A hair transplant is an outpatient surgical procedure that involves redistributing or transplanting existing hair follicles into balding or thinning areas. This minimally-invasive procedure can permanently restore the hair of men and women who are experiencing partial baldness.
The cost of a hair transplant depends on how many grafts you need and in which country you are receiving treatment. Cost differences depend on many factors, such as cost of living, exchange rates, practicing costs or regulatory conditions, which may differ greatly from country to country.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is an innovative, increasingly popular hair transplant procedure that involves a surgeon manually harvesting individual hair follicles from a donor area (usually the back and sides of the head or other parts of the body like beard, chest or armpits) under local anesthesia, and then grafting them into the recipient area to achieve a natural, uniform look. FUE is among the most popular techniques as it is less invasive than previous techniques and has a shorter recovery period.
Hair follicles naturally grow in groupings of 1 to 4 hairs, known as follicular units or grafts. During an FUE hair transplant, the surgeon will harvest grafts from a donor area and insert them into the target sites, areas where hair is thinning or has been completely lost. The donor area contains hair that is resistant to the hormone that is thought to contribute to the minaturisation and eventual loss of a hair, dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
When this hair is transplanted from the donor area to the target site , it keeps that resistance to DHT and should remain permanently implanted. The number of grafts extracted in one session ranges from 500 up to 5000.
A hair transplant surgery is carefully planned based on individual needs and preferences. However, there are a few main stages that apply to all hair transplant procedures. Below is a step-by-step guide for FUE hair transplant surgery.
To find out if you are eligible for the procedure and receive an initial
assessment of the number of grafts required, you can send a few pictures of
your head (from all angles: top, front, left, right, back) for one of our
doctors to review or go for an in-person doctor visit. You will be also asked
questions regarding your overall health conditions, including:
This will allow the doctor to understand the underlying causes of your hair loss and what procedure would best work for you. This initial assessment will also indicate a cost estimate for your procedure.
The pictures needed for an estimation of grafts and a price quote.
Once you decide to go ahead with your hair transplant procedure, we will schedule the operation on the date you prefer. Surgery typically starts in the morning or early afternoon, so it is recommended to fly in the day before to rest properly before the operation.
You will discuss with your surgeon what coverage you aim to achieve, also depending on the quality and amount of your donor area. Once you’ve decided, the doctor will draw a line that will mark the beginning of your new hairline.
At the clinic, you will have physical and blood tests done to make sure you are in good health to start the procedure. General blood tests will also check for any major infectious diseases that could prevent your hair transplant from proceeding. Once your blood tests confirm you are healthy and sound to your treatment will proceed.
Once tests and drawing of new hairline are done, you will receive local anaesthesia for your scalp to be desensitised. With the FUE technique, the donor area is usually shaved down (although there are surgeons who utilise the no-shave technique). If you are afraid of needles, don’t hesitate to let us know! We work with selected doctors who are specialised in a needle-free anaesthesia (which usually comes with an additional charge).
a. Harvesting/extracting the grafts
Once the anaesthesia has taken effect, the surgeon will start surgery. Hair grafts are extracted manually one at the time and placed in a container with a storage solution that will maintain the grafts' vitality.
b. Making the incisions
After the extraction, the surgeon will use microblades and fine needles (between 0.6mm and 1.0mm in diameter) to create the incision sites that will receive the hair grafts. The incisions determine the direction of hair growth and will be angled in a consistent pattern for a natural look and density.
c. Implanting the grafts
Once the incisions are made, the hair grafts are inserted into the target sites.
The whole procedure can last 4 to 8 hours and is performed on the same day. During the procedure, many patients read, take a nap, or watch TV. You will also be given breaks during the procedure.
There are surgeons who offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment as a complementary procedure to hair transplant surgery to promote hair growth and healing after the surgical procedure. PRP treatment is typically performed during the implantation or after the grafts are implanted.
After the procedure (usually the day after surgery), you will meet with the surgeon for a post-operative check up and will receive precise instructions to follow during your post-operative time.
Our QUNO Insider Tips will give you an overview of the best practices that our partner hair transplant surgeons recommend for a smooth procedure and successful recovery.
Here’s a breakdown of what to expect after surgery until one year later.
Your scalp and forehead may be tender, red, or swollen for the first 2 weeks after surgery, and you may notice pimples in the recipient area. All the scabs will fall off during the second week after surgery, many of them with hair. Don’t panic!
During this time, 90% of your transplanted hair will fall off. This is a normal process, occurring in 95% of hair transplant cases.
Some of the natural hair located next to the transplanted grafts may fall out as well. This phenomenon is known as “shock loss”. Shock loss is a natural, transient process.
The donor area will recover gradually as the hair surrounding the removed follicles will grow back.
Between the second and the fourth month, there will be a stationary phase. Around 5% of new fine hair may begin to grow during this time.
Between the fourth and the fifth month, 20% to 25% of the transplanted hair will start to grow.
Because hairs will be in different phases of the life cycle of hair, not all of the transplanted hair will grow at the same rate.
Between the sixth and the ninth month, most transplanted hair will grow (around 75%), and at the same time, hair gets denser and thicker.
After the ninth month an additional 20% - 25% of new hair will grow. In some cases, it may take up to 18 months for the hair in the crown area to fully regrow.
For more information, read our helpful FAQ with the most commonly asked questions on hair transplant surgery.