Are you a suitable candidate of hair transplant?
There are various factors that can determine the eligibility of a hair transplant. Age is a very important factor for AGA patients; its always advisable for a patient to wait for their hair loss to stabilize before they have a hair transplant. Patients who are in their initial stages of hair loss about 18-25 are discouraged to have the hair transplant surgery. The patients expectations also matter, many patients have this dream of regaining back thick youthful hair with a hair transplant; which in most cases is not possible. The amount and density of coverage depends on the size of the bald area vs the donor availability. The cause of hair loss can also determine if you are a suitable candidate. Some forms of alopecia cannot be corrected by hair transplant. Medical history of the patient also plays a role in defining the eligibility of a patient; patients with bleeding problems, allergic reactions, keloid susceptibility should be well tested first to avoid complications in the surgery and healing. In general, AGA patients with healthy medical records and sufficient donor hair are good candidates of hair transplant.
How many grafts do you need?
This is a very common question raised by many patients. So to shed a light on what this means, I'm going to give a short explanation of the important information. A graft is a naturally existing group of single hairs on one follicular unit (FU). A graft can contain 1 to 4 hairs. This is the main determinant of density of a person’s hair. There are patients with an average of 3-4 hairs per FU who have thick dense hair, while other patients have only 2 hairs per FU who have thin sparse hair; an average estimate of hairs per FU for most people with average thickness is 2.7. So depending on the size of the bald area and the available donor density and amount, we can estimate how many grafts are needed to bring out a sufficiently satisfactory result. In general Norwood 2-3 patients would need about 2000-2500 grafts, 3-4 patients need about 3000-3500 grafts and as the baldness advances, Norwood 5-6 patients would then need 2 sessions of a total of 4000-5000 grafts. This is just a rough estimate; you would need to go to a hair transplant specialist to get the exact estimation.
How do you prepare for the hair transplant surgery?
The hair transplant surgery only affects the skin, so it doesn't need any complex preparations. The most important aspects are that the patient is expected to be well informed about the surgery process, the risks involved and the potential results. Its good practice to ask your doctor all your questions so that you can come for the surgery with a clear mind. You need to do a full blood test and provide the doctor with the test results and your medical history. A week before the surgery, the patient should stop using blood thinner pills, vitamins, aspirin, antidepressants and herbal pills. Alcohol and smoking should be avoided a week before and after the surgery. Lastly have a positive mind and realistic expectations!
The patient should arrive 1 day before the surgery for a comprehensive consultation session. The surgery happens the next day and takes a full day 8-10 hours from 08:00 to about 18:00. You cannot travel back the same day after the surgery; you need to have a post op consultation with the doctor the following day after surgery. In this session the doctor checks up the healing process of the patient, the nurses do the washing and afterwards, the doctor gives you detailed post op care instructions. You are free to travel back afterwards. Therefore, you need a total of at least 4 days; travel dates included.
It takes about a total of 2 weeks for the patient to completely recover and lose the traces of the surgery., however, the patient can resume their normal work after a week. The donor area heals well after a few days; as for the recipient area, scabs fall out after 8-10 days. Redness of the scalp however might last longer and is the only trace of the surgery left after 2 weeks.Patient's Reviews
Describe your stay in Ankara during the surgery; the pick-up, hotel, the hospitality in the clinic, did you have any problems? Arriving in Ankara, the transfer was fast and nice. After checking-in at the hotel, I visited the clinic and met Dr. Civas and the kind people working there, and got a clear idea about what was supposed to be the surgery .
How was the surgery? Did you feel any pain or discomfort? The surgery was the next day after arrival and I had no pain or discomfort. I understood the process as explained previously and everything went well, as expected.
During the post surgery period, how was the healing? Were there any complications? Did you get post surgery support from us? During the post surgery period I followed the treatment received from the clinic, avoided any mechanical severe contact and therefore had no complications.
How do you feel about the results? Are you satisfied? Is there anything we could do better? The result is very good, I am fully satisfied . It is a dramatic improvement of my look .
Could you give us a general review about the whole experience, with ratings 1-10? Considering all details related to my surgery, my rate is of 10 points.....
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Hair transplant prices vary by country; even in the same country different specialists quote different prices. The surgery costs a fortune in USA, and Europe; while in Middle East, Asia, and South America its more affordable. A lot of people abroad prefer to have the surgery in Turkey because its is more pocket friendly. You can get the same quality services at almost 3 times less the price in turkey than in UK, USA or Europe. How much is hair transplantation?
Dr. Ekrem Civas a dermatologist and FUE hair transplantation specialist, is the founder of Civas Clinic in Ankara, Turkey. Since 1999 through his dedication and commitment in this field, Dr Civas has accomplished over 3500 successful FUE and FUT hair transplant surgeries, written 3 books, 24 articles and 21 scientific posters. He’s the first doctor in Turkey to be certified by the ABHRS. In September 2015, Dr. Civas qualified to be a Fellow ISHRS (FISHRS), which is an academic honor of excellence and expertise with regard to hair loss and transplantation. Read more about Dr. Civas
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