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What Is Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation?

what is follicular unit transplantation

Follicular unit hair transplantation is the old method applied for hair transplant. This method is also known as FUT or strip method. However, under current circumstances, this method is completely abandoned by doctors. Although this method is no longer applied in hair transplant operation, many patients knew hair transplant operation by this name.

Instead of follicular unit hair transplantation, current method in the hair transplant field is FUE hair extraction. FUE is follicular unit extraction. Combined with appropriate hair implanting techniques, the overall method is known as FUE hair transplant or hair transplant in general. Since there are different names for the same operation, all these names may be confusing at the beginning.

Which Implant Methods Follow FUE?

FUE is the main hair extraction method before implanting hair. This is the first step of every hair transplant operation. In FUE hair extraction, hair grafts are collected from the patient. This process is known as hair extracting. The hair extraction is made on the donor area of the scalp. Donor area corresponds to the back of the head of the patients.

During the hair extraction process, special tools are used to collect hair grafts. Hair grafts consist of hair strands. One hair graft may have one, two, or three hair strands. The number of hair strands in a hair graft will determine how many hairs will grow out of that specific graft.

After collecting the required number of hair grafts, one of the hair implant methods is selected. Selection of hair implant method depends on hair loss level and hair type of the patient. Also, other factors may determine the selection of hair implant method. Most common hair implant methods are Slit hair graft implant and Sapphire hair graft implant methods.

What Is Slit Hair Graft Implant?

In Slit hair graft implant method applied in follicular unit hair transplantationthe doctor opens canals to implant the hair grafts. These canals are opened with surgeon’s blade. Before opening canals for hair grafts, local anesthesia is applied to recipient area. Recipient area is the area with hair loss.

What Is Sapphire Hair Graft Implant?

Sapphire hair graft implant method is almost identical to Slit hair graft implant method. But, in the Sapphire method, special diamondedged blades are used when the canals for hair grafts are opened. These diamondedged blades open canals in uniform way. Also, in this method, newly implanted hair will grow more natural.

Where Can You Have Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation?

If you want to have a hair transplant, there are various clinics to select from. The first thing you need to decide is whether you will have hair transplant operation in your country or in another country. Currently, health tourism is booming around the world. Health tourism is traveling to another country to have a surgical operation. Due to the high prices in the U.S., and some European countries, people are looking for more affordable options.

This is also valid for hair transplant. People from all around the world are looking for cheaper hair transplant options in different countries. One of those countries is Turkey. In recent years, Turkey has become one of the global leaders in the hair transplant field. Since this country has experienced doctors and hair transplant teams, patients are choosing Turkey to have their operation.

Can I Have FUE in Turkey?

FUE hair extraction, Slit hair graft implant, and Sapphire hair graft implant is some of the hair transplant methods offered in hair transplant clinic in Turkey. In addition to these methods, DHI hair transplant is another option. Patients can have hair transplant with one of these methods.


About Gürkan Çoruh

Gürkan is Estenbul Digital Marketing Manager and Content writer who has taken roles in medical tourism for years and created written materials for healthcare provider’s websites. Gürkan Çoruh was born on May 10, 1989, and pursued his higher education in Travel Management at the Muğla University. After graduating in 2011, he had the opportunity to work in many units of tourism. He started to work in the medical health tourism sector in 2016. Since then, he has been working on medical tourism and has written informative health articles. He has been mainly focusing on hair transplant surgeries, and through his work, Gürkan has been able to create effective content in English. He has been working with Estenbul Health in this sector for 7 years.