What is Hair Transplant?
Hair transplantation is a natural and permanent solution to the problem of thinning and baldness in people who have hair loss problem or hair loss. The process of transplanting healthy hair roots with micro surgical methods to areas where hair roots is no longer active and balding occurs is called hair transplantation. In hair transplantation, the patient’s own healthy hair is added to the spilled area. Hair transplantation is completely personalized and applied. With the hair transplant operation, the hair roots that are resistant to hair loss in the nape area of the patient are collected and transplanted into the channels opened in the thinning or completely spilled parts. Goal; It is to give a permanent hair appearance in a natural way that will not be obvious when transplanted in the head area. Hair transplantation is actually a small surgical operation. For this reason, it is the safest way to perform it in a hospital environment by specialist and experienced doctors and teams. With the application of hair transplantation, the person is permanently gained as if his own hair has never been shed. Our aim in hair transplantation; It is to provide the person with a comfortable natural hair appearance with modern medical applications.
Who can have hair transplantation?
Today, almost 50 percent of men over the age of 50 are faced with hair loss. Therefore, hair transplantation is the most common cosmetic surgery for men. Hair loss is not only specific to men. Many women may also experience hair loss or thinning problems.
Is hair transplantation an aesthetic procedure or a medical procedure?
Hair transplantation is a medical procedure, but its aesthetic side is more important. If the donor area of the patient is evaluated well and the frontal hair line is determined naturally in the area to be transplanted, a style can be created in accordance with the person’s image. With this aspect, it is a complete aesthetic procedure.
Why is there hair loss?
One of the most important causes of hair loss is its genetic coding feature; However, it can also occur as a result of advanced age, traumatic injuries or various medical conditions. After the diagnosis is made by doctor’s control, hair transplantation is successfully applied to all people with sufficient hair follicles in the donor area.
The transplantation method can be successfully applied not only in the scalp but also in all areas with hair in the body such as eyebrows, mustache or beard.
How is hair transplantation done?
In practice, the hair follicles taken from the neck are transplanted to the targeted balding area. These hair follicles are called grafts. Occasionally, in some cases, there is not enough healthy hair on the neck or temple area of the person. In such cases, hair follicles can also be taken from other parts of the person that contain hair, such as the arms or chest wall. The application takes a few hours depending on the amount of hair loss. If the hairless area is too large, several sessions may be required to complete the treatment.
Generally, the intervention is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. A special bandage is applied to the head after hair transplantation. The person is discharged after 1-2 hours. Although it is seen very little, pain is controlled with painkillers. Generally, after 3 days of home rest, it can be returned to business life with the head covered. The first dressing is done on the 5th day.
Which methods are used for hair transplantation?
Which hair transplant method to use is an important point for many people who decide to have a hair transplant. Currently, there are many methods that have been developed since the beginning of hair transplantation. These developments have experienced their golden age in the last 10 years and great advances have been made in technology.
Advancing technology, the availability of new medical devices and combining hair transplant operations with medical aesthetic applications have paved the way for the birth of many new techniques in hair transplantation.
Every person who decides to have a hair transplant wants to choose the best technique for himself. At this point, it would be wrong to call the latest hair transplant technique or the best hair transplant technique. Because the choice of hair transplant methods would be more appropriate according to the condition of the person’s hair.
There is no single technique that is best and most suitable for everyone. The methods to be applied may vary depending on the hair density and the number of hair strands to be transplanted.
It is necessary to decide with a hair transplant doctor to apply the hair transplant method. If you do not want to leave this choice, which will affect the rest of your life, only to the initiative of your doctor, you should know the current hair transplantation methods with their minuses and pros.
- FUT Technique in Hair Transplantation
The FUT technique, which was used quite frequently in hair transplantation, especially in the early 2000s, started to be abandoned gradually when a more advanced technique than FUE was developed.
Nevertheless, hair transplantation could be performed in a short time with the FUT technique at that time. With this application, hair taken from the nape area with strong hair follicles is used while hair transplantation is performed.
In fact, the FUT method is all about how the hair in the donor area will be collected. Hair follicles are cut and removed collectively with a layer of skin from the nape area. The removed scalp is divided into parts to contain different numbers of hair follicles. Divided scalp is placed in balding areas with special techniques.
With this technique, a lot of hair follicles are transplanted in a short time compared to other techniques.
With this technique, an average of 3000 to 8000 hair strands can be transplanted in one session.
Other hair is not damaged during this technique and new hair grows in a healthy way.
In the FUT method, stitch marks remain in the neck area.
While the transplant phase takes place in as little as 3 hours, the recovery period is much longer. That is why the FUT method is not preferred much today.
2) FUE Hair Transplant
With the FUE method that started to be used in 2016, hair transplantation procedures began to be performed easier and faster.
In the FUE method, the graft collection in the neck area is performed by removing the grafts one by one together with their follicles.
With the FUE method, cuts and stitches are eliminated in hair transplantation.
Since the hair follicles are taken not only from the area behind the two ears but also from the area above the ear, a higher number of hair can be achieved. Approximately 5000 to 18750 hair strands can be obtained in one session.
Since there are no cuts or stitches in the donor area where the hair will be taken, recovery is achieved faster in this area. People who have had hair transplantation can return to their social lives actively within 10 days.
When using this technique, stitches are not used, so there is no need to take stitches and walk around with stitches.
3) DHI Technique in Hair Transplantation
DHI hair transplant operation is a method that is highly preferred by people who want to have hair transplantation due to the fact that it is performed without incisions, marks and stitches.
The DHI method is a method of how grafts are transplanted. Therefore, it can be applied with the FUE technique.
In this method, the hair follicles taken by applying the choi (pencil) technique are placed one by one and as often as possible.
Since no incision is made in the DHI hair transplant technique and the pencil technique is applied, there is no possibility of leaving a scar. In addition, since there is no situation such as stitching in the donor area where the hair follicles are taken, recovery occurs very quickly.
Since fine-tipped pens called choi pen are used during transplantation, there is no scar and no scar.
The biggest advantage of hair transplantation with the DHI method is the density provided by the individual transplantation of the grafts taken from the donor area.
Depending on demand, sowing can be done without shaving using the DHI method. Especially with the unshaved hair transplantation application preferred by women, you do not encounter any difference and you can return to your daily life as quickly as possible.
4) Robotic Hair Transplantation
Robotic hair transplantation has achieved a great innovation in hair transplantation with the advancement of technology.
As the name suggests, this method is the process of collecting hair follicles with the help of a computer called a robot.
Most robotic hair transplant systems remove only hair follicles from the donor area, and healthcare professionals complete the remaining steps of hair transplantation.
Robotic hair transplantation has the same steps as hair transplantation with FUE, but the main difference here is that the same procedures are performed with the help of a robot.
Robotic hair transplantation is considered as a fast method, but there is a need for a doctor and healthcare professionals in other stages of hair transplantation. As a result, the robot cannot perform all hair transplantation on its own, this procedure must be done in the presence of a doctor.
5) Hyperbaric hair transplant
Hyperbaric hair transplantation is a treatment method that accelerates the healing process after transplantation and strengthens the hair follicles.
With this method, during hair transplantation, the canals opened for transplantation of hair follicles and the donor area where the hair follicles are collected are healed much faster. Hyperbaric hair transplantation increases the amount of oxygen in the blood, allowing the wounds to heal much faster.
Hyperbaric hair transplantation also reduces edema formation. It is very effective in reducing the formation of swelling in the forehead and face area after hair transplantation.
In addition, this method reduces the occurrence of complications.
Hyperbaric hair transplantation is applied in the same way as the FUE method, but after the hair transplantation, the patient breathes pure oxygen in the room where hyperbaric oxygen treatments are performed, and the oxygen level in the blood is increased. Oxygen therapy applied at regular intervals allows the hair follicles to heal faster.
Does the transplanted hair look natural?
In order for the transplanted hair to look natural, the operation should be performed by specialists and experts. In hair transplantation operations performed by experienced experts in the right health institution, naturalness can be achieved in an uncertain level. With the Sapphire and DHI techniques we apply in hair transplantation, we aim at the maximum density in hair. An average person has 100 hairs per 1 cm square. With new techniques, we can fit 80 follicles, or hair strands, in 1 cm square. It is tried to achieve the closest result to the patient’s dream appearance. While doing this, the forehead line is taken into consideration first.
Will the transplanted hair fall out after hair transplantation?
The transplanted hair falls out within a few weeks following the transplantation process; however, this is normal. Because the shed hair will grow again after 3-4 months. After this temporary loss is corrected, the transplanted hair follicles retain their character and do not fall out. However, the original hair in the same area may continue to shed over time, and a new hair transplant may be planned in the future depending on the decrease in hair density. Hair loss may continue progressively after surgery. Especially if an unnatural appearance occurs in the new hairline area, an additional surgical intervention may be required in the future.
Diseases That May Prevent Hair Transplantation
If the candidates have diabetes, thyroid or blood pressure disease, a hair transplant operation can be performed after obtaining approval from their doctor and after the necessary controls. Hair thinning and hair loss are frequently observed in individuals with hypothyroidism. If thyroid hormones are treated, hair transplantation can be performed. Hair transplantation cannot be applied to candidates who have chronic diseases such as liver failure, kidney failure, heart failure or who are undergoing chemotherapy due to cancer.
In addition, hair transplantation can be applied to candidates with diseases such as Hepatitis A and B. The reason for this is the Hepatitis A and B vaccines that our doctors and healthcare teams have given to protect against these diseases. After the analyzes of the diseases seen other than the diseases mentioned above are made individually, the suitability for the operation is determined.
Hair Quality and Effect of Loss Type
Hair transplantation is an effective procedure performed to restore lost hair and has a great impact on the lives of candidates suitable for this procedure. Hair transplantation results are much more successful in people with narrower hair loss areas. However, even if the shed area reaches medium levels, the thick hair to be transplanted is among the reasons that increase the success.
Factors that increase the success of hair transplantation; The number of grafts, hair density, the size of the area to be transplanted, the quality of the hair to be transplanted and the type of hair loss. First of all, the type of hair loss should be determined correctly and the area to be transplanted should be planned correctly. Therefore, before the hair transplant operation, “Am I suitable for hair transplantation?” It is necessary to consider the question. You can take the first step required for this via the MediGoTurkey Online Form about your suitability for hair transplantation.