Thanks to the advancements in technology, men who suffer from hair loss do not have to put up with baldness forever. With hair transplantation in Turkey, it is possible to have natural looking hair that a barber or hairstylist cannot spot that you have had something done. The procedure has come a long way since the first modern hair transplant technique in the 1930s that gives unnatural doll-like hair. For numerous reasons, Turkey is currently the most popular place in the world to undergo the procedure.
If you are considering having a hair transplant in Turkey, read on to learn more about the procedure.
What is a hair transplant?
Hair transplantation is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove hair follicles from one part of your body (known as the ‘donor site’) and move it to a balding or thinning part of your body (known as ‘recipient site’). The most common donor site is actually the back of the head because the grafts in that area are generally more resistant to balding. Hair transplantation is not limited to the head, it can also be used to restore hair in the chest, eyelashes, eyebrows, and beards. There are two techniques to perform hair transplantation, follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). Both procedures offer natural results.
What is the difference between FUT and FUE?
- Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), your surgeon removes strips of tissue from the donor area and places it under a microscope to divide it into small grafts of individual follicular units. Then, small incisions are made on your scalp where the follicular unit grafts will be placed. The grafts are placed into the recipient area and the last step is stitching up the donor area. These incisions will make a linear scar on the back of the head but are usually not visible if you keep your hair at a certain length.
- Follicular Unit Extraction, instead of removing strips of tissue from the donor area, your surgeon extracts individual hair follicles directly from the donor area and places it to the recipient area using a microsurgical technique. To extract the follicular unit grafts individually, your surgeon uses a 0.88 mm to 1 mm punch. The punch can be motorized or manual. Due to the punch, there will be some tiny dot scars. However, these scars are so tiny that they’re practically unnoticeable. Today, FUE is the most popular procedure because of the virtually invisible scars. Those who want to keep their hair very short may prefer this technique more than FUT.
Who is a candidate for a hair transplant?
A hair transplant can be performed on both men and women of all races. If you want to undergo a hair transplant, you need to have two things:
- Ability to grow hair on the thinning or balding area of your scalp
- Enough healthy hair on your scalp to transplant to your thinning hair
You can find out if you have both of these things from a consultation with a dermatologist. During your consultation, your dermatologist may also perform a thorough scalp exam. The result of this exam can show the cause of your hair loss and to determine whether you are a good candidate for hair transplant or not. Also, you need to have realistic expectations. It may be impossible to have a full head of hair like you used to, so a fuller head of hair should be your goal.
What is the aftercare for a hair transplant?
Hair transplant is a highly successful procedure, but without any proper aftercare, you may not be able to get its full benefits. After a hair transplant, your doctor will provide specialist shampoo, lotion, and a multivitamin. Your doctor will also teach you how to use the specialist shampoo so you can do it yourself at home. Make sure to ask questions if you don’t understand something so you can do it properly. Besides taking a multivitamin and using a special shampoo, you also need to pay attention to your nutrition. What you eat will help the healthy growth of the new hair follicles. Consuming the food useful for hair can increase the cell regeneration rates and may also help shorten your recovery period. Be sure to eat food rich in vitamin, zinc, and iron as these foods play an important role in collagen production, hormonal balance, tissue repair, and cell proliferation.
Why is Turkey the best place for hair transplant?
As we mentioned earlier, hair transplantation in Turkey is very popular. There are numerous reasons for the country’s popularity. First of all, the country boasts many surgeons with over 20 years of experience in hair transplants. These surgeons know exactly what they’re doing and have all the right skills to give you the best results. It is said that the FUE technique originated from this beautiful country. In addition, the country’s affordable medical costs let medical tourists save thousands of dollars on hair transplantation.