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Tir Na Nog Clinic Hair Transplant Ireland Dublin


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About clinic:

Expert in Medical and Surgical Hair Loss Solutions and Medical Aesthetics and Hair Transplant Ireland

Our doctor, Dr Kevin McDonald, assesses every patient for a complimentary consultation.

Step by Step: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), Hair Transplant

This step-by-step presentation demonstrates how the modern follicular unit extraction hair transplant procedure works.

The hair transplant procedure is performed in one day and requires only local anesthesia. Patients are often surprised at how little discomfort they feel after and during surgery. Many patients are able to watch TV or take a nap during hair transplant surgery.

1. The patient is ready for surgery

Hair follicles at the back of the head which are resistant to going bald genetically will be removed during surgery and transplanted to the areas that are balding.

2. Trimming the donor area is done

Before surgery, the hair in the donor area is cut to about 1 mm. This is done right before the procedure. The hair is cut back at the donor area (for women and some men) to ensure that no visible scarring occurs after the procedure. The hair must be sufficiently long to cover the area being shaved. This will be discussed during the consultation.

3. Harvesting the hair follicle group

Once the local anesthetic is applied to the back of your head, painless extraction (or harvesting) of the grafts will be possible. A hollow needle, approximately. This is done with a hollow needle (diameter approximately. 1mm), which is extremely sharp at the tip. It is inserted superficially under the skin to avoid contact with the roots. The entire graft can be sucked out of the skin by vacuum, causing no damage. Because the roots are not damaged, this method is gentlest. The survival rate of grafts is 50% higher with gentle withdrawal (compared to 50% in step 5).

4. Preparation for the bald patches (“Aesthetics”)

The local anesthetic will now be applied to the area that is bald. The canals can then be prepared for hair grafts. They must be able to accommodate the grafts. These can be done using individually-adapted cannulas. This step is influenced by the aesthetics of the hair follicles.

5. Implanting hair root groups

The hair grafts can be placed into the canals using a fine tweezer at the tip. This is a complex process that requires patience and skill. Hair roots are extremely sensitive and can be permanently damaged if the tweezer is not used properly or inserted into the canals. This step is critical for 50% of hair root survival.


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