Did you know we typically lose 50-100 hairs a day? While this may sound quite excessive, believe it or not, it’s completely normal! The reason why hair loss isn’t generally that obvious is that new hair usually grows simultaneously. But what if yours is noticeable? Yes, you’ve tried all the usual treatments, but nothing seems to work.
Turkey, famous for its burgeoning hair transplant industry, might be your go-to if you seek a permanent solution to hair loss.
Its successful hospitality trade in a unique Mediterranean location, a strong focus on medical science, and competitive pricing make Turkey a mecca for medical tourism. It’s, therefore, no surprise that a world-class hair transplant industry has been built around patients wanting good-value clinics and infrastructure equal to international standards.
At Trichogenics Hair Restoration Center, we combine cutting-edge equipment, the latest methodology, and artistic flair to offer patients some of the best hair transplants in the world.
In this article, we’ll explore what makes Turkey the ideal place to head if you require a hair transplant.
Let’s Start From The Beginning…What is Alopecia?
Alopecia (hair loss) occurs when new hair does not replace that which has fallen out. It is a common problem among men and affects the scalp or the entire body. It results in partial or complete baldness and may be temporary or permanent.
If more than usual hair loss or sudden, patchy hair loss is noticed, a doctor should be consulted, as this may indicate an underlying medical condition.
Can Hair Transplantation Help?
Hair transplant refers to a surgical technique that removes hair follicles from an area of the body where there is hair – the donor site – and transfers it via the micro-surgical procedure to the recipient site.
The most common method used to do this is grafting. A healthy density is about 120 to 140 hairs per square centimeter of the scalp. A doctor should advise regarding hair density and the number of grafts necessary.
What is the Process & Likely Outcome?
Local anesthesia is used in many hair transplant procedures, so it should be carried out in a medical clinic. Avoid unlicensed operations that a qualified doctor does not oversee, and actively participate in the extraction of follicles and site creation. The patient must take certain pre- and post-operative steps for the best outcome, and the doctor should explain these.
The usual procedure is to clean the scalp and inject a numbing agent into the back of the head.
In the case of the preferred Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure, the back of the head is shaved, and the hair follicles are removed singly. This area heals with only small dots showing, and the existing hair should cover them. Where there is not enough hair root in the nape, it can be taken from the beard area.
Once the donor follicles have been extracted (FUE), the area where the grafts are to be “planted” is cleaned and numbed. Incisions are made with a scalpel or needle, and the grafts are individually placed in the holes. This takes four to eight hours and may be repeated later if necessary.
What Happens Post-surgery?
If not done under high standards and with great care, permanent harm can be caused to hair follicles, and the patient is at risk of infection and skin necrosis.
Pre- and post-treatment procedures affect the outcome, so choosing an appropriate clinic and practitioner is vital. Scars that form after a hair transplant undergo a fairly rapid healing process if the correct measures are taken.
Generally, the scalp may be tender for a while, and the area must be bandaged for three days before removing the dressing and assessing recovery. There is some risk of bleeding, infection, and scarring, but antibiotics and compresses help.
Sun should be avoided, and wearing headgear is not advised, so it is probably best to stay indoors afterward.
Intensive exercises and excessive sweating can damage the transplanted hair follicles and should be avoided.
Touching the scalp can cause dislocation of the transplanted grafts.
Three days post-transplant, the scalp should be gently washed with warm water. This continues daily for 15 days. The washing process aids in shedding the crusts that have built up and hastens recovery.
Additional Treatment Options
Laser therapy accelerates the healing of the scalp, helping to eliminate redness, swelling, and pain that may occur after hair transplantation. With long-term use, it has the effect of thickening the hair.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) extracted from the patient’s blood is injected into the scalp, allowing rapid regeneration.
Almost two to eight weeks after the surgery, the transplanted hair falls out, and around three months after the transplant session, new hair grows. This continues to grow at a normal rate, provided the transplanted hairs have been cared for by the patient. At six months, the hair should take on a natural appearance and continue to grow for a lifetime. For some, this can take up to a year.
Some of the original hair in the area where the transplant occurred may be lost – shock loss which is usually not permanent. New ones should also emerge with the received grafts to replace the lost hair.
Are You a Good Candidate for Hair Replacement?
You should be medically fit and have realistic expectations about hair replacement results. You would also need to have areas of thick hair growth on your scalp (donor area on sides and back).
Anyone with psychological disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) or trichotillomania is not a good candidate. Patients who suffer from diffuse unpatterned alopecia (DUPA) or unstable hair loss, known as cicatricial alopecia (CA), are not eligible, nor are the young patients.
What to Consider When Planning
A professional hair transplant job demands medical and technical expertise, aesthetic and creative sense, accuracy, and a steady hand.
The risks and repercussions of hair transplant surgery make it essential that prospective patients seek treatment in clinics with proven track records of successful hair transplant and follow-up. Only doctors and medical teams with experience can provide such guarantees.
Reviewing websites or social media links in which people share their experiences may assist in ascertaining which clinics provide the best treatment and most reliable results.
1. Medical Standards
It is wise to look into the standards and inspection mechanisms of the destination country. Countries like the USA, South Korea, and Turkey have developed reliable systems for supporting visitors and patients regarding medical standards, reliability, and quality of services.
2. Speaking the Same Language on Support and Guarantees
A guarantee of the transplant surgery and subsequent support services in the months post-surgery make an enormous difference to the quality of the experience. It is also helpful if the health practitioner speaks the patient’s language, building trust between caregiver and patient.
3. Complementary Services
Accommodation and transport costs and exchange rates must be factored into the cost at the planning stages, and pre-and post-operation processes, medications, and equipment should also be considered.
All-inclusive packages alleviate stress which might negatively affect the outcome of the procedure. In some cases, these packages include accommodation and transportation, taking some of the burdens of travel arrangements of the patient’s shoulders.
What are the Costs?
The price depends on the chosen method, number of grafts, and anesthesia method and may change based on the density and pre- and post-operational services. If the list is whittled down to countries where standards are reliable and the authorities provide assurances of safe practices, the USA, Germany, France, South Korea, England, and Turkey are the best bet.
In trusted French hair transplant centers, a high-quality FUE hair transplant costs $8000 to $16000. The same surgery in a reliable clinic in Germany starts at 9200$ and may go up to 18000$. UK hair transplant costs are higher than those in Germany, starting at 8000$ and increasing to 20000$ for an all-inclusive package.
Meanwhile, a known surgeon or a medical team offering an acceptable combination of quality, guarantee, and density, can cost $10000 to $50000 in the USA.
Turkey is head and shoulders above the rest for hair transplant with a top-quality, natural-looking result.
An FUE hair transplant method costs between $2000 and $12000. With several recognized hair transplant centers in Turkey believed to be among the world’s most trusted, the country’s procedures are acknowledged to be relatively painless, with faster recovery due to the pre-and post-operative “extras” that are offered, minimal scarring, and a 90% hair graft survival rate.
Turkey Checks all the Boxes
When it comes to everything from availability to quality, experience, reliability, guarantees and support measures, accommodation, travel infrastructure, and price, Turkey checks all the boxes and is the clear winner when it comes to hair restoration.
Hair Transplants in Istanbul, Turkey
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