Hair transplant is the procedure that involves the transplantation of permanent hair in people with partial or complete baldness due to various factors such as genetic structure, metabolic and structural causes, stress, drug use, etc. Many techniques have been used in hair transplant operations performed up to now. In the early history of hair transplant, harvesting inadequate hair follicles have caused unnatural appearances and wound formation. However, today such problems are not experienced and very successful hair transplant operations are performed thanks to the advanced technology. Scar formation is no longer seen, more hair follicles are transplanted, and the most natural looking results are achieved. Hair transplant is a procedure consisting of many stages. These stages are pre-operative stage, operation stage, and post-operative stage. Hair transplant also consists of 3 separate stages in itself, in terms of operational steps. The first is the stage of follicle harvesting, the second is the stage of opening the channels where the follicles will be placed, and the third is the stage of transplantation of follicles. During hair transplant operation, hair grafts are harvested from the back of the patient’s scalp, and then they are transplanted to the regions where they are intended to be transplanted. Grafts can also be harvested form the patient’s back and chest regions, by considering whether they are suitable for the procedure. Thanks to hair transplant, boldness can be eliminated, and you can regain your denser hair.
What are the points that I should take into consideration before hair transplant?
Hair transplant is a procedure useful for hair losses in the site of surgical sutures, male pattern hair loss, female pattern hair loss, and hair losses caused by genetic factors, accidents, diseases, aging, and rapid weight loss. If you have decided to have hair transplant, and if the time of the operation has been determined, you should stop taking aspirin, alcohol, vitamin E, and blood thinners at least one week before the operation. You will also stop smoking if you smoke.
How many hours does hair transplant take?
The operation time of hair transplant varies depending on the number of hair transplant sessions, and the number of grafts to be transplanted. The operation time usually ranges from 4 to 8 hours. In the process of hair transplant, the operation is not performed ceaselessly. Breaks are taken as desired, for allowing the patient to meet his/her personal needs. During the hair transplant, the patient can watch TV, listen to music, read newspapers, books and magazines.
Will I feel pain during the hair transplant operation?
Hair transplantation is performed under local anesthesia. The patient just feels the moment when anesthesia is given. The patient will feel no pain after the site of donor hair follicles and the area of hair transplant are numbed. If you have mild postoperative pains, you can easily control them by using painkillers to be recommended by your doctor.
When will the transplanted hair begin to grow after the operation?
The transplanted hair will fall out 15 to 20 days after the hair transplant operation. This should be considered as a normal situation. The first hair will begin to appear 3 months after the hair transplant operation. In the 6th month after hair transplant, approximately 75% of the transplanted hair is observed to be recovered. The hair will grow about 1 cm per month. A year after the operation, all the transplanted hair will have been recovered. The hair may initially appear slightly weak, pale and curly. However, the hair will look like that because it will be its first growth stage. The transplanted hair will get thicker and return to your own hair form over time.
What are the points that I should take into consideration after hair transplant? Will the transplanted hair fall out?
You can easily wash your hair 3 days after the hair transplant operation. However, should not swim in the pool or the sea, for a period of 2 to 3 weeks. After the hair transplant operation, you should be careful about protecting the transplantation area from exposure to intense sunlight. After having hair transplant, you should regularly wash your hair on a daily basis, in order to eliminate the scab formations on your scalp. Such scab formations last for about ten days, and then disappear without leaving any scar. You should wash your hair extremely delicately, and avoid using your nails. After washing your hair, you can dry it with only a clean, soft towel, without using a hair dryer. In addition, you should not worry thinking that you will lose the transplanted hair. This is because the transplanted hair follicles are harvested from the nape of the neck (where hair loss does not occur), and then are transplanted to the areas where they are needed. For this reason, there is no such a possibility that hair will not be able to take hold and fall out.