Everything You Want To Know About Hair Transplants: 34 Questions Answered

Everything You Want To Know About Hair Transplants: 34 Questions Answered


Everything You Want To Know About Hair Transplants: 34 Questions Answered


You asked, we answered! These 34 answers to most asked 34 questions are quick responses for the basic information. However, for more information, you can go to our Online Library and find any information you seek there!


Why Does Hair Fall After The Surgery?


After the surgery, your hair starts to fall because of the shock. Biologically, when anything is moved in our body, the acceptance of that new piece depends on the new area. That is why you can donate your organs but only a few people can have them.


When the tissues don’t match, the body reacts fiercely to get rid of the newcomer. As a result, the new agents leave the body. In hair transplant terms, your hair root is accepted to the new area immediately because it has the perfect capability to adapt the area as tissues are seen as same.


However, hair follicles cause a reaction to the body because they are not similar. Moreover, it takes a while for hair roots to become active. Ultimately, you experience shedding after 3-4 weeks of the surgery.


People consider shedding as a problem. In fact, shedding is the signal that your hair is in the telogen phase. Telogen phase is the rest phase of follicles and usually takes around three months.


With the beginning of anagen phase, you begin to see little hair growing, which gets thicker every month.


For More Information: Hair Transplant Timeline: The Tips and Essentials


Why Do I Have Pimples After The Surgery?


There might be many different reasons.


  • Your scalp might react to the equipment used during the surgery.
  • Your scalp might be in need of nutrition.
  • Your scalp might be too dry.
  • You might have an allergic reaction.

Pimples are not important as long as they are too many in numbers or cover a specific area. However, if they seem to be out of control, you should immediately talk to your doctor.


Minoxidil Hair Loss Stop

Why Do I Use Minoxidil After Surgery?


For More Information: The Solution To The Hair Loss Problem: Finasteride – Or, Is It?


As we have covered this question earlier in the article above, let’s briefly explain why Minoxidil use is common post-surgery.


Minoxidil causes almost no side-effects. It nurtures the scalp and boosts hair growth. The effect of the boost is not very strong but it slows down hair loss.


Minoxidil does not promote hair regrowth. But because it prevents hair loss, you might think you have new hair growing. What actually happens is, after falling, your hair regrows and with Minoxidil, less hair falls.


As a result, you believe hair loss stopped. In reality, your hair loss is probably still progressing.


Since Minoxidil has no side-effects and helps you slowing hair loss down, doctors prescribe it to improve results. In many cases, Finasteride is also recommended. These two can create a temporary denser look depending on individuals.


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Why Do I Experience Itching/Swelling After The Surgery?


You experience itching because simply you are healing. It is a good sign that your recovery stage is on and normal. As the scalp recovers, we feel itching on the scalp.


It is essential not to touch the itching area. You would damage your scalp and reduce hair growth in the area. If the itching is too strong, please contact your doctor.


You experience the swelling because anaesthetics are given to you during your surgery and they should be thrown out. After the surgery, 24 hours, you start experiencing swelling.


That is the way for your body to remove the liquids externally. It might be strong, but the faster it happens, the sooner you are done with that stage.


Usually, it doesn’t go more than a week and if you still have it after, you should contact your surgeon.


Why Does Hair Transplant Work?


Because you move one part of your body to another part. It is like moving skin from one area to another. Technically, your body is rich with options to move things around to cover for any problems.


Your teeth, skin and hair can be moved around and as long as tissues can support, the transfer would be successful. That is the case with hair follicles as well.


If you move hair roots anywhere on the scalp, they will attach to their new place and start working. That is the reason why people who don’t have beard can their hair from their scalp moved to your face and start growing facial hair.


Since hair roots are given all the necessary conditions in the new area, they work perfectly there.


Finasteride Side-effects

Why Is There Side-Effects of Hair Transplants?


There is no side-effect of hair transplants. There are side-effects of hair transplant surgery, which are not permanent. Finasteride and Minoxidil can cause side-effects, not hair transplants.


After the surgery, you might experience bleeding, swelling, itching or, bruises. As in every type of operation, they are part of the healing process and surgeons expect to see them.


Why Is Hair Transplant Bad/Fails?


Good or bad is relative and depends on the person and the case. If you believe you have bad transplants, it is either because of your clinic choice or, your hair/scalp characteristics.


Some doctors are not good at this task and they still do it. It is not only about the skill, but there are also many things you need to think when accepting a patient. Sometimes because of overharvesting, sometimes poor planning, you end up having a bad look.


The other possible reason is, your hair/scalp characteristics were not fit for a procedure but you had the surgery anyway. If your hair is not suitable for transplantation, that is because your hair follicles are too thin.


Naturally, after surgery, the new growing hair is not thick enough to look good and you consider the implants to be bad.


The reason why transplants fail is that of a technical mistake made by the surgeon or technician. The success rate of hair transplants is around 95%. So, that 5% which fails is because of wrong harvesting, poor planting or, conducting the surgery although the patient’s hair and scalp characteristics are not suitable.


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 Why Should I Choose Turkey For Hair Transplant Procedure?


Reasons are numerous. First, it is cheap. You find a decent surgeon with a rate of 1-3 EUR per graft. Compared to North America and Europe, the price is very cheap.


Moreover, surgeon quality is as high as other countries if it is not better. Turkish surgeons are very successful in their profession and if you pick carefully, they seem to be the best option for hair transplants.


Additionally, Turkey is a beautiful country. The terror attacks stopped years ago and the country is quite safe now. Once you are there, until you fly back, you can enjoy the beauty of the country.


The clinics are equipped with the best technology. Facilities are clean and comfortable. Also, clinics help you with anything you need so you just concentrate on your procedure.

For More Information: Hair Transplant In Turkey: Costs And More


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How Much Do Hair Transplants Cost In Turkey?


There is a wide range for the cost of transplants. The decent clinics charge somewhere between 1 and 3 dollars per graft. If you choose to go with a package plan, it can cost as little as $1500.


Here is a guide where we explained what to do and be careful with.

For More Information: Hair Transplant Center Of The World: Istanbul


How Much Does Hair Transplants Cost In Canada and US?


In Canada and the US, FUE type of transplants cost $15,000 on average. Depending on the graft need, this number might increase further. Price per graft is around $8. If you choose to go with FUT, then it is 40% less, around $5.


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How Long Do Hair Transplants Last?


They are permanent. They last forever. Because the hair roots are transferred during the procedure, your scalp regains the ability to regrow hair. As a result, you constantly produce new hair follicles.

For More Information: Hair Transplant Success Rate: How Do Hair Transplants Work?


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Can Hair Transplants Increase Density?


Yes, they can. In fact, the purpose of the procedure is to get the hair to a bald area and make it seem as dense as possible. While determining the success of surgery, we usually look at the density of hair to rate the results.


However, patients should be careful with the density. Especially in receding hairline fix surgeries, we see a common mistake where for more density, surgeons overuse grafts.


You get a dense hair but lose most of your donor hair supply which you need in the future if your hair loss progresses. Because of the bad look with the bald area in between forehead and back of the head, you have no choice but to get a second surgery.


If your limited supply was used excessively for the first procedure, then you have a problem.

For More Information: Receding Hairline Fix Surgery: First Stages Of The Norwood Scale


Can Hair Transplant Scars Be Removed?


Unfortunately, no. Hair Transplant scar occurs during a FUT procedure. And unfortunately a scar cannot be removed, but it can be covered. You have two options,

  • PRP
  • A New FUE procedure


You can have PRP sessions to cover the area. After ten sessions, your scar takes the same color as the original. Also, PRP improves hair growth and can temporarily help you.


If you are looking for a permanent solution, we recommend an FUE procedure. This procedure doesn’t require any scar and can be used to cover the area where you have the linear mark.


Can Hair Transplants Cover The Whole Head?


Yes, they can. Hair transplants can cover the entire bald area on the scalp. As long as there is donor hair and scalp characteristics are suitable for surgery, this procedure can take place.


Can Hair Transplants Treat Alopecia?


Yes, it can. A transplant procedure can be used to cover a recipient area affected by the alopecia. In fact, that is one of the main reasons why hair transplants were needed in the first place.


As long as patients hair and scalp characteristics are suitable for a procedure, the operation can take place to fill the bald area.


Can Hair Transplant Be Done Without Shaving The Head?


Yes, it can be done this way. Every surgeon can conduct the surgery without shaving the head too. However, it is risky. Your hair is an excellent environment for bacteria and viruses to reproduce.


Since you will have small wounds after the surgery, even if you use antibiotics, your scalp will be vulnerable to external factors. Therefore, we strongly recommend getting the surgery with your head shaved.


Can Hair Transplant Fail?


Hair transplants may fail depending on some conditions. If the extraction quality is poor or processed wrong, there is a possibility that you won’t grow hair. Moreover, in some very rare cases, we see people not being able to grow hair.


For some reason, these people’s hair can’t get past the telogen phase and start anagen phase where you start growing hair. Or, sometimes they grow hair for a few months and lose it again.


The major factor there would be DHT level or poor genetics. But again, we see these cases very rarely.


Can Hair Transplant Cure Baldness?


Yes, it is designed to help people with hair loss problem. If you get the surgery done right, you have a permanent solution for your hair loss problem.


Can Hair Transplants Be Done On A Thinning Hair?


Yes, that is one of the reasons why hair transplants are done. To bring a denser look to the thinning area, your surgeon can conduct surgery and give your hair a dense and natural look.


We strongly recommend getting an FUE procedure for these cases as this technique gives the surgeon more room for a more aesthetic look.


Can Hair Transplants Damage Existing Hair?


Yes, they can. If your surgeon chooses to go for aggressive harvesting, overharvests or, conducts a poor FUT procedure, there is a significant possibility of damaging the existing hair.


Especially, in FUT procedures, we witness many cases where the linear scar is too obvious because of poor extraction and that leaves a mark behind the head.


Because of this scar, you can have your hair short; otherwise, it is an obvious linear mark that everyone sees.


Also, in cases where the surgeon overharvests, your donor hair area seems obviously open and anyone can tell that you had a hair transplant operation.


Therefore, choosing your surgeon is extremely important and a mistake can bring more problems.


Can Hair Transplants Grow Long?


Yes, they can. Conceptually, it is the same hair you have on the back of your head. So, if your hair at the back can grow long, your new hair can grow long the same.


The length of your hair depends on the anagen phase. If your anagen phase is fast, your hair falls more frequently. That means, your hair falls before it can get very long and a new hair starts to grow.


Ultimately, you won’t have long hair because you keep regenerating your hair at a fast pace. But if your anagen phase is slow, you can get long hair without too much trouble.


Can Hair Transplants Be Done Twice?


Depending on your donor hair supply, your hair can be transplanted many times. As long as you have sufficient donor hair to be used for the procedure, you can keep having a new surgery.


However, you must be careful with your donor hair supply throughout your hair loss. Sometimes, patients don’t build a strategy and end up losing hair. When they want to get a new surgery, they can’t have it because they run out of donor hair.


Therefore, it is essential to build a strategy and have effective communication with the clinic you choose. This way, if a problem occurs, you have more grounds to claim your right.


Can Hair Transplants Cause Nerve Damage?


Yes, they can, but it is rarely seen. When extracting hair follicles or planting them, your surgeon will be working on a thin layer of your scalp. That is, where he conducts the surgery on is above the nerves and can’t damage them.


However, if the surgeon is not careful and goes very deep, or he puts way too much pressure, nerve damage may occur. But, with a fairly experienced surgeon, there is almost a zero possibility of that happening.


Can Hair Transplants Lower Hairline?


Yes, that is one of the reasons why hair transplants exist. With the first stages of the Norwood Scale, you begin losing hair from sides. Your hairline naturally positions higher and you might be uncomfortable with the new look.


A relatively small hair transplant surgery with around 2,000 grafts used can lower your hairline and give you an original look.


However, we strongly recommend reading this article about receding hairlines so that you are aware of many potential problems occur with receding hairline fix surgeries.

For More Information: Receding Hairline Fix Surgery: First Stages Of The Norwood Scale


FUT - FUE comparison and differences

Which Hair Transplant Method Is The Best?


The answer depends on your preferences. To find out which hair transplant technique is the best for you, there are things you need consider and decide.


For More Information: Best Hair Restoration Method: FUE vs. FUT


In the article above, we have compared the two major hair restoration methods in depth. You can see the advantages and disadvantages of each technique and make the decision after.


Neografts and combination of FUE and FUT are new alleged techniques. However, after intensive research, we concluded that these are not new techniques, but rather new ways to name the existing techniques.


In the article above, you can find more information about them.


Which Hair Clinic Is The Best?


The answer depends on your wishes and needs. Some hair clinics perform FUE procedures where the others conduct FUT. Some doctors choose to use grafts aggressively, others build a strategy and might even reject you if they think your case is not suitable for a procedure.


Moreover, some clinics use technicians and supervise the surgery while some clinics operate the procedure personally.


And of course, some clinics are very expensive and over-priced while others are cheap and under-priced. Best clinic wold a clinic where it fulfils your desires and wants the best.


If you rely on information online and choose a clinic based on the reputation without sufficient research, you might end up making a mistake and have to deal with your problem for a long time and spend excessively.


Who Is The Best Hair Transplant Surgeon?


There is no best hair transplant surgeon. There is no best color or food. The word “best” implies it is accepted by everyone and hair transplants are aesthetical surgeries.


Therefore, the best surgeon is the surgeon whom you can afford, performs the surgery the way you want and need it and, delivers exactly as you agreed.


You can use before and after pictures of former patients to see his work. Or, you can check the activity of your surgeon with ISHRS and ABHRS. Those might give you the best idea who would be your ideal surgeon.


But again, we believe there is no best hair transplant surgeon.


When To Exercise After The Surgery


After two weeks would be a safe time. We recommend waiting at least three weeks to make sure the inner wounds are healed and you recovered enough that the high blood pressure and intense training doesn’t cause any micro bleeding.


It doesn’t mean that you can’t start before, but it would wiser to wait a little longer to make sure you don’t have any problems with your hair growth after all the troubles you had.


Considering all the time and effort and money you have put into this, it would be smart to just wait and guarantee there is no problem in the future.


When Should I Get A Hair Transplant Surgery?


We believe you should wait at least until you are 25 before you take any action. You might want to start with alternative methods such as Finasteride or Minoxidil before you move on to the surgery solutions.


Before you are 25, it is very risky to comment on your hair loss pattern. If your hair loss is past Norwood 5, then you might want to consult a few clinics to get an idea.


If you suffer from a receding hairline and want to lower it, then we recommend a little more patience.


If you get a hairline fix surgery, you use your donor hair supply in a very early stage of your life. If your hair loss progresses in time, you need second and third surgeries for the crown and the back of your head.


The fact that you lose your hair before you are 25 suggests that you have a bigger chance of losing a lot of your hair in the next decade. Therefore, it seems a little too risky.


But still, if you want to go on and get your hair transplants, we understand you. We would like to warn you about a potential problem though.


If you are still getting your hair transplants, make sure that your surgeon builds a very careful strategy so in the future, you have sufficient hair for next surgeries.


Because if he fails to do so, you will end up with a weird looking hair. The best thing you can do is, asking clinics for a detailed plan so even after years, you can follow it make sure no unexpected problems occur.


What Is A Hair Transplant Technique?


A hair transplant technique is the way the procedure is done. More accurately, the way donor hair is extracted. If your hair is harvested by strip method, then you are having a FUT type hair transplant surgery.


FUT method requires the surgeon to harvest hair follicles after cutting through the skin and collecting a linear scalp piece. After, he continues with collecting hair follicles from the skin piece and prepares them for the next stage.


On the other hand, the FUE method requires the surgeon to harvest hair follicles one by one, randomly in a selected area. These grafts are then used to fill the recipient area.


These two techniques are the major hair transplant techniques. All the other names you see online are either one of FUE or FUT or a combination of them. Currently, there is no other technique.


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What Does Hair Transplant Cost?


It can be anywhere between $1,000 and $50,000. The cost depends on your choices of clinic and technique. If you choose an expensive clinic and FUE technique, your cost will be very high.


Or, if you choose a cheap clinic and FUT method, then your cost will be low. The cost depends on the individuals only.

For More Information: Hair Transplant Costs: The Current Market Facts


Is There A Risk With The Hair Transplants?


Yes, there are some risks involved.


First, your hair type and scalp characteristics might not be suitable for a procedure. If you still have implants, you might end up having a very unnatural look.


Second, your hair transplant procedure might not be done properly, as a result, as this is a permanent surgery, you might have a bad look.


Third, you might get the perfect hair transplants, but after a while, if your hormone levels are unstable or, you have a stressful life, you might lose your new hair. Although that is very rare, still it must be considered.


Also, if you are not careful after surgery or, don’t follow your doctor’s instructions, you might have many different problems.


Are hair transplants worth it?


Are Hair Transplants Worth It?


The answer depends on your needs and choices. If you have bad hair transplants, then it is not worth it. We believe hair transplants are worth it only if you have them for the price you want, the way you want and as promised by the clinic.

For More Information: Are Hair Transplants Worth It? The Fear And Reward Equation


Above you can find our ideas about the topic, but briefly, hair transplants are worth it if you get what you want in the end with the optimal outcome.


ISHRS and ABHRS Societies of Hair Restoration Surgery


Are There Any Associations To Help Me?


Yes, there are. There are two types of organizations and this point is very critical.


ISHRS and ABHRS are two organizations, founded by hair transplant surgeons to improve standards in the industry and regulate rules. These two organizations can give you information about their members and help you understand if your doctor is really who he is.


And then there are other organizations, which are founded by some of the transplant surgeons. Problem with that is, they don’t function to improve anything in the hair society, and they seem to be only for marketing.


Even some surgeons in ISHRS and ABHRS are no longer a member in those organizations but keep their status on their websites as active for marketing purposes.


Therefore, it is essential that you check your doctor with ISHRS, and make sure that he is who he is.


For More Information: International And American Hair Loss Associations: The Role of ISHRS and ABHRS



International And American Hair Loss Associations: The Role of ISHRS and ABHRS

International And American Hair Loss Associations: The Role of ISHRS and ABHRS

International And American Hair Loss Associations: Who are ISHRS and ABHRS?


A lot of people realize that after they decide to have the hair transplant procedure, there is chaos everywhere. Clinic websites have different designs and offer, but it is hard to trust information on a random website. After all, hair transplant journey is a long journey.


There are agencies too but the problem is the same, these are all on the selling/profit side. You need someone objective to help you through the decision making process. This is where ISHRS and ABHRS come to aid. But what are they?


ISHRS and ABHRS are two organizations, one international, one American. They are both non-profit organizations and aim to help people with hair loss and restoration. 


A Brief Historyof Hair transplants

Why Were They Needed?


Hair loss was a significant problem for a lot of people. With the increasing life-quality of the society, a need for preventing hair loss was present. The high-stressful jobs and lives we have caused us to lose more hair. Therefore, people started looking for ways to stop it.


In some cases, there was not any hair left to protect from the loss. For them, hair regrowth was necessary. These problems led doctors to start looking for solutions.  Many different ideas and inventions were in the market to solve hair loss problem. 


In the 1990s, the need for hair restoration led to the invention of the FUT technique. The surgeons were using hair implants to fill the bald area with hair follicles.


This new technology spread fast across the world. Many doctors from the different countries begun performing FUT operation. 


Eventually, the FUT method was a significant solution to solve the hair loss problem permanently.


However, this created a need for establishing the highest standards in the hair restoration society. In 1993, some pioneer surgeons in this idea formed the ISHRS organization. 


Mini ISHRS logo hair transplant organization

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery


The idea behind this organization was, educating its doctors with new technologies and inventions so that the people suffering from hair loss could receive the highest possible outcome from the surgery.


They believe that this is only possible through educating their surgeons constantly. Consistent researching and development is ISHRS vision for its member surgeons.


Naturally, ISHRS has requirements for its surgeon to participate in congresses and researches frequently while performing the surgery personally. In each conference, the doctors from all around the world meet in one city.


For almost a week, participants demonstrate their inventions or techniques so that the doctors can perform it in their countries. The members present innovations in hair loss and restoration.


ISHRS has a critical mission. The organization aims to educate and protect consumers about the increasing numbers of unlicensed personnel or physicians with minimal training worldwide performing hair restoration surgery.


They want to inform patients about the dangers of medical tourism, and the importance of consumers researching a qualified hair transplant surgeon (ishrs.org).


Dangers Of Medical Tourism


We witnessed hundreds of patients each month suffering from the issues with the medical tourism. Especially in some countries, the share of the black market and technician use are increasing.


Some clinics and doctors aim to increase revenues. One of the ways for doing so is hiring technicians. They believe teaching the hair transplant procedure to an ordinary person and supervising that individual is sufficient.


The idea behind this strategy is to have multiple surgeries a day meaning various revenues a day. From a business point of view, this is maximizing profits.


ISHRS aims to stop this, and they do not accept any of their members’ activities involving these. If a doctor chooses not to follow this rule, the committee expels the individual.


ISHRS believes a doctor should be ethical, and loyal to their oath. Because usually when the patients complain about their surgery, we generally see technician involvement.


Imagine the outcome of operation when there is a risk even with a very experienced surgeon. Even the best surgeons make mistakes. Now, imagine a technician is the one performing everything.


Even when the surgeon supervises it, can he stop a mistake before it happens? 


Black Market


There is something even worse than technician involvement. That is the black market. Some people don’t want to pay a large amount of money for hair transplants.


Or they care about the financial part of the surgery more than the outcome. People in the market who are aware of this sad fact buy the equipment necessary for the procedure and perform it themselves. 


A lot of people don’t believe that such a thing exists. But the ugly truth is, it does.


The black market increased significantly in the latest years and became an essential topic in ISHRS. Today, ISHRS actively fight the black market to protect the patients.



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Fellow Members


In 25 years, ISHRS expelled many of its members for not complying with the rules. But still, there was an issue with the current members; some doctors joined ISHRS only for the benefits.


Because it is the most reputable organization within the hair restoration society, doctors wanted to convert this into profits.


By doing the bare minimums, they stayed active members in the community and kept their certificates. Also, some other doctors wanted to be active, but either they couldn’t find time to participate more or afford the expenses, they stayed less active.


This led to a need for a higher class of members so that the people could distinguish the active and honorable members more easily. Therefore, ISHRS introduced its fellow members to the society.


ISHRS Quote: 

In order to be considered, the hair restoration surgeon must achieve a specific level of points in a system of various educational parameters such as serving in leadership positions, American Board of Hair Restoration (ABHRS) certification, writing of scientific papers, teaching at scientific programs, among others.

It is a great honor for a member to achieve the Fellow designation of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (FISHRS). This recognizes the surgeon who strives for excellence in this specialized field. To maintain this status, the surgeon must continue to meet established educational criteria over time.” 


This new class of surgeons within the organization ensured the highest standards possible for the hair restorations society. The most important reason is, these fellow members have to participate the community actively.


They have to score a minimum of points continually. Otherwise, they are no longer fellow members. These members host workshops and teach the new generation about the best hair transplant techniques. 


The fellow members also need American Board Certificate, so this brings us to the ABHRS.


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American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery


The United States market share in hair restoration is 5 billion dollars. This is more than the total market size of the rest of the world. Naturally, this created a need for the United States focused organization.


Therefore, the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery was founded by the American ISHRS surgeons to examine the doctors in the area.


This organization helps the patients from the United States to continuously get the highest standard procedures from the doctors. 


This means that the doctors who are members of this organization need to follow ISHRS rules. Also, you can assume a fellow member has the ABHRS certificate automatically as it is a requirement for being a FISHRS.


People often refer to ABHRS as an American hair loss association but actually, they concentrate more on to the improving the standards for the hair restoration.


ABHRS try to make sure the surgeons follow the rules of their practice to increase the hair transplant standards. 



The Importance of ISHRS and ABHRS


ISHRS and ABHRS are more than hair loss associations. With the first FUT operation in the 1990s, the evolution of hair transplants has begun.


In time, a new and advanced way was founded, and the society called it FUE. Now, surgeons from all over the world try to find new ways to perform the surgery.


You might have heard of bio-grafts or neo-grafts, which are the same as the FUE technique only with some small differences. In the future, more new methods and innovation will be explored.


Adding the development speed of technology these days, it seems like we will have new inventions more often.


On top of that, the population is multiplying faster, and the need for hair restoration increases exponentially. With more demand, more people will join the market from different sides.


And not all of them will have positive intentions. All these reasons will make it essential for ISHRS and ABHRS to control the process. Not only control, but they will also need to guide it so that the optimum results can be achieved.


How To Use These Associations Effectively


So, these organizations try to make things safer and better for you. But they actually can help you make your decision. ISHRS and ABHRS are like a massive library dedicated to hair loss and restoration.


Not using their knowledge to your advantage can be a significant loss. We know it is sometimes challenging to find things online. And we also know you don’t have much time to read everything, evaluate and make the decision.


However, the entire idea here is, helping you find your strategy in this. From a business point of view, it is not smart to give you any advice. It might come back in unexpected ways.


We would prefer you make your strategy, and after the outcome is great, you take the credit for it.


Similarly, ISHRS and ABHRS want the patients to know about each doctor and clinic. They want you to know what to expect from your doctor.


You might think a member of these organizations would be more expensive, but there is a surgeon for every kind of budget in their organizations. And the best part is, it is for free.


Even if you believe you find your surgeon, getting a confirmation from these organizations would be wise. You may find out that your surgeon is just like you thought he is. Or you might find out there is doubt the way he operates. They can help you make a better decision.


Personal Experience vs. Information


Ultimately, you will be making the decision. The thing with the internet is, it contains both the personal experiences and information. And most of the time, they don’t match.


You read something excellent but then realize people’s experiences were different. Then it makes it difficult for you to choose because what is more important, experience or information?


You surf the forums and see a lot of information about the same doctor. Some approved him while the others complain. Then you see actual results where some look great while the others are not natural.


This is where these organizations step in, if you ask them, they will give you the accurate information. In a lot of forums and on the websites of individuals an ISHRS or ABHRS certificate is present, but is it valid? 


The bottom line is, the internet is instrumental if you can find the relative and right information. However, many people end up finding fraudulent information and regret the outcomes eventually.


With more research and active cooperation with these organizations, you can significantly increase the quality of the results. There is always a chance of failure and sadly today is about reducing that chance.



Here Is A Guide For You Which Can Help You Choosing Your Surgeon


Good Luck!

Hair Transplant Center Of The World: Istanbul

Hair Transplant Center Of The World: Istanbul

The Hair Transplant Center Of The World: Istanbul


In the last ten years, the hair transplant industry shifted towards a new city. With its top-notch facilities, doctors, and beauty,


Istanbul became the hair transplant center of Europe and then eventually the world. Today, when it comes to hair transplants, Istanbul is one of the most searched cities in the world according to the statistics. In this article, we will give you all the details you need to know about Istanbul. Let’s begin!



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Second Biggest Market In The World


Global hair transplant market is now closer to 6 Billion Dollars a year. Naturally, the leader in the industry is the United States. They lead the market with 4 billion dollars share. Turkey comes in second after, with a billion dollar of market share.

Compared to the United States, Turkey only contributes to the market with a few cities and the primary contributor by far is Istanbul. With over two hundred clinics, Istanbul hosts thousands of hair transplant patients weekly.

And people wonder why this is the case. Numerous factors are leading to Istanbul’s share increase in the market.


  • Competitive Prices
  • Great Education in Health
  • Top-quality Facilities
  • A City of History, Culture, and Food





Competitive Prices Compared To Other Cities


In a previous article, we shared a breakdown of different prices from different major hair transplant countries. The first reason why Istanbul has the hair transplant center of the world title is its competitive prices.


In North America, an average price for a FUT operation is more expensive than an FUE operation in Istanbul. Naturally, this confuses a lot of people about the quality of hair transplants in Istanbul. This is the tricky part.


1 American Dollar equals 5.5 Turkish Liras. The sudden change and devaluation of Turkish Lira have given a significant chance for foreign investors to buy products and services from Turkey cheaper.


Over a short period, foreign financial power in Turkey got stronger. Since you supply the grafts from you, there is a little variable cost in operation. Therefore, nothing increased the prices of the hair transplant procedure in Istanbul.


However, the surgeons had to react to this sudden change. This price difference presented them with an opportunity to increase their revenues.


They kept their prices the same, and because of the shift in Turkish Lira, their income increased. Therefore a lot of places are offering very cheap prices compared to other countries.



Hair Transplant Center Istanbul

This doesn’t mean that every clinic you find is good. On the contrary, this means foreign people looking for hair transplants should be more careful.


Because unfortunately some clinics realized the potential and started to hire technicians to perform more surgeries per day.


That dropped the average quality of work done in Istanbul in some clinics. Therefore, people considering getting a hair transplant in Istanbul should be more careful.


The prices are a perfect opportunity but only if you do your research well and make sure that your doctor will be performing the surgery personally. If you agree to get it from a technician, then please at least make sure that he will supervise.


If you can find a surgeon in your terms, there is no better city than the hair transplant center Istanbul to get your new hair regarding finances.




Quality Of The Doctor Education


Turkey’s education in health is one of the best in the world. Every new day, Turkish doctors find new ways to cure diseases and patients in many different areas.


Their innovative skills come from the successful health schools of Turkey. Every doctor in Turkey knows to speak in English; they spend at least one year abroad to improve their medical skills and learn new things.


When it comes to hair transplants, the story might be a little different. Unfortunately, in hair transplant market there are some doctors with a lack of ethics in their profession.


Like in any other country, this is normal because every individual is different from one another. That is why you should be careful when finding your surgeon in Istanbul.


One of the main subjects of ISHRS is the black market. Some doctors or technicians illegally perform hair transplant operations. Because the prices are meager, this creates demand.


Just as a warning, try to be careful with the diplomas and check your surgeon’s active status if you can.



Certificates and qualifications of Kayihan Sahinoglu


How Do I Find A Decent Surgeon Then?


What we recommend is, while considering the prices, also try to review qualifications and certifications. If your doctor claims to be a part of ISHRS or ABHRS, check the websites and ask these organizations for confirmation.


They are non-commercial organizations, so their existence serves the purpose of helping people to have better transplants. They will be more than happy to help you.


The second thing you can do is, asking for the details of the operation. In most cases, if the surgeon gives you a vague roadmap, that’s when you should consider being more careful.


If you want the surgeon to perform the entire surgery, make sure your doctor confirms it. Usually, the surgeons who operate personally tell you this info specifically.


The other doctors will comment on how many grafts you need, where the donor area will be and how much it will cost to you. As you can see, there is no definite confirmation of who will be doing all this here.


So, to prevent confusion, it is always safe to ask for a confirmation.


If you are okay with the technician performing the surgery, then asking if the surgeon will supervise the operation is an important thing to remember.


The Reason Is


A lot of people go to Istanbul without any confirmation. From our point of view in the health market, such evidence shouldn’t be necessary. However, some clinics operate this way.


Therefore when the patient doesn’t get confirmation, and the operation begins, it is too late to do anything. After that point, it doesn’t matter whose fault it is.


A lot of people feel frustrated and devastated, and we intend only to prevent that. This is the reason why we recommend getting a full and detailed confirmation the surgery.


Surgeon Clinic Kayihan Sahinoglu


Top-Quality Facilities


One of the primary reasons why Istanbul became the hair transplant center of the world is, the average quality of the facilities. From the equipment to the hygiene, the majority of clinics have top-quality facilities. 


The Turkish Ministry of Health regularly checks the clinics, and especially in the last years, they got more strict with their rules.


They are aware that Turkey is becoming a center for hair transplants and want to make sure that the patients go under surgery in the highest possible conditions.


There are severe penalties for not complying with the rules, and this adds more quality to overall hair transplant market in the country.




Istanbul Food


The City of History, Culture, and Food


So far, we tried to explain you the tricks of the city when it comes to surgery. However, if you choose Istanbul to have your hair transplant operation, you will be spending a week in the city. This will give you the chance to experience many different things while you are there.


We know that most of your concentration is on the surgery, but that will change when you see the city. After your surgery is complete, you will rest a day to recover from the procedure.


Then, you will have a few days to spend in the city while you become fit to fly back home. This will be the fun part because you will realize you are in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


Depending on your interests, you have a variety of options. If you like to know about the history of many civilizations from the old ages, you can visit many different places to do so.


From the ancient Greek times, Istanbul was a center of culture and there are many ancient buildings and artifacts you can see. If you are interested in Ottoman Empire history, then you can visit many mosques, buildings, and markets to get the feeling of those times.




Hair transplant center of the world infographic


Food and Culture


Istanbul hosts many different food cultures from the continents around. Famous for many different kinds of food, Turkey has a vibrant culture of combining different tastes and creating unique experiences. If you like meat, you can eat fish or doner or kebap.


If you are a vegetarian, you are lucky because Turkey has a Mediterranean kitchen with a lot of different vegetables and fruits.


If you like desserts, Turkey has the best desserts with a profound collection of different ingredients from Anatolia and Europe. No matter what you want, there is something for your taste in Istanbul.


Bosphorus and Istanbul

Bosporus and Sea


The unique geography of Istanbul makes the city different than anywhere you have seen before. Three bridges connect Europe and Asia with the sea lines, and you have the best view of the world.


When you look at the beauty of Bosporus, you understand why all the battles took place in the history of Istanbul.


Dining in a restaurant by the Bosporus is a unique experience you will have if you go to Istanbul for your hair restoration operation.


There are many more things to discover in Istanbul. Once you are there, you will have the chance to experience them. We know that spending first days after the hair transplant surgery in Istanbul will be very interesting for you.


We will be providing you with a guide, later on, to explain deeper the different options.


But even the pictures speak a lot without any explanation. If you chose Istanbul as your hair transplant destination, you made the right choice. We hope that you find your ideal doctor there and have a wonderful time.


Good Luck!


Istanbul Gallery

FUE Hair Transplant and Importance of The Extraction

FUE Hair Transplant and Importance of The Extraction


Importance of Extraction In FUE Method


Importance of the extraction in FUE is a topic which needs close attention for people considering hair restoration. If you are going for a hair transplant procedure, you must be wondering how the process goes and what to expect.


FUE procedure is same as FUT with only one exception: The Extraction. Let’s talk about it further.


Follicular Unit Extraction essentials


The FUE Procedure


In FUE, the operation begins with the extraction of the hair from the donor area. Before the surgery, your doctor will plan it by choosing the donor area and number of grafts to transplant. With the beginning of the procedure, the surgeon harvests hair follicles individually.


On average, the goal of each session(day) is transplanting 2500 grafts. Some doctors choose to do more; there are no strict limits here. However, considering the healing process as well as the achievement of a natural look, lower number of grafts would be better.




Why 2000 Grafts?


There are different reasons why 2500 grafts is a good amount. The average time of the procedure is 8-10 hours per day. There are coffee and meal breaks because the surgeon needs to rest to maintain the quality of his work and you should rest because you get tired too despite the anaesthetics. So, it means the remaining operation time is even less than the average above.


So, let’s say it is 6 hours, he will first harvest them 2500 times and then plant them for another 2500 times. That means, the net graft number is 5000. If we divide 5000 by 6 hours, it is close to 833 graft per hour, 14 grafts per minute. If the procedure takes 8 hours, then it is 10 grafts per minute.


Fue and extraction statistics

Significance of Numbers


We don’t know if you like math but even if you don’t, we will make the necessary calculations for you. For a very experienced surgeon, 13-14 grafts per minute is a reasonable time.


Hair transplant quality increases with lower numbers of graft move per minute. 


This is the crucial part if the doctor has more time to extract hair follicles, he will damage them less. Which means when they are transplanted after, they will have a stronger and better position in the scalp.


Furthermore, since the surgeon has more time to plant the grafts, he will do so slowly and more carefully, so that when the procedure is complete, you will have a more natural looking hair and hairline.


Moreover, after a year, you will realize a very homogenous distribution of transplanted hair. These all will be possible only if you stick with the graft limit.




What If I Choose To Get More?


Now, this is the tricky part. We see that in some countries and clinics, people agree to get a hair transplant for a lower price and more grafts. Some procedures aim for 4000 grafts in a day.


That means the surgeon has 8 hours and 8000 grafts to move. 1000 graft an hour, each minute the doctor needs to do 17 grafts.


That number is too much even for a very experienced surgeon. You will have hair on the desired areas after the surgery, however, after a year, you will realize the new hair won’t be looking natural, and the distribution is uneven.


17 Graft per minute is dropping the extraction quality meager. In many cases, patients complain that when they look at their hair, they see some parts of the hair are dense but other parts are not.


Moreover, when the transplanted hair grows, it seems very unnatural. The poor extraction quality causes the grafts to be weaker.


That affects planting process poorly because with damaged grafts the planted hair has a worse position in the scalp and when the hair grows, it grows in an unnatural direction.


Then it is tough to give shape to the new hair and eventually new hair serves the purpose of filling the area only.


2000-3000 Grafts


Compared to +3000 grafts, we recommend staying in the 2000-3000 range. The thing with this range is, graft per minute stat is down to 8-12 grafts per minute. Experienced surgeons can achieve excellent results in this range.

Importance of Surgeon vs. Technician Operating


ISHRS and some other vital organizations have a common goal. Because they know the importance of the extraction in the FUE method, they want surgeons to operate, not technicians. Use of technicians in the industry is not a new thing.


Unfortunately, when the importance of the extraction considered, technicians performing the procedure is a significant risk. After mentioning the importance of the extraction, it is essential to understand that it is not just about the numbers, but about the surgeon as well. There are two issues with the technician performing the surgery.


  • Years of experience and qualification makes a doctor, not practice.
  • You agreed to pay for the surgeon with the qualification and experience, not his technicians.




Deeper Analysis


First of all, what makes a doctor is his dedication to his profession. Years of performing a task create perfection. In many industries where the quality of work depends on hands, this is the reality.


Young and ambitious technicians can do a great job, but there is a risk. Getting the education for years and then mastering the profession gives the person a different touch in their position. Technicians, on the other hand, are ambitious individuals mostly in the beginning of their career.


Compared to a doctor, their ability and professional skills may be questionableFurthermore, a doctor’s professional dedication is essential for the best possible outcome. Therefore, technicians involvement raises many issues.


Secondly, you agree to pay an amount of money for the doctor to perform the surgery. The reason why you choose a doctor should be his qualifications and experience. From our agency’s point of view, an experienced doctor who operates the surgery personally adds significantly to the overall satisfaction of the hair transplant journey.


And considering the importance of the extraction, you should get the service you were promised to get the maximum results.


The technician might perform better and yet; this is not what you agreed. This is a severe issue because we see a lot of patients complaining their hair transplant was not as good as they expected and they become devastated.




To Prevent That


Making sure your surgeon performs the procedure personally is essential. We know that it is not ethical and you shouldn’t be even doubting such a thing but unfortunately, it is necessary in most cases. Asking a potential surgeon about the details of the surgery and extraction might be useful. Your knowledge may help you understand the surgeon’s point of view on this.


After all, If he is not going to do it, why pay him all the money?



Before/After Choosing your hair transplant surgeon


Hairline Fix Surgeries


Some people lose their hair from the sides of their forehead. This changes the look, so individuals start looking for solutions. The most suggested solution by the surgeons, in this case, is alternative methods. Finasteride and Minoxidil aim to prevent hair loss.


If these methods can stop the hair loss or it ends naturally then depending on the patient’s willingness, a mini FUE session is possible. These types of surgeries consist of mostly max. 2000 grafts and take less time to perform. Also, healing time is less as the area that needs healing is reduced by almost half.


There are potential problems in this case. When the patient starts to lose hair, this creates an empty area between the new and old hair. Therefore, it could be helpful to wait until the hair loss stops and then get the procedure.


The more important problem is excessive use of grafts. As we have earlier discussed in the article “FUE Hair Transplant and Importance of The Extraction“, Norwood 3 type of hair procedures must be planned very carefully.


Excessive Use Of Grafts


Some surgeons choose to conduct an aggressive hairline fix surgery. Their objective is to give a dense and natural look to the front of your hair. Because you are eager to get your implants to look like before, you tend to rush the process.


Your new hair looks great at the end. Since the surgeon used as many grafts as needed for the perfect look, the procedure seems to be flawless. 


As years pass, your hair loss progresses. From Norwood 3, it gets to Norwood 6 and you get another surgery.


That is where the problem begins. Sometimes even in the second procedure, you run out of donor hair. Because your surgeon used way too many grafts in the first operation, you can’t provide any more follicles for the crown and back together.


Out of options, your surgeon tries hard to cover the area but unfortunately, there are not enough hair follicles for the task. Eventually, you end up with unnatural, unsymmetrical hair in the end.


To prevent that, we recommend planning the first surgery carefully. If you don’t plan ahead carefully, your chances of having a problem at later stages increase significantly.


Therefore, no matter how impressive those hairline fix surgeries look, try to anticipate if there was the right amount of grafts used, or it is just a mistake which may appear in the future.

Current Market Evaluation


In today’s hair restoration market, there are some instabilities. Everything covered in this article aims to let people know that it takes energy and time to find the ideal surgeon. If you have no problem a technician performing the surgery with more than 3000 grafts a day, that is fine.


 But if you prefer to believe in the importance of the extraction, you increase your chance of finding your ideal surgeon. Just a friendly warning, even the names you see and hear around as the best in the profession, they might not be following these rules. Unfortunately, aggressive and smart marketing gets results. This is the tricky part since this is about health, you automatically think that nothing can go wrong ethically.


However, the marketing ways of individuals target this sad truth.


What Can I Do To Protect Myself?


Ultimately, everything is up to you. It is your hair and your money and your time. Our only goal is to let you know about problems that you might encounter. Research shows that people make the wrong choice because they don’t focus enough on their research although their knowledge is sufficient.


This is the thing you can change, spending a little more time looking around and asking the right questions may get you better results. Don’t be afraid; it is perfectly reasonable that you want your looks back. You will get it, but if you do it the right way, you will get something better than the standard. For the same amount of money you spend, you can get something better, and all the process can be a lot easier.


Doing extensive research and asking for different opinions from different clinics and doctors is a very effective way of protecting yourself. If you doubt different comments might cause further confusion, try to remember that as you hear more about your case, a better picture will shape in your mind.


You will start to understand what you need. Once this happens, you will not feel any fear anymore and the chances are very high that you will find your ideal surgeon and this whole process will be very easy.


Good Luck!