Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant Procedures Cost Results Review Side Effects

FUE means Follicular Unit Extraction is a very popular method or technique of Hair Transplant to treat baldness. Today we are gong to discuss the FUE Hair Transplant procedure, average cost, result, review and side effects with before after images. Beautiful hair is an important part of the image of a person. Thick hair is considered a sign of health and success, and hair loss is strongly reflected in self-esteem. The solution of the problem - Hair Transplantation - was found in the first half of the 20th century, but since then people have not ceased to doubt the need for a procedure. Is it safe? Is the effect really going to be what the clinic promises? How long will hair take root, and, finally, how much will the transplant cost? We will tell you what is known about this procedure, what it is useful for and why it should not be feared.

To date, hair transplantation by the seamless method of FUE (Follicular Units Extraction) is the only real way to restore hair with androgenic hair loss and hair loss (AHA). Hair transplantation using the FUE method using the Implanter-Pen technique gives an excellent aesthetic result and permanently solves the problem of alopecia. The necessary conditions for successful hair restoration are the experience and skill of the transplant surgeon.

What is FUE Hair Transplant?

The FUE method is the most modern technique of hair transplantation. FUE transplantation is performed without a single incision, leaves no scars, is minimally traumatic and has virtually no contraindications. The difference between FUE technology and any other method of hair transplantation is very significant. The seamless FUE method, in essence, is not an operation and does not cause any postoperative complications.

For hair transplantation using the FUE method, donor follicles (grafts) are used, which are extracted one after another, without cutting out the skin flap (strip), without incisions and sutures. Most often, hair follicles from the back of the neck, chin, or some areas of the body are used for transplantation. The back of the head and chin - this is the main donor reserve for hair transplantation in men. All donor hair is anatomically and genetically resistant to loss. FRE transplanted hair grows in accordance with its normal physiological cycle and never falls out.

How does the Hair Transplant Procedure Work?

The standard transplant procedure for up to 4000 grafts lasts no less than 6-8 hours. In some cases, to improve the results and depending on the number of transplanted grafts, we suggest that patients be transplanted within 2 operational days. In this case, the transplantologist has the opportunity to work with the donor zone more qualitatively. After any transplant within 1-2 days the patient is in the clinic under the supervision of the staff. He undergoes the procedure for washing his head and gives detailed recommendations for care.
 Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant Procedures Cost Results Review Side Effects
Hair transplantation is schematically performed in two main stages:-
  • The first stage - the collection of donor grafts
  • The second stage is the planting (implantation) of grafts into the zones of alopecia
In our clinic the stages of transplantation are practically not divided in time among themselves. After extraction of a certain amount of donor grafts, the doctor immediately proceeds to the process of implantation (implantation), which allows saving each donor graft in the most "live" state. The transplant procedure is absolutely painless, using local (local) anesthesia. For extraction and implantation of donor grafts we use microsurgical instruments with a diameter from 0.60 to 0.90 mm. For one standard procedure, we transplant up to 4,000 grafts, which in most cases allows solving the problem of alopecia in one session. 

In any clinic the stages of transplantation are practically not divided in time among themselves. After extraction of a certain amount of donor grafts, the doctor immediately proceeds to the process of implantation (implantation), which allows saving each donor graft in the most "live" state. The transplant procedure is absolutely painless, using local (local) anesthesia. For extraction and implantation of donor grafts we use microsurgical instruments with a diameter from 0.60 to 0.90 mm. For one standard procedure, we transplant up to 4,000 grafts, which in most cases allows solving the problem of alopecia in one session.

Stages of Hair Transplantation

Regardless of the number of transplanted grafts, Many health center offer a full package of medical services and support. The cost of the surgery includes all necessary medical consultations, medications (antibiotics and symptomatic therapy after surgery), special hair care products in the postoperative period, anesthesia, hospital stay and full board for two days.

The First Stage - Extraction of Grafts :- Even before the beginning of the hair transplant procedure, the transplant doctor very accurately calculates the amount of donor grafts needed to maximize coverage of the baldness zone. For the extraction of grafts, the donor zone is sheared by a machine.
FUE Hair Transplant Extraction of Grafts
Collection of hair follicles from the donor area is not accidental, but according to a certain principle. Grafts are extracted evenly from various areas of the occipital region, while the transplant physician pays special attention to ensuring that the donor zone is not too thinly cut.

Before the start of grafting, local infiltration anesthesia of the scalp is performed, so the entire procedure for hair transplantation is absolutely painless. According to the newest FUE technology, grafts are extracted not by a strip and not from one specific location, but one from a certain donor area. The seizure of grafts is an important stage, for which special techniques and a special tool are used. Ready-to-graft grafts for better survival are placed in a special chilled solution with the addition of blood plasma.

The Second Stage - Implantation:- A detailed transplant plan is made by the transplant doctor before work commences. A micro-instrument, through which implantation (implantation) of donor grafts occurs, is called Implanter Pen. Our clinic uses specially designed implants with a diameter of 0.6-0.9 mm. For each patient, the diameter of the implant is selected individually, depending on the quality and size of its donor grafts. For a single transplant procedure, a minimum of 25-30 different implants are used. Technology Implanter-Pen allows you to combine micro-puncture of the skin and planting the hair follicle in one short step. With the help of the implant, the grafts are placed at a certain angle and at a certain depth. With the FUE method, the transplant doctor always works with a large number of different sizes of grafts, which can contain from one to four hairs.

The different diameter of the FUE-tools (from 0.6 to 0.9 mm) makes it possible to extract the grafts accurately and without damaging the hair bulbs adjoining them. The amount of hair in the graft varies from 1 to 4, which means that their sizes vary. When transplanting preference is given to 2-3-4 hair grafts, because with their help you can achieve higher density. With insufficient amount of donor material on the occipital part of the head, hair follicles can be used from the chin or chest area.

Implantation of Grafts - the most Important Stage of Hair Transplantation:- The implantation process requires jewelry and training. The most important points at this stage are observing the correct direction of hair growth and the optimal depth of planting. From this depends on the survival of grafts and natural appearance.

In the process of transplantation 1-2-3-4 hair grafts are used in certain proportions. Grafts consisting of one hair - thin and soft. They do not give a high density, but using such grafts, the doctor creates a soft line of hair growth. Two and three hair grafts create the maximum volume. Four hair grafts in the process of transplantation are used no more than 3-4%, because of their small initial amount.

The whole procedure of graft implantation is a creative process and requires certain art abilities from the transplant physician. After the transplantation, the micro-punctures of the skin heal within 3-5 days and become completely invisible after 10-14 days after transplantation. 

In the donor area, after the extraction of grafts, only small spot wounds remain, which within 2-3 days heal and cover with a small crust. The crusts fall off a week after the operation and leave no visible traces. Our hair transplant technique excludes the development of scars and infectious complications.

After FUE Hair Transplantation

The very next day after hair transplantation by FUE method, the patient can return to the habitual way of life. The seamless FUE method does not require suturing, leaves no traces and makes it possible to wear any, even the shortest haircut. 
After FUE Hair Transplantation
Transplanted grafts begin to grow several days after transplantation. The final growth of new hair is observed after 3-6 months and then continues throughout the rest of life. Transplanted hair retains all its natural characteristics and qualities. They can be cut, dyed, put in any hairstyle. Correctly conducted hair transplantation always improves the appearance, relieves psychological discomfort and gives a sense of self-confidence.

Average Cost of  FUE Hair Transplant

Many hair transplantation center offer package prices that allow you to make a unique hair transplant technique affordable, without prepayment and additional costs. The price of a hair transplant will depend largely on the amount of hair you’re moving, but it generally ranges from $2,000 to $15,000. Most insurance plans don’t cover it. But the cost vary country to country. In Europe many health center offers the following price rate. 
  • When transplanting 3000 grafts the cost of the procedure is 2700 Euro
  • When transplanting 4000 grafts the cost of the procedure is 3000 Euro
For each patient, they conduct a free preliminary consultation on the photos sent, during which they determine the type of baldness and the number of grafts needed for transplantation

How Effective is Hair Transplantation?

Although hair transplantation sounds like a fairly simple process, you need to consider a lot to make a decision about hair transplant. First of all, you need to know how much hair transplantation can solve the problem. The degree and type of baldness determines the effectiveness of transplantation. Your doctor-consultant will provide you with more detailed information about this. This procedure is recommended for men with selective baldness, and not for those whose baldness is in a neglected stage. The quality of donor hair also plays a big role in the initial result. The thicker the hair rods or the curling hair, the better the results, and vice versa. The last factor is age. Obviously, the younger you are, the better for the procedure.

Results after the Hair Transplantation

Transplantation (transplantation) of hair. At the end of the operation, a special dressing is applied to the recipient area, preventing edema and infection - it can be removed in 2-3 days. Stitches from the site of the skin flap removal (if the transplantation was carried out according to the strip technique) are removed after 2 weeks.

The order of 5 days will require compliance with the home regime, after which you can return to your normal routine.

When the grafts are transplanted, the hair grows and starts growing after 2-3 months, and when follicles are transplanted - almost immediately. The maximum possible rejection in both cases does not exceed 5-10%.
FUE Hair Transplant Before After
However, since the speed of hair growth is small by itself - it is possible to evaluate the result of the operation not earlier than 3-4 months later. It is important to understand that the transplanted hair gradually (about a year) will become denser and thicker, which means - more dense.

The degree of alopecia is dictated by the properties of the hair follicles, and not by the properties of this or that part of the body - thus, the transplanted hair will grow throughout life. And if necessary, repeated surgery (if it is a significant area of ​​alopecia) after 6-8 months, additional transplantation is performed.

FUE Hair Transplant Side effects 

The most common side effect is hair thinning, which is temporary and is known as a "shock loss". The appearance of bald spots is also common, because every day 50-100 hairs fall out. Postoperative abnormalities were observed in 5% of patients who underwent transplantation.

Although this procedure is fairly safe, and the results will be positive, like any other surgical procedure, side effects may also occur. A good doctor will explain all the risks and chances of these side effects. The most common of these are slow hair growth, not after surgery, mild skin infection of the scalp, the inevitability of scarring in the donor area, due to surgical incisions.

In any case, hair transplantation is the recommended procedure, if this option is available to you for money. The cost of the transplant procedure varies and depends on the conditions and where the hair transplant was performed, but this option of acquiring a new life for your balding head is very preferable.