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Hair transplantation procedures are becoming more popular day by day, and one of the most famous procedures is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). This method has been chosen by thousands and thousands of people who wanted to undergo hair transplantation.

Here, in Esthetic Hair Thailand, we understand that the decision to have a hair transplant is not the easiest. That is why we have assembled a team to explain hair transplant procedures in simple but well explained articles that will help any patient learn more about the procedure and clear any doubts.

In this article, we will focus on the FUE hair transplant procedure, which is preferred by doctors and patients due to its many advantages. Read on to learn more about this procedure that will help you understand everything about the Follicular Unit Extraction procedure.


What is FUE Hair Transplantation?

Let’s define the FUE (follicular unit extraction) procedure. It is one of the most important methods for the treatment of hair loss and baldness, from which many people suffer. In this procedure, hair follicles are extracted from an area with strong hair growth and implanted into an area struggling with thin hair and hair loss.

Thus, the procedure aims to obtain healthy hair follicles and distribute them in the area that is almost or completely bald, mainly because the hair follicles in the recipient area have either died or can no longer grow healthy hair.


Advantages of FUE Compared to Other Methods

We have already mentioned that the FUE method has many great advantages. These benefits make the procedure a great option for those who really want their healthy hair back. These advantages are:


1- Natural and great results: In FUE hair transplantation, only healthy hair follicles are harvested and implanted in specific areas of the scalp to achieve a natural look. However, in FUT, a whole strip of hair is taken, which may already contain dead follicles, so the chances of achieving the desired result are not as high as needed,


2- No scars: A dynamic approach is taken in the harvesting of hair grafts to avoid scars or the appearance of empty spots. If you look at FUT, the removal of the strips will create a permanent scar on the back of the head.


3- Fast recovery period: since FUE is a minimally invasive procedure, the recovery process is fast and a person can resume daily life within 3 days with following the doctor’s instructions. However, FUT requires a longer recovery time because it involves skin grafting and sutures, which is a type of surgical procedure, so the healing phase takes more time compared to the FUE method.


Preparation for FUE Hair Transplantation


They say “preparation is everything”," and we say “that’s right." Preparation for your surgery paves the way to its success. FUE hair transplantation is not an immediate decision that anyone makes, but requires consultation, evaluation and preparation.


Consultation and Hair Evaluation 


The first step of any procedure anywhere in the world is the consultation. At Esthetic Hair Thailand we offer the initial consultation online. Here we will determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, and if so, how many grafts you will need and what method will be used.


During the consultation, you will also be asked some questions, such as your medical history, the medications you take on a daily basis, your expectations and the reasons why you want to undergo hair transplantation.


Preoperative Instructions and Guidelines 


Once it is decided that you are the right candidate for FUE hair transplantation, you will be given some instructions to follow to avoid complications during the procedure and the healing phase. These guidelines are:


  • Discontinue cigarettes/alcohol: Cigarettes and alcohol must be discontinued 10 - 14 days prior to the procedure, as they contain ingredients that prolong the healing period, delaying the results.
  • No blood-thinning medications: there are many medications, such as aspirin, that thin the blood when consumed. Such medications must be discontinued because blood thinning medications increase the risk of bleeding during the procedure.
  • Protect your scalp from direct sunlight: It is important to have a healthy scalp for the hair transplant procedure, so make sure your scalp is not burned by the sun.
  • Do not get your hair cut: It is recommended not to cut the hair before the procedure and give it a chance to grow as much as possible.


FUE Hair Transplant Procedures


The procedure of FUE hair transplantation is not complicated and easier than you imagine. There are three main steps in FUE hair transplantation, and they are:


Donor Site Preparation 


After determining the best donor area, which is usually at the back of the head or on the sides, the preparation of the donor area begins. The doctor shaves the donor area and then injects a local anesthetic. Once the donor area is ready, the next step starts.


Extraction of Follicular Units


The next step of the FUE hair transplant procedure is the harvesting of the hair grafts, using a special medical tool for harvesting. The harvested grafts are kept in a physiological solution to protect the follicles from damage.


Creating a Recipient Area 


The final step of the FUE hair transplant procedure is the creation of the recipient area, where the area is shaved and injected with anesthesia. As soon as it is ready, the doctor starts opening the recipient channels where the hair follicles will be implanted.


How to Draw a Natural Hairline Design?


The design of the hairline is an essential part of the hair transplant procedure. In order to define the required hairline, the doctor will use a marker to draw the hairline considering the following points:


  • Face shape: face shape plays a big role in deciding whether the hairline will be straight, high, low or any other design depending on the face shape.
  • Structure of the forehead: the standard distance between the eyebrows (the top of the eyebrow) is about 5 to 8 cm. If you have a high forehead and want to make it narrower, you should inform your doctor so that he can do what is necessary.
  • Facial muscles: The hairline should not be grafted onto the muscles of the forehead. Usually the doctor asks the patient to raise the eyebrows, and then the hairline is drawn at a higher level than the facial muscles.
  • Age: Age affects the design of the hairline and how it should look. Therefore, when deciding on the design of the hairline, the physician will consider age and how growing in age will affect the hairline.


FUE Hair Transplant Recovery and Care Process


We have already mentioned that one of the advantages of FUE is the fast recovery period. It usually takes about 3 days for patients to return to their daily activities, but there are of course some instructions that the patient must follow to avoid problems during the recovery period.


In the first few days, a crust forms around each hair transplanted graft, which is completely normal and is considered the body's defense mechanism against possible infection. And when the hair starts to grow for the first time after the hair transplant, it falls out as part of the healing phase, leaving the new hair the chance to grow.


Postoperative Care Instructions 


We emphasize the importance of following the doctor’s instructions, as failure to do so will result in the death of the newly implanted grafts, preventing new hair from growing. Be sure to follow the instructions after the procedure so that you get the final result you have always dreamed of.


  • Don’t go back to cigarettes and alcohol again. If you consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes, try to delay using them again as much as possible, at least for a month. Smoking or drinking impacts the immune system and thins the blood, which slows down the healing phase and thus prolongs the wait for results.
  • Don’t overdo it with exercise and stick to light exercises. Heavy exercises will hurt your implanted grafts and put unnecessary pressure on them. Nevertheless, wait until your doctor gives you the green light to lift weights and exercise as you did before the procedure.
  • Don’t sleep flat and keep your head elevated even when resting. For the first few weeks, do not put pressure on the newly implanted grafts to avoid damaging the follicles.
  • Protect your head from sun exposure, this step must be followed before and after the hair transplant procedure. To avoid irritation and swelling, protect your scalp from direct sunlight.
  • Keep your scalp dry for the first 48 hours. After the 48 hours, you can wash your scalp with the product you received from your doctor. When you wash your scalp for the first time after the procedure, apply a small amount of the product to your scalp and spread it evenly over your entire scalp with your fingertips. The shower head is your first enemy in post-procedure care, because the pressure of the water immediately damages the hair grafts. Therefore, pour out the water with a cup to wash off the product.
  • Keep the hair dryer, towels and hair styling products away. All the mentioned products and tools can damage the hair grafts.


Management of Swelling and Discomfort 


Well, healing phases are not always “happy” phases, and the expectation of discomfort helps us to cope better. Swelling is one of the side effects that can occur after a hair transplant, but this is completely normal. Applying a cold compress to the scalp can reduce swelling by constricting the blood vessels. This can be applied only 48 hours after the procedure.


Long-Term Care of Transplanted Hair


Healthy hair needs constant hair, but remember that using non-chemical hair products will help take care of your hair. Avoid hair dryers and heavy hairstyles to protect your hair follicles from the heat and chemical substances that cause these follicles to age faster.


Comparison of FUE with Other Transplant Methods


The field of hair transplantation started with one procedure, and now we have three! With each procedure, the procedure becomes more advanced and has fewer disadvantages.


FUE and DHI Technique Differences


Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) are the newest procedures in the world of hair transplantation. Both methods require the donor area to be completely shaved for the manual extraction of the follicles, and both are performed under local anesthesia. However, the FUE method differs from the DHI method in the final step of the hair transplant procedure, which is implantation.


While FUE also requires shaving of the recipient area, opening of the channels, and manual implantation, DHI does not require shaving of the recipient area, and an advanced medical instrument, the Choi Implanter Pen, helps to perform implantation directly without incisions.


Clinic Selection for FUE Hair Transplantation 


Choosing the clinic will give you an approximate prediction of whether or not you will have a successful procedure! If you are looking for “FUE hair transplant clinics in Thailand”, don’t just choose the first option and go for it. Read more about the clinic, the reviews, the techniques used and if there are other branches around the world. All these details will help you understand the background of the clinic and find out how good it is in this field.


Esthetic Hair Thailand, for example, is a global brand that has opened branches in Turkey, Russia, Mexico, Brazil and now here in Thailand, ready to provide the best care to our patients.


Evaluation of Surgeon's Experience 


We all agree how experienced and highly qualified Turkish doctors are, and those who work in hair transplantation have earned a worldwide reputation! However, if you know how experienced your surgeon is, you will be more confident and relaxed. Here at Esthetic Hair Thailand, we bring the experienced Turkish hands to Thailand for our patients who need the Turkish touch for their hair!


Investigation of Clinical Reputation


Some clinics may advertise themselves in a larger-than-life way, but you will be shocked when you deal with them and see that everything they advertise does not actually exist. Make sure you find out about the clinic and how advanced it is, how it treats its patients, and whether it cares about patients and their needs or just wants to sell them procedures that they don’t even need!


We are proud that in Esthetic Hair Thailand, our first interest is our patients and what is best for them. We give our patients all the needed attention and care to make sure they feel comfortable and clear the fear out of their minds and hearts. 


FUE Hair Transplant Costs 

Experience, location and cost - these are the most important factors someone thinks about when traveling abroad for a procedure, or even for residents of the country. Esthetic Hair Thailand is proud to be the clinic that combines affordability and quality under one roof! Contact us to learn more about our procedures, offers and prices!


Factors Affecting Pricing of FUE Hair Transplantation


The cost of hair transplants varies from case to case. They depend on the extent of hair loss, the patient's requirements such as the number of sessions and the number of grafts needed. Contact us for an initial consultation!


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