Hair Transplant Procedure: A to Z Explained!

Undergoing a hair transplant can be one of the most important decisions one can make. It can change your life overnight and create a new source of attraction and confidence. However, it has a long procedure and you need to be informed about all the steps of a hair transplant to successfully restore your youthful appearance.

1: Hair Transplant Procedure

If you are considering a hair transplant, please contact us first.

We all have individual hair characteristics. Also, not everyone loses hair in the same way. Without proper consultation, your hair transplant can be a blind spot.

After we have provided you with a cost estimate, a thorough online consultation and you agree to proceed with a hair transplant, we will schedule an appointment for surgery.

Once you agree to the cost of the hair transplant procedure, we will take further steps to ensure that you enjoy your stay here. You don’t have to worry about anything. You just need to book your flights and that’s it! Fortunately, Istanbul has daily flights to most major cities worldwide, so you can quickly fly to Istanbul no matter where you live

As soon as you arrive at Istanbul airport, we will be there. Our VIP transfer service takes you from the airport to the hotel, hotel to clinic and back.

2: Operation Day

Our doctor analyzes your medical history and baldness, discusses your hairstyle preference and checks your old photos to determine a natural hairline for you.
Then we will do your blood tests to make sure everything is OK, and if necessary to recommend vitamins or medications to you, will also be used for the PRP (rich plasma).

At this point, “Before” photos are taken. They are taken at neutral lighting and from all necessary directions. Not only are they used after the surgery as a reference point, but also for the surgery team to make sure they are on the right track.

Your total scalp will be shaved. 1 to 2 millimeters of hair will be kept on your scalp to be used by the surgery team. If you want to keep your long hair, it is possible to have just your recipient and donor areas shaved. This option is especially popular with women.

Hair follicles from the donor region are extracted as grafts. Grafts are classified into four kinds based on the number of follicles present (1,2,3 or 4). In some cases, due to insufficient donor follicles on the nape, some hair follicles are harvested from the beard. In more advanced cases, body hair (usually chest) is also harvested.

Graft Preparation
Grafts after extraction need a lot of care and attention. These grafts are irreplaceable, and keeping them healthy and alive is the medical team’s biggest concern. Additionally, all grafts should be clustered and put into four groups of 1,2,3, or 4-follicle groups. Then grafts are kept in a special solution to be ready for the implantation stage.

Canal Opening
Elit International Clinic offers two basic hair transplantation techniques; FUE and DHI. The grooving step is unique to FUE as DHI combines this step with implantation.

Canal opening is the stage where the surgeon’s specialty affects the entire hair transplant quality. The depth of canals, their angle, density, placement, and direction need a lot of consideration and experience to be done properly.
For opening canals, very delicate blades are used. Metal blades are used in FUE hair transplants. Recent innovations have enabled using Sapphire blades that are sharper and more precise.

Hair grafts are implanted into the opened canals (in the FUE method) or are directly inserted into the scalp using a Choi pen (DHI technique). The experience and qualifications of the surgeon during the implantation are also very essential. Distributing hair grafts according to the plan, implantation angle, and putting minimal pressure on grafts need years of training and experience.

3: Post-Operation

After completing the surgical steps, our medical team will prepare you for some rest. Disinfecting the donor zone(s) and bandaging them, checking your blood pressure and other physical factors are the next steps. Then we take some pictures of your transplanted area.

Our VIP transfer will take you to the hotel to rest in the luxurious atmosphere. You must use the neck pillow we give you to sleep in the correct position.

To ensure that a high-quality operation results in a successful hair transplant, the first wash is done in our clinic. The bandage is removed and your scalp is washed with special shampoo. No blood spots should be left on the recipient area, as this can kill the graft. A special gel is also applied to the donor area to relieve itching.

After your first wash is done, our team will inform you about the aftercare and recovery procedure. By providing you with a special aftercare package, you will be educated on all the necessary tasks to consider during the recovery and growth process.

The scabs should be gone and the transplanted area should be clean. You must send images of your hair to our team to monitor your healing process.

At this point, you can expect the losing process. It is normal and part of the healing process. It can continue until the third month. Don’t forget to send your updates to our post-op team.

Now you can expect the permanent hair to start growing. You have to be patient and give your hair some time to grow and become strong.

At this point, you can expect 60 to 70 percent of the final result.

Hair strands become stronger and thicker. Hair growth in the transplanted area continues.

Congratulations! You made it! You can now expect the final results. For some patients, it takes 15 months to get the final results.

Post-Op Support Team

Here at Elit International Clinic, a team of professionals who speak several languages follow your healing process and are available for all your questions and concerns. It is important to be supported during the healing period.


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