ClinicExpert is The Leading Hair Transplant Company
Hair transplant, by definition, is transferring healthy hair follicles from your donor area to another place on your scalp. Today, millions of patients who want to regain their hair undergo this operation. Some do this to look younger, while others do to look more attractive. In any case, hair transplant is the most convenient solution for hair loss.
If you cannot stop thinking about balding areas on your head, undergoing hair transplantation is probably one of the best options you have. A few months after the procedure, you can feel better about how you look already. To learn more about hair transplant and if you are a legitimate candidate for such a procedure, feel free to contact our team at our website, we provide a digital consultation free of charge.
Are You A Good Candidate For Hair Transplantation
Indeed, lots of people find baldness attractive, but what if you are not ready to become one. Did the medication fail to solve your issue altogether? Maybe it’s just beginning to fall down from the crown and sides of the forehead but what will it look like in a few years? If you see yourself meddled in these anxieties you might be wondering, am I a good candidate for hair transplantation?
Candidacy is mainly dependent on two major factors. The first criteria we investigate is the general health condition of the patient. We investigate your age, medical conditions and the medication you take or if you had hair transplantation before first. If there are any factors that need further attention, we want to address them right away.
The second major criteria is the health of your donor area. People with thin hair structure might get less coverage as their follicles do not produce that thick of a hair. On top of that, some people do not have an abundant supply of donor hair in the first place, or they may have had another transplantation before. If the patient does not have that healthy donor supply, the operation is still possible. Though it’s best for the patient’s interest to have realistic expectations from the procedure
What Is Hair Transplantation Anyway?
In a hair transplant surgery, a doctor and their medical team work together. The aim is to transfer healthy hair from a part of your head or your body to another part of your head. Though, in some cases, people get hair transplants for other places in their head too; mainly beard and eyebrows.
Most often, this process aims at restoring what androgenetic alopecia took away. Another name for androgenetic alopecia is male/female pattern baldness.
There are two main methods of hair transplantation in practice today. There are:
So before the procedure begins, we shave the donor area of the patient. FUE operations require a complete shave while DHI patients get to spare some of their hair. After the shaving is complete, we take the patient to the operation room. Then here, our staff will require you to wear a gown and lie face down.
The Extraction Phase of Hair Transplant
The first phase of the operation is the administration of anaesthesia. We will draw a reference line around your donor area and administer local anaesthetics. The local anaesthetics will ensure that you don’t feel any discomfort during the operation. After the anaesthesia phase is complete, the team can begin the extraction phase.
The extraction phase is the same for both FUE and DHI operations. From the team, the doctor uses a tool called a micromotor to prepare grafts for extraction.
- A micromotor has a very small round tip called the punch.
- The diameter of punches falls somewhere between 0.6 to 0.9 millimetres.
The doctor creates a small circle around follicles to extract. And when determining which follicles to extract, we pay utmost attention to not concentrate on a single area. Instead, we graft follicles from the back of the head in a diffuse fashion. This is necessary not to overharvest a single area so that we don’t create patchy spots.
After the doctor completes the job with the micromotor, other operators step in with a tool resembling a tweezer. The next phase is the harvesting phase. Operators come and pick up grafts one by one. This process usually takes some time as follicles are delicate. While some operators pick hair follicles up, another one cleans and sorts the follicles.
The sorting part is important because some follicles produce more than one hair at once. Some have two hairs, some three, and some even have four. Why we sort them like this will become important later.
And finally, after this part is also complete, we administer anaesthetics to the recipient area just like we did to the donor area.
The hair transplantation procedures up until this point is exactly the same between the two methods we mentioned, DHI and FUE. Their difference begins from this point onwards.
The DHI Method
DHI method is the most recent approach to hair transplantation. In the preceding method, FUE, we need to open canals before implantation (we will talk about this in more detail soon). The DHI method eliminates this aspect, and as the name suggests, we directly implant follicles.
In this method, we utilise a set of special pens called Choii pens. Physician gets to work with a set of Choii pens. The doctor in charge of Choii pens presses the pens towards the scalp with an inclination to resemble the natural growing angles of the patient’s hair.
Loading the Choii pen is a delicate job that needs attention, so multiple operators work in the background, all loading Choii pens. Usually, we employ eight to sixteen individual pens for each operation.
Transplantations done by DHI method allow for denser implantation as the doctor opens each canal one by one, while they implant. Patients seeking a more full, thick hair around transplantation areas should consider DHI as their primary option. DHI operations usually take a couple of hours longer than the alternative method, FUE. Also, DHI operations require a bigger medical team to save up time too.
The FUE Method
In the FUE method, after the harvest is complete and the recipient area gets the necessary anaesthetics, the doctor comes and opens canals. Canals are tiny slots that will become the new home for the grafted follicles.
To open canals, the doctor utilises a microblade. As we have anaesthetised the recipient area, the patient does not experience discomfort at this stage as well.
Depending on the number of grafts the patient is getting, the process usually takes six to eight hours to complete.
Hair Transplant Before and After
Right after the surgery, your scalp may feel very tender. The day after the operation, we will take you to our clinic once more to remove bandaging and put on a headband. The headband will have to stay for at least two days. You may need to use some anti-inflammatory medicines and some antibiotics for a few days. We will provide the necessary medication with the requisite amount after the operation.
Most people, provided that they do not do a physically straining work, can return to their jobs quite quickly. Often people return to their regular activities five to seven days after the procedure. However, following your doctor’s advice, in this case, will be the best thing to do.
Hair Restoration For Women
Around 90% of men who experience androgenetic alopecia (hereditary hair loss) are eligible for hair transplantation. But androgenetic alopecia works a bit differently in women than men.
Women usually experience what we call “diffuse” hair loss. So men usually start losing hair from certain places like the crown or sides of the forehead. Women, on the other hand, experience a kind of hair loss that affects all or most of the scalp at once. This means women do not get a receding hairline as men do.
And for some women, this is an important thing to consider. In men, the back of the head (our donor area in operations) usually keeps having a reliable supply of hair. The hair around these parts is immune to the effects of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which causes male-pattern baldness.
- The follicles sensitive to DHT shrink in size when DHT is present in the bloodstream.
- But the remaining follicles stay mostly unaffected by DHT, so they do not fall off easily throughout the person’s life.
This enables our experts to do transplantations safely and securely.
Though we cannot say the same thing for a small fraction of people with female pattern baldness. In some women, the mechanism of hair loss works a bit differently. Sometimes donor areas of female patients also experience hair loss. This is mainly because the DHT, we just talked about, doesn’t discriminate between hair follicles in different areas. With an unreliable donor area, transplantation may not address the issue of hair loss properly.
Women’s Hair Transplantation
So as the stigma around hair transplants dissipate, more and more women warm up to the idea of getting a hair transplant. Women who seek hair loss have their own reasons, such as:
- Androgenetic alopecia that resembles male pattern hair loss. This may include thinning around the crown or receding hairline.
- Having had another plastic surgery or related cosmetic operation beforehand that leave surgical scarring.
- An accident resulting in traction (pulling) alopecia.
- An accident resulting in trauma on hair-bearing tissue; such as chemical or regular burns and trauma.
It does not matter what the reason for hair transplantation is. Clinical outlook for female patients who are eligible for hair transplantation is just as good as it is for men.
In case you are seeking for a hair transplant operation and want to know which is your best option, you can simply get in touch with us. After a quick examination by our experts, you will have all the answers you need.
Hair Transplant Results
Often people experience a phenomenon called a shock loss. At around two to four weeks after the procedure, the hair on implanted follicles falls off, entirely or partially. This shedding can happen progressively or rapidly. At any rate, this is a natural response our bodies have, and thus, there is nothing to be worried about.
After about six to nine months, most people will have 60% of their implanted grafts grow. Some patients use a popular hair growth medicine called Minoxidil at this phase. Nevertheless, we do not recommend it unless one of our experts advise you to do so.
Hair Transplant Costs
Owing to modern techniques and approaches, the hair transplant operation does not put much of a strain on the patient. Though many don’t seem to think this applies to their wallets as well. Especially in countries with higher purchasing power, hair transplant costs reach ludicrous amounts. These countries have a higher tax rate than the rest of the world. And what’s more, often it is more costly to operate a business in these countries too.
So ever since flying with aeroplanes became significantly cheaper, people from developed countries began seeking certain types of treatment abroad. Countries like Turkey offer affordable yet high-quality hair transplant and medical services to people from all around the globe.
Turkey has a great track record when it comes to hair transplantation. At ClinicExpert, we offer various types of hair restoration procedures. Our team consists of dedicated professionals who are skilled and well trained at what they do. For more than a decade, we have been serving many people who seek to improve their looks.
And when it comes to medical expenses, Turkey falls on a quite affordable range. For a fraction of what you would spend in your home country, you can get hair transplantation here. And airports in Istanbul are widely known as one of the exchange stations when travelling by plane. So finding a flight cheaper than one expects is not a rare occasion.
Hair Transplant Turkey
More often than not, international patients take a short vacation where they go, especially if the place has touristic attractions.
In this respect, Istanbul is heaven. Istanbul is quite an old city with a history dating back three thousand years. Different civilisations reigned over this city throughout the decades, and thus, they all left their mark here. People from a wide array of different communities lived here, all expressing their culture and leaving us countless things to see and places to go.
More importantly, as we mentioned above, having a hair transplant operation in Turkey is the best option for you, if you:
- Look for a budget-friendly place,
- Also want to have a fascinating holiday,
- Do not want to compromise from the quality.
All in all, Turkey promises a lot for those who want to have a flawless process. For getting more information about the prices and procedures, get in touch with our team. As ClinicExpert, we will be glad to host you here, at the heart of medical tourism.