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Can the scars from the previous hair transplant operations be removed?

If the patient has been previously undergone a hair transplantation procedure with FUT method, the surgical scar might be disturbing for the person. Especially if the operation has not been made by a team of experienced experts, the stitches can grow into scars. Briefly, this can be described as a disaster by the patient.

The persons having these scars after the operation may have problems while continuing their daily life. They may want to get rid of these scars because they cannot have their hair cut short due to the visibility of these scars. In this case, there are some methods to be applied. One of them is the scar method. With this method, the previously formed scar is cut and taken out. And then, it is stitched again and closed with a special technique. Therefore a less visible scar is left. The other method is to transplant hair follicles to the area with scar with the FUE technique. The extracted hair follicles are transplanted inside the existing scar and the scar is closed and hidden.

Many patients apply to the hair transplantation centers to correct the scars from the previous operation. Bad look after hair transplant operations may be extremely annoying for the patient.

Apart from that, another situation that patients feel annoyed after the hair transplant operation is thin or thick hair transplants. In case of thin hair transplants, scars may be visible and in case of extremely thick hair transplants, unnatural look may arise. For this kind of complaints, people apply to the hair transplantation centers. Some procedures are applied for this kind of complaints. For instance, if the existing grafts are too big and hair follicles grow in groupings of 3-4 mm, hair follicles in smaller parts can be extracted from this area by the help of very fine FUE ends. Therefore, fine and more natural hair follicles are extracted by FUE technique as if harvesting grafts from a normal hairy area. Also, by FUT technique, thick grafts are divided into smaller parts, and fine and natural follicular units are formed. Afterwards, they are placed again and a more natural look is obtained.

In addition to all of these, another method used to correct the previous errors is to insert single grafts harvested by FUE technique around the hair groups seen as brush. In this way, it is possible to recover the bad look by covering the surrounding area of hair growing in masses with fine and natural hair.

Differences between Hair Transplantations with FUT and FUE Methods?

In hair transplant operations, the biggest difference between the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) methods is the techniques they use during extraction of hair from the scalp. Follicular extraction procedure is made with different techniques in FUT and FUE methods. All the other stages are the same.

In the FUE technique, the follicles are extracted in groupings containing single or double hair follicles. In the FUT technique, hair follicles are harvested en masse and then turned into single or double hair follicular groups by the team of experts. However, since the follicles are harvested in a body in the FUT technique, there is the possibility of formation of a little scar in the donor area. Also, every patient is put to the same aesthetic stitches in the hair transplant operations, but the possibility of formation of a scar differs by the tissue- nutrition of patients. Unlike the FUT technique, in the FUE technique, no scar is formed in the area, i.e. the back of the neck, where hair follicles are extracted from. Also, in FUE, there is no difference between the transplanted area and your own hair.
Except for this difference, hair transplantation and anesthesia stages go on the same in the both techniques. About the details of the operation; in FUT method, hair follicles at the back off neck are extracted in a strip of skin with a length of about 15-20 cm and width of 2-2,5 cm. Afterwards, they are separated by under microscope and placed into the canals in the bald area and hair transplantation is performed.

However, in the FUE method, no surgical operation is needed. The hair is shortened down to number 0,5-1 approximately. And it is performed by extracting and transplanting hair follicles one by one with the help of special micro-motor punches. In brief, while the FUT technique leaves a surgical scar in the form of a strip, the FUE technique does not cause such a scar.

In the process after hair transplant operation, the donor site may be benumbed for about two weeks since the FUT method is a surgical operation. At the same time, the recovery may take up to 15-20 days. On the other hand, there is no numbing in the FUE technique and the recovery period may be 7 to 10 days. Also, the patient does not need to shorten his/her hair before the operation in the FUT technique. However, in the FUE technique, the patient needs to shorten his/her hair before the operation. Approximately 99% of the hair extracted with FUT technique can be transplanted, a loss of about 5-8% occurs during sorting out. In the FUE technique, 100% of the hair can be transplanted.

How long does the hair transplant operation take?

Hair transplant operation is not a procedure that takes long. The examination and decision stages of the procedure may take a little longer. During the examination, the person’s hair structure, reasons for baldness are analyzed in detail. A normal hair transplant procedure takes about 5-6 hours in a day. It depends on the number of grafts and the hair transplantation method. But there is no big difference in the ratio of the hair loss even though its labor and duration change depending on the density of hair. Hair transplantation by FUE method is both easy and painless and gives more successful results than the other hair transplantation methods.

Those who want to have a hair transplant should start to be prepared one week before the operation. When getting ready for the operation, you should not use blood thinners and vitamins. As cigarettes cause a blood circulation disorder, hair transplantation may not give good results for smokers, because the blood circulation disorder causes the asphyxiation and innutrition of hair. Therefore, if you cannot stop smoking, you can give a break 48 hours before the operation. Apart from this, hair should not be dyed and no alcohol should be drunk. Before the hair transplantation, hair should be cleaned well and be free from gel, spray and similar materials, if the hair loss of the person is in the first three stages, the hair transplantation can be completed in a single session. If the hair loss is in the last three stages, the number of the sessions can be increased.

The individual characteristics of the person play an important role in the determination of the number of hair transplant sessions. If the person to have hair transplant has thick, curly, dark hair and the state of baldness is little, sufficient results can be achieved in a single session. If the person’s hair; is fine, straight, light and has a large bald area, more sessions may be needed. The number of sessions can be adjusted depending on the desired result.

If the patient needs to have more than one session, the doctor may set a time period between sessions in order not to damage the hair follicles. The doctor will continue the procedure in accordance with the expectations and satisfaction of the patient.

How to calculate hair density in hair transplantation?

Hair transplant operation is made at hospitals or special hair transplantation centers. Hair transplant operation should be made at a sterilized operating room with the necessary hygienic conditions. Hair loss results from two different factors including genetic and external factors. If the reason for hair loss is genetic, hair treatment methods are applied and loss is tried to be stopped.
If hair loss results from external factors, a suitable treatment is applied to stop hair loss by removing these reasons. Afterwards, hair transplantation is performed. The density on scalp is one of the most important aspects in hair transplantation. The density of hair is measured by specialists at the hospital or center where the hair transplantation will take place. The method of transplantation is determined, depending on the result of the examination.
People that will undergo hair transplantation should learn the details about the calculation of the hair density and hair transplantation technique. Some simple transactions are applied to measure the density of hair at hospitals or hair transplantation centers. It is very important to calculate the density of hair accurately. Because it increases the success and the quality of hair transplantation technology. Also, the person’s hair density determines what technology is to be used in hair transplantation.
After determination of hair density in hair transplantation, the doctor determines how many hair roots are to be transplanted. Specialists pay great attention to the devices and design required for the operation. They benefit from all possibilities of technology and perform the most successful and best operation which will satisfy patients.

Does hair transplantation definitely cause a scar?

Thanks to the scientific developments, hair transplantation technologies have reached a pretty advanced level. Now, very successful operations are performed.
With the new technologies developed, the problem of scar after hair transplantation has been solved. This problem has been eliminated particularly with the FUE technology.
In some cases that the person’s hair structure is not appropriate for FUE technology, FUT technology can still be used. As a result of this operation, a scar in the form of a line that is 1 mm wide and 22 cm long may be left on the donor site.
The technology of hair transplantation should be decided by the person that will undergo hair transplantation or the doctor. Because the criteria such as price, time and hair density may affect the decision. There is the possibility of scar as a result of the operations by FUT technology. Individual characteristics of the person that will have hair transplantation play a determining role. If the hairs in the area where hair roots are to be extracted are lifeless and thin, the doctor may have to use FUT technology. If your doctor has told you that he would use FUT technology, it is because this is the best method for you. That’s why you should pay attention to the reliability of the hair transplantation center and your doctor. Because the scar may create bigger problems for you afterwards. You can minimize the scar with healthy, hygienic and specialized staff. Remember that the scars on hair roots will be more visible at the beginning because your hair will be short. As your hair grows, scars will be invisible.

Months after your hair transplantation, hair starts to grow and stitch scars are hidden. Transplanted hair roots start to grow about 6 months after transplantation. In the following months, growing speeds up and the problems of stitch scars on your scalp are removed.
Since FUE technology is a method without scar, it is especially preferred by the doctors. The period after hair transplant operation is so important. Patient needs to be very patient in this period when hair is expected to grow.

How to apply hair transplantation to women?

Hair transplantation is a very important operation that may affect the person positively in every aspect. Thinning or balding is the nightmare of many people. In fact, people having thinning or balding hair may even have great traumas. Especially hair loss in women may give rise to greater traumas than hair loss in men.

Because men are more used to have hair loss or baldness. However, majority of women get very unhappy after having hair loss. Society is not used to baldness in women and a pressure is made on women because of this point of view. Again due to social precepts, women pay more attention to their physical appearance than men do. Hair loss in women occurs in stages. During pregnancy, post- natal period, ageing and menopause, hair loss in women increases. Mid-seasons, some types of diseases such as thyroid and external factors are among the reasons of hair loss in women. A woman experiences hair loss should be first examined by a dermatologist.

The reasons causing hair loss should be found, if it results from any disease, this disease should be treated. Hair loss in women reveals itself with first thinning and decreasing of hair. Since the hair transplantation is now well-developed, it is an important treatment option for men and women. Hair transplant operations in women are customized and operation should be made by specialists.

Hair loss may also result from genetic factors, hormone imbalance, use of cosmetic products not suitable for hair, stress, etc. Hair is thinner in genetic hair loss and the density of hair is seen to be apparently reduced. In hair loss in women, frontal hairline generally stays stable in various ways, and may rarely move back like in male-type hair loss. For women who want to have hair transplantation, the type of hair loss is analyzed and the reason for hair loss is researched before hair transplantation. The person having a hair loss should clearly explain to his doctor what he/she expects from hair transplantation. Thereupon, the specialist decides about the method of transplantation and starts the operation. All the techniques used in hair transplantation are also suitable for women.

What troubles can wrong hair transplantation cause ?

Hair transplant operation is a technique that transfers the healthy hair follicles to the bald part. Hair transplantation should be done by doctors professionally. Transplantation by an experienced and talented doctor always gives good results. During hair transplantation, necessary attention should be shown. If hair transplantation has not been done properly, undesired results may be seen in the emergent image. Unnatural images may make patients feel annoyed.

If the hair follicles have not been transplanted in a well-planned manner, anomalies may arise between follicles or hair follicles may overlap and cause a fluffy heap. In hair transplantation, it is wrong not to transplant the hairs in the right angle and direction. In this type of hair transplantations, hairs grow uprightly like a brush and cause an unnatural view. Hair transplantation should be made with zero error. Otherwise, it would cause undesired results. Extraction of hair follicles should also be paid attention to. Hair follicles should be extracted without any damage and transplanted without any damage in the same way. Damage of hair follicles causes no more hair growth in that area, this situation is very hard to recover.

It may cause healthy hair of the person undergoing the transplantation to be lost and make the person very sad. If the hairs having a loss risk are ignored and if the density of hair on the nape of the neck of the patient is low, then, there is no possibility of recovery. It may cause very serious visual defects along with thinning. Another unfavorable result of wrong hair transplantation is that there may be a scar on the area where hair follicles are extracted and transplanted after the operation. Since the hair follicles are extracted and transplanted en masse, FUT technique may cause a scar. However, FUE technique does not give rise to any scars. As long as it is applied by a team of experts, it is the best technique that satisfies the patient.

Choosing the right doctor in hair transplantation minimizes the problems likely to occur during the operation. It is a serious operation which cannot be applied anywhere and requires experiences and skills. Due to the increasing demand for hair transplantation, the organizations which perform this operation in the unhealthy environments not suitable for an operating room at extremely cheap prices keep snowballing. These places opened under the name of hair transplantation centers only in pursuit of commercial earnings unfortunately cause big troubles. Hair transplantation performed in this kind of places gives patients unrecoverable damages. After having such a problem, patients cannot find anybody to deal with since the persons performing transplantation are not doctors. Hair transplant operation should be applied at hospitals under operating room conditions and very hygienically, otherwise the patients may catch an infection. They may catch various diseases. Scalps and hair follicles may be damaged and they may even lose all their hair. Before the operation, antibiotics may be given to people who will undergo hair transplantation.

Hair transplantation should be made with the best technique for the person. Techniques that are not suitable for the structure of hair should be never used, those who want to have a natural and error-free hair transplant operation should first make an in-depth research to have a healthy look. They should choose the hospital and doctor very carefully. Recommendations of the doctors should be considered and carefully applied before and after the operation.

What is hair cloning in hair transplantation?

We can describe the hair cloning as a technique to produce ten thousands of hair follicles over a single hair follicle. It can be evaluated as a new solution technique that will make the donors having insufficient health hair follicles very happy. Cloning is for sure one of the last points of the medical development. And thanks to the recent academic researches, important steps have been taken in technology.

The academic researches about the hair cloning technique are at full speed in England and America. For this technique that is an ideal solution for thinning and baldness, there is still time.

The general method used in hair transplantation today is the technique to transplant the hair follicles extracted from the back of the neck or if necessary from the body in the bald area. However, since the hair follicles extracted by this procedure will give rise to thinning at the back of the neck, it will create problems in time. Because the hair follicles at the neck of the head will continue to decrease in time. Therefore, the cloning technique is like a revolution in hair transplantation.

To explain the details the cloning in the hair follicle; the hair follicle extracted from the back of the neck is sent to the laboratory environment where cloning will take place and multiplied there under special conditions. Likewise, they are taken to the hair transplantation center where the hair transplant procedure is to be performed. The cloned hair follicles are transplanted to the desired site as in the normal hair transplantation. Briefly, hair transplantation is realized and completed with the hair follicles multiplied by the cloning technique.

This technology will require a big investment, a team of experts and high operating costs. As a result, the prices of hair transplantation will be higher than expected with this technology. Because, transfer of the hair follicles multiplied by cloning method to the hair would naturally be a factor that increases the costs. In terms of costs, some countries need to wait for some more time for such an expensive procedure to be widespread.

Under these conditions, it does not seem possible for the hair follicular cloning technique to become widespread within the next ten years. However, the hair transplant procedure is performed successfully with the modern techniques other than hair follicle cloning technique. You can apply to hair transplantation centers in safety.

What is a Mega-Session method in hair transplantation?

Various researches are made to increase the techniques used in hair transplant operations and the efficiency of these techniques. With the recently developed Mega Session method, one more step is taken for perfect operation.

Mega Session is a method to increase the number of hair follicles extracted from a single hair transplant operation over a certain number. While this operation could be realized in groups with the FUT technique, the quantity of hairs that could be transplanted did not exceed 800-1.000 grafts. With the Mega Session method, it can be increased over 4.500-5.000 grafts. It is more useful for people having a wider degree of baldness and thick hair.

Thanks to the Mega Session, hair follicles can now be extracted in a greater number at once. This convenience decreases the number of sessions applied in hair follicle extraction. But it is still very hard to transplant 4.500-5.000 units of hair follicles at once. A time period of 12-15 hours is needed for hair transplantation with Mega Session method. The number of grafts which were not possible to be reached before can be reached with the innovative technology introduced by Mega Session. The purpose in this method is to reach the maximum number of grafts at once and have a desired look by decreasing the number of sessions.

With the Mega Session method, you can have thicker and more natural hair in a shorter period and with huge success. Another feature to be especially specified is that it removes the possibility of hair loss in the related site as the number of hair transplantation is reduced to a single session.

Considering the prices of the repeated sessions in the other techniques until reaching the desired result, it will be seen that the Mega Session method is much more advantageous.

Advantages and disadvantages of the FUE technique in hair transplantation

FUE technique is the most preferred and most recommended hair transplantation method. In FUE technique, hair follicles are harvested one by one and transplanted one by one again. The reason why it is the most preferred technique is the advantages it has. What distinguishes the FUE method from others is the extraction way of hair follicles and the micro motor device used in the operation.

Advantages and disadvantages of the FUE technique in hair transplantation

FUE method is a surgical operation which does not require any scalpels and stitching. The session intervals are determined depending on the situation of the person. Between intervals, there is no need to wait as in the other methods, and it is a method in which hair follicles are harvested one by one and hair transplantation is applied. After the operation, no scar is left. It can be used for both men and women regardless of gender. Recovery after the operation with FUE technique is quite fast and the patient gets back into his/her daily life very easily.

With FUE technique, it is also possible to transplant eyebrows and beards in addition to hair. Since no problem occurs in the hair follicles extracted, any number of hair follicles can be transplanted. In the FUE technique, the quantity of hair follicles to be extracted is quite higher than the other techniques. The patient is put to local anesthesia during hair transplantation and the recipient area is anesthetized. In FUE technique, transplantation is performed with a thin-pin device called FUE motor. Therefore, hair transplantation is rapidly completed in a shorter period. The number of growing hairs is equal to that of transplanted. In a single session, 4.000 to 7.000 hair follicles can be extracted and transplanted. Thanks to the FUE technique, even though the person is completely bald, hair follicles can be extracted from chest and leg areas and transplanted in the scalp. The FUE technique can also be used to adjust bad hair transplantation. Thanks to FUE technique, patients reach what they expect and dream of.

The FUE technique besides all the advantages, it also has some very little disadvantages. It takes longer than FUT technique. Extension of the period and the number of sessions causes this method to be more expensive than the other methods. Before starting the transplantation, hairs need to be shaved. Hair follicles are extracted at a certain speed by using micro-motor device. If the spin speed of the machine is not well-adjusted, it may damage the hair follicles so that no hair follicle may grow in the area. Therefore, you should be very careful when choosing your doctor.

In the FUE technique, if too many and wrong hair follicles are extracted from the donor area, thinning and baldness may occur in that area. It is difficult to apply the FUE technique in fine hair. Also, the FUE technique cannot be applied to every patient. First of all, the patient must be put to several tests.

Hair transplantation with the FUE technique has a very natural look and it is the most preferred technique by patients and doctors. It offers permanent and absolute solutions in all respects.

How to determine the hairline?

What matters the most in hair transplant operation is to achieve a natural look on the head after hair transplantation. An artificial look showing that an operation has been made gives negative feelings to the patient. The major factor that enables the hair transplanted to be natural is that the hairline is transplanted in a way that it fits the face and the head the best.

The hairline is the line which sets the point where our forehead meets our hair. The hairline should be set properly in order to get a natural look. When setting the hairline, there are many things to be considered. The width of the hair loss area and whether the loss is completed or not, should be taken into account. In hair transplant operation, hair follicles extracted from the donor area are placed in the holes opened in the recipient (bald) area. It is very important that the hair follicles transplanted in an operation are in harmony with the whole hair. What needs to be considered in this harmony is that the transplanted hair follicles are in the same direction as the existing hair. The transplanted hair should be adjusted according to the growth direction of hair.

In hair transplant operations, customized devices are used. During examination, the hairline is created in the computer environment and what kind of hair transplantation to be performed is showed to the person. The form and structure of the head changes from person to person, therefore, the hairline to be designed is customized. As the first area that stands out in the head is the hairline, this hairline should fit the person’s face in order to get a natural look.

Patient should be well informed about every detail likely to arise after operation.

Because the recovery of even a tiny error might be hard. When fixing the hairline, all the details should be taken into consideration. Since hair transplantation and hairline operation is permanent, you should pay utmost attention and avoid from unrecoverable problems.

When does the new transplanted hair start to grow after operation?

After the hair transplant operation, patients are quite impatient while waiting for the new hair to grow. The person with newly transplanted hair wants immediately to get the reward for his/her troubles. However, it takes about 6 months for the patient to get new hair after the operation even though it changes from person to person. After this period, the newly transplanted hair starts to grow. It must not be that difficult to wait for 6 months to have health and permanent hair after long years of baldness. All the stages after the hair transplantation such as; hair transplantation, growth period all depend on the person.

Little scabs may be formed after the hair transplant operation. These scabs are quite normal. At the stage of formation and shedding of scabs, it takes about 2.5 months for the transplanted hair to take root. After this stage, hair follicles start to grow within a short period like 6 months. All these processes pass very easily without any pain or trouble. The transplanted follicles transferred to be permanent start to grow following the 6th month. Within 10 months after this, your hair grows more rapidly. Growing hair becomes well-matched and reaches the dream look. In hair transplantation, it is very important that patients should be patient. If the person has sufficient information about these processes, then he will not feel impatient.

Also, the depth of canals opened for placement of hair follicles has a certain dimension which must never be exceeded. The needles used should not be wider and bigger than the needles used for taking blood from veins. The fact that the doctors are sensitive about it will make you get over the following process easily. The hair transplanted with FUE technique may show sudden loss after the first six months, which is very normal. There is no need to be afraid of. New hair grows again and permanently after the 4th to 8th month.

How Many Grafts can be Transplanted in one Session?

In hair transplantation, the tissues containing hair follicles to be transferred are called grafts. One graft contains 2 or 3 follicles. Hair transplantation of the majority of patients is completed in one session but this number can be increased depending on the number of grafts. The number of grafts to be used in each session depends on thinness of the hair to be transplanted and the transplantation technique.

The number of grafts to be harvested is directly proportional to the density of hair. As the density of hair increases, more grafts should be used to maintain the natural look. For thin hair, fewer grafts are used for the same reasons. There are 10.000-12.000 grafts on the back of the neck and on the back of ears even in case of severe hair loss. 6.000 out of those are suitable for hair transplantation. This number is enough for closing the bald area and making it look natural.

As follicles are extracted and transplanted en masse in the FUT method, a single session is generally enough and 2.000 – 4.000 grafts can be transplanted. In the FUE method, follicles are extracted and transplanted one by one; therefore it is a longer process than the FUT method. It may take about 6 -9 hours. The number of grafts harvested in one session is about 3.000 – 4.500. in case that the patient’s expectation and requests are not met or a natural look is not achieved, several sessions can be made.

How many sessions are necessary to transplant hair to a person?

Since the effect of hair transplantation on human health both physically and spiritually is high, people who undergo this may have some questions. The main question is how many sessions and grafts are needed for restoring the hair of the person to undergo hair transplantation.
Patient should be prepared in all respects for hair transplantation. After taking this decision, he should make a good research about hair transplantation, it is very important to choose the right doctor and the right transplantation center. The doctor to perform the hair transplant operation must be specialized and experienced in this field. Also, people who will undergo hair transplantation should pay attention to how the doctor examines them. Because the reasons for hair loss change from person to person. The doctor should analyze well the reasons for hair loss, the hairline and whether the remaining follicles are healthy or not.

The follicles transplanted are called grafts. Grafts may contain either one or more hair follicles. Session is the number of hair transplant operations to be applied to the person. The number of hair transplant operations is determined by the density of non-lost hair. The denser the hair is, the more the number of follicles to be harvested is. If the hair is thin, the number of follicles to be harvested is less. Depending on the baldness, one session can be applied or these sessions can be increased to 3, depending on the need.

In the hair transplantation, the more grafts are harvested and transplanted; the more natural look is achieved. However, extra follicles to be harvested from the donor area in order to transplant more follicles cause that area to get thin, as well. And this results in an unhealthy look.

The number of follicles to be extracted in the hair transplantation also changes by the transplantation method. In the FUT technique, the number of follicles to be harvested is directly proportional to the softness of the scalp and the density of hair. In the FUT technique, as follicles are harvested and transplanted en masse, 2.000 to 3.000 follicles can be harvested and transplanted.

However, in the FUE technique, follicles are extracted and transplanted one by one. It takes much longer than the FUT technique. It may take about 6 to 9 hours. The number of follicles extracted in one session is around 3.000 to 4.500 grafts. If the desired result has not been achieved after the operation, several sessions can be applied.

The number of follicles to be extracted in hair transplantation changes by the hair structure of the person. The denser the hair of the person is, the more the number of follicles to be extracted and transplanted is and the more successful the hair transplantation is. When harvesting follicles, utmost attention should be showed and the healthy area should be prevented from getting thin and being damaged. In the FUE technique, if the hair density in the healthy site is high, 6.000 hair follicles can be extracted and if it is low, 2.000 hair follicles can be extracted. It is difficult to extract more than 4.000 follicles in one session and the patient should be prepared for this. The desired success can be achieved with a specialist, an experienced team and a high-quality hair transplantation center and a tolerant patient.

Rather than transplanting a great number of hair follicles, healthy and permanent hair transplantation is much more important. Hair follicles should be carefully extracted without giving rise to the death of tissues. The quality of the doctor, team and hair transplantation center gain importance at this point. The growth direction of existing hair follicles and the harmony of the hairline with the face are secondarily important. The extracted hair follicles can be single, double or triple follicles. This means the achievement of hairs 2-3 times more than the extracted follicles.

If the hair transplantation is performed by a team of experts, the problem of baldness can be ended with a session that takes 6-9 hours.

What is necessary to do after the hair transplant surgery?

Hair transplant surgery is an operation to harvest hair follicles from the healthy area and to transfer them to the recipient (bald) area. In the donor area, there should be sufficient hair follicles to meet the needs. Then, the individual characteristics of the patient are analyzed and the surgery is started.

Hair transplant operation is a surgical operation that takes about 5-6 hours. Following the hair transplant operation, medical care is not needed much but there are some necessary applications.

What to do after the hair transplant operation is also related to the technique applied and what kind of an operation the doctor performs and the doctor’s recommendations are also considered. If the operation has been made with the FUE method, no pain or ache occurs during and after the operation. Therefore, you don’t have to use any painkillers. No tension or numbness occurs in the operated area. No scar is left in the operations with the FUE method. If a plenty amount of hair follicles are transplanted in your hair, your scalp may swell a little. But this does not create a big trouble. No bandage is used after the operation.

After the hair transplant surgery, you should wait for 3 days to wash your hair. It is first washed in the hair transplantation center where the operation is carried out. Doctor’s recommendations about washing and care of hair should be obeyed. After the first wash-operation, hair should be washed every day for 10 days. Scabs may be formed in the first ten days. However, scabs are prevented by washing hair every day. The transplanted hair falls out after a while as expected. No spray, gel and dye should be put for 15 days from the hair transplant operation. It is not recommended to smoke and to drink alcohol in the first week by any means. Care can be applied with lotion and crème deemed suitable by the doctor.

The transplanted hair follicles start to grow about 2 months later. The desired result is started to be achieved at the end of the 6th month. And at the end of the 1st year, the desired result of the hair transplant operation becomes completely visible. Meanwhile, the transplanted hair never falls out again. In the first 3 days after the hair transplantation, you should avoid hard works and keep away from excitement and stress.

In the FUT method, care applications are not different from FUE. However, hair transplant operations with FUT method give rise to the formation of scars due to cutting or stitching. Since the follicles are harvested en masse, the donor area may become benumbed or senseless. You can wear a beret or hat in order to hide the image.

What are the factors affecting the success of the hair transplantation?

The primary goal of hair transplant operations is to achieve the targeted success. What makes a hair transplant successful is that both the patient undergoing hair transplant surgery and the surgeon performing the surgery feel happy about the results.

First of all, the hair transplant method which suits the person the best should be determined in hair transplantation. Hair follicles extracted for hair transplantation should be protected sensitively by preventing any kind of damages to them.

Second is the transplantation of hair follicles. The direction of follicle to be transplanted should be paid attention to. For hair transplantation to be successful, the follicle transplanted should be in the same direction as the person’s hair follicle.

One of the other aspects of hair transplantation is to determine the hairline properly. A proper and suitable hairline ensures a natural look. It should be determined with great care and attention.

It is very important that the healthcare team to perform the hair transplant operation is experienced and knowledgeable. Hair transplant operation should be performed in a sterilized, high-quality and well-equipped environment.

Apart from this, another aspect that affects the success of the operation is the rules to be obeyed by the patients. After the hair transplant operation, you should avoid receiving any blow on the head area. You should not lie down on the transplanted area. If the person obeys the doctor’s recommendations carefully, very successful results will be achieved.

It is not hard to attain success if both the team performing the operation and the patient act carefully and take measures against the complications.

How long does the Hair Transplant Procedure take?

A hair transplant procedure can take 8 to 14 hours depending on the number of grafts, the technique to be used and the complexity of the operation. Since it is an operation that generally takes long, it is preferred that the operation is started early in the day. The extraction of grafts in the FUE technique takes about 3-4 hours. After harvesting the grafts, a break is given for resting. The following stage of transplanting the grafts takes 3-4 hours likewise. These sessions can be repeated for one or two times depending on the number of the grafts to be used. Since local anesthesia is applied in this technique, the patient can speak, watch TV or watch his own operation on the screen or even sleep if he wishes. In the FUT technique, short sessions can take about 4 hours and longer sessions can take the whole day.

Recommendations Before and After Hair Transplantation

Before thinking to have a hair transplant and after having a hair transplant, there are some points you should keep in your mind.

Before Hair Transplantation:

• It is important to have realistic expectations. If your hair is too thin at the beginning, the hair transplantation will not cover all your head with hair. The thicker and denser your hair is, the better the results are.
• You should consider that thicker, gray or light-coloured hair gives better results than fine and dark hair.
• Make a price research. Private health insurances do not generally cover the aesthetic operations. However if the hair loss results from a burn injury or trauma, it is considered a reconstructive treatment and covered by the health insurance. Before starting the treatment, ask your doctor if any extra costs will be charged or not.
• Smoking may affect the epithelizing and your recovery speed. Therefore, you should stop smoking at least 24 hours before the operation. Moreover if you are determined, you can try to stop smoking completely.
• Stop drinking alcohol at least 1 week (minimum 3 days) before the operation.
• Do not have your hair cut before the operation. The hair in the area where hair follicles are to be extracted from should be long enough for transplantation. Also, long hair covers the scars resulting from stitching after the operation.
• Start massaging your scalp about two-four weeks before the operation. Do this for minimum 10 minutes and maximum 30 minutes every day, if possible. This ensures the blood circulation in the area to speed up and your skin to soften.
• You may need to take Minoxidil before the operation depending on the degree of hair loss. If the transplantation will be made only on the top section, this may not be needed. You are recommended to take antibiotics before the operation in order to prevent the risk of infection. This can be prescribed before the operation.
• If you are over a certain age, for instance 45 and over, some clinics may ask you to have some tests such as EKG. Also, blood test may be needed, too.
• Do not take any aspirins or anti-inflammatory drugs 2 weeks before the operation.
• Start avoiding antidepressants, beta blocker and blood thinners two weeks before the operation. Your surgeon will give you the list of medications that you can and can’t take before the operation.
• Do not take any multivitamins, minerals or herbal supports (gingko biloba etc.).

After Hair Transplantation:

• You are recommended not to drive your car and to be accompanied when returning back home because you will be given some tranquilizers before the operation. As it takes time for these tranquilizers to become ineffective, avoid doing dangerous and complicated things during the day.
• If your operation is performed by harvesting a strip of skin, your head is wrapped with a bandage. This bandage should be kept clean and dry on your head for a day. Even though some hair transplant operations do not require any bandages, they are needed in operations that require stitching. These stitches can dissolve in the scalp by themselves but in other cases, you may need to go back to the clinic to have your stitches removed.
• Lie in an upright position in your first night after the operation; you can support yourself with some pillows. Never touch the newly transplanted areas even if there is mild itching or pain. If you touch or scrub those sites, the follicles here may fall out since they cannot completely hold on to the scalp.
• Do not drink alcohol for 48 hours after the operation. If you are a heavy smoker, give a break for one month. Cigarettes may prevent the blood to reach hair follicles and may stop new hair growth. Moreover, you are recommended to completely stop smoking.
• A special spray lotion may be given to you to use at home. This lotion contains materials that help hair growth. Spray it to the transplanted areas and continue using the spray until it finishes. You should repeat this procedure every 30 minutes in your first day after the operation.
• You can wash and shampoo your hair a few days later. This ensures the removal of scurf and more importantly, the removal of scabs that prevent the growth of hair.
• One week after the operation, wash the transplanted area and hair with normal (Ph. about 5.5) shampoo. It is recommended to wash your hair by slowly pouring water and not with a shower head. You can get back into your usual routine afterwards.
• Avoid doing sports and exercises for one week after the operation. Try not to lean forward and not to blow your nose harshly.
• You can think to put ice on your head for the first week in order to prevent bleeding and swelling but never put it on the transplanted area. You can put in on your forehead or the back of your head.
• If non-dissolving stitches are used, they will be removed 14 days after the operation.
• If your scalp is still pink and swollen, try to keep away from sun and avoid the tanning booths. Wear a hat if you go outside under the sun.
If you experience serious pain, bleeding or infection, see your surgeon as soon as possible. It generally takes 3 or 4 months for the new hair to grow but this period may go up to 6 months. You should be patient enough to wait for the activation of your new hair follicles.