This feature makes it an ideal choice for patients who prefer short haircuts, as there is no visible scarring. Additionally, individuals with a very tight scalp, which may not be suitable for FUT hair transplant, can benefit from FUE hair transplant. Furthermore, those who have previously undergone a FUT hair transplant can opt for FUE hair transplant to conceal the existing scar effectively.

How Does Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant Work?

The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant technique stands as the most popular and effective solution for treating hair loss and baldness. Here's how FUE hair transplant works:

  • Preparation: Prior to the FUE hair transplant procedure, the patient's head is carefully shaved to ensure easier access to individual hair follicles.
  • Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is skillfully administered to numb both the safe donor area and the recipient area, ensuring that the patient remains comfortable and pain-free throughout the hair transplant process.
  • Extraction: Using specialized punches and forceps, each individual hair follicle is meticulously extracted one at a time. These delicate hair follicles are then placed in a graft holding solution, which safeguards them from harm and preserves their vitality.
  • Sorting and Counting: The harvested hair follicles are meticulously prepared, counted, and sorted into 1FUs, 2FUs, 3FUs, or 4FUs, depending on the number of hair strands they contain.
  • Implantation: Subsequently, the hair follicles are inserted one by one into the incisions made in the recipient area, with precision and care.
  • Post-Procedure Care: Following the FUE hair transplant, the surgeon bandages the donor area.
  • Healing and Results: Over the subsequent weeks, the incisions will gradually heal. It's important to note that this is a gradual process, and it may take several months before the full results of a hair transplant procedure become visible.

The Three-Step FUE Hair Transplant Method

In 2004, Dr. Jim Harris introduced the 3-Step FUE technique during his presentation at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). This innovative technique marked a significant advancement in the field of hair restoration, thanks to the addition of a crucial step known as "Blunt Dissection."

Here's an overview of the new 3-Step FUE hair transplant procedure:

Step I: The skilled surgeon initiates the procedure by using a sharp tool, also referred to as a punch to score epidermis, specifically targeting the uppermost layer of the skin.

Step II: Subsequently, in the second step, the surgeon employs a blunt punch. This instrument plays a crucial role in separating the follicular units from the deeper dermal layers.

Step III: Finally, in the third step, the doctor delicately removes the follicular grafts from the scalp, utilizing fine forceps.

The 3-Step FUE hair transplant technique represents a substantial improvement over the older methods due to its ability to minimize trauma to the hair follicles. This is achieved through the use of a blunt-tipped punch, which gently pushes the follicles together, significantly reducing the risk of accidental severing them.

This is a crucial part of the hair transplant surgery for achieving the desired result. A skilled hair transplant surgeon should possess the expertise to meticulously design the hairline and determine the precise angulation of incisions to ensure that the outcomes are virtually undetectable. Please keep in mind that hair transplant surgery requires both medical expertise and artistic skills. That’s why finding a highly skilled hair transplant surgeon is essential.

The Modified Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant

Experts in the field of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant surgery, Dr. Civas and Dr. Akpınar have each made a substantial impact on the industry. Their extensive experience includes interactions with a multitude of hair loss patients and the successful performance of numerous hair transplant procedures.

Dr. Civas, with over two decades of invaluable experience, has honed his skills to perfection. Throughout the years, he has developed his own modified FUE hair transplant technique, which he applies with exceptional success at his clinic in Turkey. Dr. Akpınar also employs the same modified FUE technique, consistently delivering outstanding results to his patients.

Dr. Civas' modified Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant technique is simple yet highly effective. In this technique, hair follicles are meticulously harvested one by one from the donor area. This is achieved by creating tiny incisions around the hair and extracting them with specialized punches.

We recommend the modified FUE hair transplant technique for the following reasons:

  • Graft Quantity: Using this method, up to 3500 grafts can be transplanted in a single hair transplant session session. However, it's crucial not to exceed this limit to avoid overharvesting.
  • Precision: The use high-quality specialized punch instruments ensures unparalleled precision in graft extraction.
  • Graft Survival: Minimal follicular damage leads to a remarkably high graft survival rate.
  • Rapid Recovery: Both the donor area and the recipient area recover swiftly, minimizing downtime.
  • Painless Experience: Dr. Civas employs his own technique for administering anesthesia, prioritizing your comfort throughout the hair transplant surgery.
  • Reduced Swelling: Thanks to the use of a high-quality transplant solution, our patients experience up to 50% less post-surgery swelling.

Key features of the modified FUE hair transplant technique:

  • Extraction Methods: Our approach combines both manual and motorized methods for graft extraction. The motorized method initially assists in gently pulling the grafts, followed by meticulous hand removal. This dual approach minimizes the risk of damage to the hair follicle.
  • Customized Punch Sizes: We use various punch sizes tailored to the grafts' sizes, ensuring precision. For instance, a 0.6mm punch is employed for 1s Follicular Units (FUs),a 0.8mm punch for 2s and 3s FUs, and a 1.0mm punch for 4s FUs.
  • Soft Hairline Creation: The technique allows for the creation of a soft and natural hairline using only 1s FUs.
  • Lateral Slit Implantation: Implantation is carried out through lateral slits to enhance thickness and density, creating the illusion of natural density.
  • Hairline Reconstruction: Emphasis is placed on the meticulous reconstruction of the hairline, ensuring a highly natural appearance.
  • Anesthesia: Dr. Civas uses his own specialized anesthesia administration technique, utilizing high-quality anesthetic solutions to minimize discomfort during the hair transplant procedure.
  • Rapid Recovery: Patients typically experience a swift recovery, often resuming normal activities within just three days after the hair transplant surgery.
  • Non-Invasive Approach: The procedure is non-invasive, with small incisions healing quickly and usually disappearing within 2-3 weeks.
  • High Success Rate: The modified FUE hair transplant procedure boasts an impressive success rate, ranging from 90% to 97%, offering a highly effective solution for hair restoration.
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Sapphire FUE Hair Transplant

A Sapphire FUE hair transplant is a variation of the traditional FUE hair transplant technique. Instead of conventional steel blades, this innovative approach utilizes sapphire blades to create incisions on the scalp. During a Sapphire FUE hair transplant, microchannels are opened in the recipient area, and the grafts are then inserted in these micro channels. 

Benefits Of The Sapphire FUE Hair Transplant

The Sapphire FUE hair transplant method offers several notable advantages:

  • Rapid Healing: Patients experience a faster healing period with the Sapphire FUE hair transplant technique, with incisions typically healing in just one week.
  • Minimized Scarring: The use of sapphire blades allows for smaller, more precise incisions, reducing scarring and promoting a more appealing result.
  • Enhanced Density: Sapphire blades enable closely spaced incisions in recipient areas, allowing for a higher density of transplanted hair follicles in a smaller area. This results in a significantly denser and more natural-looking appearance.
  • Customized Precision: Surgeons can meticulously modify the angle, depth, and direction of each incision, ensuring that the new hairline seamlessly matches the patient's existing hair, creating a harmonious and natural aesthetic.

Does A Sapphire Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant Leave Scarring?

Sapphire Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant stand out due to their utilization of specially crafted sapphire blades in place of traditional steel blades for creating scalp incisions during the implantation process. These sapphire blades feature a unique V-shaped tip, distinct from the U-shaped tip of steel blades. This distinctive shape plays an essential role in achieving exceptional precision during incisions, resulting in smaller channels. Notably, this precision eliminates the risk of disturbing neighboring hair follicles and significantly reduces scarring during hair transplant procedures.

While it's important to acknowledge that all incisions made during a hair transplant procedure will inevitably result in some degree of scarring, the good news is that Sapphire FUE hair transplants tend to leave scarring that is nearly unnoticable. However, the overall success of a hair transplant relies on various factors, including the surgeon's expertise, the quality of donor hair, skin structure, and more. As such, it is advisable to have a thorough discussion about the procedure's details with your surgeon.

What Is The Duration Of A Sapphire FUE Hair Transplant Procedure? 

The duration of a Sapphire FUE hair transplant procedure is influenced by the number of grafts requiring extraction and transplantation. On average, the procedure typically takes approximately 8-10 hours to complete. However, if a larger number of grafts need to be harvested and transplanted, the surgery may extend beyond this timeframe to ensure precision and meticulous care.

Are You A Good Candidate For Sapphire FUE Hair Transplant?

There are several parameters that help determine whether a patient is a good candidate for a Sapphire FUE hair transplant procedure:

  • Underlying Hair Loss Causes: Patients experiencing hair loss due to various factors such as trauma, androgenetic alopecia, or traction alopecia may be excellent candidates for Sapphire FUE hair transplant procedures.
  • Donor Area Hair Density: The density of hair in the safe donor area plays an important role in determining eligibility for Sapphire FUE hair transplant. Patients with a denser donor area typically have better prospects for successful outcomes.
  • Age Consideration: Age is another significant factor in Sapphire FUE hair transplant candidacy. It is advisable to consult with a qualified surgeon to assess suitability for the procedure based on individual circumstances.
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Unshaven Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant

U-FUE, or Unshaven Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant, is an innovative modification of the traditional FUE hair transplant technique. During this procedure, hair follicles are skillfully implanted in the recipient area without the need to shave the patient's existing hair. In contrast, the classic FUE hair transplant method typically requires shaving all hair to facilitate graft extraction and implantation, as most hair transplant equipment is designed to work on shaved hair.

Several variations of U-FUE hair transplants are currently practiced:

  • In some practices, only the hair to be extracted are shaved and then extracted whereas the rest of the hair and the recipient area remain unshaven.
  • Other practices extract hair as-is from the donor area and implant it directly into the recipient area, further reducing downtime.

These variations of Unshaven FUE hair transplants require more time and precision and are therefore, limited in terms of the number of grafts that can be harvested in one session.

  • In another variation, the donor area is shaved for graft extraction, while the recipient area remains intact. Harvested grafts are then transplanted between existing hair. This approach allows for the maximum number of grafts to be harvested compared to the other two variations.

The primary advantage of U-FUE hair transplantation is its significant reduction in downtime and detectability. However, there is still a slim chance of traces of the hair transplant being noticeable in the recipient area. Patients with long hair may be able to conceal scabs and redness with their existing hair. It's important to note that this method requires more time and is generally less graft-intensive. Due to its complexity and the level of skill required, U-FUE hair transplant procedures tend to be more expensive. To achieve the best possible results, we strongly recommend consulting an experienced surgeon who specializes in U-FUE hair transplant procedures.

What Is The Cost Of U-FUE Hair Transplant In Turkey? 

At Civas Hair Transplant Clinic in Turkey, the cost of a U-FUE hair transplant is €2.5 per graft. It's important to note that the average number of grafts that can be transplanted using this method typically ranges from 2000 to 2500 grafts.

Dr. Civas and Dr. Akpınar advise that for patients requiring a higher number of grafts, more traditional methods of FUE hair transplants may be a more suitable option. U-FUE hair transplant procedures are limited in terms of the number of grafts that can be harvested compared to other hair transplant methods.

Who Are The Most Common Candidates For Unshaven FUE Hair Transplant? Why Choose U-FUE?

Patients often choose the Unshaven FUE hair transplant technique for the following reasons:

  • Preservation of Existing Hair: Many patients prefer Unshaven FUE hair transplant surgery because it allows them to retain their existing hair. They may not want to undergo a complete head shave, which is typically required in traditional FUE hair transplant methods.
  • Privacy and Discretion: Unshaven FUE hair transplant is an excellent choice for patients who value privacy and discretion. This is particularly relevant for public figures or individuals who wish to keep their hair transplant surgeries low-profile, avoiding unwanted attention.
  • Minimal Downtime: Some patients may have limited leave time and cannot afford to wait for full recovery and visible hair growth. Unshaven FUE offers a solution by minimizing downtime and allowing them to return to their routine more quickly.

These compelling reasons make Unshaven FUE hair transplant a popular choice for patients seeking hair restoration while addressing their specific needs and preferences.

Robotic FUE Hair Transplant

Robotic FUE hair transplant is an advanced modification of the traditional FUE hair transplant technique, harnessing technology for improved efficiency and precision. In this method, a micromotor is attached to the punch device, facilitating the extraction of grafts from the donor area. This technological innovation significantly accelerates the harvesting process, with the capability to extract approximately 1000 grafts in just one hour.

It's important to note that the robotic FUE hair transplant technique is continually evolving. For instance, computer-assisted robotic FUE hair transplant systems utilize image processing capabilities to meticulously select the healthiest grafts for transplantation.

However, it's crucial to highlight that the success of robotic FUE hair transplants depends significantly on the experience and expertise of the surgeon and the team. Inexperienced physicians or nurse technicians may cause issues such as low graft survival rates and visible scarring. Additionally, improper handling of the device may lead to graft damage due to heat emission.

One of the most renowned and advanced robotic systems used in robotic FUE hair transplant procedures is the ARTAS System. This device's specifications can be customized by the surgeon to align with the patient's unique hair characteristics and requirements. The robot then extracts grafts swiftly and accurately, and it can even be utilized to create recipient incisions where the grafts will ultimately be placed. The key advantage of robotic FUE hair transplant lies in its increased precision, reducing the risk of human error.

It's essential for patients to choose experienced and skilled surgeons and clinics to ensure the best possible outcomes when opting for robotic FUE hair transplant procedures.

Benefits Of Robotic FUE Hair Transplant

Robotic FUE hair transplants offer numerous advantages, making them an attractive choice for many patients seeking hair restoration:

  • Precision: The primary advantage of robotic FUE hair transplant lies in its exceptional precision. The device's accuracy minimizes the transection of grafts, ensuring optimal results.
  • Consistent Graft Extraction: The robotic system consistently extracts and preserves grafts with the utmost care, guaranteeing the availability of high-quality grafts for transplantation.
  • Reduced Fatigue: Surgeons and their teams experience less physical fatigue during the hair transplant procedure, which significantly reduces the likelihood of human error.
  • Enhanced Graft Survival Rates: The robotic system operates swiftly and efficiently, expediting the procedure. This results in reduced patient discomfort and contributes to higher graft survival rates.

Post-Op Care For FUE Hair Transplants

Post-operative care is essential for the success of a FUE hair transplant. Proper care must be taken to ensure that the transplanted follicles grow, and the patient achieves the best possible results.

Post-FUE Hair Transplant Care on the First Night

After undergoing an FUE hair transplant procedure, it's essential for patients to follow these important guidelines on the first night for a comfortable and smooth recovery:

  • Head Protection: To protect the newly transplanted grafts, patients should avoid touching, hitting, or scratching their head. They must exercise extreme caution when entering places with low ceilings, such as cars or aircraft. Bending slightly more than usual can help prevent accidental contact.
  • Hydration: Adequate hydration is crucial for recovery. Patients should drink plenty of water and avoid excessive salt or sugar intake in their food.
  • Gentle Movements: To prevent undue stress on the abdominal area, patients should move slowly and steadily, avoiding sudden, jerky movements.
  • Elevated Sleeping Position: Elevating the head while sleeping is recommended for the first five nights. Using two pillows to keep the head facing upward can help reduce swelling and promote comfortable rest.
  • Swelling Management: Applying an icepack to the forehead every two hours for five minutes can effectively reduce swelling in the treated area.

Following these guidelines on the first night post-FUE hair transplant can contribute to a smoother and more comfortable recovery process.

Post-FUE Hair Transplant Care at Two Weeks

Two weeks following an FUE hair transplant surgery, patients are advised to follow these essential guidelines for a successful and comfortable recovery:

  • Protective Headwear: When going outdoors, patients should wear a cap or hat to shield the recipient area from sunlight and potential irritants.
  • Avoid Alcohol and Smoking: It's crucial to refrain from alcohol and smoking for the first week after the hair transplant surgery, as these substances can impede the healing process.
  • Gentle Shampooing: Patients should shampoo their head gently once a day using mild warm water and the shampoo provided by their doctor. After washing, they should pat their head dry with a towel, avoiding any harsh rubbing.
  • Strenuous Exercise: To prevent any complications, patients should avoid strenuous exercises during this period.
  • Swimming Caution: Swimming should be avoided in the first few days after the hair transplant surgery until any crusts have fallen off, and the scalp is completely healed.
  • Wig or Prosthesis: Patients who typically wear a wig or prosthesis should refrain from doing so during this recovery period.
  • Medication Caution: It's advisable to avoid taking multivitamins and aspirin for three days following the hair transplant surgery.

Following these guidelines at the two-week mark post-FUE hair transplant helps ensure proper healing and optimal results.

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