FUE Step by Step

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) can be a prolonged procedure but it produces the finest results of hair restoration techniques in Turkey and the least visible scarring.

What follows is a step-by-step guide to follicular unit extraction (FUE) in Turkey to educate you on how to prepare for the procedure, what to expect, treatment techniques and final results.

Preparing for Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) in Turkey

Before Operation —
  • Preparation begins 1 – 2 weeks prior to treatment
  • Do not take any inflammation inhibitors or aspirin type analgesics in the seven days foregoing the treatment
  • Stop using Minoxidil/Rogaine 14 days prior to treatment
  • Do not consume any alcoholic beverages or meals in the week preceding the treatment
  • Avoid using vitamins B and E 1 in the week preceding the treatment
The Day of Operation—
  • Wash your hair with a soft shampoo. Do not use gel, spray, wax or other hair grooming products
  • In the morning of the operation, make sure you have a bountiful breakfast before you arrive to the clinic. Do not consume coffee or other beverages containing caffeine
  • Wear comfortable clothes or buttoned shirt, as you will be in a lying position during the rest of the day
  • During the treatment, you may watch TV or listen to the music of your choice

FUE Procedure

1. Designing Hair Line: Designing a hairline is the first step in FUE in Turkey. Hair transplant doctor will design a hairline that will be a guide during the treatment and to give you the most desirable results. The doctor will draw on your forehead with an eyebrow pencil. Fine-tuning are made until the perfect hairline is achieved.
2. Sedation: you will be prescribed diazepam 10 mg PO and administered an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory from an IV line.
3. Shaving: the donor area, at the back of the head, will then be shaved and prepared for surgery

4. Local anesthesia will be administered to the donor area, as well as intramuscular hypnotics for the patient to ingest orally, for the purpose of relaxation.

FUE is less painful than FUT. Most patients experience little discomfort during the procedure. Minor pain or discomfort may be present during the initial stages of recovery. Medication is often prescribed to ease any pain or discomfort. Local anesthesia consists of Iidocaine with epinephrine to control bleeding.

The patient lies face down on a special operating chair that supports the head. Additional tumescent anesthesia is administered by injecting dilute solution of lidocaine and epinephrine.
5. Extracting Grafts from the Donor Area: Your assigned hair transplant surgeon will remove small groups of hair called follicular units from the donor area, usually located at the back of the scalp. Utilizing tiny circular incisions, one millimeter in diameter or less with the help of a motorized device, the donor tissue is harvested through a serious of punches.
Donor hairs are extracted one-by-one within the punch area. The grafts will be either used intact or divided microscopically into smaller units for transplantation. With FUE, incision sites are small, so stitches are not necessary.
6. Preparing the Grafts: As each follicular unit is extracted, they are passed to the trained staff who will trim off any excess skin under the microscope, while creating the smallest incisions possible to create the highest density of hair and the more natural looking results.
7. Implanting the Grafts: follicular units are implants into the scalp one at a time into tiny needlepoint holes.

Results of FUE in Turkey

The transplanted hair during the procedure is likely to fall during the initial process of healing– perfectly normal.

However the roots will remain intact. The roots will remain dormant for up to four months until the new hair follicles begin to develop. It may take 4-6 months before you witness the final results.