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Treatment guide

FUE Hair Transplant

Follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant is a popular procedure for those looking to regain hair in bald or thinning areas. Losing your hair can be a frustrating and upsetting experience. Preventative measures can sometimes feel like a lost cause. This hair transplant procedure aims to eliminate these frustrations. And don’t worry, the days of unnatural looking hair plugs have been left behind and replaced with natural-looking real hair. But, jumping into a medical procedure can feel like a daunting thing to do. That’s why Qunomedical is here to walk you through the whole treatment, prices and great clinic options at home and abroad for FUE hair transplant.

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FUE Hair Transplant Quick Details

WHO IS THIS FOR

  • Those who are bald or who have thinning hair.

  • Men and women with a receding hairline.

  • This hair restoration technique is also suitable for people who’ve lost hair due to a head injury.

RECOVERY TIME

  • In the first couple of weeks, you may have some tenderness. This should ease after 2–3 weeks.

  • You can resume light activities after two days and return to work after three days.

  • Exercising, including swimming, can start again one month after treatment.

  • You can wear soft hats after 10 days. You should wait four weeks before wearing hard hats again.

TREATMENT DURATION

  • FUE hair transplants normally take between 4–8 hours, depending on how many hair grafts you need.

  • If you choose to have your FUE hair transplant abroad, you should plan to be away from home for at least two nights.

SUCCESS

  • 90–95% of surgeries are successful, with full results usually visible after 12–18 months.

POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS

  • Pain

  • Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Swelling or redness of the scalp/or forehead

ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS

Before / After Photos

FUE Hair Transplant Costs

FUE hair transplant costs can vary depending on the clinic you choose and the country in which you have your treatment. Therefore, it’s important to consider all of the options before booking your treatment. Your Patient Manager will be happy to assist you with this.

Quno Price

Below, we’ve laid out starting prices for FUE hair transplant costs around the world at Qunomedical approved clinics. These prices are not fixed or guaranteed and they may vary from patient to patient, depending on a variety of different factors.

CountryPrice (EUR €)
Turkey€1,800
Poland€1,850
Thailand€2,100
Hungary€2,870
Germany€3,000
Spain€3,200
Mexico€3,400
UK€10,000
Ireland€10,500

Price Calculation

As previously mentioned, calculations for the overall price of this treatment are dependent on a number of different factors. When you, together with your Patient Manager, make an inquiry about FUE hair transplant surgery, your price quote will be based on a few different criteria.

Price per Graft

Flat Rate for Specific Number of Grafts

Flat Rate for Maximum Number of Grafts

Transplantation Method

Location

Prescriptions

Details

FUE hair transplant surgery is rapidly growing in popularity. Stigma that has previously surrounded the treatment has gone, with cosmetic procedures becoming more accepted over the past few years. Popularity has also increased thanks to technological advancements that have allowed for much higher success rates and shorter recovery times. FUE hair transplant costs have also steadied in recent years, providing more cost-conscious patients with the opportunity to undergo the treatment. But, what is FUE hair transplant? How does it work? And what exactly does this hair restoration surgery involve? We’ll answer all of your questions below.

How Does FUE Hair Transplant Work?

Simply put, this procedure involves the transplantation of hair follicles from one area of the body to another. This may sound pretty complicated, however, it’s actually a relatively straightforward procedure. But, how does it work exactly?

Hair follicles grow in groups of 1-4 hairs, known commonly as grafts. These grafts are taken from your donor area, that’s the part of your body with a full amount of hair, and transplanted onto your recipient area, that’s the bald or thinning part. The hair grafts that are taken from your donor area are resistant to a hormone that is thought to cause hair loss. Therefore, when your surgeon transplants these grafts to the recipient area, they retain the resistance to this hormone. During an FUE hair transplant, a surgeon will typically transplant anywhere between 500 and 5000 grafts. Significant success rates, reduced costs, and shorter recovery times have brought this treatment into the forefront of the plastic surgery world, with it now being considered one of the highest-quality procedures available.

Getting an FUE Hair Transplant Abroad & At Home

Qunomedical gives you the opportunity to choose from high-quality FUE hair transplant clinics, at home and abroad. FUE hair transplant clinics in Turkey, for example, are a popular choice for patients, thanks to low prices and high-quality care. Qunomedical’s worldwide choice of clinics and doctors means that you don’t have to fit into a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, you can find a doctor based on criteria that matters to you.

For those who are interested in having their FUE hair transplant abroad, we offer unique treatment packages. Your Patient Manager will help you to book accommodation, organise airport transfers, and even arrange a taxi to pick you up on the day of your treatment. Your Patient Manager will be available at every step of your journey, to provide support and general travel advice whenever you need it.

Getting Ready for Your FUE Hair Transplant Surgery

No two hair restoration surgery's are ever identical. Yours will be specifically planned out based on your individual needs, preferences, and chosen clinic. However, there are a few main steps that are involved in the run-up to all FUE hair transplants. Below, we’ve outlined these steps so that you can gather together an idea of what’s involved in the planning of the procedure.

1. Initial Consultation

First things first, we would like to get to know you! To ensure that you’re eligible for the treatment, we ask that you send us a few pictures of your head, from the top, front, left, right, and back, if possible. One of our Patient Managers will then be in touch to talk you through an initial assessment, depending on how many hair grafts you might need. Your Patient Manager will also go through some routine questions regarding your general health, including:

  • If you have any existing medical conditions.

  • If you take any medication on a regular basis.

  • When your hair loss started.

  • If hair loss is something that runs in your family.

This will allow your chosen doctor to understand the underlying reasons behind your hair loss, to ensure that the treatment is carried out in the best possible way. This assessment will also give us an initial indication of the potential cost of your FUE hair transplant. For more detailed information on cost, check out our hair transplant cost guide.

Here’s an example of the kind of pictures that you can send us to get started.

2. Planning Your Visit to the Clinic

Once you’ve got to know your Patient Manager and you’ve decided that you’re happy to go ahead with your treatment, we will begin to schedule a date for your surgery. We’ll work together with you on this, to make sure that your treatment is scheduled at a time and date that works well for you. If you decide to have your FUE hair transplant abroad, we recommend that you fly at least one day before the surgery. This will give you time to rest and relax ahead of your treatment.

3. On-Site Consultation With Your Doctor

You and your doctor will talk through your hair restoration treatment together. This is an opportunity to discuss what coverage you hope the surgery will achieve. Your doctor will make a judgement on this based on the quality and amount of hair in your donor area. Once you’ve both talked through this, your doctor will mark out what will be the beginning of your new hairline.

4. A Few Initial Checks and Tests

At the clinic, your treatment team will carry out some routine tests and checks, such as general blood tests, to ensure that you’re in good health and ready to start your procedure.

5. Preparing for Surgery

You’re now prepared and ready to get started with your FUE hair transplant. You’ll receive a local anesthetic from your treatment team which will numb your head for the duration of the surgery.

FUE Hair Transplant Surgery: Step-by-Step

You’re now through the preparation stage and are ready for your FUE hair transplant. Once you feel happy to proceed, your treatment team will begin your hair restoration procedure. Below, we’ve outlined a step-by-step breakdown of how a follicular unit extraction is performed.

1. Extracting the Grafts

Once your treatment team has got you comfortable and settled, you’ll receive a local anesthetic which will numb your head for the duration of the surgery. Your doctor can then proceed with your treatment. To start with, hair grafts are extracted one at a time — remember these are groups of 1-4 hair follicles. Once extracted, the grafts are placed in special storage solutions that maintain the grafts’ vitality.

2. Making the Incisions

After the required amount of grafts have been extracted, your treatment team will use microblades and fine needles (between 0.6mm and 1.0mm in diameter) to create small incisions in which the hair grafts can be placed. These incisions determine the direction of hair growth and so your doctor will angle them in a consistent pattern, to ensure a natural look and density.

3. Implanting the Grafts

The next step is to insert the hair grafts into the bald or thinning area of your head. This typically takes a few hours and is performed on the same day as the previous two steps. During this stage, patients often pass the time by reading, watching TV or even taking a nap! Your treatment team will be there every step of the way and they’ll give you breaks during this implantation stage too.

Note: During this stage, it’s common for patients to also receive what’s known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment. This is often offered as a complementary treatment alongside an FUE hair transplant, as it promotes hair growth and helps with healing after your surgery. If you’re interested in finding out more about this, your Patient Manager will be happy to help, as well as provide you with more information about clinics who offer PRP.

4. Post-Operative Check Up

After your FUE hair transplant, your treatment team will cover your head in bandages and give you some painkillers to ease any slight soreness that you may have in the following days. If you’ve chosen to have your FUE hair transplant abroad, you’ll spend the night in accommodation nearby. The day after your treatment, you’ll meet up with your treatment team again for a post-op check up. During this, your doctor will also give you some advice and instructions to follow in the following weeks.

What Should I Expect From My FUE Hair Transplant?

Once you’ve had your hair restoration treatment, you should see gradual hair growth on your previously bald or thinning area. Below, we’ve outlined a brief overview of what to expect, and when, after you’ve had your FUE hair transplant. For more detailed information, check out our post-op hair transplant guide.

  • The First Two Weeks After Treatment

    You may find that your head is a little sore and tender during the first couple of weeks following your hair follicle transplant. This should gradually die down during the second week. If you notice that some hairs are falling out, don’t panic! This is a completely normal part of the process and these will grow again in the coming weeks.

  • Weeks 2-8

    During these weeks it’s likely that you’ll start to see what’s known as shock loss. This is when up to 90% of your transplanted hair, and possibly some of your natural hair close to the donor site, falls out. Again, don’t worry about this! It occurs in 95% of FUE hair transplant cases and it’s a natural, transient reaction to the hair restoration treatment. Your hair will gradually recover and grow back after this.

  • Months 2-6

    Your hair growth may be fairly slow between the second and fourth month after your treatment, with typical growth being around 5%. Between the fourth and six month though, you should begin to notice around 20%-25% of your new transplanted hair start to grow.

  • Months 6-12

    Between the six and ninth month, your transplanted hair should reach a growth level of around 75%. Alongside this growth, you may also notice your new hair becoming denser and thicker. After the ninth month, your transplanted hair should continue to grow, typically the last 25%. However, it’s worth noting that in some cases it may take up to 18 months after your surgery to fully regain any hair in the crown area of your head.

Popular Doctors

Interested in having a look at some the people involved in the industry? Check out our list of FUE hair transplant doctors which shows some of the most popular choices among our past patients. All of these doctors have been thoroughly vetted with high-quality and affordability in mind. Read about their medical history, experience, accreditations, and the unique treatment packages that they offer. These doctor profiles can help you decide who is best suited for your treatment. Dr. Mehmet Erdogan, MD for example, is a leading FUE hair transplant surgeon based in Turkey. Since 2011, Dr. Erdogan has performed over 2500 hair transplants and is the co-founder of the well-renowned, Smile Hair Clinic, in Istanbul.

Why Choose Qunomedical?

At Qunomedical, we provide a patient first service. Our team has been built on passionate belief that healthcare should be easily and readily accessible to all, regardless of background. Whether you’re simply looking for some information about FUE hair transplants, or are ready to find a doctor to book with, we can help! We offer a 100% free, non-binding assessment. One of our Patient Managers will then take time to listen to your individual needs and concerns, to create a unique treatment plan for you. All of our physicians are professionally and thoroughly vetted, allowing you to choose from the high-quality FUE hair transplant doctors, at home or abroad.

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Johannes P., Germany

June 19, 2020

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Thanks for everything

Many thanks to Dr. Tsomkopoulos and the whole team. My hairline was reduced by 2 cm at the Novohiar Clinic. The result is so natural that the people around me did not notice that I had a hair transplant. I am told more openly that I look fresher and more vital. I clearly recommend you. A friend of mine has already booked a treatment appointment. Thanks for everything.

Niklas K., Germany

June 19, 2020

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The result is super

I have visited the Novohair clinic for the correction of my receding hairline. The result is great. Everything looks very natural and beautiful.

Michael R., Germany

June 19, 2020

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Very good and precise work

Great experience. I had my crown refilled a little over a year ago. In the beginning I was a bit sceptical but after 6 months I was already satisfied with the intermediate result. The full density came with me from the 11 month. Very good and precise work. Many thanks to the whole team.

Stefan T., Germany

June 19, 2020

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A really great clinic

Was and am very satisfied with the treatment and the result. The whole team was very nice and empathetic. A really great clinic.

Oliver K., Germany

June 19, 2020

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The treatment was painless and my new hair looks very natural

The treatment at Novohair was very good and I am happy to have discovered this team. Everything discussed has come true. The treatment was painless and my new hair looks very natural. Thank you!

Timo P., Germany

June 19, 2020

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My results have been great and I have already recommended the clinic to 3 friends.

My consultation was very instructive from beginning to end. I got very good answers to all my questions so that I decided to come to this clinic. My results have been great and I have already recommended this clinic to 3 friends.

Steven B., Germany

June 19, 2020

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The quality of hair transplantation at Novohair is not comparable to the previous one in Turkey.

I have already had a hair transplant in Turkey where my donor area was very worn out and the final result did not please me sufficiently. Thanks to Dr. Tsomkopoulos another 2000 hair grafts could be removed. The quality of hair transplantation at Novohair is not comparable to the previous one in Turkey. My donor area now looks more even and in the front you can now speak of a real density.

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Adrian, Ireland

April 02, 2020

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All round professionals.

All round professionals. Couldn’t fault anything

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Shaun C., United Kingdom

April 02, 2020

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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]

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Sajan, United Kingdom

April 02, 2020

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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.

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