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Hair transplantation is a procedure designed for patients experiencing hair loss. It involves the transfer of hair follicles from the dense(donor) area, located at the back of the head, to the area where hair has thinned or fallen out. In the Hair Transplantation procedure, the patient simultaneously acts as both the donor and recipient of hair follicles. Initially, hair follicles need to be harvested from the donor area. Grafts are precisely taken from the area of the head with denser hair to avoid visible scars and changes such as thinning in the donor area. Subsequently, the transplantation process takes place.
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The duration of the hair transplantation procedure varies for each individual patient. Patients with fewer grafts experience a shorter procedure time. For instance, a patient requiring approximately 3,500 grafts, with no additional complications, can expect an average procedure duration of 6 hours.
During the hair transplant procedure, the initial step involves extracting hair follicles from the richly vascularized tissue and preserving them under specific external conditions. These hair follicles are stored in a specialized liquid at a controlled, cool temperature. Outside the body, grafts can maintain viability for approximately 6 to 8 hours. Once removed from the liquid, swift grafting is imperative to ensure they remain moist, as prolonged exposure can lead to a decline in vitality. The viability ratio of grafts decreases by 10-20% every hour after the initial 6-8 hours.
Currently, the most effective technique for hair grafting is the Micro-Fue method, recognized as the golden standard by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery(ISHRS). Despite the continuous evolution of protocols and surgical materials, the applied technique remains consistent. Innovations like “Sapphire Fue” and “Percutaneous Fue” have emerged as a result of improving the surgical materials used in the Fue technique.
The donor area is the area from which the grafts will be harvested and transplanted using the “Micro-Fue” technique. Typically, the hair in the back area of the head, known as the occipital area, is considered the donor area. The most successful and natural-looking results are achieved by using grafts taken from the occipital region of the patient. In cases where the occipital area has insufficient number of grafts, beard and chest hair can be utilized.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Male Pattern Hair Loss
Male pattern hair loss typically begins with a recession on the temples or thinning of the hair on the crown, and in some cases, it progresses with gradual thinning, followed by complete loss at the top. Hair at the back of the head and above the ears is rarely lost, but men aged above seventy might as well experience hair loss in these areas. Both the Hamilton and Norwood Scales classify androgenetic hair loss in men. Three causal factors causing androgenetic hair loss are: genetic susceptibility, the presence of androgenic hormones, and the patient’s age. Male pattern hair loss is predominantly inherited from the mother and grandfather. During puberty, the majority of androgenic hormones circulate in the body, causing genetically programmed hair (in the scale areas) to produce thinner and shorter hairs in each new hair growth cycle. When androgenic hormones reach the target organ, in this case, the hair follicle, the 5α-reductase enzyme converts androgenic hormones into the potent DHT hormone, leading to the mentioned effects and triggering hair loss.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
Female pattern hair loss appears with a diffuse thinning in the frontal and crown areas of the scalp (Ludwig Model), rarely spreading to the back and sides. Gaps appear wider, and the scalp is more pronounced in the frontal and central points of the head. This is a slow and gradual process, rarely covering the entire area. Androgenetic hair loss in women typically begins with hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, or postmenopausal stages and is quite common in women over 80 years old. Although no apparent hair loss is linked to this form of shedding, prolonged and excessive shedding (Telogen Effluvium) preceding this condition may develop. Androgenetic hair loss has three causal factors: age, heredity, and the presence of the male hormone. Postmenopausal thinning is associated with a decrease in estrogen.
FUE Hair Transplantation:
The “FUE” hair transplantation technique is the most preferred method today.
Regarding both the cost and effectiveness, individuals dealing with issues such as baldness and healthcare institutions administering treatments often favor this technique.
With the “FUE” technique, hair follicles are extracted from the patient’s occipital area, using surgical blades with a thickness of 0.6-0.7 mm, known as punches, and then transplanted into the specified areas. Following the transplantation procedure, the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow immediately. Micro-incisions in the occipital area typically heal within 48 hours. On the third day after the procedure, you can return to work, and on the tenth day, resume your normal lifestyle. The technique is referred to as “Micro FUE” due to the micro-sized surgical instruments used during the procedure.
How is Hair Transplantation – FUE Performed?
1. Our specialists evaluate and provide you their opinion on whether you are suitable for this type of treatment, considering your medical history and current condition.
2. After determination of the day for the procedure, detailed instructions are provided to the patient regarding the pre-procedural guidelines.
3. On the day of the procedure, after the patient is hospitalized, blood tests are conducted, and preparation for the procedure is carried out.
4. Generally, hair shaving is performed at the hospital; if a non-shaving hair transplantation will be applied, the patient is provided with the necessary information, and the required preparatory procedures are also performed at the hospital.
5. The procedure begins with the application of anesthesia in the Donor Area, from which the grafts will be extracted, and then the process of extracting hair follicles begins.
6. After the extraction of hair follicles, they are counted and preserved in special solutions.
7. Local anesthesia is applied to the area where the hair follicles will be grafted.
8. Based on the number of grafts and the direction of their placement, microchannels are opened in the area where the hair will be grafted.
9. The healthy hair follicles, taken from the nape area, are individually grafted into the open microchannels.
10. After the procedure, antibiotic and pain relief treatment are applied to the patient.
11. On the following day after the procedure, bandages are removed in the hospital, and necessary dressings are applied.
12. On the third day after the procedure, the first hair wash is conducted at the hospital. During this visit, the patient receives detailed information about the subsequent recovery period.
13. Hair should be continually washed once per day, with the same manner as shown in the first wash, until the tenth day after the procedure.
14. When you come in for a check-up on the 10th day after the procedure, the scabs that have formed around the newly grafted hair must be completely shed; if not, our doctor removes them at the hospital.
Micro-FUE is a minimal, invasive surgical procedure that enables you to achieve your own natural hair.
1. It lasts for 6-7 hours under local anesthesia without any pain.
2. Surgical blades of 0.6-0.7 mm allow you to achieve high-density hair without leaving any scars.
3. The post-operative complication risk is nearly below 1%.
4. Micro-sized blades keep the patient free from swelling and pain after the operation.
5. The recovery time after the procedure is much faster compared to other methods.
6. Final results begin to emerge within only 3-4 months.
Micro-Fue is a minimal invasive surgical procedure that enables you to recover your natural hairs.
1.It takes from 6 to 7 days with local anesthesia without any pain.
2.You can recover dense hairs without any scars, by using 0,6-0,7 mm surgical blades.
3.The risk of complication after the procedure is below almost 1%.
4.Micro blades prevent the occurrence of any edema and pain after the procedure.
5.Duration of recovery after the procedure is much faster than other methods.
6.Final results start to occur in just 3 to 4 months.
7.You will never lose the transplanted hairs again.
What is Beard Transplantation?
Beard transplantation is preferred, particularly by those with thin facial hair, to achieve fuller beards. The procedure can also be performed to correct uneven or improperly growing facial hair due to various reasons.
Before performing a beard transplantation, assessments are performed to determine the specific areas where the plantation will be applied. In the beard transplantation procedure performed using the FUE technique, it is possible to achieve a natural appearance by creating channels according to the natural growth direction and selecting suitable follicles for the beard. Firstly, the individual’s expectations need to be determined through detailed consultations. Subsequently, the application process may take place.
Why is Beard Transplantation Performed?
Beard transplantation is performed to enhance the appearance by addressing the concern related to thin facial hair, offering individuals a fuller and desired look.
The issue of thinning beards, caused by various factors, may be congenital or may develop at a later age. In such cases, beard transplantation procedure, especially designed for individuals desiring to have dense facial hair, enables the achievement of the desired look.
How is it Done?
In the initial stage, a thorough planning involving a necessary examination of the individual’s facial hair structure is carried out. Following the analysis required for the transplantation of the areas affected by thinning, the application process may begin. A facial diagram is drawn by using skin-marking pens, precisely determining the areas where the transplantation will be performed. Hair follicles harvested from the nape area are then transplanted to the predetermined areas. If the opened canals do not align with the anatomical and natural growth angle of facial hair, undesirable outcomes may appear. In this regard, it is crucial for the procedure to be performed by an expert physician.