There are some preoperative guidelines we ask you to have a look at before your surgery takes place. A closer view on how the day of your surgery will pass is also described on this page and visualised in short videos.
In order to have a successful treatment, we kindly ask you to respect the preoperative guidelines shown in the video. It gives you all you need to know on medication and vitamins, the use of alcohol and smoking, what to wear, the surgery time etc. Also, are you driving yourself or do you need a taxi which we can book for you in advance? Besides that, we like to help you with where you are planning to stay. Hasselt offers a wide range of hotels and b&b's. And if you're looking for a more private place, the guesthouse of Dr. Feriduni is located in a calm area near the clinic.
The day of the treatment
We hope you had a good night. Have a light breakfast and please arrive in time at the clinic (7.30 AM or 8.30 AM). You can drive yourself or ask for a taxir to pick you up. On the day of the treatment, the taxi costs are included if you are staying in Hasselt. Please confirm if you would like to have us arrange you a taxi a few days before your treatment.
When arriving at the clinic, one of our assistants Lien, Sofie, Loke or Cristian welcome you in the lobby. After that, you are taken to your private room that remains available for you throughout your stay in the clinic. Relatives or friends accompanying you can stay here during the operation, but it is a long day, so more advisable to come alone to the clinic.
Please be seated and have a drink if you like. In the meanwhile, you are given a disposable operation gown (pants, top and shoes) to put on. You only need to keep your underwear on; no t-shirt, shorts or tops.
Then you get to read and sign the Consent for the treatment on the ipad
After that, you can choose from the menu what you would like to have for lunch
Dr. Feriduni or Dr. Hölscher will then come and pick you up in your room
Before the treatment
The doctor will take you through the details of the operation once more in his office. A set of preoperation photos are taken. In case you haven't had a preoperative consultation, this will take place right now.
After that, the doctor will introduce you to his medical team and one of them will assist you to another room to prepare your hair.
After that, you can have a last stop at the restroom before the surgery will take off.
Then you are taken to the operation room and seated. Vital parameters such as blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation and (when deemed necessary) ECG are checked and venous access established.
The operation is usually done under local sedation, with a patient generally being given Midazolam as a sedative. This has an effect similar to that of valium. The donor area is also numbed by a local anaesthetic prior to extraction. The doctor and at least 2 - 3 medical assistants are present throughout the operation. Individual FUs are painlessly extracted using a micro-needle. Extraction is performed intermittently, i.e. hair-root groups are extracted for a period of 1 - 2 hours, immediately after which the implant incisions are made. Implanting takes 1 - 2 hours. This extraction / implantation procedure is then repeated.
Extraction, incisions and implantation
The area where the implant incisions for the individual FUs are made is also locally anaesthetised, allowing the incisions to be made painlessly. The incisions in the recipient area are made using tiny slit needles, also known as blades. These custom-made blades can be perfectly adapted to the respective size of the patient's FUs. Customized blades are usually 0.6 - 1.0 mm wide. Nearly all incisions are made before implantation (Premade Incision Technique). This part of the operation takes about 2 hours. Dependent on the duration and scope of the treatment, a break is now taken. This can be used for relaxation or having lunch. Again dependent on the method used and its duration, implantation may follow immediately afterwards. This takes 1 - 2 hours and is performed by medical assistants and the doctor. Any major FUE involving the transplantation of a large number of hairs continues after the break with the next bout of extraction and implantation. This iFUE technique (intermittent FU extraction), in which the extracted FUs are implanted immediately afterwards, can be repeated up to three times.
Short video on the extraction in FUE
Short video on the implantation in FUE
Stick and place – the finetuning phase
The following part of the treatment is extremely important, and involves the use of the so-called Stick-and-Place technique. This is used to optimise the result, making the transplant look as natural as possible. This fine-tuning, which involves making additional incisions and directly implanting single FUs in certain areas, is of major importance for the end result, and in particular the shaping of the hairline.
After the treatment
A FUE operation ends with a further medical hair wash and the doctor then evaluates the result. The patient is then given written instructions on what needs to be done over the next 24 hours. We provide our patients with an aftercare kit, containing a post-surgery mousse shampoo, post-surgery serum, post-surgery oil and hair spray treatment. An inflatable cushion for the neck is also given to the patient as well as a bandana for covering as far as possible all visible signs of the treatment. The patient will receive an emergency telephone number, under which he can contact the surgeon and the head assistant on a 24-hour basis. After a final check-up by the doctor, the patient is taken to his hotel by our private driver. In most cases the operation lasts the whole day, generally ending sometime between 16:00 and 19:00. The patient generally returns the next day for a postoperative check-up. A medical assistant also washes the hair again. There are no stitches needing to be pulled.