Frequently Asked Questions
The duration of hair transplant operations may vary depending on the number of grafts taken. For patients who are candidates for hair transplantation, it should be planned how many sessions the procedure will be performed, whether a session will be one or two days. In our center, we recommend two sessions for patients who require 5500 or more grafts. We plan single session-2 days for patients who need 3000-5500 grafts. For patients who need 3000 or fewer grafts, we plan a single session-1 day. One-day session duration is planned as 6-7 hours.
The hair follicles placed in the area to be transplanted are the grafts that belong to the patient. In hair transplantation, it is not possible to use a hair follicle from another individual. The grafts used are usually taken from the patient’s nape. In circumstances where the nape area is insufficient, the chest or chin area can be used as a donor. However, these are not the most preferred donor areas. The first choice is always the nape area. We prefer not to take grafts from areas such as the chest and beard, with the exception of the nape, because the hair quality, thickness, and form are not the same.
FUE is one of the most known and frequently preferred techniques in hair transplantation. Still, in many centers, the micromotor FUE technique is widely applied Differently, we apply the manual FUE method in our center. After the patient’s hair has been shaved down to 3 mm, the donor area is sedated with a local anesthetic. Grafts that are loosened with a punch of appropriate diameter are collected with an instrument (forceps) similar to tweezers. The area to be transplanted is sedated and the channels where the hair follicles will be placed are opened using blades. The grafts with some tissue pieces when collected are separated from the tissue pieces and the remaining hair follicles are placed in the canals. At the last stage, the donor area is covered by dressing. Experts should have sufficient hand skills, attention, and eye coordination to undertake hair transplantation procedures using the manual FUE method.
Hair transplantation procedure can be applied in all seasons. However, the transplanted area must be protected from direct sunlight, especially during the recovery period after procedures performed during the summer months.
The exact number of grafts required for hair transplantation is uncertain. Each operation is unique. The number of grafts required depends on the size and condition of the area to be transplanted. For this reason, the healthiest method to identify the number of grafts you need can be determined after an expert examination.
Edema in the recovery period after the operation and small crusting, slight tingling, and pain around the hair follicles in the transplantation area are among the side effects of hair transplantation. During the recovery period, postoperative side effects fade away on their own after 10 to 15 days.
The most intriguing of the frequently asked questions about hair transplantation is whether the results would be permanent or not. Hair transplantation is a procedure that involves permanent hair growth in locations where you previously experienced hair loss. The DHT hormone is the main cause of hair loss, particularly in men. When the DHT hormone is secreted in excess, it prevents follicle nourishment by accumulating in the hair follicles, and the roots that are unable to be fed lose their quality hair-producing feature over time. This situation forms the basis of hair loss. This is the main reason why the donor area is almost always determined as the nape area. Because the hair follicles in the nape are not only immune to the DHT hormone, but they are also resistant to shedding. This situation will continue once it has adjusted to its new place, and you will have permanent hair that you can use for the rest of your life.
When a specialist performs manual FUE, it does not cause a major, permanent scar in the form of a wound that will disrupt the aesthetics, but small white dots will leave traces that can be understood when the hair is completely shaved. However, the oldest method, the FUT technique, causes a long incision in the donor area due to the incision and suture procedures it contains.
After hair transplantation by a specialist team or a doctor, there is no discernible difference between the hair transplanted and the hair around them. Hair exhibits a very natural integrity. In order for a hair transplant operation to result naturally, it is necessary to transplant enough grafts, calculate the canal angle and the direction of hair growth correctly, and draw the front hairline on the patient’s face, age, and future hair loss. Meeting all these requirements during planting necessitates expertise. For this reason, transplantation performed by experts gives absolutely natural results.
The only hair loss experienced after the operation is the shock hair-shedding process. During the shock hair-shedding process experienced between 2-8 weeks after the operation, the transplanted hair follicles shed the hair strands on them to produce new follicles. After this process is over, your permanent hair starts to grow. At this point, it should not be forgotten that every hair follicle has a life cycle. Even if your new hair strands fall out when they complete their life cycle, new hair strands will be replaced. Hair shedding experienced after the operation is not permanent hair loss.
Hair transplantation is a procedure that has been used for over two decades. During this period, no clinical investigation showed any evidence that the surgery caused cancer.
It is another question that is among the frequently asked questions about hair transplantation. As previously stated, hair transplantation can be used to intensify the area where hair loss is occurring. The situation that needs to be differentiated at this point is that hair transplantation can make your hair look luxuriant. However, there is no change in the thickness of the hair strands produced. Hair strands can be thickened with PRP, mesotherapy, or other medical therapies.
Yes, it can. However, at least 10-12 months should have passed after the initial procedure for the second application. The donor area can fully recover and recuperate throughout this time. It is not possible to perform the second operation in a shorter period of time.
Hair transplantation is a treatment that completely eliminates baldness if the donor area is suitable and efficient.
Hair transplantation does not harm nerve cells when done by a qualified team. Because the opening channels will be adjusted to the desired depth, and the follicle collection process from the donor area will be carried out without causing damage to the follicles or their surroundings. In hair transplantation, the depth of the channels opened is critical for naturalness, avoiding complications, and executing a successful operation without wastage.
PRP treatment can be started 1-3 months in advance to increase the quality of hair follicles to be used in hair transplantation. If the patient’s preference is to start PRP treatment after hair transplantation, PRP treatment can be started 3 months after the operation.
For the first wash after the operation and for 10-12 days after it, shampoos that do not contain sulfate, paraben, and a different chemical are recommended. After this time, there is no harm in going back to using your old shampoo.
Because hair transplantation is a surgical procedure, controlled destruction of the scalp occurs during the diagnosis. It is typical to suffer itching after this type of damage as the hair adapts to its new place during the recuperation phase. Itching normally stops as the crusting process is completed.
Minoxidil and Finasteride are approved drugs used to treat hair loss. Minoxidil works through dilation of the blood vessels in the scalp. It is used locally. Finasteride directly prevents the formation of DHT hormone. In summary, it allows the transplanted hair follicles to create high-quality strands while also protecting them from hair loss.
The reason for the acne that occurs after hair transplantation is due to the hair strands under the scalp trying to protrude above the skin. Acne might appear in the donor area as well as the transplanting area. It’s entirely natural, and there’s nothing to fear or be concerned about. It usually fades away on its own. However, if it is too disturbing for the patient, it is useful to consult with the specialist performing the transplantation and to follow their recommendations.
The recovery period after the operation varies between 5-10 days, depending on the technique applied. It is advisable to maintain the head upright and apply ice compresses at regular intervals to decrease the edema experienced during this time. It is vital not to scratch the transplanted area, protect it from direct sunlight, and shield it from any impact in order for the hair follicles to adjust to their new locations. Antibiotics provided by your physician should be used without interruption as directed to avoid infection issues following the operation. The first washing process is done by our expert. The next washes that will be performed by you should be done by following the recommended steps.