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How long does hair transplant take?

Generally, hair transplantation operation takes between 6 and 8 hours. During hair transplantation, the patient has breaks for meal, drinking water or WC.

Is it necessary to stay at the hospital after hair transplantation?

Patients do not need to stay at the hospital after hair transplantation. The patient is free to go home right after the operation.

How many days should stay in Turkey for hair transplantation?

Staying 3 days in Turkey for hair transplantation treatment is ideal. On the first day, the patient has physical examination and a hair analysis. On the second day, hair transplantation is performed. On the third day, the patient has post-op check-up with the doctor.

Is it possible to undergo other aesthetic operations (such as liposuction, rhinoplasty etc.) before or after hair transplantation?

There are no drawbacks to undergo another aesthetic operation after or before hair transplantation. However, the doctor who performs hair transplantation and the plastic surgeon must examine the patient separetaly. In order to plan both surgeries and to avoid inconvenience, patient should get help from a patient consultant.

Should the person keep taking the medications he/she takes regularly before and after hair transplant?

Patient should refrain blood thinner medications (anticoagulant drugs such as aspirin, ecoprin, heparin, coumadin, Plavix) for 2-3 days before the operation. However, the patient should continue taking all medicines he/she takes regularly.

When should the first hair wash be done after hair transplantation?

The first hair washing after hair transplantation is done with some lotion 1-2 days after the operation. For the first 10 days after hair transplantation, hair washing should be done using a lot of lotion to accelerate the healing process for the scabs as well.

When can I go back to work after hair transplantation?

Thanks to the latest techniques, such as FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and DHI (Direct Hair Implantation), the patient can easily return to his/her work on the very next day after the operation.

When can I start working out after hair transplantation?

All the patients are free to start doing sports after hair transplantation. They should pay attention to start with stretching and doing basic exercises for the first 3- 4 days. However, it is recommended to wait up to two weeks for getting back to regular sports activities.

Who should perform hair transplantation?

Hair transplantation is an aesthetic operation that should be performed by plastic surgeons or special medical staff who are authorized to do. 

Where to have hair transplantation?

Hair transplantation is performed under local anesthesia or sedation to make the patient feel comfortable. Therefore, the operation should be performed at hospitals or sterile clinics. 

Are there any drawbacks for hair transplantation?

As long as the operation is performed by an experienced doctor and authorized medical staff and in a hospital or sterile operating room, hair transplantation cause no drawbacks.

Is it possible to have a hair transplantation without shaving the hair?

The hair in the donor area is usually shaved regardless of the technique. However, shaving the hair in the recipient area depends on the technique.

For FUE technique, hair in both donor and recipient area is shaved.

However for DHI technique, only the hair in the donor area is shaved. Hair transplant can be performed without shaving the hair in the recipient area. 

Is a dressing necessary after hair transplantation?

After hair transplantation, the donor area is covered with a compression dressing but the recipient area is left open. The dressing should stay for 2-3 days after hair transplantation. 

Which precautions should be taken by the patient regarding to the skin or the scalp before hair transplantation?

If the patient has an ongoing scalp disease such as eczema, pimples, excessive dandruff, it should be treated before hair transplantation. 

What should people who wear a wig or hair prosthesis do before having hair transplantation?

People who wear a wig should stop wearing it one week before the hair transplant. If the patient uses hair bonding glue on the scalp, the glue should be washed well before the operation. Also, if the patient uses some sprays that prevent hair loss, the patient should stop using these sprays one week before the operation.  

Who are good candidates for hair transplantation?

Everybody, whose donor area has enough grafts to be operated on, can have hair transplantation. There are no limits such as age, hair quality or gender.

Patients who have chronic diseases or take medications should inform the doctor about their health status in advance so the doctor can take the necessary precautions accordingly. 

Who should not have hair transplantation?

Hair transplantation is performed under local anesthesia. If the patient has a systemic disease, causing negative consequences after the operation, the disease should be treated before the hair transplantation. Hair transplant is not recommended to people who do not have enough grafts in the donor area either. Additionally, the patient who has ongoing scalp disease, should get a treatment of the disease before hair transplantation. 

Does transplanted hair shed?

Transplanted hair, that is taken from the donor area, does not shed because transplanted hair is insensitive to testosterone. The results of hair transplantation are permanent.

However, hair loss may seen in the upper area or two sides of the scalp because they do not have the same characteristics of the hair with the donor area. The hair which is transplanted does NOT shed but pre-existing hair on the front side and both sides of the head

Shock hair loss can be seen one month after hair transplant operation. It is normal, expected and temporary. 

Which precautions should be taken after the scabs fall?

It is important to refrain swimming, sauna or heavy sports for six weeks. Avoid smoking and alcohol enables a fast recovery. The patient is free to use the shampoo that was used before. 

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