There are many new methods of hair transplants, most of which build on the biggest advancement in hair transplant technology, the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method. Gone are the days of having scars in the rear of the head (from the strip surgery of early 2000’s) as well as the unnatural-looking hair plugs (from the 1980’s and 90’s). Now, with the FUE method (and its many variants), as well as the DHI method of transplantation, results look natural and are long lasting.
A hair transplant can be a permanent solution for hair loss, and is carried out with minimal surgical intervention. Individuals with scars, or those who have lost hair due to various diseases, can also safely undergo a hair transplant surgery. Women and men can both benefit from this procedure.
Read more about the most common methods below, all of which are offered at Dr. Serkan Aygin Clinic. Our clinic in Istanbul is a cost-effective, award-winning alternative to a hair transplant in the UK, US, or other expensive markets. (Istanbul is like its own Harley Street or Beverly Hills, for this reason.) Our hair transplant procedures are available for men and women, and all types of hair.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant Operation
The FUE hair transplant is the gold standard of hair transplant surgery. This method was developed in the early 2000s and introduced in 2005. This technique has been in continuous development with and refinement, but the basic principles of FUE remain the same today. It is used at nearly all hair transplant clinics around the world.
The most advanced technique in hair transplantation is the FUE technique.
The FUE technique leaves no scars and its recovery time is shorter than past methods. The FUE technique can be performed with a variety of different instruments, all while under local anaesthetic. The technique is known with different names, such as Classic FUE (via micro motors), Robotic FUE. DHI technique (FUE performed with Choi implanters), and Sapphire FUE (FUE performed with Sapphire blades).
For example, a FUE hair transplant conducted with sapphire blades allows a high number of hair follicles to be transplanted in one session. The difference between classic FUE and Sapphire FUE is that the tip of the instrument uses steel vs. sapphire blades; the latter is a much smoother material, and allows for faster healing with much less scarring. The DHI technique is preferred for high-density hair transplants, which look every bit as natural.
A Complete Pain Relief Method in Hair Transplantation
Thanks to the use of sedation given under the direct supervision of our Anesthesiologist, you will no longer feel any pain during the administration of local anesthesia prior to the hair transplant procedure. As a consequence, you will be having a more comfortable and pain-free hair transplant experience. Even though hair transplants are generally considered as painless procedures, this new method will help our patients who suffer from Trypanophobia (needle phobia), to feel at ease, allowing them to relax during the procedure. Owing to this, the level of pain that was currently at minimum is now completely eliminated.
What is Sedation?
Sedation is the action of producing a state of calm or sleep under controlled sedative drug administration, monitoring the depth of sedation with the types of drugs used and the amount given tailored specifically to each patient needs.
Do I Have to Receive Sedation?
Sedation is efficient and safe even in young children and as we previously mentioned, it assures the patient a discomfort free hair transplant procedure with zero pain. But then again, we continue to offer hair transplant procedures without sedation for patients who do not prefer. sedation to be administered
Process of Hair Transplantation
Every technique used in hair transplantation share basic principles.These principles are:
- Harvesting hair follicles
- Creating incisions
- Transplanting hair follicles
Harvesting Hair Follicles
This is a charachteristic of FUE which allows the hair follicles to be collected with an extremely high aesthetic success rate. With the FUE method, the hair follicles are harvested one by one using fine tips. This way the follicles can be harvested with minimal distortion.
Depending on the length of each follicular unit it is important to utilize needles that have a diameter of 0,7mm to 0,9mm or if the follicular unit grafts contains 3-4-5 hairs needles with a diameter of 1,0 mm should be used. The sharpness of the needles as well as being single-use with each patient, are the elements that have a considerable impact on the operation’s success. Another important factor is to extract hair follicles with precise accuracy so as to avoid any follicular damage. For example; if the person who is having a hair transplant has very curly hair, by using a curved punch called u-graft during the process of extracting follicular units, the risk of follicular damage can be eliminated. All of these elements are refinements planned by the doctor prior to the operation, which are tailored specifically to each patient’s condition.
Recipient Site Preparation
In the classic FUE technique, steel blades are utilized for creating the recipient sites within the transplanted area. Nowadays the much sharper and smoother sapphire blades are used. The use of sapphire blades makes it much easier to determine the correct angle and direction of the transplantation.
While making slits in the recipient area, it is very important to follow the direction and angle of the existing hair in that region.
With the use of sapphire blades the healing process is much shorter.
For each patient, according to hair follicle thickness, just a few blade tips will needed. Once again, the blades should only be used on an individual patient during a single procedure.
Transplanting Hair Follicles
The final stage, which is transplanting the hair follicles; is the process of transplanting the follicles one at a time at an angle of 40-45 degrees, within the incisions that have been created at directions that enables accurate placement. All three phases have certain specific technicalities and the most important technicality within all stages is certainly experience.
FUE is a hair transplant technique that doesn’t leave any marks or require any stitches.
Hair Transplant Basics
- Individuals aged between 20 and 60 years can undergo a hair transplant surgery.
- The patient who will undergo a hair transplant surgery will only need 3 days for pre-operative preperation and for recovering.
- Although the duration of surgery varies according to the number of grafts that will be transplanted, it usually lasts about 6 to 8 hours.
- In order to respond to possible complications, the operation must be conducted in a fully-equipped hospital.
- A hair transplant procedure is performed with a doctor and at least 3 medical technicians.
- It may take around 6 to 18 months to see the final outcome of hair growth. Starting from the day following the operation, the patient can expect to see hair growth until the 18’th month.
7 Stages Of A Hair Transplant Process
- Consultation: This is the stage where the doctor develops the patient’s operation plan and creates the hairline design.
- Preparation: It covers the stages of sterilization and sedation to the patient’s operation area on the day of the procedure.
- Extraction: The process of extracting hair grafts from the donor area of the patient.
- Opening Canals: It is the process of determining the hair transplantation line and opening canals suitable for the natural hair growth direction in this area.
- Transplantation: This is the process of placing the grafts in recipient sites at right angles to hair direction.
- Postoperative Processes: This stage incorporates the processes of wound-dressing for the transplanted site and PRP Therapy to speed up the healing process of the operation site.
- Postoperative Care & Hair Wash: This is washing process that is to be carried out for 15 days. Both the donor and the transplanted area will be sensitive during this period, so it important to carry out the washing process with extra care.
Hair Transplantation with Laser Hair Therapy
Hair Transplantation with Laser Hair Therapy, is the application of low-level laser therapy also known as cold laser with hair transplantation. 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. In individuals who have undergone hair transplantation, laser therapy helps reduce the recovery time and also provides good pain control, which is linked to better wound healing. 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.
For treating hair loss conditions, we use a different low level laser device. When it is applied on the scalp twice a week for 20 minutes, the progression of hair loss stops and with long-term use it is found to have a promoting effect on hair growth. After a certain improvement level is reached, it is possible to sustain the improvements obtained by reducing to one session carried out in a week.
At Dr. Serkan Aygin Clinic we apply low-level laser therapy. Laser hair therapy is a clinically proven, effective treatment for men and women who have mild to moderate hereditary pattern hair loss. Laser hair therapy increases the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which induces the release of nitric oxide. This in turn leads to enhanced hair growth. Additionally, it has been also observed that laser therapy was capable of reducing scalp tissue DHT, which may help slow, or even stop hair loss and improve hair growth.
Laser hair therapy that uses medical-grade lasers delivers low level laser light to the scalp. Laser therapy stimulates the hair follicles simply by increasing the blood flow to both the hair follicles and the surrounding scalp. Through this treatment you can reverse hair thinning and stimulate the natural growth cycle of hair. The result is increased hair volume and improved hair health.
Laser hair therapy is a treatment that has been approved by the FDA
The low level laser therapy device that we use at our clinic consists of 5 modules, with each transmitting energy from 364 sources.
Our application that possesses 6 different therapeutic frequencies, can be specially adapted to the individual needs of our patients’.
The advantages of the FUE technique
- Hair transplantation can result in a more natural-looking and denser appearance.
- It is 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.
- With the right operation plan, no damage will be caused in the donor area and no change in the appearance even after multiple operations.
- 98% of the transplanted grafts will grow as normal hair.
Hair Transplantation at Dr. Serkan Aygın Clinic
Dr.Serkan Aygın Clinic is a renowned hair transplantation clinic in Turkey that performs hair transplant procedures and offers hair loss treatments for patients from all around the world.
For 24 years, Dr. Serkan Aygın and his operating staff have only been performing hair transplant procedures and offering hair loss treatments.
The outstanding features of the doctor as well as the clinic rely on; The high level of specialisation and expertise in the field of hair restoration, attending international conferences both as a lecturer and a participant and performing hair transplant procedures for people coming from more than 150 different countries.
Beard to Hair Transplant
Hair transplant using beard grafts, is generally performed in cases where the patient has inadequate scalp donor supply and when the bald patches are too wide to be covered. 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.
Body Hair Transplantation
For men planning on undergoing a hair transplant, body hair is considered as a third source of grafts recipient. If grafts extracted from the back of the head, then the beard area are still not sufficient for coverage, among other options, chest hair can be considered as a good alternative source of hair follicles in hair transplantation. There are 2 underlying reasons why body hair is considered as the 3’rd additional donor source in hair transplantation. The first reason is; body hair grafts, particularly chest hair, have a similar structure as beard grafts; they are thick and contain one or two hairs. As for the second reason; as the anagen phase of body hair is much shorter; body hair grows shorter. This being said; hair grafts obtained from the chest cannot be used in front hair restoration.
Patients have achieved natural, successful and satifactory results with ‘Hair Transplantation’ performed at Dr. Serkan Aygın Clinic. If you are considering a hair transplant or would like to obtain more information on hair transplantation, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.