Hair loss is a process significantly affecting patients in social terms. Although there are many reasons among the factors, the gold standard method of treatment is still hair transplantation today. Balding areas can be covered as in other hairy areas with hair transplantation.
If there is a familial tendency, especially in men, hair loss is more likely to occur.
Hair loss can be seen depending on many reasons. Regardless of the reason, hair transplantation is the most effective and natural way to regain lost hair. The transplanted hair is permanent for the whole life. The durability of transplanted hair is not about the procedure performed. It is explained by the genetic structure of hair follicles.
In the recent past, people who are bald or have sparse hair were recommended to use wigs or prosthetic hair. These non-natural methods could not go beyond covering up the problem. Instead of these methods, hair transplantation is a more popular and permanent solution today.
Those who are not heavy smokers, Those without any risky disease to threaten the life, Adult patients who have reasonable expectations from the procedure, Patients without an ongoing disease to cause hair loss, Patient who have hair with an adequate amount and quality in the back of scalp. People who have a hairless area less than 200 square centimetres with the problem of sparse areas are excellent candidates for hair transplantation. They can achieve very good results even in the first session. However, for those who have completed hair loss process, new hair follicles might necessary to be transplanted instead of the residue risky hair follicles if they shed.
Hair transplantation is performed in private hospitals with a team of at least 4 people under sterile conditions. Operations performed in placed which do not meet sterile conditions cause serious health problems. Hair transplantation takes place in 6 stages.
- Photos of transplant area are taken. Hair is shortened with a special shaving machine. Hair is prepared for local anaesthesia.
- Hair areas that are genetically resistant to hair loss are taken by using micro punches.
- The new hairline is determined by looking at the old photos of the patient.
- Direction of hair to be transplanted is determined.
- The hair follicles collected are placed to the opened hair channels one by one.
- Hair is cleaned with special lotions. Patient is informed about what to be taken care after hair transplantation.
How long does it take to return to normal life after hair transplantation and how is the recovery period?
Hair transplantation is a procedure that does not restrict one’s life and does not require hospitalization. Even during the process, the patient can meet his needs by himself. A few hours after the procedure, they can return to their normal lives that do not require a strenuous physical activity. One day after, it is possible to return to work except for heavy jobs. There is no physical inconvenience to return to work after dressing on the following day of the operation. However, those working in dirty, excessively hot or cold conditions which require heavy physical strength should rest for at least one week. The bandage which is placed on the forehead area in order to prevent the progression of possible oedema after hair transplantation is removed on the next day. Patients are requested to take a shower on the 2nd day and they should not exercise during the first 3 weeks. Transplanted hair falls off naturally in the 6th week and start to grow up again. Hair growth period should be evaluated after the 6th month and the 12th month.
Smokers should quit smoking, Aspirin and other non-steroid painkillers should be avoided because of the bleeding risk, If there are medicines being used for other diseases, patient should consult his doctor and continue using them accordingly, Scalp sterilization should be performed before the operation.
The cost of surgery depends on the duration of surgical intervention, amount of transplanted hair, preferred technique and anaesthesia type.