Frequently Asked Questions
A photo consultation or an in-person consultation is the first step in the process.
Generally, our consultations take place in Turkey. At times, we organize consultations in other countries.
Some patients present themselves for surgery with very early hair loss and a significant amount of miniaturization. In a situation such as this, the better solution is to treat the condition with medication and to wait until a transplant is necessary. However, with recent improvements, there is no need to wait until hair loss has progressed to such an advanced degree that it causes emotional distress and anxiety.
Yes, using a combination of artistry, technology and the proper techniques, hairlines and crown coverage can be recreated in a manner that defies detection.
Your personalized estimate depends on your bone structure, your density needs, and the amount of hair already present.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Once the skin is anesthetized, no other pain or discomfort is experienced during the procedure. Our on-staff anesthesiologist, according to the patient's age and physical condition, medical history and the duration of the procedure, makes the selection of pre-surgical medication and of local anesthesia.
We typically schedule a second surgery 12-14 months after the first one. The visual inspection of growing hair allows the surgeon to accurately place the new grafts.
With modern techniques, many women with pattern hair loss are now candidates for the procedure. The most important factors are the long-term donor/recipient area ratio and the patient's expectations of the surgical result.
Yes. You can find a list of these medications in our pre-op instructions. If you have additional questions regarding medications, please ask us.
The transplanted area will have scabbing and may look pink for 7-10 to days after the surgical procedure. There is usually a bit of redness in the transplanted regions that dissipates in the range of 2-4 weeks.
We recommend that you take at least two full days off work after the surgery. After that point, it is a matter of personal choice. Bear in mind that there will be some swelling and scabbing. Swelling can be avoided by using ice packs. Scabbing, however, will most likely be visible. A loose fitting hat may be worn, but if a hat is not an option for you, it might be better to take a week to ten days off work while the scabbing heals.
Smoking causes decreased blood flow to the scalp thus contributing to poor wound healing. Smoking is also considered to be a factor in poor hair growth. A common recommendation is to abstain from smoking for at least 1 week prior to the surgery, and for at least 2 weeks after the procedure has been completed.
Graft storage is important for graft survival. We use a storage solution composed of HypoThermosol and Liposomal ATP. The combination of both elements brings together two benefits: one of graft stress reduction during storage with another that addresses cellular deficiency during and after graft storage. Additionally, we use a storage device that chills grafts from 0°C to 4°C and maintains this temperature. The ability of hypothermia to suppress metabolism is the key to maintaining tissues.
It takes 6-8 months to begin to see a cosmetic difference. The period between surgery and new hair growth is typically 2-3 months. Each hair has its own timetable. Therefore, the change will happen gradually. About 20% of the hair grows between the second and fourth months, while about 60-70% grows between the fifth and eighth months. Hair continues to mature for up to 18 months after the surgery.