Hair Transplant in Turkey

Hair Transplant in Turkey | Hair Transplantation Istanbul Dr. Serkan Aygın Clinic 2020-09-04 07:11:06

It can be claimed that Turkey is the first country that comes to mind across the world in the field of hair transplantation. Hair transplantation in Turkey attracts patients from dozens of countries around the world to our country in the field of health tourism. We will try to explain why hair transplantation stands out in Turkey this much.

Hair transplantation is an operation that has been applied since the early 1990s in Turkey. Although its first experimental applications were made a long time ago in the world, it started to be applied professionally in Turkey, along with the rest of the world, in the same period, i.e. in the 1990s.

You can read the following article to review the history of hair transplantation in more detail.

Factors Required for Successful Hair Transplantation

Factors Required for Successful Hair TransplantationOf course, experience is the first factor that comes to mind when all factors that affect the final outcome of hair transplantation operation are considered. We can list all factors that affect success as follows:

1.) Experience
2.) Education
3.) The wide availability of health services
4.) Technical equipment

Experience in Hair Transplantation

The date when hair transplantation has started to be widely applied to people around the world is close to the date of its application in Turkey. This has enabled Turkey to become one of the most experienced countries in this field. Experience can be said to be the keyword of hair transplantation in Turkey.

Since hair transplantation applications in Turkey shifted from the experimental background to a higher number in practice, this experience naturally has brought along more successful results.

The increasing number of operations made every year strengthened the success in this field.

According to unofficial data, hair transplantation is applied every year to more than three hundred thousand people in Turkey. India, where the annual number of hair transplantation operations reached two hundred thousand, and the US, albeit a lower number of operations, come to the forefront as important countries for hair transplantation.

Medical Training and Field of Hair Transplantation

Hair transplantation is carried out by specialist doctors in Turkey. The field of specialization of doctors is dermatology as it analyzes scalp well. Apart from this, we see that plastic surgery doctors also work in the field of hair transplantation.

Turkey’s Volume in the Health Field

Turkey is among the few countries in the world where all health care services are provided to all individuals under the State’s guarantee. This facilitated opening hospitals in all cities of Turkey throughout the years and hiring thousands of medical doctors to work in these hospitals. Naturally, medical training has developed both at the level of universities and practice.

Here are some statistics to help us understand the studies in the medical field in Turkey: Approx. 7 billion people live in the world and 389 thousand people graduate from this field whereas Turkey has a population of 80 million people and 75 thousand students study in one hundred schools of medicine. As such, 150 doctors per 100 thousand people, which is the number of doctors per capita in high-income level countries, has been reached in Turkey. According to OECD report, wıth an average rate of 10,6 per 100,000 inhabitants, in Turkey there are more med school graduates than in Greece, New zealand, France and USA.

Technical Competence and Hygiene

Turkey also stands out as a country where several global hair transplantation techniques are applied. For example, hair transplantation with sapphire blades is a novel technique that has been used for some time in all operations performed in Dr. Serkan Aygın Clinic. Painless anesthesia is another application that is widely used in the operations in Turkey. Furthermore, the use of special solutions for preserving hairs during operation and performing hair transplantation operations in fully equipped hospitals with surgical facilities are some other factors that determine the technical quality of hair transplantation in Turkey.

Geographical Opportunities of Turkey and Istanbul

Infographic of geographical location of Istanbul

Another factor that distinguishes Turkey from other countries as a hub of hair transplantation and health tourism in the world is its geographical location. Geographical advantages of Istanbul such as being the intersection point between Europe and Asia and connecting these two continents contributed to Turkey’s becoming a popular destination for health tourism.

Over 100 million visitors land in airports in Istanbul every year and these visitors transfer to tourism regions of Turkey from this city. Thanks to tourism regions such as Bodrum, Cesme, Kusadasi and Fethiye that are known worldwide, it is easily remembered. As Istanbul has been the cradle of civilizations for thousands of years, it keeps on attracting a large number of visitors. This influx of visitors naturally raises awareness in health tourism.

The Pathway for People for Hair Transplantation in Turkey

Infographic of communication, planning and phases of an operation

If you want to undergo hair transplantation operation in Turkey, let’s try to explain the procedure step by step.

First of all, you will be subject to a research process. For this purpose, you are often expected to contact a center via online channels.

In this context, you can do a web search. And then, the relevant department will contact you. A preliminary evaluation is generally asked for hair transplantation. Patients tend to send their photos to the doctor via Whatsapp and thus, the doctor will have a general opinion based on these photos.

Online Consultation- Preliminary Assessment

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Hair Transplant in Turkey

Clinics ask for at least 2 photos from patients during online consultation for hair transplantation. These photos include clear images of the front or slightly top area of the balding site and the back of the head. These two photos will show how many grafts are required in the transplantation site and whether hair follicle that can meet this requirement is available.

Although clear photos are requested, it will not be possible to plan the operation without an actual physical examination.

After this preliminary assessment, clinics may send you a form and a pre-assessment document where this evaluation is noted. Dr. Serkan Aygın Clinical sends a preliminary assessment form that contains the following information to its patients:

Appointment and Planning the Operation

Another step toward hair transplantation is that you need to make an appointment if you have decided the clinic where you will have your hair transplantation. Once you make your appointment, the clinic should send you a documentation that explains the hair transplantation process step by step. Of course, this can also be sent via Whatsapp.
Before the operation, you will be informed about the following steps:

  • Confirmation of flight ticket
  • Arriving in Turkey
  • Airport Hotel / Clinic transfer
  • Actual Consultation Day
  • Hair Transplantation Operation
  • What to Do After the Operation
  • Transfer to Airport for the Return Trip
  • Clinic officials will inform the patient about the range of dates of all these processes.

Accommodation and Transfers

After flight ticket is purchased, hotel accommodation is generally handled by agencies. This is also organized by agencies.

Once you land, transfer from airport to hotel and vice versa will also be organized by agency representatives via VIP vehicles, which will be waiting for you. In other words, an agency representative will meet you at the airport and thus, you will be transferred without any hassle. These transfers will be explained to you in your operation plan and will be either directly to your hotel or to the clinic according to the arrival time of your flight.

Live Consultation and Planning the Actual Operation

When you are transferred to the clinic, you will be physically examined by a doctor.
This doctor will determine the final hair transplantation plan for you.
At this point, you will undergo some physical and verbal examinations.
For example, blood tests will be made and other allergies or other conditions of medical importance will be inquired by the doctor.
The doctor needs to obtain information on around 20 different topics to assess the medical condition of the patient.
The optimum operation plan will be made in the light of this information.
For example, it will be determined whether local anesthesia will be applied or which active substances will be used or whether sedation is required.
You will also be informed about pre-op steps.

Hair Transplantation Operation

The day of hair transplantation operation may be the day that you are transferred from the airport or the following day.

Hair transplantation operation usually takes 5-6 hours for a regular hair transplantation procedure. This is not an uninterrupted operation process. During the operation, there is a 15-minute break every 1-2 hours depending on the phases. The phases of operation include:

  1. Preparation: Dressing and disinfection of the transplantation site take about 30 minutes.
  2. Anesthesia: Local, needle-free local anesthesia or sedation is performed depending on the circumstances. This procedure takes approx. 30 minutes.
  3. Collection of Hair Follicles: Although this process varies by the number of grafts to be collected, for example, it takes 1-1.5 hours for a collection process of three thousand grafts.
  4. Dressing of the Donor Site: After follicles are collected, the dressing will be applied to the site and this site is wrapped with a bandage to protect the site against external factors for 1 day. This procedure lasts 10-15 minutes.
    Then a break is given. This may take 10-15 minutes or if a lunch break will be given etc., it may take half an hour.
  5. Administration of Anesthesia for Opening Channels (Incisions): This second anesthesia is applied to the site to be transplanted. Thus, the incision creation process will be pain-free. This takes less time, i.e. approx. 10-15 minutes.
  6. Opening Channels for Transplantation: Channels will be opened with sapphire blades based on the amount of hair to be transplanted (Dr. Serkan Aygın Clinical uses these blades). This phase is not available in DHI/Choi hair transplantation technique. This technique involves both opening channels and transplanting hair follicles with DHI by using an implanter pen. Opening the channels takes about 1 hour.
  7. Transplanting the grafts: It is an important phase that requires maximum attention during hair transplantation. This is the most labor-intensive phase in hair transplantation. All members of the health team are active during this phase and the hair follicles are placed one by one into the channels. This procedure takes the longest time in the operation, but the average time spent is 1.5-2 hours.
  8. Completion of the Operation: After the transplanted grafts are completed, a general dressing is applied and the patient is asked to stand up and prepared. Similarly, this procedure takes 10-15 minutes.

The person whose operation is completed can eat according to his needs under the monitoring of the health teams and he may be transferred by the transfer services to his hotel for rest.

On the first day, since anesthesia will continue to have its effects, the patient should avoid from going outside. You may create the opportunity to wander around Istanbul before the operation or one day after the operation.

Operation Day and Night

A head wrap will be worn after the completion of the operation. This headwrap ensures that the skin softening liquid, which is injected into your body during the operation, is distributed more homogeneously.

How to sleep on the day following the operation is another important question. You need to place your head on the pillow in the supine position. To this purpose, clinics provide travel pillows to their patients, which are also used to sleep on airplanes. Thus, you may sleep comfortably and with confidence.

Post-Op Control Dressing

On the second day of your operation, you will be brought to the clinic, accompanied by the transfer team and you will be checked. The dressing applied on the first day is a process where important information is shared. During the dressing, the condition of the adhesion of hair follicles to the skin, their aesthetic etc. will be evaluated once again.

Along with the medical dressing, Laser Hair Therapy or PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment is applied to the patient who undergoes a hair transplant operation in Dr. Serkan Aygın Clinic, depending on the patient's condition. This procedure contributes to strengthening the hair follicles.

Apart from these, hair transplantation has become applicable even to people with diabetes.

Of course, these individuals will be subject to strict checks, depending on their condition. In these patients with high-risk, there is a slight chance of reaction to occur after hair transplantation. For patients with such special conditions, Dr. Serkan Aygın Clinic offers its patients the most advanced means for medical intervention, even applying hyperbaric oxygen and thus, patients can leave the clinic with the optimum hair health.

Basic Training and Instructions for Care

Instructions on post operative hair wash

After the dressing on the post-op day, the health personnel who will be responsible for the patient or guide will explain in detail the important points that will make the success of operation long-lasting. For example, a description will be given in the form of a simulation, together with the documents describing how to wash your head in the next 15 days. And then, the first application will be shown for all patients.

You will also be informed about the actions that may influence the success of the operation. Such information will cover information about when and how often harmful substances such as cigarettes and alcohol may be used. In addition, how very small scabs at the bottom of follicles will fall out for 15 days will be described in detail.

The following process will depend on how much the patient will comply with these instructions. Of course, the health personnel who will be in contact with the patient will continue to ask for photos of the patient from time to time within these 15 days to follow up with the patient. Photos may also be requested even after 15 days, which is a normal follow-up procedure.

Dr. Serkan Aygın has been specialized in hair transplantation and hair treatments personally since 1996. For over 22 years, he has been closely following up the developments in these applications and has been contributing to this process with new applications developed by him.

For further information on hair transplantation procedure, you may contact Dr. Serkan Aygın Clinic.

We wish you a healthy life and healthy hair.

Where is your clinic located and what are your operating hours?

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Our Clinic is located in Şişli district of Istanbul.
Our working days and hours are: Monday to Saturday/09:00 AM-18:00 PM

Do you accept health insurances?

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No, we are not a partner of any health insurance company.

What healthcare services do you offer?

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At Dr. Serkan Aygin Clinic we perform Sapphire FUE Hair Transplantation, DHI Hair Transplantation, Soft FUE, Beard Transplantation and Eyebrow Transplantation. Additionally, the hair loss treatments that offer at our clinic are Mesotherapy, PRP and Low Level Laser Therapy.
In addition to hair transplant services, Dr. Serkan Aygin also offers healthcare services in the field of medical esthetics, cosmetic surgery and dermatology at his new facility Doku Medical Center, which he established in 2017.

How should I proceed in order to have the operation at your clinic?

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Initially, you can contact us and schedule your appointment for consultation.
If you’re living in another city or country, for a preliminary assessment you can send us your photos taken from the front, sides, top and the back.
After the online consultation session, our patient coordinators will get in touch with you and inform you about the next steps.
To learn more about the process please refer to our 'hair transplantation' page

Do you provide additional services for your patients?

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Yes, we offer hotel accommodation, transfer and translation services for our international patients.
Our service covers transfers between hotel-clinic-hospital with our private vehicles.

Is there a recommended age to have a hair transplant?

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The doctor will determine a patient's suitability for hair transplantation after the consultation session.
Hair transplantation is recommended after evaluating the patient's hair condition and hair loss stage.
Apart from this, there is no specific age for having a hair transplant procedure.

Do you provide any official documentatation after hair transplantation?

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Yes, after the operation we provide a document that contains detailed information on your hair transplant procedure.

How long does a hair transplant procedure take?

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Depending on the number of grafts being transplanted and the technique used, the operation usually takes about 5 to 6 hours.

Does hair grow back in the donor site after the hair transplant is done?

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The primary source of donor hair that is used in hair transplantation is located at the back of the head.
As the hair follicles in the region along the back of the head and between the ears are resistant to hair loss, they remain as the primary source of grafts used in hair transplantation.
The hair follicles extracted from the donor area does not grow back again, for this reason efficient utilization of the donor area remains the most significant element in hair transplantation.
Hair follicles are extracted from the donor area homogeneously so the donor site will not be noticeable after the surgery

Can I cut my hair before having a hair transplant procedure?

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Prior to the hair transplant procedure, if you maintain the length of your hair, without having it cut or shaved, during the consultation session, your doctor will be able to obtain more information and assess your hair loss condition more accurately.

Do I need to stop taking drugs that I regularly use before the operation?

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First of all, you should inform your primary care physician about the hair transplant operation and once you have received approval to temporarily stop taking your medication, you should discontinue taking any medication that might thin your blood such as aspirin for about three days prior to the operation.
Prior to the hair transplant operation, please inform us about your current health condition and the medications (if any) that you are taking.

Is a hair transplant procedure painful?

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A hair transplant is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, which means you will not feel any pain. As of 2019, Dr. Serkan Aygin Clinic has started to carry out hair transplantation with sedation so as to make their patients feel more comfortable during the operation. In hair transplantation combined with sedation, as the patient will remain awake without feeling any discomfort, he/she will not feel the graft extraction, recipient site creation and transplantation processes. The patient undergoes the procedure without feeling any pain or discomfort.

When will I see the results of my hair transplant operation?

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After a hair transplant procedure, the amount of time required for recovery, healing and growth of the new hairs, is extended over a period of 12 months.
Between 2 to 3 weeks after a hair transplant procedure most patients experience a phenomenon known as “shock hair loss“, where the new hair grafts enter a resting phase and the hairs are shed.
This is a perfectly normal and natural process that most patients experience after a hair transplant procedure. There is nothing to worry about.
After the shedding of the newly transplanted grafts your new, healthy hairs will soon begin to grow in their place.
In about 2 to 2.5 months your transplanted hair will be entering its normal growth cycle and grow approximately 1.5 cm every month.
From 9th month onwards, the transplanted hair will improve in texture and at the 12-month mark, it will get thicker blending with the person’s own natural hair structure.

Are hair transplants permanent?

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After a hair transplant procedure, the amount of time required for recovery, healing and growth of the new hairs, is extended over a period of 12 months.
Between 2 to 3 weeks after a hair transplant procedure most patients experience a phenomenon known as “shock hair loss“, where the new hair grafts enter a resting phase and the hairs are shed.
This is a perfectly normal and natural process that most patients experience after a hair transplant procedure. There is nothing to worry about.
After the shedding of the newly transplanted grafts your new, healthy hairs will soon begin to grow in their place.
In about 2 to 2.5 months your transplanted hair will be entering its normal growth cycle and grow approximately 1.5 cm every month.
From 9th month onwards, the transplanted hair will improve in texture and at the 12-month mark, it will get thicker blending with the person’s own natural hair structure.

Will I lose hair after a hair transplant?

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The only shedding experienced after hair transplantation is a phenomenon called “shock loss”. Shock loss which occurs after about 2 to 4 weeks following the hair transplant procedure, is a result of a short-term trauma occurring in the transplanted hair follicles and scalp after the operation. It is an inevitable process seen after transplantation. This is a normal and temporary condition. Even if the transplanted hair falls out during the phase of shock loss, the follicles are not be damaged and provide the required space for new hair to grow.

Do you have hair transplant services for women patients?

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Although the majority of hair transplantation patients are still men, a high percentage of women have also started looking into a hair transplant procedure as a hair loss treatment.
Women opt for hair transplantation generally to lower their hairline or to add more volume.
Women are not required to have their heads completely shaved.
To carry out the extraction process only a small area in the donor site is shaved but will remain completely ‘undetectable’.
Women with long hair can easily conceal the donor area with their hair let down and this way, no one will be able to tell that they have undergone a hair transplant procedure.
For this reason hair transplantation is highly favored amongst women.

How long do I have to wait to go back to work after the procedure?

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Generally most patients are able to return to work after 2 days.
Additionally, we recommend patients who are engaged in work activities that may represent risk exposure to dust, sunlight and head injuries, to take one week off from work. You can book your flight 1or 2 days after your hair transplant procedure. Please, bear in mind that the scabs will remain on the transplanted area for around 12-15 days.

Why should I opt for Hair Transplantation with Laser Therapy?

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The main objective of applying low level laser therapy after hair transplantation is to speed up the healing time, to help reduce side effects such as redness, swelling as well as pain within the operated area and to promote the fastest hair growth possible. As this laser application which is performed after a hair transplant procedure allows to penetrate without heat, it has no side effects such as a burning sensation.

What are the advantages of FUE hair transplant technique?

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- A FUE hair transplant can result in a more natural-looking and denser appearance. - FUE hair transplant technique provides a permanent solution for treating moderate to severe hair loss. - It is a comfortable technique that is designed to ensure patients with the least amount of discomfort, leaving no external scars after the procedure. - FUE hair transplant technique offers patients faster recovery times; They can conveniently return to their daily routine and are able to travel one day after the procedure. - 98% of the transplanted grafts generally grows as normal hair.

What are the side effects of hair transplantation?

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Complications such as infections of the scalp are very rare after a hair transplant procedure.
Some side effects patients may experience during the phase of recovery are; swelling, soreness and small crusts that forms on the areas of the scalp.

What should I do if I experience pain after my hair transplant?

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If you experience minor pain after the hair transplant procedure you can use a mild painkiller that has been prescribed by your doctor.

Where do they take hair from for a hair transplant?

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Follicles for transplanting are harvested from the donor area, which is usually the rear and sides of the head.
This area is also known as the "safe zone".
As the follicles on the sides and back of the head are not affected by the DHT hormone, they are not prone to hair loss.
When hair follicles are extracted from the donor area and transplanted to the areas that need coverage, they will be showing the same bald-resistant traits.
In cases where the donor areas remain weak and insufficient to supply the amount of hair for the transplant, then beard hair can be used as an additional donor resource for the procedure.
Beard grafts remain in the growth (anagen) phase for long periods and after the back of the scalp, are an excellent alternative donor source for hair transplantation.
Beard grafts are known to be thicker than the grafts at the back of the head.
For this reason, to provide better volume in the transplanted area, hair grafts extracted from the beard are transplanted in the top and crown area, but it may not be the best option for front hair restoration.

How long should I wait between two hair transplant operations?

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We advise waiting at least 6-7 months between sessions with 12 months being ideal.
Because in order to create an operation plan for the second hair transplant procedure, the results of the first hair transplant should be seen first.
A one year period is required to achieve maximum growth of the newly transplanted hairs and for all the incision marks to be undetectable.

Why is Turkey preferred for Hair transplantation?

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Experience remains a critical determinant of the level of success of a hair transplant procedure.
Hair transplantation in Turkey has been applied for many long years.
Hair transplant procedures are performed by highly trained, qualified and specialized doctors, who have gained extensive knowledge as well as experience in the field of hair transplantation.
This in turn, has enabled to analyze many different cases as well as to perform innumerous hair transplant procedures.
The latest technological advancements taking place in the field of hair transplantation that have been adopted throughout the world are generally pioneered in Turkey. The techniques applied in the clinics correspondingly leads to the necessity of using modern equipment and a concentrated focus on making ongoing improvements in the medical devices utilized for hair transplantation.
In order to provide patients with very natural-looking results, the utilization of new modern equipment and the implementation of advanced techniques are required.
Other reasons that make hair transplant clinics in Turkey so appealing are the high success rates of the procedures, the affordable prices, especially when compared to other countries and the priority given to offer patients the best treatment plan and health care services without compromising on quality.

Which hair transplant method should I prefer?

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During your initial consultation, the physician will determine which transplantation method is best for you based on your hair loss classification, the size of the thinning area, quality and quantity of your available donor hair.
For example if the patient has severe hair loss and bald patches are too wide to be covered, even if the patient wants to undergo a one session hair transplant procedure using the DHI method, he/she will be a better candidate for the FUE technique.
The reason for this is that the FUE technique enables to harvest higher amounts of grafts in a single session.

What are the differences between FUE technique and the DHI technique?

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- DHI method replicates every step of the FUE method excluding incision and transplantation. In DHI the last two steps are merged into one.
- The major distinctive feature of the DHI method compared to other hair transplant methods is that the DHI technique employs a pen-like medical instrument called "Choi impanter" that creates the recipient sites and simultaneously transplants the grafts.
- FUE method allows to transplant around 3000 to 4500 grafts in a single session, whereas in the DHI technique around 3000 to 3500 follicular unit grafts can be transplanted during a single session.
- DHI method has a faster recovery period and can be performed with less bleeding compared to the FUE method.
- FUE method is ideal for covering larger areas, whereas the DHI method provides a better possibility for achieveing higher density.
- FUE method requires patients to have their heads completely shaved prior to the procedure, whereas the DHI method only requires the donor area to be shaved. This provides a significant advantage for female patients.
- The DHI method requires more skill and experience than other hair transplant methods. This in turn, requires the physicians and medical teams to be exposed to a long-term training period so as to specialize in utilizing this technique.
- DHI hair transplantation is generally a more costly procedure when compared to other hair transplant methods.

Will my hair transplant results look completely natural?

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When a hair transplantation procedure is performed by an experienced physician and a professional team, the results will ineluctably look natural.
Obtaining natural results from hair transplantation depends on good planning.
Good planning can be accomplished through proper location and design of the hairline, framing the face proportionately.
However, the hair quality of the patient and donor density are also important factors affecting naturalness.
Hair grows at different angles and in different directions.
In order to achieve naturalness, hair transplantation should be performed by taking the growth angle and direction of the existing hair into account.

When can I cut or shave my hair after the hair transplant procedure?

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After one month you can shorten your hair with a scissor or clipper.
We advise you to wait for six months to shave your head with a razor blade.

Is PRP with hair transplantation defined as an organic hair transplant?

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Organic Hair Transplant is based on the idea of regenerating the transplantation area by injecting stem cell enriched fat tissue removed from the patient’s own body.
On the other hand, PRP is a special treatment that is applied after a hair transplant procedure.
PRP involves taking a small sample of blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to concentrate and separate the platelets and plasma from the other components of your blood.
In PRP, the concentrated plasma of blood including platelets, growth factors, leukocytes, and cytokine is injected back into the body at the injury site.
Hair transplantation supported with PRP enables tissues to heal faster, makes hair follicles remain in the active growth phase for a longer time and helps their adaptation to the transplanted area after the operation.

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