Overcoming the distress of hair loss

Hair loss can affect both men and women and often have a negative impact on wellbeing. Modern hair transplant techniques including hair transplant in Turkey offer a permanent solution to this problem.

What are the causes of excessive hair loss?

Excessive hair loss or androgenic alopecia is a genetic condition that affects both men and women. In men it is commonly referred to as male pattern baldness and the signs of thinning hair frequently begin at an early age - often during the 20's or even teens. For women hair loss usually occurs during middle age with the hair becoming thinner all over the head. However, women can also experience hair loss due to fluctuations in reproductive hormones such as during pregnancy, after giving birth and at the onset of menopause. The condition can have a severe impact on mental health as it often causes distress and loss of self esteem and can lead to depression.

What is involved in hair transplant surgery?

Hair transplant surgery is a permanent and effective solution for hair loss. The techniques are constantly developing, making this a safe and easy option. It involves taking healthy hair follicles and transplanting them to the affected area of the head. The suitability of this procedure depends upon the thickness of the hair in the "donor" area, which is typically the side or back of the head.

Modern hair transplant techniques

The two modern hair transplant techniques are follicular unit extraction (FUE) and direct hair implantation (DHI). With FUE a single unit of the hair follicle is extracted and harvested from the healthy "donor" area and then inserted through 0.6 mm to 1 mm wide incisions in the area of the scalp where the hair is thinning. This procedure is minimally invasive meaning that scarring is reduced. It takes between two to four hours to complete, however, the timing can vary depending on the volume of hair that is harvested.

DHI is micro-FUE. Hairs are extracted one by one from the donor area and inserted using an implanter pen. This helps to increase the survival rate of each hair follicle. It is one of the most accurate hair transplant procedures, but the overall time required is a little bit longer than with FUE.

Travelling abroad for hair transplant surgery

Many people find that travelling abroad for hair transplant surgery is a cost-effective solution. Turkey is a leading destination as it has a number of clinics with expertise in this area.


Frequently Asked Questions about air transplants

How long does transplant surgery take? 

On average, hair transplant surgery takes no more than 6 to 8 hours. This is inclusive of breaks.

Do you need general anaesthesia for a hair transplant? 

No, this is a minimally invasive procedure that takes place under local anaesthetic.

When can I get back to work following hair transplant surgery? 

Many patients can return to their work immediately after the procedure. This will depend on the extent of the treatment. Swelling, bleeding, numbness, and pain will subside within a few days.

Does transplanted hair fall out?

Hair transplant offers a permanent solution in most the cases. Sometimes, someone may require a further procedure but not usually. Many patients can experience shock loss after surgery, which is the result of trauma on the scalp. In this case, the transplanted hair stays in place and will grow back within a few months.