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FUE Hair Transplant

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.

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WHO IS THIS FOR
  • Individuals with partial baldness due to male-pattern or female-pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia)
  • A receding hairline
  • Traction alopecia
  • Head trauma
RECOVERY TIME
  • Light routine activities can be resumed 2 days after surgery.
  • Back to the office: 3 days
  • Back to the gym: 1 month
  • Back to swimming and steam baths: 1 month
  • Back to wearing hats or hard hats: 4 weeks
TREATMENT DURATION
  • Same day, 4 to 8 hours
SUCCESS
  • 90-95%
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Swelling or redness of the scalp and/or forehead
Costs

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.

  • Turkey

    $ 2,160
  • Hungary

    $ 2,540
  • India

    $ 2,650
HOW DOES IT WORK?

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.

What does an FUE hair transplant surgery involve?

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.

1. Initial consultation

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:

  • 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 procedure.

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

2. Planning visit to the clinic

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.

3. On-site consultation with hair transplant surgeon

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.

4. Medical exams

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.

5. Preparation for surgery

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).

6. FUE hair transplant procedure


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.

7. Post-op check up

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.

What shall I expect from an FUE hair transplant?

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect after surgery until one year later.

some alt text 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 surgery, 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 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.

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, 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.

Month 6 - 12

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.

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.

The cost of an FUE hair transplant varies depending on the number of grafts required and the location where the procedure is performed.

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Top 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.

  • Turkey

    $ 2,160
  • Hungary

    $ 2,540
  • India

    $ 2,650
  • Malaysia

    $ 2,920
  • Poland

    $ 3,200
  • Germany

    $ 3,310
  • Mexico

    $ 3,370
  • Thailand

    $ 3,590
  • United Arab Emirates

    $ 4,350
  • United States

    $ 7,660
  • United Kingdom

    $ 7,830
  • Ireland

    $ 13,240
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Thierry G.,

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I would like to thank you qunomedical in helping me to find one of the best clinic of Istambul Dr Emrah CINIK

I would like to thank you qunomedical in helping me to find one of the best clinic of Istambul Dr Emrah CINIK . everything is really perfect they pick you up at the airport take you to a very nice and luxury hotel with good services. the next day they take you to the Dr CINIK clinic and at your arrival you have a very nice girl very professional Who will stay all day with you and will help you with translations. First you will see Dr Cinik , he's a very nice guy very friendly and will decide with you what they can do. After that they will take some pictures and the surgery part can start the team is  amazing and so professional during the all day they will be at your attention and Dr Cinik came to see us at least 4 times to see if everything was all right and always have a friendly attention to you the surgery was a real success they took from the Head, the chest and the beard 4100 grafts and i had a full cover of my head. Another small detail but so important the night of the surgery ar 8pm i've got a message from the clinic just to check if i was feeling Well...you will never se that un our countries. I  really recommend you this Clinic who for me is one of the top Clinic of Istanbul. Thank you Again to Dr CINIK and his team for this fantastic aventure.    Thierry France

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Ulf,

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gefallen hat mir die offene und sehr freundliche Kommunikation. Außerdem musste man nie lange auf eine Antwort warten.

ich hatte dauerhaft den gleichen Fahrer, der mich vom Flughafen abgeholt hat und regelmässig in die Klinik gefahren hat. Dieser war sehr freundlich und immer pünktlich. gefallen hat mir die offene und sehr freundliche Kommunikation. Außerdem musste man nie lange auf eine Antwort warten.

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Jasvinder,

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Pre-and Post checkup consultation with Dr Borejzsa went very well. Special thanks to Jenny who look after my case. She answered each and every question I had in mind

All the arranged Pickup and drop service at airport, hotel and hospital, was good. Pre-and Post checkup consultation with Dr Borejzsa went very well. Very friendly and professional staff. Folks @ qunomedical are really supportive, special thanks to Jenny who look after my case. She answered each and every question I had in mind, and from beginning to end, she has been excellent in providing information on each and every step of the process.

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Stephen D.,

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all the staff were great at smile hair clinic. Tina [Qunomedical] was very helpful and answered any queries I had

Had a driver to take me to and from the clinic and airport the hotel was great too with free room service too food was good and all the staff were great at smile hair clinic Yes Tina [Qunomedical] was very helpful and answered any queries I had

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Avinash,

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I want to say a big Thank you to the doctor assistant , they made me felt so comfortable and at ease. Would not have gone though without them .

From start to finish it was a great except for the pain. Great team . Hassan was helpful during the whole HT process but I want to say a big Thank you to the doctor assistant , they made me felt so comfortable and at ease. Would not have gone though without them . If the charges would be the actual what it was supposed to be . Treatment experience was great. Team was outstanding.

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Michael,

United Kingdom

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I like that they organize everything which really takes away a lot of the stress when getting a transplant

Everything went better than expected the hotel, transfers and clinic were all fantastic Can't fault my experience, I like that they organize everything which really takes away a lot of the stress when getting a transplant

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Johnnie A.,

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My wife and I both felt safe and well taken cared off. I will recommend this service for greater quality and best price for money.

Very professional staff, they keep in touch every step of the way. When we arrived at the airport in Istanbul (my wife and I) we were a bit worried if someone will pick us up there. As we waited over 20mins. But not long after we got a call from out contact, he introduced himself as EGE, and informed us that our taxi will pick us up soon. In less than 5 mins from the phone call the taxi picked us up and took us to our hotel. From there on every step was well coordinated by EGE. My wife and I both felt safe and well taken cared off. I will recommend this service for greater quality and best price for money. The service is not overpriced and yet it’s the best we have experienced. We will be going back. Just keep on doing as you are. You are already doing a great Job.

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Keith D.,

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| Suzermed, Turkey

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The clinic itself was like a palace. A million times better than anything you would find in Dublin. No complaints really

The clinic had a big stall st the arrivals in Istanbul airport. Dropped to the hotel straight away which was great because there looked to be a few dodgey taxi men who might rip you off, hanging around. The lack of English at the clinic was a bit off putting however the translator was pretty good. The clinic itself was like a palace. A million times better than anything you would find in Dublin No complaints really

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The team demonstrated professionalism at every level and the Doctor was very knowledgable.

Very straight forward from the time of booking The team demonstrated professionalism at every level and the Doctor was very knowledgable. Everything was explained properly and the treatment went well as expected Justina was excellent, very caring person with integrity and professional attitude