The FUE hair transplantation method is a widely used hair transplantation method in the world. During this method, no incision is made on the scalp, no perforation is applied on the skin.
FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. This method was first introduced in Japan in 1988 with 1 mm punches. The participation of the method in the medical literature was published in 2002. In the Fue method; hair follicles are taken one by one from the donor area and planted in the desired area. The hair follicles taken from the donor area are planted individually in the desired area, not collectively. Therefore, the implantation of the hair follicles leads to this method being performed in longer sessions than other methods. Nowadays, this method is performed with a micromotor.
Hair transplantation with the FUE method is a widely used method. The method must first be applied by expert teams. Otherwise, a non-aesthetic hair image may occur. In the FUE method, hair is taken one by one and transplanted into hairless areas. Before follicle removal, the hair in the donor area is shaved and shortened to 1 mm. Under local anaesthesia, the donor area and the area to be planted are anaesthetised. The micromotor tip is centred with the hair and the hair follicle is removed. Thanks to this automatic system, which minimises the damage of the grafts during the operation, the operation times are shortened and at the same time the number of grafts received is increased. After the grafts are harvested in this way, they are placed in much smaller channels that are opened in the hairless area. Each follicular unit contains on average 2 to 3 follicles (hairs).
The characteristics of the FUE method are:
- In the area where the grafts are harvested, only the stem cell is relevant, with no tissue removal.
- There are no incisions or stitches in the area where the hair is removed. In the area where the roots are removed, a hole is formed with a diameter of less than 0.6 ~ 0.7 mm, which closes in a few days and heals without trace.
- With this technique, grafts taken from the nape region are used for hair, eyebrow, moustache and beard transplants.
- Depending on the condition of the donor area, the average number of grafts to be transplanted is 4,000 to 6,000 per session.
- Each graft has between 1 and 3 hairs. 1 hair graft has an average of 2 to 2.5 strands of hair.
- It is possible to transplant 50 to 60 hair follicles per square centimetre, depending on the number of roots and opening.
- In addition, the low pain in the postoperative days and the short recovery period are some of the reasons for the preference for this method.
- Transplanted hair usually falls out at the end of the first month, 2-3 months after the transplantation hair starts to grow.
- In the sixth month, the hair grows and already has an image that fills the eyes. However, it assumes its most expressive form in 1 to 1.5 years after the completion of the adaptation process of the transplanted hair. Since the transplanted hair is removed from the coded area so that it does not fall out, it does not fall out. As the hair belongs to the person, it grows with the same characteristics.
- In hair transplantation, the amount of hair and the way it is removed are important, as well as the direction of the transplanted hair, the naturalness of the front hairline is as important as the amount of transplanted hair.