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Hair Transplantation is a procedure to restore fallen hair due to various reasons. With the development of the technology and techniques used in practice, its popularity has increased all over the world. The loss of 80-100 hairs per day is considered normal. This amount may increase in some periods. If the amount of hair that a person sheds contstantly increases, thinning of the hair starts, and a while later, spaces starts to be visible.
Why do we lose hair?
Millions of people around the world suffer from hair loss. There are many reasons for this hairloss. Hair may fall out sudddenly or slowly. Genetics, disease, medications, sudden weight changes and pregnancy can cause hair loss. Hair loss is mostly due to genetic reasons. It is mostly seen in men but also as well as women. In genetic hair loss, hair follicles weaken and the shedding begins.The hairline is pulled backwards and/or aperture begins in the top region. After the weakening hair roots are shed, the hair does not grow again. Some diseases, such as thyroid and anemia, can cause hair loss. Treatment of these diseases usually stops hair loss and the patient may regain hair. Although cancer treatments such as chemotherapy causes hair loss, this is usually temporary. Hormonal changes such as pregnancy and menopause and stress can lead to hair loss. Hair loss is usually temporary in hormonal changes, but in stress-related situations, hair loss can be permanent. Malnutrition and the use of certain medications can also lead to temporary and permanent hair loss.
Who can have hair transplantation?
Every man and woman who has completed his/her developmental age, a good general health condition, lost his/her hairs for various reasons and enough donor area can have a hair transplant. In some cases, hair transplant is not recommended to cardiac, diabetic and high blood pressure patients.
Planning in hair transplantation
Hair transplantation planning is vital to the success of the procedure. Good planning ensures that the transplanted hair has a natural appearance. When a hair transplant operation is being planned, factors such as the reason of the hair loss, the structure of the hair, the extent of the hair loss, the condition of the donor area and the condition of the recipient area are considered. In which regions, how much hair is transplanted and how many sessions are required are determined during planning.
Things to consider before hair transplantation
For a successful and comfortable hair transplantation process, some issues should be considered before hair transplantation. All medicines used should be reported to the clinic where hair transplantation will be performed. Clinical check-up, blood test is performed by the clinic. Use of alcohol should be stopped 1 week before the procedure. If the patient is using any blood thinner, it should be discontinued 2 weeks before the procedure. Shirt-style clothing is mandatory on the day of the procedure. Before the operation, the body should be rested with a sleep of at least 8 hours and a good breakfast should be had 2 hours before the operation.
Hair Transplantation with FUE method
When hair transplantation is done, hair roots are taken from the region called donor area. The hair follicles are transplanted to the balding area. FUE method is the most widely used hair transplantation method today. In oppose to FUT technique, it provides denser transplanted area and healthier extracted hair follicles from the donor area.
Post operation instructions after a hair transplantation
The transplanted area should be protected from the sun or any bumping in the first week. The patient should use his medications regularly if any medication is given, and he should avoid to use blood thinners. After 7 to 10 days the hair can be washed by rubbing gently with fingertips. In the first month, hard exercices, tanning, swimming, Sauna are prohibited. Turk hammam is not allowed in the first 3 months. After second or the fourth week, the donor area can be shaved with a machine. For the first six months only scissors can be used for the transplanted area. Please follow the instructions given by your hair transplant clinic.