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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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.
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.
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:
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.
The pictures needed for an estimation of grafts and a price quote.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Below a step-by-step breakdown of how an FUE hair transplant is performed:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Percentage of new hair regrowing over a year after a hair transplant surgery.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below are the most popular clinics among our patients for FUE Hair Transplant. Meet their team, check before and after pictures, and compare prices.
with approx. 3500 grafts
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 Berlin from € 2,400
In Frankfurt am Main from € 4,000
In Munich from € 8,000
In Alexandria from € 5,390
In Chicago from € 5,390
In Dallas from € 5,390
In New York City from € 5,390
802 Reviews in All Countries
March 17, 2020| Dr. Cinik Hair Hospital, Turkey
Would like to thank Kate at Qunomedical and the team at Dr Ciniks clinic for making this procedure as easy as possible.
Would like to thank Kate at Qunomedical and the team at Dr Ciniks clinic for making this procedure as easy as possible. Making sure every question I had was promptly answered and being as informative as possible.
March 17, 2020| Smile Hair Clinic at Moodist Hospital, Turkey
I would highly recommend smile hair clinic and would like to thank you all staff and also would like to thank Julia from the qunomedical for all her help with the booking side and can't wait to see the final result in the future thanks.
Hi I'm from the UK I had my hair transplant on the 17th March with smile hair clinic in Istanbul from start to finish has been great with vip pick up and return to airport hotel stay all you have to sort out is your flight the staff and smile care can't do enough to help they go through every think with you to make sure you are happy with the surgery the clinic is 5 stars it's very clean and hotel stay was lovely the after support has been excellent any questions there has only been someone on the end of the phone to anwer it for you I would highly recommend smile hair clinic and would like to thank you all staff and also would like to thank Julia from the qunomedical for all her help with the booking side and can't wait to see the final result in the future thanks. My experience with qunomedical has been excellent they help you find the right clinic and go through every think you need to know I would like to thank Julia from the team for all the help and support would highly recommend.
March 17, 2020| Suzermed, Turkey
Picked up on arrival from airport straight to hotel, then collected the next morning to start treatment
Picked up on arrival from airport straight to hotel, then collected the next morning to start treatment Glad for the assistance [Qunomedical]
March 16, 2020| Smile Hair Clinic at Moodist Hospital, Turkey
the service was brilliant...im 2 weeks into it and so far going to plan...
The pick up service was great...picked up from the airport and taken to the hotel...the hotel was not expecting my partner but was not a problem but she was always booked to come with me so I don't understand why there was confusion... Hotel was really nice...clean...the restaurant was great we had dinner both nights...the free breakfast was really good and as much as you like and loads of choice...the rooms were 5 star...we were picked up the next morning and taken to the center my partner waited all day for me and the staff she said were lovely to her...my treatment was explained fully to us both...i had lunch given to Me...the whole day was 8 hours hardly no pain...we were taken back to the hotel and picked up again the next morning to have a chat with the Dr and paid for 6 months of vitamins one month was free then taken to the airport...the service was brilliant...im 2 weeks into it and so far going to plan...my only thing I would say is the clinicians just talk and laugh amount themselves while the procedure is happening...i no they obviously don't talk English but is a bit of a downfall Good communication [Qunomedical]
March 14, 2020| Smile Hair Clinic at Moodist Hospital, Turkey
All round professionals.
All round professionals. Couldn’t fault anything
March 14, 2020| Dr. Cinik Hair Hospital, Turkey
I am very pleased with the organisation, compassion, attention and the care provided by the employees of the clinic. My [Qunomedical] health care manager took initiative to ask how things were going after the surgery.
I booked an appointment for the Primary Package at the Dr Cinik clinic in Istanbul and underwent my procedure on March 14th. I chose this clinic for their experience with afro hair. Organisation: Qunomedical took care of the organizational part before the transplant. I booked my flight to and from Istanbul, and they passed the information on to the coordinators at the Dr. Cinik clinic. When I got at Istanbul, as promised, someone was waiting for us to transport us to the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel though, my reservation wasn't known. When mentioning the hair transplant procedure at Dr Cinik (the hotel cooperates with the clinic), they said they would take care of it when the clinic is available for contact and booked us a room for the desired number of nights. I'm glad they were so open for this. I got a welcome message upon arrival, notifying me that a taxi will come pick me up at the hotel the next day at 8am, which happened accordingly. Day of transplant The group of guys who were planned for a hair transplant were picked up and brought to the clinic on time. There, a series of well-coordinated events occured: putting in the intravenous drip (and drawing blood from it), consultation with the doctor (and drawing the finished line), taking the before pictures, shaving and then on to the OR. There I was prepared for the procedure, which included the local anaesthetic (the fluid injections were the only painful part, damn). After that, it's massaged all over your head so they can take the grafts. Didn't feel a thing of this. At first, they predicted to do approx. 2500 grafts, but ended up doing 4650! So grateful! It was a long procedure though, still so thankful I could watch Netflix while they worked. Midway through I got a sandwich, about every hour or so they offered me water, checked how things were going (the technicians English is basic but the coordinators are fluent in English), I could go to the toilet whenever I needed to or take a break if I wanted. After the long procedure (9.5 hours), I got an explanation about the medication to take after the procedure. I was brought home by one of their taxi drivers. I did experience some fever and a bit of
pain when the local anaesthetic wore off, but took an antihistamine pill and one of the paracetamol pills to subdue the fever. The most difficult part is the sleeping on the back, which I do poorly. I do understand it’s a necessary thing in order to protect the hair that's just been transplanted. Slept pretty okay with those medicine. The next days The next morning, the bandage was full of (wound fluids). The bandage was removed at the clinic, and was replaced with a tight headband to prevent the edema to reach your eyes. Also, the taking of a lot of medicine started. Again, transport by the clinic was excellent: the drivers even instruct you to beware of your head. The day after, they did the first wash of the transplanted hair and explained the process. They were aware of my flight times, and had arranged transport to the airport on time. I am very pleased with the organisation, compassion, attention and the care provided by the employees of the clinic. The only point of improvement may be their sterility. As an ICU nurse, I was very wary of how they went on with this. They used sterile gloves while implanting the grafts, also used a new gown every time they/I left of (re-)entered the room. A window was open during the procedure and people kept going in and out of the room, while the technicians were busy with my transplant. Those are my only two points of improvement. Other than that, great care! Very great. [Qunomedical] Always available (for questions), they don't any problem to help. Always coming up with solutions. My health care manager took initiative to ask how things were going after the surgery.
March 14, 2020| Smile Hair Clinic at Moodist Hospital, Turkey
Excellent from I arrived in Istanbul until I left.
Excellent from I arrived in Istanbul until I left. Your service [Qunomedical] is A+
March 11, 2020| Dr. Cinik Hair Hospital, Turkey
Very good experience
Very good experience [Qunomedical] did everything they could to make sure everything went smoothly and always replied quickly if you had any questions
March 10, 2020| Suzermed, Turkey
The personalised service really helps - and Kristian [Qunomedical] is brilliant
Picked up at airport, friendly staff willing to answer all my questions at consultation, impeccable facilities. The personalised service really helps - and Kristian [Qunomedical] is brilliant
March 9, 2020| Dr. Cinik Hair Hospital, Turkey
The complete presses was very well organized for
The complete presses was very well organized for The WhatsApp communicate was excellent Just most people can only use wifi in the airport hotel. In Turkey, Istanbul. Maybe you can research a cheap pay as you go sim card option