The most common hair transplant technique is FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). In this technique, we use a round punch to take follicular units from the patient’s strong hair areas that are not getting bold. After, the follicular units are transplanted into the bald parts of the patient’s head. As the procedure takes time, the performer can plant 500 to 600 follicular units in a day. The FUE technique costs twice of standart hair transplant technique which a piece of tissue is removed from the back of the head and trimmed into follicular units. During the procedure, the follicular units are extracted one at a time using a one milimeter or smaller punch. It is more efficient that the hair in the area that the units are extracted to be short. This way the performer will have a better view of the area that the units are extracted. The extraction is made of many steps. The first step is a small sharp punch scrapes the skin around the follicular unit. Then a small blunt punch goes into the soft tissue which surrounds the follicular unit. As the angle and the direction of the follicular unit is not visible externally, the sharp punch might transect the follicular unit. The dull punch is used to seperate the follicular unit from the surrounding tissue. When the follicular unit is seperated, it can be extracted by the use of a forceps. Once the procedure is completed, there will be a small hole as a wound at where follicular unit was extracted. These holes will heal in time into a barely visible status. As in time that the planted units grow, the remaining tiny scars will not be visible.

Every operation comes with a risk. Eventhough unavoidable complications may occur, serious complications are quite rare with this operation. This article aims to give you general information about the operation in question. In order to make the correct decision, we highly recommend you to make a detailed research about possible risks and complication of the procedure. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history of lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.

Smokers have a higher risk of post operative healing problems and expected to be less immune to infection. Smokers also are more likely to suffer operative and post operative bleeding. It is strongly advised for patients to stop smoking for two weeks before and after surgery. Eventhough this may help, please note that, stopping to smoke for short period of time will not be enough to eliminate risks of long term smoking. Smoking also has a contrary effect on the skin.