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


Istanbul hair transplant center of the world

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?


Receding Hairline Fix Surgery_ First Levels Of The Norwood Scale (1)

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



Norwood Scale: In Hair Transplants: Let’s Find Your Stage

Norwood Scale: In Hair Transplants: Let’s Find Your Stage


Norwood Scale In Hair Transplants: Let’s Find Your Stage


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You are well aware of your hair loss and feel like it is time to change how you look. After surfing online for a bit, something keeps coming up, a “Norwood Scale.” But, what is this Norwood Scale? It is a universal way of telling your hair loss stage. When someone tells you, “I am Norwood 3” what that actually means is,  he has receding hairline from sides.


We have prepared you this guide for you to find your Norwood Scale level and learn about details of your hair loss stage.


Let’s begin!

Norwood Scale 1



This is the initial stage of Norwood Scale. This type of hair loss is very small in scope. The patient can see receding hairline from sides, however only slightly.


It doesn’t change the appearance much but it is the first sign that your hair is getting thinner. Ultimately, that thinning hair falls and never regrows.


Therefore we recommend patients to start working hair loss prevention at this stage for the best outcome. The sooner you identify the problem, the better you can respond to it.


Finasteride or Minoxidil use can start at this stage and would be the most effective.


The reason is, if the problem is with your DHT levels, Finasteride can protect you from its adverse effects. Or, if it is due to stress or lifestyle, you can change things and monitor the changes in hair loss.


If you can stop hair loss with any of these, you will have more hair rescued and eventually, you will stay in Norwood 1 Stage for a longer time.


Despite your actions, if your hair loss persists, it might be genetic and although precautions still can help, hair loss will progress.


Norwood Scale 2


Norwood Scale 2 hair transplants


You were not aware of your hair loss, or nothing seems to be stopping it. As a result, your hair loss progressed and now the “M” shape starts to appear in the front of your head. Then, your stage is Norwood 2.


Norwood 2 is a warning stage because now hair restoration methods such as FUE and FUT are options. Most of the surgeons still recommend using alternative methods like Finasteride and monitor your hair loss progress.


If it continues, there is no point in conducting a hair transplant surgery.


If hair loss can be stopped at this stage, delaying a hair transplant procedure makes more sense. Because if you get the operation and then keep losing hair, you will need a new hair transplant procedure to fill the newly bald area.


In the end, that would be too much trouble.


However, if your hair loss stops or, you want to get the procedure anyways, then you would be needing 1,500-2,000 grafts for the operation.


We also think it is crucial to remember you have around 6,000 grafts of donor hair and using an aggressive initial amount causes donor hair shortage in the future when your hair loss progresses.


As a result, when you need to get a procedure to fill the back, you won’t have any hair to transplant. Therefore, it is wise to plan ahead and don’t rush in early stages.


This surgery would require only one session.


Norwood Scale 3


Norwood Scale 3 hair transplants


If the M shape is very obvious to see, then your hair loss progressed to Norwood 3. Norwood Scale 3 is the first stage where hair loss starts to affect the crown. The top of the M touches your crown and hair loss cause the hair on your crown to fall.


Norwood 3 is the vital stage in your hair loss story. We have earlier discussed the importance of building an effective strategy while getting a hairline fix surgery. It is very popular these days and a lot of people get their hairline fixed.


The problem is, you need 2,200-2,700 grafts for the procedure, which is more than one-third of your hair donor supply. 


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Many doctors concentrate on creating a dense look and use as many grafts as possible to fulfill so. As a result, you lose almost half of your hair supply in one area.


In the future when your hair loss progresses, your hair on your crown and back falls. Then, you need at least 4,500 grafts for the next procedure.


Because the first surgery used too much, you end up not supplying enough grafts. Eventually, you have a bad look.


Therefore, it is extremely important to plan ahead and use your hair supply accordingly. An aggressive hairline fix surgery is only a temporary solution and will cause more problems in the future. 


This surgery would require only one session.


You can read the Receding Hairline Fix Surgery here.


Norwood Scale 3 Vertex


Norwood Scale 3 vertex hair transplants


It is the same with Norwood 3. The only difference is, you start losing hair from your crown as well. An “O” shape starts to appear on the top-back of your head. The difference of Vertex stage is, it requires a little more grafts.


You would need around 2,800-3,200 grafts to fill both the front and crown.


If you decide to get a hair transplant procedure, it might be useful to remember the donor hair supply. After the surgery, you should still have enough donor hair left for future operations.


Using too many grafts cause problems in the future and your hair might look unnatural.


This surgery would require in most cases one session.


Norwood Scale 4


Norwood Scale 4 hair transplants


With hair loss progressing from both the front and crown, your hair loss pattern becomes Norwood 4. Now, the M shape is disappearing as your hair on the front is gone and the O shape is getting wider.


If you consider a hair transplant procedure at this stage, you would need around 4,000 grafts. At this point, your surgeon needs to carefully assess your case and build an effective strategy.


If he concentrates only on the hairline fix, your crown won’t look good.


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Uneven distribution of grafts is not easy to spot at first. When you look at your new hair, it seems very natural and dense. However, after a short while, with hair loss progress your crown starts to seem thin again.


Because at this stage, hair loss progresses in a wide pattern. On both the front and top of your head, a wide area loses hair simultaneously and as a result, you find yourself looking for new solutions.


Therefore, it is essential to make sure you have a solid plan before getting hair transplants.


This surgery would require two sessions in two days. Pushing it into a single day would cause too much trauma and is not recommended.


Norwood Scale 5


Norwood Scale 5 hair transplants


Norwood 5 is the first time you will have advanced hair loss. Your M is almost gone, and O is even bigger. Now you need somewhere around 3,500-4,000 grafts. A hairline fix is still an option but your surgeon should prioritize your crown and back. 


If you decide to have your transplants at this stage, it might be a good idea. Norwood 5-6 naturally includes Norwood 2-3-4 operations.


Therefore, everything you do, you would be doing only once if you wait until this stage. On the other hand, it will be very advanced by now.


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Having the operation at Norwood 5 and then using Finasteride and Minoxidil might be effective. After using almost two-thirds of your donor hair, you might want to monitor hair loss and get the last surgery when you absolutely need it.


That would be the most cost-effective way in mathematical ways.


However, each case is unique and we would advise you to build a plan with your surgeon before making any decisions.


This surgery would require two sessions in two days. Pushing it into a single day would cause too much trauma and is not recommended.


Norwood Scale 6


Norwood Scale 6 hair transplants


Your hair loss has fallen most of your hair on the front and crown. Furthermore, M and O shapes have united. The O shape progresses towards the back of your head. The bald area is very large and requires around 5,000 grafts. 


If you have waited until this stage and get the implants, you will probably be okay for the next few years.


There is one more possible stage and in general, your surgeon will also work on that area in this operation to make it denser so you won’t have to do the last procedure. 


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Norwood 6 hair transplants are for some reason notorious. People persist that a surgery at this level is not effective. In our article “Norwood 6 Hair Transplants: Excellent Results Impossible, Or Myth?” we have given all the critical tips on how to find a surgeon who can do this surgery very well. 


With a skillful and experienced surgeon, you can have excellent results and get the most out of your surgery at Norwood 6 stage.


This surgery would require two sessions in two days. Pushing it into a single day would cause too much trauma and is not recommended.


Norwood Scale 7


Norwood Scale 7 hair transplants


Finally, your hair loss is over and you have lost more than 80% of your hair. But if your donor hair supply is there, you can still get excellent results.


You would have two sessions in two days and procedures would be length however with a crafty surgeon, you can still get the results you want.


Your graft need is between 5,500-6,000. This point is where your strategy pays off. If you get an aggressive hairline fix surgery, you have used too many grafts in the beginning.


So, you don’t have last 1,000 grafts to finish the back. And unfortunately, it can be spotted easily.


If everything went well and according to the plan, probably you are laughing at your results now. If not, we recommend the use of Finasteride and Minoxidil to prevent further hair loss.


Further hair loss can cause a gap in between and your hair would look very unnatural.


This surgery would require two sessions in two days. Pushing it into a single day would cause too much trauma and is not recommended.


Finding your hair transplant surgeon you can trust

Surgeon Choice


As you can see, at every stage there are different requirements. Session days differ with the number of grafts used in the surgery. There are risks at every step.


The easiest way to overcome all is, to find a surgeon you can trust. It can be painfully hard when you are looking options abroad, nevertheless, you still have to research well.


A lot of people let their feeling interfere and end up making the wrong decision. That is because they rush and book a clinic without enough information. They like the price, pictures, and reviews. Then they commit themselves into a terrible mistake.


Hair restoration journey is long and not easy. You have to be always careful while interpreting what you see online. Without a systematic work, your chances of failure increase exponentially.


How To Choose Your Surgeon


Choose your hair transplant surgeon


The reason why we built the online library is for you to learn the tricks and make your decision based on facts, not feelings. We only tell you the story from our side and wish that you can form your own strategy by looking at ours. 


How To Choose Your Hair Transplant Surgeon: The 6-Step Guide” contains a guide for our guests to read and see one approach. You are free to use it as it is or partially. That article can be an excellent blueprint while you construct your strategy.


At any time, please don’t hesitate to contact the team and ask your questions. With every question, we learn something new and create a value that returns to you eventually.


If you are in the early stages of your research, it might be useful to concentrate on what you want and if it can be delivered more than how much it costs or where it is.


In the end, if you do things the right way, it will be worth it. Even when you make a mistake don’t worry about it, you can still change your strategy and make it right.


Good Luck!

Hair Transplant Timeline: The Tips and Essentials

Hair Transplant Timeline: The Tips and Essentials


Hair Transplant Timeline: The Tips and Essentials


Hair transplant timeline is a necessary tool for patients to have an idea of how things are going to be like in the, well, next year. From the moment you have made your decision, you will try to get pieces of information together to have a rough idea about estimates.


We believe if you can grasp the timeline efficiently, things will be easier. Therefore, we prepared this guide and explained every detail you should be aware.


Let’s begin!


Determining The Technique: FUE or FUT?


If you believe you are ready to permanently fix your hair loss problem, this will be the first question to answer. Each technique has advantages and it is better the more you know about each.


In our article “Best Hair Restoration Method: FUE vs FUT“, we have discussed each method in detail. Here is an infographic for you to see the comparison.




Briefly, FUE type of hair transplants leaves no linear scar at the back of your head. Furthermore, this technique delivers a more natural look. Compared to the FUT, FUE is more expensive. Also, it requires the surgeon to work more carefully.


On the other hand, the FUT technique is cheaper. The surgeon gets a linear strip from the back of your head and then prepare grafts for planting. 


Every person has different needs and wants, therefore you choose the method according to yours. So, your journey begins with this decision.


Choosing A Clinic


After choosing the method, based on your budget, you pick a clinic. We believe this is the most important part of your journey. Everything happens from now on to the next decades depends on your clinic choice.


Therefore, spending more time researching and making the comparison between different options increase the outcome of your journey.


Our article “Choosing Your Hair Transplant Surgeon” explains our strategy on how to choose your doctor. However, that is only a blueprint and you should build your own strategy.


As you do that, that guide can help you construct your own strategy more efficiently. Here is a simple visual to explain what we explain there briefly.



Before The Operation


In this stage, you have already chosen a clinic and booked a date. In most cases, your clinic provides you with the necessary information.


We respect each clinics methods and therefore recommend following their instructions strictly. 


The best thing you can do is relaxing. It is vital to stay away from reading more information prior to your procedure. Because the more you need, the more you get confused.


The worst thing is feeling panicked and start thinking if you have made a mistake. As long as there is a crucial problem with the clinic, you should only concentrate on making the surgery go excellent and prepare for post-surgery.


We believe if you don’t feel comfortable with your decision, it might be due to insufficient research. When you make extensive research and know the entire journey, you realize that it is not very confusing after all.


Once you visualize the whole process means you are very close to success.


Therefore, you will see that even before the surgery, you must be planning post-surgery to increase the efficiency of your procedure.


Clinic main picture Kayihan Sahinoglu


The Day Of The Surgery


The anesthetics will help you feel less pain. We see a lot of advertising claiming it is painless. That is untrue. This procedure takes at least 5-6 hours and there will be times you will feel stressed and pressure on your scalp.


In most clinics, they provide pills to make you feel relaxed. That really helps.


If you feel pain, and can’t take it anymore talk to your doctor. In most cases, the actual pain combines with stress. As a result, you feel more pain than there actually is.


It is vital to let your doctor know and stop if necessary. Your surgeon might be too focused on the task. They might not be aware of your pain or, they might want to avoid stopping.


No matter why, you are in that position, communicate with the team.


In most cases, the patient remains silent. He doesn’t speak for the sake of the operation. That stress causes the outcome to be poor and you are hurt for no reason. It reduces the natural look in the end and your healing time gets longer.


Moreover, it gets more difficult to tend to your wounds after the surgery.


But, if your doctor stops when there is too much pain and you rest, your stress dissolves. You feel stronger in a short amount of time and the procedure becomes less painful and easy.



Follicular Unit Extraction post surgery


After The Surgery


Your doctor will explain to you which medications to take, what to do and when to take shower. You will be tired, but the most difficult part will be over. From this point on, you can start focusing on healing.


If you had a FUT surgery, the aftermath is a little different. Since the procedure requires extracting a linear strip, you will have a bigger wound.


Sleeping might be uncomfortable first few days because the scar is on the back of your head. It just takes a week or so for your scar to heal enough that you can return to your normal sleeping ways.


The planted area will be bleeding time to time depending on the surgery. The first few days, the anesthetics might be leaking from the micro scars. That is normal. After the bleeding and leaking stops, your healing process will be less discomforting. 


Also, just a quick reminder; every person is different and your experience might be different than our timeline. However, for everyone, we recommend taking the first week easy.


That doesn’t mean sleeping all day, but when the pain is not there, you might forget and do something you’d normally do.


And that might cause bleeding. To prevent that, doing everything slowly is essential.




The First Three Months


First and most important tip: Don’t get discouraged in the first three months after seeing the results. Concentrate on only healing in that period. Your implants will start healing and adapting to the recipient area.


Your hair will fall and that is very normal.


Because the idea is not transferring the follicles, but rather their roots. Therefore, since adapting to the new area takes a few weeks, your roots won’t be sensitive immediately. As a result, your hair follicles will fall because of insufficient nutrition.


You might experience swelling and shedding in this period. As it can be bothersome sometimes, it is just the part of the process. After a while, you have less swelling.


It is crucial to spot uncommon scars or problems in the area. Your surgeon has a better chance of fixing it the sooner you tell him. 


Now, since your hair follicles are transferred in an unnatural way, they will experience a shock. That is a natural part of the process where the implants cause a shock in the area. That will be followed by the adaptation of new hair roots.


This happens usually in the first two or three weeks.


Starting the third week usually, you will experience shedding. As we explained earlier, the nutrient flow will be insufficient and the new hair will be rejected by the scalp.


Consequently, your hair follicles will fall. From that period to the 4. and 5. month, your surgery area will remain bald.



hair transplant timeline hair cycle


Hair Cycle


In the fourth month, you will start seeing very thin, baby hair follicles. If the recipient area was your crown, it takes a little longer. So, it is safe to say you can expect your first follicles in 4-6 months. 


You will have complex feelings. If you feel discouraged by the look of the new follicles, try ignoring it. That is only the first round. From the shedding until seeing first follicles, your hair goes into the telogen phase.


Telogen phase is the resting stage of the hair cycle.


Anagen Phase


Let’s quickly remember the anagen and telogen phases. The anagen phase is basically when you have the hair. From 2 to 6 years, your hair constantly grows. You usually get many haircuts to shape the same group of hair follicles.


When this phase is longer, you get longer hair. If you can’t have long hair, that is probably because your anagen phase is short and you can’t grow the same follicle long enough.


Telogen Phase



This phase follows the shedding. Your hair root adapts its new place and starts making the connections to produce healthy hair follicles. Meanwhile, your hair root is in resting phase.


Telogen phase takes approximately 100 days, a little more than three months. That is the reason why your hair starts to appear after four months. 


After the telogen phase, the anagen phase begins. So, before the telogen phase is complete, hair can’t grow. Therefore, you have to wait until the telogen phase to finish for the hair to begin the anagen phase.


With the beginning of the anagen phase, thin hair follicles also begin to appear.


The Maturation Period


After the 8. month, you should start seeing thicker hair follicles. Now, the thin follicles become thick, natural looking hair follicles. Additionally, they are ready to be styled by you.


If your hair follicles are curved, don’t worry about it. As the scars heal, that curve will become its original self. It is just a transformation phase.


You still can’t see the full outcome of the surgery. There is still 20-25% of hair follicles to grow. Therefore, it is crucial to wait just a few months to finally have a decent idea about the hair. 


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After A Year


After a very long journey, you have come to the very end of the timeline. By now, you should be able to grow your hair with full potential and the result you see is permanently there. Your hair is back to its normal cycle and hopefully looks great.


If there is a problem and you are concerned about the result, you should immediately talk to your surgeon. It is a natural part of the surgeries that sometimes things don’t go as planned. Or, sometimes you need or want more. Either case, there are things you can do. 


Depending on the problem, you might start using Finasteride or Minoxidil as a first solution. They help to prevent hair loss and make the area look denser. 


However, if they can’t help you or, you want another surgery, you can talk to your doctor to see what else can be done. We sincerely hope that you don’t need to consider these steps and everything went perfectly.


Follicular Unit Extraction post surgery


A Final Reminder


We have shared our ideas in many of our articles about hair loss. We believe hair loss is both controllable and uncontrollable. We recommend you shouldn’t worry about things like genetics too much. If it falls, eventually, it falls. 


Nonetheless, for the things you have control on, you might want to be aware and active.


Hair transplants are permanent, however, your original hair is not. When your hair loss continues, it might cause a need for a new surgery or, treatments. 


Therefore, the more you prevent hair loss, the less you have to worry about them. Changing your lifestyle and reducing stress can be very effective to stop hair loss.


The right balance of them combining with other factors form a healthy hormone structure, and you keep your hair loss under control.


Ultimately, you have gone all this trouble and got the ending you wanted. We believe it’s worth doing something about it rather than letting it happen again. After all, this is a very long journey.


If you make the right decisions and protect the outcome, you will have the most out of your journey. Otherwise, you might have to restart and that never feels good.


Good Luck!

Are Hair Transplants Worth It? The Fear And Reward Equation

Are Hair Transplants Worth It? The Fear And Reward Equation

Are Hair Transplants Worth It? The Fear And Reward Equation


Are hair transplants worth it? This question is reasonably popular among folks who are just beginning their hair transplant journey. We are all the same; the cost-effective ratio is our defensive wall against all the chaos out there. Naturally, marketers out there will try their best to sell you their product or service.


And you will want to protect yourself by making your calculations. What we have discovered so far is, if you find your ideal surgeon, hair transplants are worth the trouble.


Let’s explain this further.


are hair transplants worth it? Consumer Behavior


Consumer Behavior


Probably by now, you have realised that any time you consider buying something, your brain starts using the same protocols. There is an equation coded in your mind which is a guide for the decision-making process.


This equation is straightforward, for the price offered, will the product I purchase solve my problem? This is the simple cost-effectiveness equation.


When the price starts to increase and surpass the limit, your attention rises as well. The value of the product changes for you. Therefore you compare more things.


On top of that, your emotions begin to affect your decision. It is no longer a simple equation, but a balance of many different factors. 


Hair transplant procedure is a costly method of restoration. Not only financially, but also time and energy-wise you will have to invest a lot. Naturally, it will be harder to maintain the balance while making the calculations.


Especially fear and panic will challenge your reasoning and increase the possibility of a mistake. This is very normal.



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Panic and Fear In Hair Transplant Journey


While surfing through forums and websites, we have seen a lot of negative reviews. Specifically, some clinics and individuals target these feelings. Naturally, it is easier to sell you something when you are emotional. The panic and fear lead to the need for a fast solution.


To tackle the uncertainty and negative emotions, individuals become more eager to choose something to feel better. Eventually, they end up devastated.


The most important thing is, understanding that it is not only the marketers fault but you have some degree of responsibility in this as well. Because they offer you something and try to make you feel overwhelmed.


If you can stay calm and process everything with optimum speed, you will dodge their offers. However, if you let your feelings disorient your reason, you will only feel good for a brief while.


It comes to the second aspect of psychology. Individuals tend to feel negative once their initial perception or decision is negative. Similar to hotels where if the door person smiles and acts sincere, your overall satisfaction from your stay will improve.


But if the person is not kind and welcoming, even when everything else is perfect, you won’t feel comfortable. So, if your first decision comes from negative emotions rather than your reasoning, your overall experience will likely to be less favourable.


Second Alternative: Reason


Unlike letting emotions get in the way, relying on your reasoning will improve the outcome. The first step is awareness of the threats. Once you start reading different sources, it is useful to remind yourself each deal may be a trap.


As a result, instead of falling for wrong deals, you can keep searching and learning more. 


The second step is, giving this process some time. A lot of people jump to the last step and finalise their decision. If you are investing this much, it is wiser to take the process slower. You can even look back to your history.


How many times have you rushed and regretted the results? Maybe you bought a car and realised there was a better option or deal. Or maybe you bought flight tickets and found out there was a better option on the other website.


In these cases, not relaxing hurts you the most. We know that you have waited a very long time and it took a lot of courage to finally make this decision. But it won’t hurt to wait just a little longer.


Because the answer to the first question is partially this, hair transplants are worth it if everything goes smooth. 


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Two Scenarios


The first scenario is what we see the most in the industry and will implement real experiences in it. And the best part is, you are the lead character!


You have decided that your hair loss stopped and it is time to change the way you look. That has been bothering you for so long. That’s why you are excited to have started. You asked a bunch of people around and then surfed the internet.


You have seen a lot of names and clinics. You have realised a lot of countries offer alternatives. You checked the forums and witnessed a lot of different opinions about the same subject. You are confused.

There is chaos and uncertainty. You want to make the right choice, but you don’t know who to trust. For some reason, a very cheap deal catches your attention. Although you see both positive and negative things, the deal is too good.


Somethings are bothering you, but you still choose to take the deal. The more you read and search, the more confused you get anyways.


And now you felt for the first time that you are losing your will to have the hair transplant surgery. That’s why you instinctively rush and book your procedure.


The Other Path


The second scenario is what we usually see every day in positive hair transplant experiences. Now everything has begun the same. You have received an offer from a clinic. You liked it but decided to keep looking around.


You thought “If they offer this now, they will offer it again somewhere else.” You kept looking at different surgeons’ websites and reviews. Finally, you have seen something that matches what you need and want. You asked for a consultation. 


After consulting different clinics, you have successfully figured out what would be the best strategy for your situation and what you exactly need. After considering your options, you have chosen a surgeon that fits what you want the best.



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Are Hair Transplants Worth It?


Now, if we ask you if it was worth to have hair transplants, what would be your answer? For each scenario, you must have felt two different emotions. When you fantasised both paths, which one is more likely to get you to what you want?


If the question is, “In which scenario you think you will end up satisfied?” what do you think your response will be?


Both answers would depend on the strategy you have. Your plan comes from your logic. Therefore, hair transplants are worth it if you use your logic and stay calm while evaluating different options.


Visualising your path and asking yourself questions is essential for achieving the best possible outcome. And that is only possible if you have enough information. Without the knowledge, you will be blind in this journey.


Eventually, you will lose your way, and that is less likely to get you to your goal.


Reward Is Through Logic


The typical story behind a successful hair transplant procedure is about the logic. It is challenging to stay focused on this journey.


We know this is different than buying a car or flight ticket. A mistake of purchasing a ticket, you will lose money or time, but the way you look will remain the same.


But if you make a mistake choosing your hair transplant surgeon, the consequences might be permanent. 


Don’t worry; you can always have a second or third surgery to fix the initial error. However, the whole point of why we exist is to help you avoid making that first mistake.


Because if you avoid that first mistake, there won’t be a second time. In the end, it will be worth having hair transplants.


Finding your hair transplant surgeon you can trust

Finding A Hair Surgeon You Can Trust


Earlier in the article “How To Find A Hair Surgeon You Can Trust”, we provided information about how we found our doctor we recommend. You can read the article to understand our logic and use it to create your own. 


Our strategy was finding a doctor who is professional and caring. Because we knew if he is professional, he won’t do anything to jeopardize his profession and career.


If he is caring, then we know he will do whatever necessary to show the same level of service to each patient. In the end, each patient will remember their hair transplant journey as a good memory. That is how we want to be recognized.


Our strategy will be different than yours because our needs are different. If you start your research by identifying your needs, you will be closer to success. You need to have hair transplants for the lowest possible price; then you will follow that path.


If you need the most natural look, you will try to make decisions based on that. But in either way, your chance of success will improve because you have identified your need in the beginning.


Finding A Doctor Understanding Your Needs


If you have successfully determined your needs, all you need to do is finding the surgeon who respects that. Trust comes from mutual understanding.


It might be difficult for you to be sure if your doctor is from another country because of the distance. We have prepared a checklist for this instances.




Received confirmation about the method, cost and person performing the surgery.

  • I know what I want from the procedure and am perfectly capable of telling it to anyone.
  • I checked the reviews of valid forums and websites to make sure there is consistency.
  • My consultation e-mail is very detailed, clearly explains what I want and asking how it can be done.
  • The pictures of my hair are attached in the e-mail, and the photos show different angles.
  • My surgeon has agreed to deliver what I want, at the price we agreed, and the way I want it.
  • Surgeon’s explanation matches with what the other doctors said about my case.
  • Received confirmation about the method, cost, and person performing the surgery.


Significance Of The Checklist


Completing this checklist doesn’t mean everything is going to be excellent. It does not guarantee success; it improves your chances of achieving your goals in your journey.


However, if you have everything checked here, you have a very decent chance that it will be worth it in the end.


The most important aspect of all these is communication with the clinics. 


You are making a deal with your surgeon, and it is essential that both parties fulfill their responsibilities. In this sense, your e-mails are physical proof of your agreement. If there is nothing vague on there, you will have more confidence in your commitment.


But if things like graft number or who performs the surgery are uncertain, you will have less chance of fixing problems.


Therefore, it is essential that the whole conversation is clear and confirmation present. No one would want to take a chance with the agreement.


That is why if you read it carefully, you will quickly notice if a doctor’s responses are honest, or there is something fishy about it.




This article can alone help you succeed to spot any ambiguity and save you from a lot of trouble. Staying calm and following a step by step approach is beneficial. It doesn’t have to be our way; please find your way because you know you the best.


We try to provide a roadmap which is easy to convert for each unique situation. With some luck and research, you will have everything the way you desire and will be able to say hair transplants are worth it.


Good Luck!

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!

Follicular Unit Extraction: The Little Known Facts and Essentials

Follicular Unit Extraction: The Little Known Facts and Essentials


Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) – Little Known Facts and Essentials

Follicular Unit Extraction is extracting units of hair one by one from the donor area. Then, surgeons plant these units into the recipient area. The first step of the surgery is the extraction. The little-known fact is, the most critical part of FUE type procedure is the extraction part. Planting stage is also important but doesn’t require too much skill. The quality of work directly depends on the quality of extraction. Let’s explain this further.



Importance of the Extraction Grafts


The Importance of Extraction


The secret to a successful FUE hair transplant procedure is the extraction. The advantage of extracting each hair follicle one by one is, the surgeon can make sure they are unharmed. This requires a lot of energy and concentration.


When 2000 grafts are the target number of extraction per session, this means extracting grafts 2000 times, individually. Therefore, dedication is the main component that makes the FUE hair transplants superior.


There is a direct correlation between the extraction and outcome. Unlike the FUT method where the surgeon extracts the hair follicles by the strip method, and follicles stay as a group, in FUE harvesting every single unit individually adds to the quality of the procedure.


When the hair follicles are in a group, like in the FUT technique, your surgeon only has one option, to plant them together as a group. While this gives a denser look, remains a linear scar. In FUE technique, because every graft is a separate unit, they can cover a larger area.


Especially for the hairline fix surgeries or nonsymmetrical baldness, your surgeon needs to plant the hair follicles with more freedom. This way after the surgery, no one can understand you had a hair transplant.


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Essentials For Norwood 3 – Receding Hairline Surgery


A lot of people experience receding hairline. We understand your frustration and panic. As it is the earlier stage of hair loss, you want to act fast and get back your looks. 


Moreover, you have a very strong chance of getting a very natural looking hairline and excellent density if you choose an experienced and skillful doctor. 


However, there is a vital point where a lot of people miss and only realize the mistake after many years. Many clinics choose to transplant as many grafts as possible to create the perfect density.


As a result, they use something around 3,000 grafts for the hairline fix. If you are a Norwood 3 Vertex, they might use up to 4,000.


The secret problem is, every person has around 6,000 donor hair supply. That means, if your hair loss progress through all the stages up until Norwood 7, you will have a big problem.


A typical Norwood 7 procedure requires around 7,000 grafts and with your natural supply, the front will be left a little clear.


Now, if your surgeon uses half of your hair donor supply for the hairline fix, as your hair loss continues, you will be short of 1,000 grafts. That is equal to around 3,000 hair follicles!


Since you don’t have any more hair supply, your back or crown will stay bald. When that happens, it doesn’t look good.


So, you can find more about it in our article “Receding Hairline Fix Surgery: First Stages Of The Norwood Scale” but briefly, we recommend building a strategy that calculates the latter stages as well.


Ask your doctor about this possible problem in the future, because many clinics would be more than happy to transplant as many grafts as possible. 


As a result, if you don’t ask, they won’t tell. In many cases, they might evade your questions even when you ask.


Therefore, it is critical to know this valuable information and make your plans accordingly to deal with possible problems even before they start.


Norwood 6 Hair Transplants and Results

Norwood 6 Essentials


A lot of people suffer from Norwood 6 and 7 hair loss. When these people go online to look for solutions, they encounter things claiming it is pointless to get hair transplants if you are beyond Norwood 5.


You need to be careful while reading information online. Technology can be very useful or harmful. It is vital to stay calm and continue your research to make sure you know all sides of the story.


With the motivation behind these claims unknown, we believe Norwood 6 can be considered as the best stage to get hair transplants. The reason is, hair surgeons can anticipate hair loss pattern when they see a patient even if it is just a Norwood 2.


However, they can’t know for sure. And if you get your implants based on a wrong guess, your chance of having problems increase. But after Norwood 5, your hair loss’ impact on your front head and crown is visible.


Therefore, your surgeon works on an absolute rather than a guess. 


However, you must still be careful. The lurking danger is a possible mistake choosing your surgeon. It is critical to choose an experienced and skillful doctor to increase chances of having a natural and dense look.


Inexperienced surgeons fail to understand the nature of the problem and fill the forehead too much. After Norwood 4, it is more important to have a dense look on the crown and secure enough donor hair supply for the future.


After so many instances where that mistake was made; eventually, people in the market were forced to believe the reason was Norwood 6 procedure itself. In reality, the problem is the doctor.


For the experienced and skillful doctors, Norwood stage or the color of hair won’t matter. As long as the hair is suitable for a procedure, they execute it successfully. 


So, if you fall into Norwood 6 and beyond the group, we recommend strongly choosing your surgeon carefully to ensure the best possible outcome.



Best hair restoration method fue?


The specific type of extraction gives the FUE method a lot of advantages. If you go over 3,000 grafts a day, the outcome will not be good. Usually, doctors recommend two sittings with a maximum of 3000 grafts a day.


In some cases, some clinics violate this rule, and the patient ends up with bad looking hair.


The reason is, 3000 grafts mean extracting almost 10000 hair follicles first and in the same day, planting them somewhere else on your head. When you go over 3000, then the quality of work drops because your surgeon’s performance drops after 2500 grafts.


Even if the surgeon is young, there is a limitation for this kind of procedure, and after 3000 grafts a day, the work done starts to drop dramatically. Experience or energy can not help you in this case. The chance of having an unnatural looking hair or hairline is very high.



Post Surgery Process


In general, people focus on more the surgery and consider the post-surgery as something they will have to endure. This is a mistake. Post-surgery is as important as the procedure.


The first reason is, if the scalp is over traumatized during the operation, this slows down the healing time and quality. The energy and resources the body needs to heal 2500 grafts and 4000 grafts are very different.


Healing capacity of each person is unique, and you would know yours better than anyone. So, when deciding the graft number per seating, be aware of this fact.


The other reason is, you will have a life after the surgery. You will go back home and eventually work. Life will go on, and you will have to take your part in it. Probably, each new graft you pushed will exponentially and significantly affect your daily life quality.


So, you will decide your strategy, and you know your limits. If you think you can make it, then do it. If you think you need a more cautious approach, then choosing a less aggressive path would be wise.


Follicular Unit Extraction essentials


FUE leaves NO Scar


The beauty of Follicular Unit Extraction is, it doesn’t leave a scar. Of course, there will be a scar right after the surgery, but that won’t be there for long. Because of the unique harvesting method of FUE, your scar area will be hardly visible and heal rapidly. This is a significant point because there are many cases where the transplanted hair looks excellent, but the scar is evident even after years of the surgery.


FUE serves the need to look natural precisely. If the surgeon performs a great job in the extraction part, there is a very good chance that after a year of the surgery, new people you met won’t know the difference. Aesthetically, this method delivers a very natural look to the people as it is a more precious work.


Even after years of surgery, your hair transplants will be very healthy because hair transplants are permanent. But this is the second tricky part, as you age you will continue losing hair from the non-transplanted area. Meanwhile, your transplanted hair will stay for decades. In time, you might start to realize that there are new bold spots on the head. This is very natural.



Planning Ahead Saves You Time And Money



The major problem in FUE operation is if your clinic rushes the procedure or you don’t provide necessary information frankly, you might end up needing a second procedure soon. There are a lot of people planning the first procedure and rushing it to get their looks back immediately.


However, when you do that, you take a high risk. In many cases, because the hair transplant surgery takes place before the hair loss stops, after the procedure in a short period, the aesthetical look is lost. After a few years, with the continuing hair loss, some voids appear between the transplanted hair and original hair leading to a need for further operations.


This disturbs the patient. In general, the patient chooses to use some drugs to stop hair loss and gets PRP sessions. However, alternative methods are not permanent. That leads to continuous investment in maintaining your look while your body starts to build tolerance.


Then you realize alternative methods are not very useful anymore and you need a new procedure. All the time and effort and money you spend goes to waste because you end up paying more of everything.



Follicular Unit Extraction post surgery



Do It Once, Do It The Right Way


We recommend a solid and detailed strategy in your first operation. Do it once and do it the right way. If you do your research well enough to guarantee the results, you will be laughing at this. The entire process will go smooth, and you will only concentrate on the perks of your new look. 


If you have made a mistake the first time, no problem. You will fix it. In case you need some help, here is what we have.



4 Tips To Deal With Post-Surgery Hair Loss


  1. Choose your surgeon very carefully,
  2. Wait a little longer to make sure you don’t lose any more hair,
  3. Consult with your doctor for the best strategy and alternative methods,
  4. After making sure you don’t lose hair any longer, get a new procedure.


Follicular Unit Extraction Tips to deal with post-surgery hair loss

Fortunately, these solutions can help you tackle the problem in different ways. It is essential to see that everything starts with choosing the right surgeon. Seeing FUE as a type of surgery would be a fatal mistake. This is a partnership, and your doctor is your mentor.


If you choose the right doctor as your partner and mentor, you can quickly ask for guidance whenever you need. Because eventually, you are the one to make the ultimate decision, don’t forget that your doctor is only there to help you.


His work is his product and advertisement so don’t ignore your doctor wants the best for you because that is also the best for him. So, using this to your advantage would be a wise choice.



Follicular Unit Extraction ISHRS Statistics

ISHRS Doctors Say FUE


Ultimately, Follicular Unit Extraction is becoming more popular each year. According to ISHRS data, in 2017 the member doctors have chosen FUE in 52.6% of the surgeries.


This is another sign that FUE is now the most dominant method among elite surgeons nowadays. And still, it is not right to say FUE is the best hair transplant method, because it always depends on the patient’s unique situation. Although scientifically superior, FUE is still economically expensive for many people.


Therefore, making sure that you have enough information and details before deciding the method increases your chance of having the ideal results for your case significantly.


Good Luck!


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*Statistics were retrieved from ISHRS website.