What is Hair Transplantation?
Hair transplantation is the procedure of collecting follicles from scalp and transferring those to the region where he/she needs.
Why Do We Need Hair Transplantation?
The person’s hair style, color and length reflect his/her stance in life, taste, style and inclinations. While having abundant hair reflects the person’s youngness, lack of hair makes him/her be perceived as old and diffident.
The person experiencing hair shedding feels socially and culturally imperfect and loses his/her self-esteem. This negative perception negatively affects people in all areas. Thus, our hair is very important to us.
Despite all negative effects on people, 50% of the men over 50 face hair shedding problem. To end this problem, people are looking for treatment options lasting for years.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to make hair shed regrow with medical treatments, and in our modern world, the most effective known treatment for hair shedding is hair transplantation.
What Are the Reasons of Hair Shedding?
It is said that the underlying reasons for the baldness problems include weak circulation on the scalp, vitamin deficiency, dandruff or wearing hats frequently. All these theories were proved to be wrong.
The reasons for hair shedding include the following:
- Hormonal changes
- Genetic reasons
- Traumatic reasons or burnings
Why Do We Choose Which Method in Hair Transplantation?
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a method that was started to be applied in 2000s and that is often preferred, as it is not a surgical procedure. Applied under local anesthesia, FUE technique brings more effective results than the other methods. Grafts taken from the patient are grouped by the follicles they contain and prepared for transplantation. Patients’ hairline is determined in the application site. Small holes are opened by considering the direction of the available hair in the region and the procedure is realized. During this applications, no harm is done to existing follicles. The least damaging method in hair transplantation is FUE. Unlike the other hair transplantation techniques, FUE hair transplantation method is not a surgery and does not have risks such as pain, wound, infection, bleeding and scar as do general surgeries. Because grafts taken with FUE hair transplantation methods are standard, transplantation is realized by giving the desired angle to the hair strand without making an incision in the application site. FUE hair transplantation method brings the closest look to the natural. Because it is open to technological developments, benefits of technology are used more day by day. With FUE, baldness is fixed with a single session in 85% of the patients. For 15% of the patients, a second session can be required, and the patient is discharged with no dressing, in his/her everyday hat and is able to do his/her office works on the next day.
Is Hair Transplantation A Permanent Operation?
Hair transplantation is a permanent procedure. Genetically, testosterone has a hair shedding effect. However, follicles transplanted are resistant against this effect. Transplanted hair strands remain in the application site lifelong.
What Is Transplanted, Follicles or Strand?
The units transferred during hair transplantation are follicles. Follicles are anatomical structures hosting single, double, triple or more strands.
What Is the Donor Area in Hair Transplantation?
Follicles are taken from the region between ears and nape, where hairs are intense. Therefore, hair transplanted does not shed and the result is permanent.
What Does the Numbers Stated in Hair Transplantation Mean?
The amount to be transplanted refers to the number of follicles.
Issues to Be Considered after Hair Implantation
For 3 days following the hair transplantation, patient should not wash his/her hair and allow his/her hair to contact with water. After 3 days, the first wash is made at the hair transplantation center.
Process may last for six months after the transplantation, patient should not swim in the pool, should not use very hot water in the shower, should not expose his/her hair to high pressure water and avoid using hair fixing gels or sprays.
Besides that, during the period also known as the process of hair settlement, it would be beneficial for the patient to stay away from dirty or dusty environments, to cease alcohol consumption and smoking, not to do tiring activities and not to apply any other substance to the scalp than those prescribed by the physician.
How is the Post-Operative Recovery Process?
Occurrence of red spots and scabs in hair roots in the healing process is a very normal condition, about which the patients should not worry, and they disappear in a short time.
In the second process that commences a few weeks after the transplantation and may last for up to six months, weak hairs shed first and then, new hairs are going to grow.
Most of hair strands grow within 6 to 9 months after the operation. However, complete growing may take 1 year.
How Much Does Hair Transplantation Cost?
For Ministry of Health-accredited centers, it is not legal to specify prices on their website. Therefore, please dial 0212 241 46 24 to contact our polyclinic and get information about hair transplantation prices.