Techniques for hair restoration surgery include scalp reduction surgery, strip harvesting (FUT), and follicular unit extraction (FUE).
FUE hair transplant procedures can be divided into 3 steps: extraction, creation of recipient incisions and implantation of follicular grafts.
FUE is a method of graft harvest that is used in FUE hair transplants. It is the latest major technical advancement in hair restoration surgery.
In an FUE hair transplant, a large number of hair follicles is obtained in a single day providing excellent regrowth and patient tolerance without any great scarring.
Each individual follicular unit (FU) is obtained directly from the scalp, rather than from a strip of donor tissue that has been removed from the scalp.
FUE hair transplants were originally performed using manually hand-held punches of various types and are still used to remove follicular units one at a time.
In general, any patient who is a candidate for hair restoration surgery is a candidate for FUE hair transplant. A patient may be a poor candidate for a strip harvest, yet may achieve a good result with FUE.
An FUE hair transplant provides;
FUE requires a steep learning curve, patience, physical stamina and endurance, a delicate touch, excellent hand–eye coordination and excellent hand motor skills.
An FUE hair transplant can be done well or badly just as any other form of surgery.
Essentially, it can be said that manual FUE hair transplants protect the donor area and provide good quality grafts.
At Asmed, we implement our original technique, the sequential (DES) technique while performing FUE hair transplants.
The goal of an FUE hair transplant is to achieve homogenization throughout the head. To provide homogenization, it is important to use all parts of the donor area in random distribution. Even after multiple sessions, the donor area appears to be slightly less dense than it was previously, but only upon close inspection.
The skull normally comes in different contours and shapes, creating a constant change in the direction and angle of the hair. With magnification and tactile sensation, one can visually and mentally process the subtle nuances of the skin and hair characteristics, and then extract the follicular unit with precision. According to the extracted follicle parameters, any situation can be adjusted in adequate time. This important step is omitted without immediate feedback potential.
FUE hair transplant megasessions refers to transplanting a large number of grafts in a single session. At Asmed, we implement megasessions with great success.
The advantages of a megasession are; a faster end result and the convenience of having an FUE hair transplant in a single session rather than over several sessions.
The success of the FUE hair transplant requires mastery using micro-sized openings and special implanting techniques with high-powered magnification. Patients must be carefully selected . An experienced, well-organized FUE hair transplant surgical team and quality control is mandatory.
The incisions give the hair growth direction, angle, spacing, and depth so that the FUE hair transplant surgeon can sculpture and create a natural-looking.
Slit orientation for FUE hair transplants can be parallel or lateral. Incisions made perpendicular to the direction of hair growth are called lateral slits. Those made in a parallel direction are referred to as parallel (sagittal) slits.
The lateral technique reproduces better scalp anatomy. Natural hair varies from 10° to 90°. The lateral incision allows for precise control of graft angulation. Producing more acute angles also has the benefit of increasing coverage. By using smaller incisions we can produce greater densities.
Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that has solutions for baldness. Hair transplantation has been advanced by the recent technical developments.
When the hair may appear thinning and a person is experiencing the initial stages of baldness, it can be simply because of ageing and hormonal changes. In extreme cases, some diseases can leave hair follicles or the scalp so damaged that even hair transplantation is not possible. So, when someone is experiencing any early stage of hair loss it is necessary to seek medical treatment in order to fix the problem at its early stages.
Old Hair transplantation techniques consist of extracting a slice of skin with its own hair follicles from the occipital (back side of the head) areas of alopecia. This kind of technique is considered old and leaves scars after surgery. Thanks to new medical advancements and technologies, the latest techniques such as FUE allows the doctors to collect and separate the follicles from donor areas and the plant them one by one in the needed bald areas leaving visible scars or wounds with a fast recovery time after surgery.
Generally, Hair transplant surgery with FUE requires several hours of teamwork at the medical facility (approximately 8 hours), it is a completely safe surgery and it can be done under local anesthesia.
Generally, it takes approximately 14 days for newly implanted grafts to become secure after hair transplant. Meanwhile, in the first 14 days after having hair transplant, following doctors’ instructions in order to protect the planted grafts must be obeyed to make sure every graft will stay at its place harmless and ready to grow again.
The patient stay at home or in a medical institution, relax and limit his movements as much as possible until the next day after completing the control and hair first washing session.
Anti- inflammatory painkillers can be taken as it is prescribed by the doctor. The patient must not consume aspirin in the first week of surgery. However, any medicine must be taken according to the doctor’s instructions.
After the hair transplant session, swelling may occur. Swollenness typically starts appearing on the second day and lasts until the 5 day after the hair transplantation. This is a temporary phase and there will not be any lasting side effects.
The way of sleep after hair transplantation can affect the overall procedure outcome, the patient should sleep with his head elevated in 45 degrees (with the neck pillow provided by medical staff) after hair transplantation for the first 10 nights.
Many people require pain killer prescription for the nights after operation. These pain killers should be taken under supervision of the doctor.
After the hair transplant, the patient should stop physical activities, exercises, sexual contact and carrying heavy weights for one week to two weeks. For at least 21 days, high steam places and saunas bathes should be avoided. In general, on the second day after treatment, some people go back to practice light activities.
After the first day post op the hair is washed by a professional staff in ASMED Clinic. The bandage is taken off and the hair is washed with cool water and shampoo. The process of washing is showed to the patient and it will be repeated for the first 10 days once a day.
Alcoholic Beverages have a bad influence regarding the swelling and result after hair transplant and it should be avoided at least 5 days after hair transplant surgery.
Beside washing that must be done you can gently contact grafts with your fingertips, beginning 2-3 days after hair transplant.
The slight corrections in the Donor area with scissors can be done one month post op. In the recipient are it is necessary to wait to accomplish the 5th month post op to be able to proceed with shaving and cutting.
After the hair transplant surgery, it will only need 10-11 days for wounds and the presence of the crust to disappear entirely. After a hair transplant procedure, the hair from implanted grafts is mostly shed within the first month.
This shedding is completely normal and there is nothing to worry about. On average, healthy new hair begins to grow and replace the shed hair after the third month. By the 6th month, the new hair growth starts of the implanted follicles. The hairless area gets smaller with time and the real final result of the hair transplant is seen after the 12th month. Although it takes more than 1year to get the final result, the way the hair looks is never distracting during this period.
At Asmed hair transplant Turkey, our aim is to provide the highest level of medical care to our patient. We care about patient’s needs & requirements. We inform our patients in a very detailed way of how to proceed and what to do after hair transplant surgery day by day.
If you want to have more information about the procedure, book a consultation for hair transplant surgery and get the best answers from our expert medical team.
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