Understanding the Hair Transplant Procedure
A hair transplant is a medical procedure that involves relocating healthy hair follicles from a donor site, usually the back of your head, to areas affected by hair loss or thinning. This procedure can be a life-changing solution for men experiencing hair loss, receding hairlines, or male pattern baldness.
Techniques Involved in Hair Transplantation
Two primary techniques are typically used in hair transplant procedures:
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): This involves removing a strip of skin with healthy hair from the donor area and transplanting it onto the balding areas.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): In this procedure, individual hair follicles are extracted from the donor area and transplanted to the balding areas.
The choice of technique depends on various factors, including your hair type, lifestyle, and the surgeon’s recommendation.
Timeline of a Hair Transplant
A typical hair transplant procedure can last anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, depending on the number of grafts. It’s a same-day procedure that usually doesn’t require an overnight stay. Results start becoming noticeable after 3 to 4 months, and it can take up to a year to see the full effects of the transplant.
Typical 3 Day Itinerary
- Touch down at the Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW), where you’ll experience the vibrant culture and energy of this unique city.
- Our dedicated transfer will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Settle in, unwind, and enjoy the evening at your leisure in your comfortable accommodation.
- The day begins with a prompt pick-up from your hotel as we transport you to the clinic. Experience the journey in a private, comfortable, and professionally driven vehicle.
- At the clinic, engage in a comprehensive pre-operative consultation with the clinics expert surgeons. The clinic will conduct essential blood tests to ensure your health and safety throughout the procedure.
- Proceed with your hair transplant surgery under the experienced hands of the clinics skilled medical team.
- Once the procedure is complete, the clinics team will comfortably transfer you back to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.
- After breakfast at your hotel, the clinic team will pick you up for your post-operative consultation at the clinic. The clinic monitors your progress and answers any questions you might have.
- After the check-up where the clinic ensures you’re ready to continue your journey, they transferring you back to the airport for flights departing at 2:00 pm or later.
- You take a comfortable journey home, with your new look ready to be revealed to the world.
The Hair Transplant Journey
- Consultation with the specialist to discuss your needs, expectations, and the procedure in detail.
- Pre-procedure instructions are provided, such as avoiding certain medications and alcohol.
- Local anesthesia is administered.
- The chosen technique (FUT or FUE) is implemented, involving the extraction of hair follicles from the donor site and implantation to the thinning areas.
- The procedure usually lasts between 4 to 8 hours.
- Mild swelling and discomfort might be experienced.
- You can resume non-strenuous activities after a few days.
- Detailed aftercare instructions are provided and followed, such as how to wash your hair, medications, etc.
- Direct sun exposure and strenuous activities should be avoided.
- Most of the scabbing clears up within 10-15 days.
- Temporary hair shedding, known as “shock loss,” might occur – this is normal.
- New hair growth usually starts around the third month,
- The transplanted hair will initially be thinner and might grow slower than existing hair.
- By the 6th month, noticeable hair growth should be visible.
- Transplanted hair will become thicker and fuller over time.
- The final result is typically visible after 12-18 months.
Experience During the Procedure
The hair transplant procedure begins with local anaesthesia. There can be some discomfort at this stage, however once the anaesthesia is administered the procedure is more comfortable for the remainder of the session. The chosen hair follicles are then harvested and transplanted onto the thinning areas. You can expect to relax and even watch TV or read during the procedure. Our partner clinics prioritise your comfort and safety throughout the procedure.
Importance of Aftercare
Aftercare is essential to ensure a successful hair transplant. You’ll be provided with specific instructions for washing your hair, medication (if required), and general hair care. It’s important to avoid strenuous activity and direct sunlight exposure for a few weeks post-procedure.
Understanding the Costs
The cost of a hair transplant procedure can vary depending on several factors, including the chosen technique (FUT or FUE), the number of grafts required, and the specific clinic and surgeon. At Velacor, we understand that the financial aspect is a critical part of your decision-making process. That’s why we’ve partnered with clinics that offer competitive pricing without compromising on the quality of care and results. While we can’t provide an exact cost without understanding your unique needs, we invite you to reach out to us for a free consultation and personalised quote.
Procedure Cost €2,000 to €4,500
Hotel Accommodation Included
Care Products (6 months) €200 to €500
Return Transport €300 to €600
The result of a hair transplant is natural-looking hair that grows normally. You can cut, style, and dye it just like your natural hair. Remember, results may vary depending on individual hair growth cycles and the number of grafts transplanted.
Possible Side Effects & Risks
As with any medical procedure, hair transplants come with potential side effects and risks. These may include temporary swelling or discomfort, an itchy scalp, and minor bleeding. Serious complications are rare, particularly when you choose a reputable clinic like our partners.
Take the Next Step
Ready to regain your confidence with a fuller head of hair? Explore our trusted partner clinics and take your first step towards transformation. Remember, at Velacor, we’re with you every step of the way.