Hair transplant refers to the procedure in which a dermatological surgeon (a surgeon who performs surgeries to treat conditions related to the skin, and hair) moves hair from an area (called ‘donor site’, which is usually the back of the head) with high hair density to a thinning or a bald area to treat hair loss in men and women of all ages.
Hair transplantation in Turkey is one of the most desirable procedures as a way of regaining self-confidence and a youthful appearance.
What is Hair Transplant?
In the simplest sense, hair transplant refers to the procedure where hair is removed from one part of the body and transplanted (ie. taken and transferred) to a balding area (ie. an area without adequate hair). It is quite easy to understand when simplified like this, right?
Then, you will come across with many other terms and comparisons, “hair restoration vs hair transplant”, “hair plugs vs transplant”, “hair implant vs transplant” or other expressions like, “difference between hair grafting and transplantation”, while most of these expressions refer to the same thing, that is the hair transplant surgery itself.
We see that there are several misconceptions that stem from not grasping the hair anatomy, and the relevant glossary used to describe the hair transplant procedure. Therefore, the aim of this section is to equip you with thorough knowledge of hair transplant surgery and hence allow you to choose the best hair transplant and the best clinic.
Let’s begin to discuss them now.
There are many new methods of hair transplants, most of which build on the biggest advancement in hair transplant technology, the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method. Gone are the days of having scars in the rear of the head (resulting from the strip surgery of the early 2000s) as well as the unnatural-looking hair plugs (from the 1980s and ’90s). Now, with the FUE method (and its many variants), as well as the DHI method of transplantation, results look natural and are long-lasting.
Who might benefit from a hair transplant in Turkey?
Receiving a hair transplant can improve your appearance and self-confidence. Good candidates for a hair transplant include:
- Men with male pattern baldness.
- Women with thinning hair.
- Anyone who suffers from hair loss.
What are the techniques used in hair transplantation?
There are two types of hair transplants: follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT). A FUE procedure involves the individual extraction of hair follicles, which are then transplanted elsewhere on the scalp, while a FUT procedure involves removing a long strip of the scalp, separating the follicles, and then transplanting them.
What happens after a hair transplant?
After the brief recovery period during which pain medication may be needed, patients can expect to go about their normal routine comfortably. It is possible to return to work in 2 to 5 days. The doctor may discuss certain activity restrictions, such as avoiding strenuous exercise, and for how long. Patients should expect their transplanted hair to fall out 2 to 3 weeks after their procedure. This is not a sign of failure but of shock to the transplanted follicles. In time, new hair growth occurs.