Updated on November 2nd, 2023
Percutaneous hair transplantation is a variation of Fue hair transplantation. It is a very special method that can be applied in a few clinics worldwide. It is also known as needle hair transplantation because the transplantation phase is carried out with special micro-tipped needles.
Percutaneous hair transplantation, a method that requires experience, eliminates undesirable conditions such as root wastage and edema.
In the percutaneous method, the follicle collection stage is collected using the FUE technique. The point that makes a difference in the percutaneous method is in the transplantation phase. The canals opened for the placement of the collected follicles in their new places are opened with the help of special micro-tipped needles, micro-sized and rounded. Therefore, the method can be defined as “percutaneous micro canal technique”.
If the client does not have a health condition that constitutes an obstacle for hair transplantation and is a suitable candidate for percutaneous hair transplantation, the operation day is determined by the joint decision of the patient and the doctor.
On the appointed day, all of the patient’s hair is shaved to a length of 3 mm and the donor area is numbed with the help of local anesthesia. The grafts (tiny pieces of tissue containing hair strands or groups of hair strands) are loosened with a micro motor from the donor area, which is mostly the nape of the neck (if necessary, it can also be under the chin and chest area). The loosened follicles are collected with a tweezer-like instrument.
After the hair follicles are prepared for transplantation, the area to be transplanted is anesthetized. Follicles are placed by opening round, micro-sized channels with micro-tipped needles. Depending on the size of the canals, hair follicles can be transplanted more frequently.
The micro canals overlap exactly with the size of the hair follicles. This harmony allows the hair follicles to be better grasped by the canals, as well as minimizing the damage to the transplantation area. Thus, root wastage caused by channel-root incompatibility is prevented and the healing period is accelerated.
The percutaneous micro-channel method allows a narrower angle to be captured while opening the channels. For this reason, it is the method that gives the most natural results in the front hairline, which is the most important detail in hair transplantation.
Results start to appear 6 months after the operation. The final result of the transplantation is observed between 8-12 months after the procedure.
The percutaneous method allows 60-70 roots per cm2 to be transplanted. This is the most frequent transplantation that can be performed in one hair transplantation. However, since the method is quite laborious and takes a long time; a maximum of 1400 grafts can be transplanted in a single session. For this reason, percutaneous hair transplantation is performed two days in a row.