If you are struggling with hair loss, you have probably considered a hair transplant.
After a certain age, most men lose their hair because of some genetic reasons. As cosmetic medicine has developed a lot over the last years, there are many methods to do a hair plant treatment.
There are many types of hair transplants, and all of them have a high success rate, depending on how the body accepts the changes produced after hair plantation.
What is hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation or hair restoration is a type of surgery that moves follicles on the back and neck to fill a bald area.
There are two types of hair transplant, follicular unit strip surgery (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE).
FUT consists in removing a 6 to 10 inch from the back of the head and sews it onto the scalp, after dividing it into 500 to 2000 tiny grafts, (each has an individual hair or just a few hairs).
The number of hair depends on the hair type, quality, and the size of the area from where you get the transplant.
For the FUE process, the doctor removes hair follicles one by one from the donor area. Depending on the number of grafts, the surgery can take up to eight hours.
You might consider another procedure later on; in case you continue to lose hair or decide you want thicker hair.
The recovery process
After the surgery, your scalp may be very sensitive. “Is hair restoration painful?” is a very common question among the patients.
You may need to take painkillers for several days, but mostly to fight against inflammation, not against severe pain.
The hair restoration recovery is easy and quick. You may wear some bandages for 24 hours and take some antibiotics for several days, to protect the open areas against infections.
Most people return to work 2 to 5 days after the operation.
Hair transplant side effects
The most common side effect is scarring, but this cannot be avoided with any procedure.
However, it passes over time, leaving no marks. Other side effects may include infections, crust or pus drainage around the surgical sites, inflammation of hair follicles, bleeding, scalp pain and itching, losing sensation around the surgical site, or continuing to lose hair if your hair is still balding.
However, if you have ever wondered, “Is hair transplant safe?”, you should understand that risks occur only if the procedure is not made by professional surgeons, in conditions of maximum hygiene.
How much does a hair transplant cost?
A hair transplant can be very expensive. In most countries, the price is set according to the number of grafts transplanted.
That is why in the UK or USA, the price of a hair transplant starts from 3000 euros and can reach 15000 euros per session.
In Turkey, we set the price according to the surgery, not to the number of follicles.
However, the final cost depends also on the surgical technique chosen, the experience of the surgeon, and the necessary medications.
HayatMed located in Istanbul is highly experienced in performing Hair Transplant Surgery surgeries with satisfactory results according to our patients’ evaluations.