Hair transplant is a type of surgery that transfers hair you already have to fill an area with thin or no hair. Surgeons have been performing these operations since the 1950s, but techniques have changed and remarkably improved in recent years. Although there are still some malpractices, especially from the extremely cheap ones, reported about hair transplant operation, bad hair transplant results gradually decreased. As it is performed very widely, we may become less cautious and less curious about the details. However, you need to be conscious and questioner before your hair transplant process and find satisfying answers to your questions.
Therefore, we gathered some questions-to-ask together for you to address them to the clinics or surgeons during your stage of decision.
Why This Surgeon?
The results aren’t such an obvious matter. You may enjoy your new hair for years to come or watch as they fall off one by one. The responsibility lies mostly on the shoulders of your physician. Check the reviews of the clinics and specialists on the web sites and hair loss forums before hair transplant decision you make. Make sure that their major specialty is it and they receive good reviews and comments for their operations. In this way, you will guarantee yourself that you will be under good care.
You usually have the procedure in the doctor's office. First, the surgeon will clean your scalp well and inject medicine to numb the back of your head. Your doctor will choose one of the hair transplant methods according to your need or his/her expertise such as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), Direct Hair Implant (DHI), Robotic Hair Restoration, Stem Cell Hair Transplant, Hair Cloning or else.
The whole process should make you feel comfortable and secure before and after. So, don't go on with a surgeon, you don't feel comfortable even in the beginning just during talking in the office. Yes, insist on finding a reputable and experienced surgeon, but make sure that he or she listens and understands you as if you are the first patient.
What Products Should I Use Before and After Hair Transplant?
There is no need to use any special products before your hair transplant procedure. Although all necessary action will be taken in the surgery room, your surgeon may ask to shampoo your head with a surgical scrub on the day before and the morning of the surgery. As for the post-op care, your clinic will likely give you a special shampoo to use in the course of two weeks during your recovery. After that, you can come back to your usual shampoo. Also please remember that you shall wash your hair one day after the procedure – most probably it will be conducted in the clinic in order to show you how it is done.
Which Technique is Suitable for Me?
While some specialists still resist the traditional techniques, FUE, DHI and other innovative hair transplant procedures may be more suitable for you. This decision depends on the surgeon you choose. But you need to ask it before hair transplant surgery and learn how hair transplant works. For example, in FUE, your doctor and the medical team picks up hair grafts separately and plants them in the area where you have experienced the hair loss. FUE provides a high level of satisfaction and the best results possible so far. Many clinics brag about their success rate exceeding 90% using the FUE hair transplant procedure.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost is another important matter. The prices depend on a few factors. At the stage of the decision before hair transplant operation you have, there are some questions you need to answer this time. Where do you prefer having your hair transplant operation? Which country are you willing to travel to? How famous and experienced your doctor shall be? Which city will you choose? The answers to these questions will determine the approximate price.
However, we can safely say that, for example, Turkey has one of the most affordable options. The average procedure here costs around € 1.800, but the prices start here even from € 1.300. Other countries such as India and Thailand are also known to be quite affordable with the price range between €1.000-€2.500
Will It Be Permanent? Will I Need That Again?
This is one of the important subjects you need to get an answer from your surgeon before hair transplant operation. If your hair transplant on the crown or another head part will be properly conducted, you will enjoy your new hair for years to come. Obviously, aging may again lead to hair loss, but until then there is nothing to worry about. Long story short – successful results in permanent hair restoration.
What Is the Best Place to Have a Hair Transplant?
While many places in the world offer high-quality hair transplant procedures, we would suggest you considering Turkey as your health tourism destination. Especially in recent years, thousands of patients from all around the world decide to have a hair transplant in Turkey. They are attracted by affordable prices and superb quality of the procedure, which more often than brings long-lasting results.
Additionally, having your hair restoration done here, you get a chance to enjoy the rich cultural heritage as well as holiday resorts on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in April 2019.