Hair Transplant Procedure: A to Z Explained!
Undergoing a hair transplant can be one of the most important decisions one can make. It can change your life at once and create a new source of attraction and confidence. However, it has a lengthy procedure, and you need to be educated about all the steps of a hair transplant to recover your youthful look successfully.
Generally, a hair transplant process is divided into three main parts:
The Surgery Day
There is a misbelief that the only critical stage of a hair transplant is limited to the surgery itself. As complex and delicate as the surgery is, other steps do play an important role in the success of a hair transplant surgery. The hair transplant timeline has a one-year (more or less) length.
Hair Transplant Procedure
Before the Surgery Day
Don’t worry if you are experiencing hair loss and have a bald area or several bold patches. You can contact Dr. Emrah Cinik to get informed about the hair transplant procedure.
To give you relevant information and provide you with individualized care, we need to find out more about you.
We all have individual hair characteristics. Also, not everyone loses hair the same way. Without a thorough consultation, your hair transplant can be a blind shot.
We will need you to send us images of your hair, including the bald area, hair falls, or bald patches. This will help us determine the best course of action to accommodate your specific needs. The information you give us will also help us plan the procedure in advance.
After we provide you with cost estimates, thorough online consultation, and you agree to continue with a hair transplant, we will schedule an appointment for surgery.
The dates we agree on are significant as they will guide our decisions and actions in the steps to follow.
Once you agree with the hair transplant procedure costs, we will initiate further steps to ensure you enjoy your stay here. You don’t have to worry about anything. You just need to book your flights, and that’s it!
Fortunately, Istanbul has daily flights to most major cities globally, so you can quickly fly to Istanbul no matter where you live.
As soon as you arrive at Istanbul airport, we will be there. Our VIP transfer services transfer you from the airport to the hotel, hotel to clinic, and back.
We will provide you with the address of the meeting point. This is where the appointed driver will pick you up and drive you to your hotel.
We will also take care of transportation from the hotel to Dr. Emrah Cinik’s hospital and back. Your only concern is to get well-rested.
It is pretty important to make sure your hair transplant won’t expose you to any kind of risks. A blood test is necessary to ensure you are all safe, and your hair transplant will be a successful one.
Before doing hair transplants, we evaluate these blood factors in men and women:
Heart disorders can be the most significant source of risks before hair transplant surgeries. To guarantee you don’t have any heart disorders, Our medical team will do an EKG test the day before your surgery.
Your hair transplant day starts with the consultation session by Dr. Emrah Cinik.
At this point, “Before” photos are taken. They are taken at neutral lighting and from all necessary directions. Not only are they used after the surgery as a reference point, but also they are used by the surgery team to make sure they are on the right track.
Based on your request, we will offer one of two options for you:
Channel opening is the stage where the surgeon’s specialty affects the entire hair transplant quality. The depth of channels, their angle, density, placement, and direction need a lot of consideration and experience to be done properly.
For opening channels, very delicate blades are used. Metal blades are used in FUE hair transplants. Recent innovations have enabled using Sapphire blades that are sharper and more precise.
After finishing the surgery steps, our medical team prepares you to get some rest. Disinfecting the donor area(s) and bandaging it, checking your blood pressure, and other physical factors would be the next steps. Then we take some photos from your transplanted area.
Our VIP transfer takes you to the hotel to take some rest in its luxurious atmosphere. You will need to use the neck pillow we give you to sleep in the right position.
To make sure a high-quality surgery will result in a successful hair transplant, the first wash is done at our clinic. The bandages are taken, and your scalp is washed using special Dr. Cinik shampoo. There should be no blood spots on the recipient area left as it can kill the graft. A special gel is also applied to the donor area to ease the itchiness.
After your first wash is done, our team educates you about the aftercare and the recovery procedure. Giving you a special aftercare package, you will be educated about all the necessary tasks you will need to consider during the recovery and growth process.
Scabs should be gone, and the transplanted area should be clean. You need to send images from your hair to our team to be able to follow up on your healing process.
At this point, you can expect the shedding process. It is normal and is a part of the healing process. It can continue until the third month. Do not forget to send your updates to our post-op team.
Now you can expect the permanent hair to start growing. You need to be patient and give some time to your hair to grow and get strong.
At this point, you can expect to see 60 to 70 percent of the final result.
Hair strands grow stronger and thicker. Hair growth in the transplanted area continues further.
Congratulations! You made it! You can expect the final results now. For some patients, it takes 15 months to get the final results.
Hair Transplant Aftercare Education
After the surgery, our team will provide you with all necessary information regarding the aftercare procedure. It is important that you know what should be taken care of and considered after having a hair transplant.
We provide all patients with detailed information besides educational videos about what they will need to do or avoid doing after their hair transplant. Without cautious aftercare, all the effort made in the previous steps can be destroyed, so it is important to give all the patients what they need.
Dr. Cinik Post-Op Support Team: You Are Not Alone
Here at Dr. Cinik Hair Hospital, a team of professionals speaking different languages will follow your healing process and are available for any questions and problems you face. It is important to be supported during the healing period.
It is possible to run into some unexpected problems during the recovery time. It might be a real danger, which can jeopardize the hair and put your health in danger, or not a serious threat but a stressful moment. In both situations, you will need a professional to support you and give you the correct instructions.
What Are the Risks of a Hair Transplant?
A hair transplant, like any other medical procedure, might have certain side effects and problems. The majority of these problems are temporary and are a normal part of the healing process. Because it is a surgical procedure, some scalp damage is unavoidable. The following are some of the most prevalent side effects of a hair transplant:
-Swelling or bruising
-Pain or itching
-Loss of sensation around the treated areas
-Loss of transplanted hair (shock loss)
All of these potential difficulties are just temporary, so don't be panicked if you encounter them. Even if you have an infection, your doctor will treat it immediately and make sure your hair grows properly again.
When the surgery is performed by a doctor who lacks experience, complications are more likely to occur. As a result, it is important to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon to transplant your hair.
Frequently Asked Questions
Like all other medical incisions, hair transplants carry some pain. However, the pain is controlled by applying local anesthesia. Some level of pain and soreness can be experienced after the surgery which is controlled by pain killers.
In each country, the average cost of a hair transplant differs. The average price of an FUE hair transplant is:
- $12,000 in the USA
- $13,000 (£9.500) in the UK
- $10.600 (€9,000) in Germany
- $3.000 in Turkey
Yes! The total number of grafts is the limiting factor, not the number of procedures. Most patients require a maximum of 8,000 grafts. But you can decide how many grafts will be transplanted per procedure!