What is hair transplantation?
Hair Transplantation is the action of transplanting the hair follicles taken from the back area of the head where hair is dense, to the parts of the head where hair is scarce with an appropriate operation.
Hair Transplant Methods
FUE is a method which was developed after the FUT method had lost its validity. With the FUE hair extraction method, hair follicles are taken from the donor area between the ears with the help of a specially developed micro motor or extraction needle as small as 0,5 – 0,9 mm.
This method has developed quickly; so even though it’s newer than FUT it became more popular in a short time. The most important preference factor for the standard FUE method is that surgical tools are highly developed which enable quick and non-invasive methods for hair follicle extraction.
Today, micro motors used manually or electronically have taken the place of hand operated needles. These devices allow non-problematic extraction of hair follicles. Operation time is reduced from 2 days to a mere 3-4 hours and provides great convenience for the patients. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a hair transplantation method which is widely used due to its advantages. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is the first method that comes to mind in the hair transplantation field.
This has an undeniable reason: FUE hair transplantation is a painless operation in which the patient can go back to their normal life in a short time and this method does not include any cuts or stitches. No visible, permanent scarring can be seen in the donor area where hair follicles are extracted. Also with this method it is possible to transplant body hairs.
FUE HAIR TRANSPLANT FOR WOMEN
Hair loss for the women is caused generally by anemia, mineral and vitamin deficiency, hormonal imbalance, thyroid disease, pregnancy, breastfeeding etc. In order to prevent hair loss in women, the factor causing hair loss should be removed first of all. Thus, before the decision to transplant hair is taken, they should consult a dermatologist, expert of internal diseases or in some cases an endocrinologist. If the factors causing hair loss are removed, lost hair can usually recover itself in one year.
Hair transplantation operation is standard for women and men but due to their physical appearance women will not want having their head shaved. For this reason the hair transplant in the women is carried out with a different method. Instead of shaving the head completely, an area behind the ears of 2-2,5 cm in width is shaved after the hair is lifted at a length of 15 cm and hair graft is extracted from only this area with the help of a micro motor. After this operation, the area from which the hair is extracted, is covered with the lifted hair. The scar on this area is closed within a week, and after a month the area from which hair is extracted is not felt even when touched with a finger.
After the hair extraction, a channel is opened with a thin section from the area from which the hair was extracted without shaving the hair. The only difference in this process is the hair being longer. It takes a week for the area to return to its normal look again. The hair lost in three weeks grows back after three months. An average of one year is required for the hair transplanted to harmonize with other hair in both look and quality. In this time period, patients should take vitamins or carry out mesotherapy.
The physical advantage of a hair transplant carried out with such method is that it does not require your hair to be cut short. The most important disadvantage is that between 800-1000 grafts could be taken in one session.
PRP Supported Hair Transplant
What it PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)?
PRP is used for quick healing of the scars and supporting quick hair growth. PRP treatment helps weak hair follicles vulnerable to be loss to gain to be revitalized. In patients to whom a PRP treatment is applied, it has been observed that hair loss is relatively less in the area in the operation areae and the hair grows more strongly. In the hair transplant operation, scars of patients who had PRP support beforehand heal more quickly. After the operation the red spots and scabbed areas disappear quickly and hair growth capacity increases in the area in which the hair is transplanted.
PRP has lots of platelets gained from the blood of the patient. Blood is drawn from the patient before the procedure and PRP is obtained. When the patient’s own blood is used there is no need for measuring the immune response. Also, PRP does not cause any allergic reaction.
How is PRP liquid obtained?
- As in all blood laboratories, 10 cc of blood is drawn from the patient to be treated with PRP.
- Drawn blood is transferred to a special device in a sterile tube for the purposes of obtaining the platelet rich part of blood.
- Blood cells are spun in a centrifuge and the platelet rich cells of the blood is densified.
Platelet rate in PRP can be increased 4-8 times with this procedure. The studies showed that the growth factor of the hair follicles depends on the platelets.
How is PRP liquid applied?
First, anesthesia is applied. Then the PRP liquid is injected into the hair roots. The injection process is painless and takes a short time (2-3 minutes). Patients can then go back to their normal daily lives and there will be no swelling or bruising after this procedure.
Who can benefit from PRP liquid?
People who have seasonal or genetic hair loss or people with thin and weak hair can be treated with PRP.
PRP in hair transplantation
PRP has three roles in hair transplantation:
- Revitalizing hair follicles after the hair transplantation procedure (FUE with PRP support)
- Enabling the quick growth of hair after hair transplantation
- Enables growth and stimulation of the transplanted hair follicles.
Some time is required before transferring the area from which hair follicles are taken to the recipient area. This process is important for hair follicles to live.
Extracted hair follicles are stored in specially prepared absorption rooms for this purpose.
In a new method, PRP added to the container or the follicles are multiplied directly with a PRP-solution which takes its positive effect very quickly. The injection of PRP liquid contributes to the life of hair follicle and helps quick healing of scars and helps the growth of hair follicles by stimulating them.
Are there any side effects of PRP?
PRP liquid contains the patient’s own blood. There is no allergic reaction or infection risk. Principally it is similar to donating your own blood. The effect of PRP treatment can be different for each recipient. PRP treatment has a supplementary effect. The results of treatment will be seen in time after the treatment. This treatment only supports physical healing.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Transplantation and Hair Transplantation Methods
The procedure takes approximately 4 to 6 hours depending on the size of the area where transplantation is made, skin and hair structure, and the method to be applied.
Hair transplantation is carried out under local anesthetic and you will definitely not feel any pain during the operation.
The method to be applied is determined not by us but your skin and hair structure, and the application of right technique is of prime importance. The technique to be applied and the reason of its choice are explained in detail during the preliminary consultation.
Yes it will. Preparation of grafts (hair clusters), the conditions in which they are kept and the application of right technique directly affect the outcome of transplantation and once they are fulfilled properly the outcome will be 100% successful.
There is nothing that prevents you from going out after the operation. There may be seen little pink spots during the first 2 or 3 days, but they will fade out gradually and your skin will assume its normal state within a week and you can go out as you wish.
Those details will be covered thoroughly during the preliminary consultation.
The hair will emerge 3 months following the operation date and it will reach its normal length approximately within 6 months.
You will not lose your transplanted hair. Because transplanted hair is taken from a hair loss free spot, it maintains its character on the area of transplantation.
The hair that is naturally transplanted with the right technique will never give you away. However in order to achieve that, it is very important that the team that will perform the operation is experienced. Because the form of transplantation to be applied varies according to a person’s skin and hair structure as well as the area of transplantation, each of those factors should be assessed individually.
In order to determine a price, your skin and hair structure, technique to be applied and the size of the transplantation area should be assessed first. For this purpose you can have an appointment for a free of charge preliminary consultation and obtain reliable information from our experts.
Hair transplantation operations are performed by plastic surgeons and experts who have long years of experience in their respective fields.