Every year thousands of people travel to Turkey to have hair transplants in particular or for the purpose of health tourism in general, as Turkey have become a major attraction for people who are seeking health services in general, all this can be basically accounted for by the competitive prices you can find in Turkey compared to other countries in Europe and the US, and also the qualified medical professionals and the developed health infrastructure in the Republic of Turkey.
What is hair transplantation procedure? We need to explain the nature of the procedure before we delve into the details of what hair transplants in Turkey are like.
Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure by which we restore hair in areas with total or partial hair loss.
There are several techniques developed to restore hair, but hair transplant remains the most used and trusted and the one that gives the best outcome.
Hair transplant procedure involves harvesting hair follicles from areas rich in hair in the scalp, to implant it to other areas suffering from hair loss.
The prevailing theory has always blamed poor blood circulation in the scalp for hair loss, or the lack of certain vitamins or dandruff, or even the continuous wearing of hats and headwears.
But all these theories have been proven wrong, and you can realize this by looking at any man who has exceeded fifty and does not suffer from baldness or hair loss, and you can also predict that he will not suffer baldness anymore!
Hair loss mainly can be explained by a number of causes, including changes in hormones, and the genetic predisposition of hair follicles to be affected by these hormones, which is evidenced by the presence of several family members who suffer from this problem.
As a general rule, the more hair loss begins at an early age, the greater the chance that the situation will be worse with age.
Many people resort to hair transplant in Turkey for aesthetical purposes in general, and you can consider the hair transplant procedure good for you if you have natural and healthy hair growth on the sides or the back of the scalp given that these areas will be used as donor areas for other areas with hair loss.
Donor areas: are areas of the scalp from which hair follicles are extracted from to be implanted into areas suffering from baldness.
The hair color, its nature and how curly it is, all of these factors play a role in the success of the procedure and the final aesthetic result.
Hair transplantation will improve your looks, style, and self-confidence, but before you decide to get a hair transplant you should discuss your decision with your doctor, as they will tell you what to expect in terms of appearance and results.
You need to understand well that hair transplants use the hair that you have, and the goal of the procedure is to make optimal use of existing hair to cover areas suffering from baldness to give the ideal aesthetic result.
But keep in mind, this procedure has its limitations and criteria. For example, a person with very little hair on the back and the sides of the scalp is often not recommended to have the procedure done.
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Experts estimate that one out of five women suffers from some kind of hair loss due to old age besides some problems such as hormonal changes after the menopause.
Hair loss in women is often a partial loss of hair and not total as in men. To address this problem, some women may have to use hair extensions or some topical treatments.
However, all what these treatments do is to prevent more hair loss, but it does not reverse what has already been lost, and some women may find a cure for this problem through hair transplantation.
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Hair transplantation procedure differs in its course from one person to another, as your doctor will need to assess your hair growth and the nature of hair loss you have.
Your physician will ask you about history of hair loss in family members, and if you have undergone a similar procedure before, and about your life style and your expectations out of the procedure.
Some health problems may negatively affect the decision to perform the procedure include uncontrollable hypertension, blood clotting disturbances and the tendency of the skin to form large, prominent scars.
Our medical team will guide you in what you need to do if you have similar problems.
Hair transplantation is a safe procedure when it is performed by a surgeon who has enough experience to do it.
As with any medical procedure, infections of the scalp or bleeding may occur if you suffer from clotting disorders, or large scars if your skin have the tendency form large scars.
Before getting your hair transplant in Turkey, your doctor will give you precise instructions as to how to prepare for the procedure, instructions involving eating, drinking or smoking, and taking your medications, if you have any.
Following these instructions will contribute to increasing the success rate of the procedure, and if you are a smoker you will have to stop smoking at least a week or two before the operation, smoking reduces blood flow to the tissues and affects the process of healing.
Hair transplantation is most often performed in your surgeon's clinic, as it is considered an outpatient procedure and does not require hospitalization.
Hair transplantation involves harvesting hair follicles from the donor area, and transferring them to the recipient areas that suffer from thin hair or baldness. These follicular units may vary in size and shape depending on the technique used.
In general, it may take more than one session to reach satisfactory cosmetic result, and the sessions may be far apart, depending upon the doctor's judgement.
The number of follicular units implanted in one session may reach 700 unit or more depending on the technique to be used.
Just before the operation, the donor area is prepared by cutting the hair shortly to facilitate the process of reaching and extracting hair follicles, sometimes the hair follicular unit is harvested using a pointed tool to extract a very small follicular unit out of the scalp, each of which holds a small number of hair follicles to be implanted in the same session into recipient areas.
Your surgeon carefully extracts and implants hair follicles without damaging the donor areas, taking into consideration the direction of hair so it can grow in natural and consistent angles.
After the transplantation session ends, the scalp is cleaned and covered with sterile gauze, and you may have to wear headband for a day or two.
In the hair transplant procedure, whatever the used technique was, local anesthesia is used along with a light sedative sometimes, you will not feel the slightest pain throughout the operation, but you may feel some tension and/or pressure on the skin.
What you feel after the operation depends on the technique, and perhaps at first you may feel some slight pain, discomfort or headache and it can be controlled with simple analgesics that our doctor will prescribe to you.
You will be able to remove the dressings after a day or two, and you can wash your head two days after the procedure.
In the event of swelling, cyanosis or drainage from the scalp, you should consult your doctor immediately.
The doctor will see you several times in the first month after the procedure to ensure that small cuts in the donor and the recipient areas are healing well.
After several days, you will be able to resume your normal daily routine, you can also go back to your home country.
If you see some transplanted hair falling out during a period of six weeks after the operation, do not be alarmed and make sure that this is a natural and temporary thing, since after this hair falls, new hair will grow after a period of weeks five weeks, the normal growth rate is usually about one centimeter per month.
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Our advisors will contact you after you return to your home country to ensure that things are fine and that you have got the desired result.
If your doctor decides that hair transplantation is a suitable option for you, then you can rest assured that Ilajak Medical will be with you through all steps of the process, starting from airport pick up until you go home with the best results.
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Your hair transplant will be done by our specialized plastic surgery team using the most modern technological methods.
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