Everything You Want To Know About Hair Transplants: 34 Questions Answered
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Why Does Hair Fall After The Surgery?
It is natural for newly placed hair to fall out due to a shedding process. 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.
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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.
Why Do I Use Minoxidil After Surgery?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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,
- 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
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.
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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.
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.
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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?
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.
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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.
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.
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