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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.
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Below are price ranges for FUE Hair Transplant at Qunomedical-approved clinics.
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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 € 1,100

In Chandigarh from € 1,200

In Ruda Slaska from € 1,450

In Krakow from € 2,870

In Wroclaw from € 3,800

In Cape Town from € 1,480

In Istanbul from € 1,500

In Izmir from € 1,700

In Cairo from € 1,700

In Tijuana from € 2,050

In Cancun from € 3,040

In Bangkok from € 2,240

In Phuket from € 4,200

In Berlin from € 3,000

In Frankfurt am Main from € 4,950

In Munich from € 8,000

In Manila from € 3,600

In Alexandria from € 5,470

In Chicago from € 5,470

In Dallas from € 5,470

In New York City from € 5,470

In Dublin from € 8,000

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Verdun,

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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.

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LJ S.,

Netherlands

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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. show more

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Grant,

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March 10, 2020

| Suzermed, Turkey

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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

Jimmy,

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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

Mohammad,

Germany

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Only anaesthesia part was painful and the overall treatment was good.

I was picked up by the driver on time.reached hotel at 9:30 pm ,got checked in. Next morning abdul(guy from clinic)came and took me to the clinic.Only anaesthesia part was painful and the overall treatment was good.

Scott P.,

United Kingdom

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From the moment I contacted Julia at Qunomedical to arriving back home after my hair transplant, the whole experience has been excellent.

From the moment I contacted Julia at Qunomedical to arriving back home after my hair transplant, the whole experience has been excellent. I have been kept informed throughout and had every question answered straight away. I flew with Turkish Airlines who we great and stayed in the Dedeman hotel in Istanbul. On the day of the hair transplant I was picked up at 08.00 and was having my procedure by 08.30. The staff were friendly and looked after me the whole time, providing me with food, drinks and breaks whenever I needed them. Great aftercare advice given, all in all I would highly recommend Qunomedical if you are thinking of having a hair transplant. Julia was amazing throughout! I was always kept aware of what was going to happen when and where, with questions answered very quickly.

Tony W.,

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I was very pleased with the service I received and would definitely recommend Dr Cinik. Qunomedical were very professional and provide a great service. They answered all my questions and put me at ease as it was quite a stressful time.

Great clinic and perfect service. There was transport from airport to hotel. Staff at hotel were very friendly and helpful. Next day I was collected by Cinik private taxi and taken to Dr Cinik clinic. I was met by a translator he explained what was going to happen throughout the day. Next I had my bloods taken and photos taken. I had my consultation with Dr Cinik and then my 7 hour transplant. Staff were very professional and friendly and the facilities were very clean and I felt comfortable and relaxed throughout my operation. After operation I was instructed how and when to take medication and how to contact clinic if I have any issues. Next day I was back at clinic for post operation check up and to asked any questions. We were then transferred to airport. I was very pleased with the service I received and would definitely recommend Dr Cinik. Qunomedical were very professional and provide a great service. I could contact them anytime any got a quick response back. They answered all my questions and put me at ease as it was quite a stressful time. Would like to say a big thank you to Julia.

Khan,

Canada

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Over all 10 out of 10 for both Qunomedical and Cinik clinic , ill wait for the result which is the important part and the main reason i spent almost $5K and hoping the HT result will give me a chance to give them 10 out 10. Wish me a good luck . Thanks to Becky and Dr Cinik office.

After landing it was easy to locate the car service people , driver was very friendly , took an hour from airport to hotel since driver took city route instead of taking the highway , at least i got a chance to see crowdy streets of Istanbul, all went well . A little problem i faced when reached the hotel "" Dedeman Hotel "" receptionist told me that for some reason Cinik clinic cancelled my reservation , rightaway i called my agent from Qunomedocal ""Becky "" after getting the wifi from hotel , Becky as always very helpful , she contacted Dr Cinik clinic righaway , got call from Cinik office , issue resolved right away but after i done taking with Becky and Cinik office , hotel receptionist asked me how would you like to pay ? What ? I said im not paying for it , called again Becky , as always she resolved the isuuse on spot , Still im ok since Becky from Qunomedical and Cinik help desk were there for you , these minor issues are part of life. Next day Cinik driver picked me up from hotel around 8:30 for clinic , very welcoming staff at Cinik lobby , Dr Cinik suggested my hairline in his office , very friendly Dr Cinik plus his all staff , there were very few people who speak english but i was lucky to have a fluent speaking lady with me in surgery room for about hour and a half which really helped alot to communicate wit technicians, over all 10 out of 10 for both Qunomedical and Cinik clinic , ill wait for the result which is the important part and the main reason i spent almost $5K and hoping the HT result will give me a chance to give them 10 out 10. Wish me a good luck . Thanks to Becky and Dr Cinik office. Nothing to improve Becky did a wanderful job.

Christopher,

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Very good Natasha [Qunomedical] was so helpful

Very good Natasha [Qunomedical] was so helpful if recommend her to anyone.

Conan,

United Kingdom

March 7, 2020

| Suzermed, Turkey

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Mark messaged me before I went and even called when I came back which he said he would. So really great service from mark so 5 stars. Hopefully hair grows well and no problems 😃

Trip started not great, after arriving at airport my pick up was hour and a half late so I had to sit in the airport for this time. Finally got picked up and got driven to hotel. Driver didn’t speak word of English so the journey was good !! Arrived at holiday inn which was great, modern and looked great. Great hotel. No one gave me any pick up times etc... so I had to contact the treatment place at 10.30pm which again not great, pick up was 9am which is ok 👌🏻. Driven to hospital a small distance away and was greeted with the translator which was good because someone I could talk too. Got blood taken and needles into me but knew this anyway. Got taken to treatment place and met surgeon who was understanding and friendly, spoke about what I wanted and everything was fine. Went into room and started to get prepared. Whole treatment went good and really no pain apart from jags at the start which again I knew were coming. Had quick toilet and lunch break and back to the op. Finished op and got bandaged up etc... then taken back to my hotel but again no pick up times for the next day !!! Contact could be better, found out again 9am so needed a good night sleep haha. Got picked up next day, taken to hospital again where a nurse took my bandages off and cleaned the back of my head, once done all handshakes and time to get taken to the airport. Dropped at airport and travelled home. All in all contact could be better, more English speaking people but hey I did go to Turkey. I would recommend going here to anyone ! Costs are low and they do a great job. Miss out paying loads in Britain for the stake for a 4 hour plane journey. Mark [Qunomedical] was great this time, Emma last time 3 years ago was hopeless. Mark messaged me before I went and even called when I came back which he said he would. So really great service from mark so 5 stars. Hopefully hair grows well and no problems 😃