Hair Transplant - Frequently Asked Questions

The hair transplant treatment procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Once the skin is anesthetized, no other pain or discomfort is experienced during the procedure. The anesthesiologist makes the selection of pre-surgical medication and local anesthesia according to the patient’s age, physical condition, medical history, and the duration of the procedure.

It is recommended to avoid strenuous exercise until at least 14 days after hair transplant surgery. Some light exercise such as walking and yoga can be done from four days after a transplant, but you should always seek advice from your doctor.

Scabs usually fall off on their own within the first 7-14 days, although this can depend on factors such as the size of the incision at the recipient spots, the density of the hair grafts, the number of grafts implanted, and so on. Our medical & aftercare team recommends washing the scalp gently to let the scabs come off on their own. Hair Transplant surgeons recommend that patients should attempt to remove the scabs once ten days have passed after the operation. All-inclusive hair transplant treatment package in Istanbul.

You should not take a shower immediately or even on the next day after the surgical procedure of hair transplant. The right time to take shower is on the 3rd day after hair replacement surgery. You should wait for 48 hours to avoid the pressure on transplanted grafts. Otherwise, they will just fall out. Of course, you can take a body shower before that, but be careful and make sure that your hairs remain dry. Affordable hair transplant In Turkey.

There will be punctate red scabs at the bottom of the transplanted hair shafts on the recipient site and donor sites, which will be visible for about 7-10 days. Usually, the patient gains his/her normal appearance within 10-15 days post-op. Only slight redness might be visible after this period. Patients who have a very light complexion might experience redness for prolonged periods after the treatment, whereas those who have darker hair and skin, tend to recover faster. There is always a scar anytime surgery is performed on the skin. In hair restoration, this applies to whether the harvest of hair follicles is obtained by strip harvesting or follicular unit extraction FUE. The scars usually are only minimally visible when proper care is followed, both intraoperatively and postoperatively.

Like any cosmetic surgical procedure, this one’s price can vary. In some countries, this operation is quite affordable. All-inclusive hair implant treatment in Turkey is reliable and affordable. As with any medical procedure, how much you pay for hair transplant surgery depends on numerous factors, including the local market (or where you live and where you have your surgery performed), whether you opt for FUT or FUE, whether you have to travel for your surgery, the surgeon you choose and the complexity of your case.

Most hair transplant procedures use body hair which is taken from certain donor areas for patients who have hair loss. The default and the best donor area is the back of the head and if that is not enough for operation, another donor area should be chosen. The donor area depends on many factors such as the patient’s health, hormone levels, and needs.

Transplanting someone else’s hair might be technically feasible, in practice, this operation is never performed because it involves unnecessary risks and complications.  Even if the patient has few donor areas, or even if the hair donor is a member of his/her same family, a hair transplant from another person would not be performed. You are your donor for a hair transplant. If you received hair, follicles, and tissue from someone else, your body would reject them without immune-suppressant drugs.

Trichophytic closure is a specific type of donor site closure that is used during hair restoration surgery. The technique essentially slides the lower ledge of the scalp incision under the upper layer of the incision to create a situation in which the hairs from the lower scalp layer grow directly through the scar. While a donor site scar cannot be avoided, this technique helps to camouflage it by allowing hair to grow in the middle of the scar.

Although it is not certain exactly how long a person should avoid smoking before and after a hair transplant, a common recommendation is to abstain from 2 weeks before surgery to 2 weeks after the hair restoration procedure. Smoking causes constriction of blood vessels and decreased blood flow to the scalp, predominantly due to its nicotine content. Also, carbon monoxide in smoke decreases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. These factors both contribute to poor wound healing after a hair transplant and can increase the chance of wound infection and scarring. It is also good to quit smoking permanently before the operation to improve the health and density of your hair.

A follicular unit typically consists of 1 to 4 hair roots, and these follicular units are referred to as a “graft”. Most patients who have hair loss in men, hair loss in women ask  “how many” hairs will be implanted and grow successfully. However, the success of the transplant can only be seen about one year after your transplant. Before surgery, no one can predict precisely how many hairs will eventually grow.

You will be seeing initial hair regrowth soon after the transplantation. However, some of the hair growing out of the transplanted grafts can fall. This is a normal process of hair loss treatment. Transplanted grafts will stay with you and produce healthy hair soon. Full results can take up to 9-12 months to show.

Ponytails, braids are hugely popular styles that every cultural group values. However, an increased hair loss in otherwise healthy people has intensified research into the link between tight hairstyles and hair loss in man and woman. When hair is braided very tight, it can break from the roots and suffer from follicular damage. Any style that subjects hair to excess traction and tension can lead to hair loss.

The hair transplant clinic typically conducts a blood test to verify the sugar level, any infections, and blood-borne pathogens such as HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis B and C.  Before surgery, this blood test is done to see if the patient is suitable for the operation. It helps to decide with the treatment or reschedule. If you have a genetic disease or health problem that prevents the operation to perform, or you may need to have a blood test before you decide to have the operation to be sure.

Patients often report continued hair shedding after undergoing a hair transplant procedure. It is important to note that hair shedding after a hair transplant is a normal occurrence and is the body’s way of responding to the trauma it received during the hair transplant procedure. Though hair shedding or shock loss is unavoidable, there are a few things you can consider in order to minimize the amount of hairs lost after a hair transplant. Surgeon-recommended hair care and medicines which help increase hair growth and darken fine hairs suppress to interrupt hair loss.

An FUE transplant is a permanent solution to hair loss in the sense that the hair follicles transferred to areas of loss are genetically programmed to continue growing for life. In most cases, if the surgeon has the right combination of technical skill and artistry, the results are excellent. With proper aftercare, the transplant will usually last for life.

PRP is a safe treatment and is already used extensively for joint conditions and facial skin rejuvenation. Now there is evidence that the same technique can stimulate the growth of hair, and so PRP is becoming increasingly popular as a non-surgical treatment for hair loss on the scalp. It has no side effects. Rather, it is an alternative treatment that strengthens the hair.

You should get information about what the expectations should be after FUE hair transplantation. If you are ready to have a FUE hair transplant, be sure to talk to your hair doctor in detail. Sufficient time is required for proper hair transplantation. You cannot expect completely new hair to grow in a month or a week. If you are expecting, you will be disappointed.

You will be seeing initial hair regrowth soon after the transplant however, some of the hair growing out of the transplanted grafts can fall. This is a normal process of hair loss treatment. Transplanted grafts will stay with you and produce healthy hair soon. Hair starts to grow in the first three months after hair transplantation, full results can take up to 9-12 months to show.

The recovery time of the donor area is much shorter than the transplantation area. At the end of 10 days, the nape donor area is completely cleaned and there is no bad appearance in the area that will disturb you. In addition, as the hair will grow a certain amount after this process, light scars in the area are partially camouflaged. The length of your hair is your choice.

There is evidence that this technique can stimulate the growth of hair. In PRP treatment, a sample of your blood is taken and put into a centrifuge. After about 10 minutes, this  ‘spinning machine’ will have separated your blood into three fluids of different densities: red blood cells, platelet-poor plasma, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). For male and female pattern hair loss the PRP solution should have about five times the concentration of the normal platelet level, so it is full of the healing platelets that release ‘growth factor’ proteins, which stimulate the growth of specific tissues. The solution is then injected into the areas of the body requiring treatment.

The hair transplant operation treatment method is different from person to person. Mainly there are two methods for hair transplant treatment: FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant), DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). The best choice for you will depend on your individual needs and the recommendations of your hair doctor.

A hair transplant procedure can take between 3 and 9 hours depending on the number of grafts to be transplanted, the technique to be used and the complexity of the surgery. In general, it is preferred to start the operation early in the day because it can be a long operation.

The clinic visits depend on the place, city, the country where you had your treatment, if necessary. If the hair transplant clinic is in the city where you live, you can visit it when recommended by the hair doctor. If the Clinic is in another city or country, you can get online support without visiting it. That’s why it is recommended to choose an all-inclusive hair transplant package that includes online aftercare service.

It is not easy to achieve 100% success in hair transplantation. However, the average success rate of hair transplants performed today is in the range of 90-95%. At the same time, the success of the hair transplant depends on the health condition, lifestyle and hair care of the person who undergoes hair transplantation.

During hair transplantation, the hair follicles collected for the balding area do not have receptors sensitive to the DHT hormone, which is shown as the cause of baldness, so the transplanted hair does not fall out. Unless there is an environmental and personal problem, the transplanted hair does not fall out.

First of all, when the hair starts to thin, treatments that will strengthen and nourish the hair and prevent hair loss should be preferred. If the hair continues to thin and lose despite this, the hair doctor should be consulted. If the hair doctor deems appropriate, the final solution may be hair transplantation.

Prp is applied after hair transplantation. Hair PRP applied after hair transplantation is also of great importance in increasing the success of the results. Sessions of PRP can be applied at intervals of 2 – 3 weeks after hair transplantation. It is possible to get good results even at the end of the second session in the PRP treatment applied after hair transplantation.

Since the main purpose of PRP treatment after hair transplantation is to renew and reproduce the cells in the damaged area, we can say that PRP treatment helps hair growth. It is not an alternative solution to hair transplantation, but an alternative treatment for strong hair after hair transplantation.

After hair transplantation, the effect of these pimples disappears completely after 4-5 months in some people. Although the pimples that occur on the scalp after hair transplantation is considered as the normal process of transplantation operations, the transplant doctor must be informed of the pimples reaching the size of chickpeas. In order not to cause any infection and root loss, these pimples should not be itchy and squeezed.

The second hair transplant occurs when a person who has had a hair transplant needs a second transplant for various reasons. The hair growth in the transplanted area is only completed in 9-12 months. If a second hair transplant is to be performed, it is recommended to wait at least 1 year.

It is not recommended to color hair immediately after hair transplantation. It is appropriate to wait for the newly transplanted hair to develop well. it’s important to wait for at least 4 to 6 weeks after your surgery before coloring your hair.

Swelling may vary depending on the operation area and the density of hair transplantation. For soft operations, swelling is quite rare. It occurs more often for larger hair transplant operations and transplants where a lot of work was done to the hairline.  Swelling can affect the forehead and the area around the eyes and may last two to five days, being maximal on the fourth day. A medicine is given to reduce these symptoms and recommended to be used according to the instructions.

Toppik should be avoided for an initial 2 to 3 weeks. Patients can start using Toppik after 14 to 20 days of hair transplant. In case there is any discomfort, wait till it subsides completely, the crusts shed off completely and then you can start using Toppik again.

Yes, a person can style his hair after transplant because hair transplants are natural and they grow naturally as the grafts taken are the roots from the patient’s scalp and not any chemical material.

* Don’t smoke and alcoholic beverages during the recovery process
* Keep the scalp hygienic and sanitary by following aftercare instructions
* Beware of touching grafts and donor area
* Do not pick at or remove scabs along the donor area

Two to three months after the operation, it is relatively common to have a little dryness and flaky skin in the recipient area.

Itching can occur 10 to 15 days after the procedure, all over the scalp. In most cases, itchiness means that the tissue is healing. When it becomes very strong, it is possible to use an antihistamine pill.

Numbness is very normal after a hair loss surgery. Numbness of the scalp is, in almost all cases, a temporary treatment side effect. Numbness may occur at the transplant area, at the donor area, or both areas.

Patients have to wait at least 12 months after the previous one to have a second hair transplant. The hair transplant area and donor area will recover during this period.

Women can have hair transplants, It depends on the type of hair loss a woman is experiencing as to whether or not an operation is a good option and is likely to be successful

Patients avoid taking any medicines or vitamin supplements containing aspirin, ibuprofen, herbs, or vitamin E for 1 week before the procedure. These medications increase your risk of bleeding, making it very difficult for your newly transplanted grafts to take.

Ideally, the donor area is 4 to 5 days before the surgery date for the patient wet shave. In the case of a beard used as a donor, the last shave should be completed around 3 days before surgery.

Hair transplantation is a long process, so comfortable clothes should be preferred by patients. Our clinic supplies protective gowns for our patients as we are offering an all-inclusive package.

Wearing a helmet does not cause hair loss, but wearing a helmet or even a hat on a daily may be a potential cause of Traction Alopecia, a treatable scalp disease.

The First Telogen
Depending on your pace of hair growth, this stage usually lasts up to 10- 15 days however, in some situations, before the hair starts to develop properly, you can experience the Telogen stage for up to 1 month.
The hair growth cycles begin with the phase of anagen. It’s the longest period for the hairs on your head, lasting around 3 to 5 years, although a single hair could continue to grow for 7 or more years for some people.
When the anagen phase ends, the catagen phase begins and continues to last about 10 days or so. Hair follicles shrink and hair growth slows throughout this phase. The hair also separates from the bottom of the hair follicle, but during its final days of growing, it holds its shape.
The Second Telogen
Depending on the hair follicles and how quickly they work, the second one will last between 12- 15 weeks. This is where old hair will shed and new hair will start to grow at the same time, thereby causing the next step of Anagen in the cycle.
Life of Transplanted Hair
The transplanted hair follicles retain the characteristics of their origin and continue to grow for life. So with the right surgeon and the right aftercare is followed as provided, then there should be no reason why a hair transplant shouldn’t last a lifetime.

Using saline spray after a hair transplant will keep the transplanted area moist and will help speed the healing process. patients can wet 2-3 pieces of gauze with saline solution and gently apply them to the transplanted area for 30 to 60 minutes twice daily.

Despite common belief, shaving hair does not make it grow back thicker or at a faster rate.

Hair transplantation is a procedure that can be performed at any time the patient wishes in Istanbul.

There may be some temporary hair loss due to shock loss when hair transplant is performed in the thinning area, but if the roots hair is healthy, they will grow back, but if these hairs are already in the miniaturization process, this loss may be permanent. If there is only thinning and hair transplantation is not seen, there may also be any damage to the surrounding healthy roots. If the doctor does not pay attention to the surrounding follicles, damage may occur.

Hair transplant pricing does not depend on the condition of baldness or the number of grafts to be transplanted. Hair transplantation is performed with maximum graft following the hair condition of the patient.

-Less and unhealthy eating.
-Combing hair when it’s wet
-Using too many chemicals like sprays or gels
-Brushing hair frequent and hard
-Sleeping less

Yes, transplanted hair grows naturally depending on the quality of the hair in the transplanted donor area, but the healing process can take from 6 to 12 months to see final results.

Hair transplantation is a good way to hide a scar in the hair-bearing area, such as scalp, beard, mustache, and eyebrow. When taken from the donor area and transplanted into the scar on the eyebrow, the follicles will grow and can cover the scar.

There is some permanent Scar after surgery depending on many factors of this surgery, such as the type of operation used, laxity of the scalp, etc. There may be a visible linear scar in FUT, but in FUE there are tiny circular dots like scars that are not visible for a while.

Patients can start heavy exercises like running, cardio, swimming after 10 days to 2 weeks post-procedure. Even patients can resume their work the next day after hair transplant but you should take care of your transplanted hair carefully.

The newly transplanted hair will begin to fall off about six weeks after surgery. However, this is a temporary stage, and in another five to six weeks, new hair will grow out of the graft. The transplanted hair may also be thin over time, just like natural hair.

The operations of hair transplantation require only partial scalp thickness that reaches the first two layers, so there is no way to reach and damage the brain.

Hair transplantation scar revision is a treatment that removes hair transplant scars in the donor area. The final result is a minimal scar that can easily be hidden.

A hair transplant will create a new hairline if performed correctly. Theoretically, this technique looks very straightforward, but developing a successful hairline involves a variety of specifics.

Some are common, some are uncommon; some are temporary and some last for a long time. The most popular side effects are described below:
Hair Shedding

If the area of the scalp donor is weak, one can harvest grafts using the FUE technique from expanded donor sites, such as a beard, if doctors confirm.

It is always recommended not to cover the head for at least 10-14 days following a hair transplant. The first two weeks after hair transplantation are the most important process and patients must take careful care of the grafts to have the best results

After discussing it with the treating doctor, these medicines should stop 7 to 10 days prior to surgery. Increased risks of bleeding during the operation are related to the use of blood thinners.

After the operation, cysts can possibly occur in the transplant area. They vary in size and can be due to a variety of reasons, including in-grown hair, irritation due to the involvement of recently inserted grafts, or just secondary to the procedure’s own trauma. These cysts are usually healthy in the end and heal on their own within two to three weeks.

One week before the hair transplant operation, you should avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications because it can increase bleeding during the procedure and make it difficult for hair transplantation.

Hair transplants are usually more effective than hair restoration products . But there are some considerations to consider: In an average three to four months, anywhere from 10 to 80 percent of transplanted hair will grow back fully. Transplanted hair can thin over time, much like normal hair. People with dormant hair follicles (sacs that usually contain hair beneath the skin but no longer grow hair) may have less effective transplants, but researchers suggest that plasma therapy can help up to 75 percent or more of the transplanted hairs fully grow back.

Local anesthesia (as used by a dentist) and an oral sedative are administered to patients on the day of the operation. The most unpleasant aspect of the session is anesthetizing the areas and the latter approach usually produces less discomfort than a visit to the dentist. Bandages are completely avoided. Depending on the size of the region being transplanted, the operation itself takes 3 to 8 hours. The front half is transplanted first in one operation if the baldness is extensive, and a second procedure will be done later for the back half (or crown).

When patients come in to discuss a Hair Transplant Repair, it is because they are unsatisfied with the results of a previous procedure. They are searching for a treatment that will either get them results close to what they originally expected or for work which can conceal either the obviousness of their transplant or scars from their previous surgery. On the other hand, if the goal of hair transplant repair is to make things look like they should have after an initial procedure the goal of a Hair Transplant Reversal is to make it look like there has never been hair transplant surgery in the first place. In order to replace hair from the donor region or to camouflage scarring, this could include the same techniques with the hair transplant repair.

The same technology that is used to perform hair transplant surgery is used in beard transplant surgery. Therefore, in a donor field, you must have enough hair that adequately suits the color and texture of your beard in order to be a good candidate for the procedure. This is, in general, not a concern for the overwhelming majority of candidates.
You are definitely a successful beard transplant surgery nominee if you:
Have thinning or irregular development areas in your beard
Had scarring from surgeries, burns, or any painful incident that you want to hide in the beard area
If you want to have a thicker, fuller beard than you have now
If you want to get a thicker, fuller mustache
If you want to have thicker, fuller sideburns

Hair loss during menopause is the result of lowered production of oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones help hair grow faster and for longer periods of time remain on the head.When the levels of oestrogen and progesterone drop, hair grows more slowly and becomes much thinner.

Egg yolk has vitamins A and E also biotin. Some researchers have said it promotes hair development and healthy hair. But it has not been confirmed yet. This is why we advise the use of supplements and special substances recommended  by the surgeon.

In general, you should stop swimming for two to four weeks after your surgery or untill your surgeon gives you permission. It takes time to repair the hair grafts and donor regions of the scalp, especially for the scabs to heal and fall off on their own. This would reduce your chance of contracting an illness being or an infection.

Hair Transplants are not a one time procedure. The normal, native current hair of the patient will continue to thin out and be lost. The transplanted hair from the healthy donor region would not shrink, but it will begin to miniaturize the hair that is now in the thinning area and gradually vanish.

Young men in their early 20s may not be the ideal candidates for hair regeneration surgery, according to hair transplant specialists. This is because the origin or pattern of hair loss can not yet be entirely determined. The surgeon considers many factors, such as form of hair loss, hair loss pattern, consistency of the donor hair, and size of the balding area, before recommending the most effective hair restoration procedure for you. For younger patients, nothing is completely determined yet, be it the hair loss pattern, or its severity. Therefore, the best advisable age for a hair transplant is 25+.

A common problem is hypertension or, in other words, high blood pressure, and many people suffer from it. If someone is having high blood pressure then it should be controlled before undertaking the procedure. To control hypertension, the doctor or cardiologist can be consulted and if the doctor provides approval that there is no trouble undergoing the operation with local anesthesia penetration, the procedure should be conducted. In addition to other routine preoperative blood investigations, ECG and renal function testing can also be performed for this reason. It should be recalled that if the patient is taking some blood thinning medications, after consultation with the cardiologist, they should be stopped 5-7 days before surgery.

Many people are interested in learning whether or not, after undergoing hair transplant surgery, hair can naturally grow back at the donor site. Ok, ‘no’ will be the short answer. Because entire hair follicles and surrounding cells are completely removed from below the surface of the scalp, it is not at all possible to regrow hair at the donor site. Hair regrowth can only take place in places where the hair follicles have not been completely separated from the donor site. The effect will be barely visible, however, because your hair transplant surgeon will collect follicles from a region of the scalp with the densest hair concentration. There is more than enough of the residual hair covering the donor region to cover the spots where the excisions were made.

The response to that question really depends on what exactly you are searching for. If you want a cure that can avoid baldness and fill in those thinning areas so that across life you can take the same luxurious head of hair with you, then no, they don’t work. But if you’re looking for a simple remedy that can help thin-haired areas appear fuller, then hair construction fibers work in the same way that makeup covers up blemishes.

Hair mesotherapy and hair PRP(platelet-rich plasma therapy) can be chosen by people who are not eligible for hair restoration. Both are very good ways of encouraging hair production and even thickening existing hair.

For the treatment of several different forms of hair loss, scalp micro pigmentation may be used. As well as male pattern baldness, it is widely used to conceal thinning hair. Such treatments work better when your current hair will blend with these tiny scalp tattoos.

Well, medical insurance does not cover hair transplant in most situations. In particular, health insurance includes treatments, surgery, and sometimes dental procedures that take care of health-threatening issues. Baldness is not a medical emergency by any means. So, if you are paying for insurance and are hoping it will cover your hair transplant procedure, we have to disappoint you. There is a loophole, however, but it is not very pleasant. It is considered a cosmetic operation when it comes to hair transplants, but this can be covered by your insurance if you have an injury and need reconstructive surgery.

Hair transplantation is a medical technique that is meant to enhance the look of the person for cosmetic purposes. In light of how I can look after the transplant, this can add to a lot of tension. Would my outcome be fine, will it look normal, and will everyone know I had the surgery on my head? One should realize that if an experienced surgeon performs a hair transplant, then one should be confident that the results will appear normal and unnoticeable. The other thing which may cause anxiety is whether the procedure is painful? As we take full care to make the patient happy and reasonably pain-free, one can rest assured in our clinic. This is done after infiltrating local anesthesia and our clinic follows the pain management protocols so that the patient does not feel pain and has anxiety.

One of the main causes of hair loss is anaemia or iron deficiency in the bloodstream. It is one of the most important haemoglobin components and is essential for the development of RBCs that supply the cells of the body with oxygen. When anaemia is present, owing to oxygen deprivation, there is gradual destruction and death of hair follicles. Some people ask whether a hair transplant is capable of remedying anaemia-induced hair loss. Extreme iron deficiency leads to tiredness, quick heartbeat, leg cramps, light skin, low concentration and other symptoms in persons. Patients will suffer from a headache and shortness of breath during physical exercise. That’s why in Turkey, we recommend to avoid undergoing a hair transplant procedure while suffering from severe anaemia.

Once the follicles are taken up or their roots are fixed after hair transplantation, then the follicles may go into shedding phase. After that, hair continues to grow and, according to the hair cycle, it will grow like the naturally occurring hair. In Istanbul we focus for a natural look. If the transplanted hairs have begun to grow, it is about everyday treatment that they will grow as long as other hairs that are naturally present. The hair may be kept and styled according to the will.

One of the essential post-operative procedures that should be followed as recommended by the treating doctor is washing the scalp or head after hair transplantation. We advise our patients to wash their heads twice a day in the immediate post-operative period, once only pouring the plain water gently and once with the mild baby shampoo or mild medicated shampoo. In Turkey we advise the patients to just pour the solution of the shampoo followed by gentle water pouring. For the initial 10-12 days, this would be fine. After that, washing once a day is good enough once the scabs have been cleaned. It is possible to begin moderate, gentle rubbing at this time. After 3-4 weeks, the daily head wash will start as before.

Hair transplantation is a process package which includes extracting hair follicles from the back and sides of the scalp and positioning them in the hair loss area. It is conceptually the translocation of the follicles from the permanent hair zone in the area of baldness. It does not cure the dandruff or any other scalp condition except baldness.

In Turkey we recommend that from 2 weeks onwards, coconut or almond oil can be used in the donor region following hair transplantation. The oil application can also provide some relief if there is itching/dryness in the healing area. After 10-12 weeks, one can start applying oil to the recipient field.

Every operation has its own hazards. It’s understandable that you’d worry about nerve damage, but let’s reassure you, it’s rare to have long-lasting nerve damage. But a side effect of the treatment could be short-term numbness.

Yes, in Istanbul we do that, even if the number of donor follicles in the scalp region is not sufficient, grafts from more than 1 area may also be taken in a single sitting. But this also depends upon the area to be done. Therefore, the features of the hair and the area to be transplanted are typically the guiding criteria for selecting places other than the scalp for the donor.

The baldness of the male pattern is permanent and they don’t grow back once the hair is lost. This normally begins with hair line retreat and shedding in the crown area or in the fronto-temporal region. In Turkey there are several options available to deal with this situation that may stop the hair loss process or may promote hair growth or surgical procedures such as hair transplantation that offer a permanent solution to baldness.

During the hair transplant process, you will be fully awake. After infiltrating the local anesthesia into the skin of the scalp, the procedure is carried out. This leaves the scalp numb and, during the operation, the patient does not feel any discomfort. Generally, hair transplantation is not performed under full general anesthesia. So, one is fully awake when the procedure is being done. One may watch TV or read something of their interest or listen to music during the procedure to alleviate stress and tension of the operation to be performed.

The crucial thing after hair transplantation is to keep the area clean and the scabs moist so that the healing is easier and the region stays free of infection. In Turkey we prefer to do head washing with medicated shampoo, as suggested by our clinic.

You can gently start to touch the grafts  2-3 days after surgery when washing in the shower with your fingertips. It should be held in mind that the transplanted area should not be rubbed or scratched, as the grafts may be dislodged and also introduce infection.

After about two weeks from the day of the procedure, you can sleep normally. The recovery time depends on patients’ individual peculiarities and general health conditions. However, in the most delicate time, you should take special care. You may start sleeping in any desired position as soon as the swelling is gone and when you no longer feel the discomfort or pain around the transplantation region.

The degree of hair loss can be measured during consultation in Istanbul, since the region of baldness needs to be seen by the surgeon. The two-main  issue when determining the degree of baldness is how much area is bald and which area of the scalp is primarily affected by hair loss.

In particular, blood tests before hair transplantation are conducted for many reasons. In Turkey one of the most significant is that before any operation, certain blood tests are required to know the patient’s general well-being and also to see if the bleeding and clotting profiles are normal.

In certain ways, it is helpful as the doctor can medically examine the patient and scalp in particular, and comprehensive medical records can also be taken in person. Patients have the chance to get answers on their concerns about the different aspects of the procedure. One can also ask the physician about their previous cases. It is possible to draw hairline and mark and show the region to be transplanted to the patient so that they can have reasonable expectations.