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Hair transplant is a surgical process of hair restoration. The procedure is done to add more hair to an area on a person’s head that may be thinning or balding. Hair from the thicker parts of the scalp or other parts of the body (donor site) is taken and grafted to the thin or bald area of the scalp (recipient site). It is normally done to restore baldness in both men and women, but the procedure can also restore eyebrows, eyelashes, and beard hair. The hair is generally taken from the back of the head, but in some cases, the hair may be taken from other parts of the body. There are two methods for hair transplant: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
The procedure uses local anesthetics to numb the scalp. However, some patients take a mild sedative to help them relax. With FUT, the surgeon will remove a strip of tissue and cut them into individual units and then make small cuts where the units will be placed. With FUE, individual hair follicles will be directly extracted and transferred using a specialist microsurgical needle.
It typically takes between 4 to 8 hours, and patients do not need to stay in the hospital. Patients should stay in Kocaeli for four days before going back to their home country. The stitches or staples removal can be done after two weeks, but patients can have this done in their home country. Allow ten days as a recovery period before returning to work/exercise. It is advisable not to brush the new grafts for about three weeks. Patients should not wear a hat or pullover shirt until the doctor gives the okay.
With a success rate of 98%, the procedure is famed for its patient satisfaction. There are some alternatives to the procedure, such as Laser Therapy, PRP Therapy, or over-the-counter medicines (Minoxidil and Finasteride). However, they might not be as successful as a hair transplant. It is important to know that the transplanted hair will fall out within 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. Most patients see the results in 6 to 9 months. Thanks to advanced technology, a hair transplant can give a permanent, natural-looking result.