Acıbadem Hair Transplant Center and our experienced medical staff who have specialized in the field is the perfect solution for hair transplant treatments in an environment that gives the utmost care to your health and well-being.
Hair loss can be a stressful experience for anyone regardless of their age and gender; however, it is especially common among men. That is the reason why hair transplant is considered one of the life-changing treatments in cosmetic surgery, for people who are losing or have lost their hair due to pattern hair loss or other reasons.
Hair transplant operations have always been popular among celebrities, and stories of celebrity hair transplant treatments, such as that of Elon Musk or Wayne Rooney, have been featured in our daily news these days. Thanks to several developments in medical technologies used in the field over the recent years, hair transplant has quickly become a popular solution for many people as it is now accessible more than ever with quicker recovery and a less painful process.
There are essentially three different procedures in the still-advancing field of hair transplant surgery; however, at its core it can be defined as transferring healthy hair follicles from certain parts of the head to the parts that has thin or no hair. Being a permanent solution, this treatment has a relatively quick and easy recovery, although the recovery time may vary according to the method used. If you feel like you are psychologically affected by hair loss, there should be no reason to stop you from getting the medical treatment at Acıbadem Hair Transplant Center, providing cutting-edge technology that can easily remove the negative effects of hair loss.
With its easily accessible geographical location, gorgeous historical places and landscapes, and vast options for accommodation from luxurious to budget-friendly places, Turkey is already a big player that has proven its leading status in tourism and health tourism. Combined with the fact that Turkey hosts advanced medical centers and experts in hair transplant, it has certainly become one of the most popular choices for hair transplant surgeries over the years. Considering hair transplant cost in Turkey is so much lower compared to prices in the UK, the US, and Europe, hair plant options in Turkey have come to the foreground.
How much is a hair transplant? There are, of course, no set price for hair transplant operations anywhere in the world. However, an estimated price in the UK, for such an operation, ranges from £5,000 to £15,000 whereas it sits between $4,000 to $20,000 in the US. The same operation in Turkey costs much lower, even with accommodation in deluxe hotels, transportation, interpreting fees and postoperative care included. Plus, you can stay in Turkey after healing from the operation and enjoy marvelous cities and landscapes at reasonable prices.
Turkey’s popularity among hair transplant patients around the world has also caused some negative effects. In recent years, many Turkish hair transplant clinics have been established all around the country. Due to widely differentiating and inconsistent price ranges, so-called unprofessional “experts”, and lack of hair transplant Turkey reviews from patients in these clinics, finding a trustworthy and professional place to get hair transplant treatment with experienced surgeons in a sanitary and hygienic environment that guarantees your well-being has now become quite a confusing and difficult process. Having a professional medical staff and surgeons who have specialized in the field of cosmetic surgery and hair transplant, Acıbadem Hair Transplant Center offers medically-proven hair transplant methods. A 30-year experience and nation-wide web of connected healthcare services, comprised of 21 hospitals and 13 medical centers, with over 3,500 doctors and 4,500 nurses, makes Acıbadem a prestigious and established household name in hair transplant, not only in Turkey, but also in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and the Netherlands with hospitals providing different healthcare services.
When receiving a certain treatment such as hair transplant treatment, every patient has the right to be assured that the treatment will result in the best possible outcome. With this principle in mind, Acıbadem Hair Transplant Center provides the best hair transplant options for you with state-of-the-art medical technologies and expert surgeons, making sure that your medical trip to Turkey will always be a nice memory.
Hair transplant technology has come a long way in a relatively short time. In the earliest days of hair transplant operations, namely before the 1940s, hair transplant surgery techniques were extremely limited and expertise in the area did not exist in any shape or form when compared to today’s standards. In 1939, a Japanese dermatologist named Shoji Okuda described the first hair transplant experiments in the modern medical world. Although not much is known about the procedure, he used a very similar technique to FUE hair transplant. In sum, Okuda extracted hair follicles with small, circular cuts and planted them to the balding area of his patient’s head. The operation was a success according to his statements.
The next worth-mentioning development in the hair transplant field happened in the early 1950s. Another skilled dermatologist named Norman Orentreich, regarded as the father of modern hair transplant, started conducting experiments in the field. He tried to move groups of hair follicles in his technique. He also discovered that moved follicles could grow hair in the unhealthy or bald parts. As his method involved groups of follicles plucked with each punch, the results were not as natural-looking as one would desire. In the following decades, experts around the world came up with new methods to get better results by making the punches on the scalp smaller and smaller. In today’s technology, three techniques have become popular among surgeons. These methods are FUE, FUT, and DHI, respectively.
The Follicular Unit Extraction, abbreviated as FUE hair transplant, is one of the latest advancements in hair transplant techniques. Building up on the first findings of Shoji Okuda, this technique of removing follicular units individually using needles and dermal punches was first attempted in 1989. However, it still needed time to be streamlined in order to reach its popularity today. In the following decades, punches and blades used in this technique became smaller and smaller. The fact that the FUE method provided a precise decision-making ability for specialized surgeons and that the end-result was natural-looking made this method the most popular one among the three foremost techniques in the hair transplant field.
There are three different types of FUE hair transplant. These are:
In Sapphire FUE operations, instead of steel needles, sapphire blades are used to pluck grafts and follicles. These sapphire blades allow for even more precise cutting abilities during the operation and swifter recovery time for patients, which lasts approximately a week.
The microFUE method is the most precise one among all FUE techniques. Thin needles, with a diameter of 0.6-0.8 mm, attached to a micro motor are used in the microFUE technique. The operation duration is shorter compared to other techniques thanks to the micro motor used in this method.
The long hair FUE technique is preferred for patients who do not want to shave their head completely before the surgical operation. After letting hair grow on the back and sides of the head, a rectangular patch of hair from the back of the scalp is shaved and hair follicular units are removed from this section and transferred to the desired parts of the scalp. This rectangular part of hair can be concealed by combing down the longer hair that is on the top and sides of the head until it is fully healed.
FUT hair transplant is an older technique compared to FUE and DHI techniques. That is why FUE and DHI techniques are used more often in today’s hair transplant world and the FUT technique is no longer preferred and utilized by experienced and technologically-advanced hair transplant centers. The difference between a FUE and FUT hair transplant operation is that follicle units are removed and transferred in groups in the FUT technique instead of a one-by-one transfer. This makes the technique the most suitable one for cases where a big portion of hair transplant is needed, and it yields better results compared to individual follicle transfer in these cases. However, there are some drawbacks to it, such as longer and more painful recovery period. Moreover, the surgical operation leaves a scar in the shape of a horizontal strip at the back of the scalp, though it is easily concealable with growing hair.
DHI hair transplant is the most recent method in the hair transplant world. It works similarly to the FUE hair transplant method, where hair follicles are plucked and planted one by one. The differentiating factor is the tool used in the DHI method. While conducting a FUE operation, the surgeon needs to open small holes to plant the follicles to the balding part of the scalp using a different tool. However, the DHI method combines the removing and planting of the hair follicles into one process with a specialized, pen-like tool; thereby shortening the operation duration significantly.
After safely arriving in Turkey and checking in your hotel, you can visit Acıbadem Hair Transplant Center to start with the required tests, preliminary examination, and detailed analysis in order to decide on the best method to use during the operation. This process also includes determining how many grafts will be used. At this stage, you can ask any question that comes to mind and consult with Acıbadem’s medical experts to get the best experience and result out of your surgery.
Following the final blood tests and preparations for the operation, you will be led to the operating room when you are ready. After a local anesthetic is applied to your scalp, the surgeon will perform the operation using the hair transplant technique that was found to be the most suitable one for you by the experts during the preoperative phase. After the operation, you can be discharged from the hospital on the same day. Experienced medical staff at Acıbadem Hair Transplant Center will provide you the postoperative care you need and pay the utmost attention to your well-being. If necessary, extra appointments could be arranged in order to check the progress of your healing in the next couple of days. Regardless of the technique used in your case, you will be able to go back to your everyday life in less than a week and you will be almost completely healed within a month.
The donor area selected for the transplant operation contains the sturdiest hair follicles. For this reason, you will not lose the hair on the part of your head where the hair transplant operation was conducted. Your transplanted hair will be permanent in almost every case.
Deciding on the hair transplant method without conducting necessary tests and the preliminary examination is not possible. The leading medical experts in the hair transplant field will be able to determine the most suitable technique for you during your preoperative appointment at Acıbadem Hair Transplant Center.
Yes, a local anesthesia will be applied to your scalp with the assistance of anesthetists before the operation. You will still be fully awake; however, you will not feel anything on your scalp during or after the surgery for a certain period of time.
In most cases, the answer is yes. However, you do not need to do anything before you arrive at the clinic because your head will be shaven before the surgery if necessary.
Technically, as the hair follicles are removed from the donor area, they will not grow back. However, thanks to the advanced techniques of choosing individual hair grafts in the FUE and DHI methods, it will be impossible to see the absence of hair in donor areas once you are fully healed. You should keep in mind that the same thing does not apply to the FUT hair transplant.