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FUE Hair Transplant

FUE hair transplant is a surgical procedure that can help you regrow hair in balding or thinning areas. FUE hair transplant is among the most innovative hair transplant techniques and it’s mainly known for achieving a natural appearance and allowing a quicker recovery.

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WHO IS THIS FOR
  • FUE hair transplant is suitable for individuals with partial baldness due to male-pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia)
  • Men and women with a receding hairline
  • Individuals with traction alopecia
  • FUE hair transplant can also be an option for people who had a head trauma and subsequently lost hair
RECOVERY TIME
  • In the first 2 weeks after FUE hair transplant surgery, your scalp and forehead may be tender, red, or swollen. After 2 to 3 weeks redness and swelling should subside.
  • Light routine activities can be resumed 2 days after FUE hair transplant surgery.
  • You can go back to the office after 3 days
  • You can work out again after 1 month
  • You can swim and do steam baths after 1 month
  • You can wear hats after 10 days, and hard hats after 4 weeks
TREATMENT DURATION
  • FUE hair transplant can last from 4 to 8 hours, depending on how many grafts you need. If you’re having an FUE hair transplant abroad, you should plan to be away from home for a minimum of 2 nights.
SUCCESS
  • 90 to 95% of FUE hair transplants are deemed successful. Full results are typically visible after 12 to 18 months.
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Swelling or redness of the scalp and/or forehead
HOW DOES FUE HAIR TRANSPLANT WORK?

FUE (Follicular Unit Excision) is an innovative, increasingly popular hair transplant procedure where a surgeon manually harvests individual hair follicles from your donor area and then grafts them into your recipient area. FUE hair transplant is performed under local anaesthesia. The donor area is usually the back and sides of your head or other parts of the body, like your beard or chest, if the donor hair on your scalp is not sufficient. FUE hair transplant is amongst the most popular techniques as it allows the scalp skin to fully recover leaving little to no scarring.

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 miniaturisation 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.

What does an FUE hair transplant surgery involve?


An FUE hair transplant surgery is carefully planned based on individual needs, preferences and clinics’ practices. 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.

1. FUE hair transplant consultation


To find out if you are eligible for an FUE hair transplant, you can send us a few pictures of your head (from all angles: top, front, left, right, back). One of our hair transplant specialists will give you an initial assessment of the number of grafts required. You will be also asked questions regarding your overall health, including:

  • If you have any medical conditions
  • If you take any medication on a regular basis
  • When your hair loss started
  • If hair loss runs in your family

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 FUE hair transplant. Our hair loss treatment option guide gives you insightful information on hair loss and what your options are to stop it.

FUE hair transplant photography guide The pictures needed for an estimation of grafts and a price quote.

2. Planning your visit to the clinic


Once you decide to go ahead with your FUE 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 the day before to take proper time to rest and run medical tests beforehand.

3. On-site consultation with FUE hair transplant surgeon


You will discuss with your surgeon what coverage you aim to achieve with your FUE hair transplant, 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.

4. Medical exams


At the clinic, you will have physical and blood tests done to make sure you are in good health to start FUE hair transplant surgery. General blood tests will also check for major infectious diseases to make sure you are healthy and sound to proceed with the treatment and to rule out any medical reasons that could be of any harm.

5. Preparation for surgery


Once tests and drawing of new hairline are done, you will receive local anesthesia for the donor area to be desensitized. During an FUE hair transplant, the donor area is usually shaved down (although there are surgeons who utilize the no-shave technique). If you are afraid of needles, don’t hesitate to let us know! We work with selected doctors who offer in needle-free anaesthesia (which usually comes with an additional charge).

6. FUE hair transplant procedure


Below a step-by-step breakdown of how an FUE hair transplant is performed:

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 (or a team of expert technicians 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 FUE 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.


7. Post-op check up


After your FUE hair transplant is done, your head will be covered in bandages and you will be given painkillers. If you’re staying abroad, you will spend the night in a nearby accommodation. 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.

What shall I expect from an FUE hair transplant?


Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from an FUE hair transplant, from right after surgery until one year later. For a more detailed overview of what to expect after an FUE hair transplant surgery, check our Post-op guide on hair transplant surgery!

FUE hair transplant regrowth timeline

Percentage of new hair regrowing over a year after a hair transplant surgery.

First 2 weeks


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 your FUE hair transplant, many of them with hair. Don’t panic!

Week 2 - 8


During this time, 90% of your transplanted hair will fall off. This is a normal process, occurring in 95% of FUE hair transplant cases. Some of the natural hair located next to the transplanted grafts may fall off as well. This phenomenon is known as “shock loss”. Shock loss is a natural, transient process. The donor area will recover gradually as your hair grows back.

Month 2 - 6


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 after your FUE hair transplant, 20% to 25% of the transplanted hair will start to grow.

Month 6 - 12


Between the sixth and the ninth month, most transplanted hair will grow (around 75%). 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.

WHERE CAN I FIND A DOCTOR?
Qunomedical Health Managers have an all-round knowledge to find the right specialist for you. Learn more about Qunomedical.
quno price
Below are price ranges for FUE Hair Transplant at our partner clinics.
price calculation

How the price for your FUE hair transplant is calculated may vary from clinic to clinic. When you inquire for an FUE hair transplant surgery, your price quote will be calculated based on one of the following criteria: (1) Price per graft: a graft is a piece of living tissue surrounding your hair root that is surgically moved from your donor area to the area you want to fill. The price is calculated according to the number of grafts you need. In one session, 1500 to 4500 grafts are typically extracted and transplanted. (2) Flat rate for specific number of grafts: a set price is offered based on the number of grafts you need. (3) Flat rate for maximum number of grafts: no matter how many grafts you need to achieve as much coverage as possible, the price will be the same.

popular destinations
Displayed locations reflect average package prices (treatment, hotel, airport transfer) booked through Qunomedical. Cost for transport to the destination (e.g. airfare) is not included. Prices may vary depending on individual needs and conditions.

FUE Hair Transplant is offered in 15 countries

In New Delhi from € 1,120

In Chandigarh from € 1,200

In Ruda Slaska from € 1,450

In Krakow from € 3,040

In Wroclaw from € 3,800

In Istanbul from € 1,500

In Izmir from € 1,700

In Cairo from € 1,700

In Cape Town from € 1,750

In Tijuana from € 2,090

In Cancun from € 3,090

In Bangkok from € 2,360

In Phuket from € 4,430

In Berlin from € 3,000

In Frankfurt am Main from € 4,950

In Munich from € 8,000

In Manila from € 3,670

In Alexandria from € 5,570

In Chicago from € 5,570

In Dallas from € 5,570

In New York City from € 5,570

In Dublin from € 8,000

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Pieter,

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Very professional, great advise and friendly.

Very professional, great advise and friendly. Great and open communication

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Michael A.,

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January 31, 2020

| Elithairtransplant, Turkey

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Die perfekte nahtlose Betreuung

Die perfekte nahtlose Betreuung und ein Dr.Balwi der überzeugt!

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Christopher,

United Kingdom

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Everything about the process was smooth and professional. The contact in the week leading up to my transplant was excellent and I was confident I knew the full itinerary of my trip. I would definitely recommend smile hair clinic and Qunomedical.

Everything about the process was smooth and professional. The contact in the week leading up to my transplant was excellent and I was confident I knew the full itinerary of my trip. The driver for the transfer was waiting for me at the airport meeting point. The transfer was prompt and the hotel was clean, and had all the amenities required. The staff through tour were professional, friendly and I was comforted by the knowledge of the surgeons who were running the clinic. The surgery was as expected and I am happy with the result. I would definitely recommend smile hair clinic and Qunomedical. The whole process was smooth and there was nothing I would change.

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Schimmel F.,

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January 27, 2020

| Elithairtransplant, Turkey

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Der komplette Service vom Anfang bis zum Ende Alles O.K.

Der komplette Service vom Anfang bis zum Ende Alles O.K. Es gibt nichts zu meckern. 

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Gareth,

United Kingdom

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Seamless process, no worries about getting somewhere. The hospital was very clean, English speaking I’ve recommended to all my friends

Fantastic from start to finish. All arranged through what’s app, I had the driver details, his picture and pick up place before I left the UK. Seamless process, no worries about getting somewhere. The hospital was very clean, English speaking I’ve recommended to all my friends Unbelievable [Qunomedical], couldn’t have asked for anything more

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Pankaj,

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During and after my treatment, staff were friendly, polite and caring. The facilities were super clean and cost of treatment was very reasonable. Mark is a true gent and a caring medical coordinator.

Collection from airport to hotel on my first night was very simple and straight forward. Collection from hotel to clinic was again straight forward and smooth. My only suggestion would be if the clinic staff inform you to bring ID ie passport before treatment and advice on having a meal before etc. During and after my treatment, staff were friendly, polite and caring. The facilities were super clean and cost of treatment was very reasonable. My experience with Mark [Qunomedical] was very positive, Mark advised on the types of treatment available and advised on the most suitable Dr to provide the treatment. He wasn't a pushy salesman but a caring coordinator who was with me with every step of my journey. He came across friendly, caring and understood my initial fears. Mark is a true gent and a caring medical coordinator.

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John,

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January 14, 2020

| Suzermed, Turkey

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Treated very well from start to finish, would certainly recommend the services you provide.

Treated very well from start to finish, would certainly recommend the services you provide. Very informative [Qunomedical] from start to finish.

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Garry M.,

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Everything went smoothly for my visit to Smile on the 15/01/20. You guys at Qunomedical have been awesome & i would recommend anyone travelling to Turkey for a transplant to arrange this through yourselves.

Everything went smoothly for my visit to Smile on the 15/01/20. Firstly, the driver taking me to/from the airport was prompt & on time, as were the transfers to & from the clinic. I was impressed with everything about my day at Smile, Dr Erdogan was very professional as were his technicians & admin staff & all happy to answer any questions i had. The procedure itself went well, the injections weren’t much fun however nowhere near as bad or painful as i had expected. If any, then the only slight criticism i had was that everything possibly felt a bit rushed as there were 6 other guys getting a transplant on the same day but this wasn’t a huge issue. The clinic itself was very clean & seemed very well set up. No problems with my hotel either, the Holiday Inn was perfect for my visit & all staff there were very helpful, the room was comfortable also. Hoping to be as pleased with my transplant results in 12-18 months time. You guys at Qunomedical have been awesome & i would recommend anyone travelling to Turkey for a transplant to arrange this through yourselves. Always checking in, keeping me informed & quick to respond to any queries was hugely appreciated & a big thanks to Allison for all her help! The ONLY thing i feel i should mention is that i had an issue on the day of my procedure when trying to pay by cash at Smile, as i from Glasgow they would not accept Scottish bank notes as tender? I feel you guys might want to make future clients from Scotland aware of this, if i hadn’t taken my credit card with me then id have had to go home without the operation & it would have been a costly waste of time. Apart from this thanks again for everything.

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Mario,

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Es ist sehr unkompliziert und man wird sehr gut betreut.

Zuerst wurde ich vom Flughafen abgeholt und direkt zum Holyday Inn gefahren. Hotel und Verpflegung war super. Am nächsten Tag wurden wir zum Krankenhaus gefahren. Im Anschluss wird alles erklärt und danach gehts los. Das Personal ist sehr freundlich und man hat das Gefühl in guten Händen zu sein. Am nächsten Tag bekommt man eine Nachuntersuchung und wird zum Flughafen gefahren. Es ist sehr unkompliziert und man wird sehr gut betreut. Alles [Qunomedical] sehr gut.

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Tony,

Germany

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Alles Super!

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