Melissa Juried Kriebel
For many adults in the UK, it can be a struggle to hide the signs and symptoms of hair loss. Some people prefer to embrace the process, but others seek out treatment instead to restore their youthful locks and a full head of hair.
Ever considered getting a hair transplant overseas? They’ve certainly become a popular procedure due to the affordable cost and quality of the treatments offered. Istanbul’s Cosmedica Clinic provides patients with a variety of hair restoration procedures at competitive prices, along with a great level of patient care.
Below, we’ll talk through some of the common questions people may have about the before and after of undergoing a hair transplant in Turkey, and everything prospective patients need to consider. Similarly to any cosmetic procedure, it’s vital to measure the pros against the cons. If you have any concerns about side effects or doubts, it’s important to schedule a consultation with your GP first.
What is the best age for a hair transplant?
Although hair transplant surgery can be carried out on anyone over the age of 18, it is not advised for someone to undergo the procedure until they are much older than this. There’s also no age limit to the surgery, and many patients aged between 50 and 60 years express an interest in the procedure all over the world.
Many hair transplant surgeons will advise that the ideal age to undergo a hair transplant is between 30 and 40 years old. During this time many patients may already be experiencing the effects of a receding hairline, hair thinning or male pattern baldness.
How long does transplanted hair last?
This is another common question regarding hair transplant before and afters. Generally speaking, hair transplants are designed to be permanent and last during the patient’s entire lifetime. The hair transplanted follicles will typically continue to grow hair in the transplanted areas of the scalp for good.
During the first three months of recovery time after your hair transplant, it’s normal to see some of your transplanted hair fall out. This will then re-grow and it will typically take up to 18 months to see your full hair transplant results.
Can you still go bald after a hair transplant?
After the new hair follicles have been transplanted into your scalp, you cannot experience the exact same pattern of baldness you may have had prior to the surgery. The harvested hair follicles are unlikely to fall out as they have been taken from a donor area such as the sides and back of the head.
However, the hair transplanted hair may thin over time. But this depends on the type of surgeon you go to and you can then have additional hair transplant surgery to fill out the thinning areas of the scalp.
Does transplanted hair thicken over time?
After a hair transplant, it can take between 12-18 months for the hair to grow, thicken and fully mature. New hair growth is usually between 1-2cm long per month and in general will continue to thicken over the next couple of months.
Any linear scarring from the procedure should normally fade by this time as well. Age, skin colour and race are factors which determine how much scars will lighten in patients and whether they will disappear completely.
How can you sleep after a hair transplant?
How to best sleep is something else patients need to consider when thinking about their hair transparent before and after effects. They will usually be able to sleep after their hair transplant but may experience some discomfort during the first couple of weeks.
It’s recommended you sleep on your back, with a pillow behind your neck to keep your head elevated. This is because your grafts will be delicate immediately after the procedure and it’s important to take care of them during this crucial time.
Why go to Cosmedica Clinic in Istanbul for a hair transplant?
Cosmedica Clinic is a leading hair transplant clinic located in Istanbul, Turkey. The clinic’s hair transplantation specialist, Dr Levent Acar, is an English-speaking and fully qualified professional.
Dr Acar specialises in restoring the hairline of patients to achieve a natural look, and researching new hair transplant techniques which will help him achieve optimum results at Cosmedica Clinic. He mainly uses the DHI Sapphire Method, which helps speed up recovery time and produce an improved hair growth rate for many patients.
Cosmedica Clinic offers patients the FUE hair transplant procedure or the DHI and the DHI Sapphire technique. The Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) Sapphire technique is Dr Acar’s preferred method of hair transplantation.
It involves the use of the specialised Implanter Pen, allowing him to remove grafts from elsewhere such as the back or sides of the head during strip surgery, and re-insert hair follicles to balding areas of the scalp inside a protected shield. This means that the hair roots receive all-around protection and do not break during transplantation.
The sapphire blade used during the technique also results in much finer incisions being made, which are less invasive and produce a smaller risk of infection or trauma to the recipient site. Every DHI Sapphire hair transplant at Cosmedica Clinic involves three steps. These are hair follicular unit extraction (FUE), which is followed by the piercing of the hair canals, and lastly implantation of the new hair roots.
Similarly to any cosmetic surgery, hair transplants are not without risk. They are also not a solution to a lack of confidence or personal problems. They should absolutely not be performed on anyone under 18 years old. You are recommended to always seek independent advice from a medical professional and give the procedure and its consequences careful consideration before going ahead.