Hair transplantation and other transplantations

  • WHAT IS FUE? WHAT IS FUT? WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THEM?

    What İs FUE, what İs FUT, and what are the differences between them?

    Answer

    FUT and FUE are two different hair transplantation techniques with many differences between them. They can be compared as follows:

    FUE technique:


    - The hair roots are collected one by one from a large area in the back part of the head.
    - No scar is left from an incision or stitches.
    - The hair must be shaved.
    - The second or third multiplication sessions may be performed on the days immediately after transplantation.
    - The roots may be collected from any hairy part of the skin (arms, legs, or chest), if required.
    - The bleeding remains minimal compared to FUT technique.
    - The roots are handled more gently when collected one by one.
    - The procedure leaves no scars.
    - Mega- or giga-transplantations may be performed by FUE technique.
    - Healing takes place within 2-3 days.


    FUT technique:


    - The hair roots are obtained from a strip of skin cut out from the back part of the head.
    - The wound left at the point of incision is closed by stitches.
    - The maximum width of the strip may be 2-2.5 cm in a single session. Therefore, the number of hair roots is limited in the first session.
    - Healing and relaxation of the wound line will have to waited to start second or third sessions with FUT which means 6-9-month intervals between each session. It may take up to 10 days for the stitches to heal.
    - There may be minimal bleeding with this method.
    - The area to source hair roots is limited. Roots cannot be obtained from every hairy skin area.
    - There may be a long incision scar left in the back part of the head on which in the future no hair grows. This leads to a long bald strip in the scalp. This scar may be annoying for the patients who had undergone FUT in the past and they may need hair transplantation with FUE over this scar.
    - At the sutured area, healing will take 2 weeks..
    - Some patients require only a few number of roots to be transplanted. Eyebrow transplantation, for instance, might be better performed by FUT so that all the hair does not have to be shaved like in FUE. In such cases, FUT is still preferred in which a strip of skin taken from the back head will provide sufficient number of hair roots. However, FUE method should be preferred in mega- or giga-transplantations with 4,000-6,000 hair roots.

  • IS HAIR TRANSPLANTATION SAFE?

    IS HAIR TRANSPLANTATION SAFE?

    Answer

    Hair transplantation is a minor surgical procedure. Because it is a superficial procedure limited to the skin, it is not life-threatening. The risks are rather associated with the outcomes such as unnatural appearance, lack of fastening of roots, and so on. You will not get into trouble as long as the procedure is performed in a professional center.

  • IS HAIR TRANSPLANTATION PAINFUL?

    IS HAIR TRANSPLANTATION PAINFUL?

    Answer

    The most annoying step in hair transplantation is the initial anesthetization of the donor site. A local anesthetic is injected throughout the back head from one ear to the other before which you are given a sedation that will prevent you to feel the needle. This procedure is performed by very fine needles. You only feel the first needle because the other injections are made through the first point of injection. You will feel no pain thereafter once the first injection is made.

  • PEOPLE SAY THAT THE TRANSPLANTED HAIR IS SHEDDING WITHIN A FEW MONTHS. IS THIS TRUE?

    PEOPLE SAY THAT THE TRANSPLANTED HAIR IS SHEDDING WITHIN A FEW MONTHS. IS THIS TRUE?

    Answer

    The transplanted roots go into a shock period after the transplantation. The hair is shed usually within the first 2 months of transplantation but the main part (the bulb) of the hair root remains alive under the skin. Afterwards, new hair begins to grow permanently. It takes 6-9 months for the hair to begin growing healthier and reach its final condition.

  • IS IT POSSIBLE TO EXPERIENCE A SERIOUS PROBLEM DURING HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO EXPERIENCE A SERIOUS PROBLEM DURING HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

    Answer

    Despite being rare, the most frequent problem is a drop in the blood pressure following the procedure. Prolonged lying down and standing up suddenly may contribute to hypotension in addition to the effect of anesthesia. Therefore, hair transplantation should be supervised by a doctor. Very rarely, a serum may be required to fix the blood pressure.

  • HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE LAST?

    HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE LAST?

    Answer

    This is completely up to the number of hair roots to be transplanted. The procedure usually ends between 2 to 6 hours. Some giga-transplantations (very large transplantations like 6,000-10,000 roots) may be divided into two sessions. For example, 5,000 roots are collected from one side of the donor site on the first day and then transplanted to the entire recipient site. On the second day, a further 5,000 roots are collected from the other half of the donor site and transplanted to the entire recipient site again to multiply the number. Thus, a procedure that normally would take 8-10 hours and become boring is done in two separate sessions, each lasting around 4-5 hours. This is also done to accomplish the procedure more carefully.

  • DO YOU MAKE LONG HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

    DO YOU MAKE LONG HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

    Answer

    Transplantation of long hair is only beneficial when a few number of roots are going to be transplanted. The aim is transplanting the long-haired roots without shaving patient’s hair. This may be done if, for instance, the recipient site has a maximum diameter of 4-5 cm. However, larger transplants cannot be done by this technique due to technical difficulties, prolonged time of the procedure, and increasing cost due to prolonged time. In addition, the desired number of hair roots cannot be transplanted. Moreover, the hair on top of the roots are shed anyway shortly after the intervention. Therefore, performing large transplantations without shaving the hair claims are marketing tricks to attract more patients. Transplantation without hair cut in large transplantations has no benefits but disadvantages and thus we do not recommend, nor practice.

  • DO YOU CUT THE HAIR FOR TRANSPLANTATION?

    DO YOU CUT THE HAIR FOR TRANSPLANTATION?

    Answer

    Hair cut is a must for an efficient transplantation in large interventions. We never transplant long hair in large procedures without shaving the hair. Transplantation of long hair is a marketing trick used to attract patients.

  • DOES TRANSPLANTATION LEAVE ANY SCAR?

    DOES TRANSPLANTATION LEAVE ANY SCAR?

    Answer

    FUT technique leaves a scar in the back head due to the long strip of skin removed. This scar becomes more prominent under the rain or after taking a shower. In FUE, however, no scar is left because the hair roots are collected one by one. No apparent sign is left unless too much roots are collected from the donor site. The rule is picking one root and sparing two. This ratio may be 1:1 for giga-sessions in which very high number of hair roots must be collected. Balding may occur in the recipient site if 2 roots are taken while 1 is spared.

  • CAN I HAVE MY HAIR CUT OR DYED WHEN IT GROWS LONGER AFTER TRANSPLANTATION?

    CAN I HAVE MY HAIR CUT OR DYED WHEN IT GROWS LONGER AFTER TRANSPLANTATION?

    Answer

    You can have your hair cut or dyed after three months.

  • HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR COMPLETE AND HEALTHY GROWING OF THE HAIR?

    HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR COMPLETE AND HEALTHY GROWING OF THE HAIR?

    Answer

    Your hair will be washed 2 days after the transplantation. All the clots and scabs will be gone after two weeks. You can swim in the sea or swimming pool after three weeks. You can shave your transplanted beard or moustache after 2 months. The hair begins to shed within 3-4 months, leaving their roots healthy. The hair begins to grow permanently thereafter and reaches maximum state of health within 1-2 years.

  • IS FURTHER TRANSPLANTATION REQUIRED IN THE FUTURE?

    IS FURTHER TRANSPLANTATION REQUIRED IN THE FUTURE?

    Answer

    The transplanted roots will not shed since they are taken from the back of the head. Therefore, a new transplantation will not be required, while a second session may be done to multiply the number of hairs.

  • HOW IS A GOOD TRANSPLANT RECOGNIZED?

    HOW IS A GOOD TRANSPLANT RECOGNIZED?

    Answer

    Hair is not transplanted vertically but has a certain inclination. Thinnest and single roots are transplanted irregularly to the frontmost area while thicker doublet and triplet roots are transplanted behind this line. The frontal hair margin is planned according to the cosmetic ratios of the face. Most importantly, the hair does not look like it has been transplanted.

  • HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT THE EXACT NUMBER OF ROOTS ARE TRANSPLANTED AS I WAS TOLD?

    HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT THE EXACT NUMBER OF ROOTS ARE TRANSPLANTED AS I WAS TOLD?

    Answer

    We align the hair roots collected from the donor site systematically inside petri dishes. Each petri dish contains around 200-300 hair roots. You can find out the total number of hair roots collected simply by counting the petri dishes. If there are 10 petri dishes on the table each containing 200 roots, this roughly makes 2,000 hair roots.

  • IS THE OUTCOME PERMANENT OR CAN THE TRANSPLANTED HAIR SHED AGAIN IN THE FUTURE?

    IS THE OUTCOME PERMANENT OR CAN THE TRANSPLANTED HAIR SHED AGAIN IN THE FUTURE?

    Answer

    We prefer the hair roots in the back of the head for transplantation since these are the most resistant roots to hair loss. In a person who have active hair loss, it is this part of the scalp which loses hair last compared to the earlier loss in temporals or the apex. Therefore, these transplanted hair is generally permanent and does not get lost.

  • HOW DO YOU MAKE BEARD/MOUSTACHE TRANSPLANTS LOOK UNNOTICEABLE?

    HOW DO YOU MAKE BEARD/MOUSTACHE TRANSPLANTS LOOK UNNOTICEABLE?

    Answer

    All types of hair transplantations have their own characteristics. This is the same for beard and moustache. The roots must be inserted with a downward inclination for beard and downward plus sideways for moustache. Thick and darker hair roots give better results in these sites.

  • WHEN CAN I HAVE A SHAVE AFTER BEARD/MOUSTACHE TRANSPLANTATION?

    WHEN CAN I HAVE A SHAVE AFTER BEARD/MOUSTACHE TRANSPLANTATION?

    Answer

    Do not shave your beard/moustache for 2 weeks after transplantation. On day 14, you can have a shave using a sharp and quality razor. Electric razors are not recommended since most of them do not cut the hair off but instead pluck it away, so they may harm the transplanted roots and pull them off. Therefore, you will have to use only quality sharp razors for at least 3 months.

  • WHEN CAN I GO TO SWIMMING OR PLAY SPORTS AFTER HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

    WHEN CAN I GO TO SWIMMING OR PLAY SPORTS AFTER HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

    Answer

    Washing the hair is different from swimming. We wash your hair on the 2nd day at our clinic during which we use special shampoos and lotions. These products have disinfectant properties. In contrast, sea or swimming pool water are not sterile. There will be small blood clots on the transplanted roots after transplantation. These cannot completely be removed before 10 days even if you wash your head daily. Complete healing of the root bottoms takes 10 more days after all the clots are gone. Therefore, only after 3 weeks we recommend going to the sea or swimming pool.

  • I AM DIABETIC. CAN I HAVE HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

    I AM DIABETIC. CAN I HAVE HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

    Answer

    Diabetics can also have hair transplant. These patients have higher risk for infection and wound healing is usually delayed. Hair transplantation can be done to diabetic patients with sufficient glycemic control if they are taking their medicines regularly. Blood glucose should be determined by a blood test before performing hair transplantation.

  • DOES NEW HAIR GROW IN THE DONOR AREAS?

    DOES NEW HAIR GROW IN THE DONOR AREAS?

    Answer

    The transplanted roots are the real hair roots that make the hair grow. We transfer this hair-generating root body from the donor site to the recipient site. No new hair grows in the region where hair roots are removed.

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