Hair Transplant Frequently Asked Questions
As Estevitalya Clinic, we are trying to convey all the information that will make it easier for you to make a decision before hair transplantation.
Here we have compiled the most frequently asked questions. We aimed to answer all your questions, such as surgical methods and post-surgery.
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There are several different techniques used in hair transplant surgery, including Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), Sapphire FUE, and Direct Hair Implantation (DHI).
FUE is a minimally invasive technique that involves extracting individual hair follicles from a donor area of the scalp, usually at the back of the head, using a small, specialized tool. The follicles are then transplanted to the bald or thinning areas of the scalp. FUE results in less scarring and a shorter recovery time compared to traditional hair transplant methods.
Sapphire FUE is a variation of the FUE technique that uses a specialized tool made of sapphire to create incisions for hair follicle extraction. The use of sapphire is believed to result in less trauma to the scalp, less bleeding, and faster healing time. Sapphire FUE is particularly beneficial for patients with curly or coarse hair, as the sapphire blade allows for more precise incisions that can accommodate the unique angle and direction of curly hair follicles.
DHI is a technique that involves using a specialized tool called a Choi implanter to insert the hair follicles directly into the recipient area without the need for incisions. This technique allows for greater control over the angle, depth, and direction of each implanted hair follicle, resulting in a more natural-looking hairline. DHI is particularly beneficial for patients who require a smaller number of hair grafts or who have limited donor hair available.
Each hair transplant technique has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, and the best technique for each patient will depend on their individual needs and goals.
The length of a hair transplant operation can vary depending on several factors, including the extent of the hair loss, the number of hair grafts needed, and the technique used. In general, a typical hair transplant procedure can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours to complete.
The short answer is yes. Creating a natural looking hairline in the design stage before the hair operation is very important for overall natural looking hair. The depth and direction of the channels created during the surgery play a significant role
Your hair will start growing in 3 months after the surgery, in 6 months you can observe some satisfying results however full results are generally obtained 12 months after the operation. After that hair continues to grow for a lifetime.
In one session the maximum number of grafts that can be transplanted is 5000-5500 grafts. For most patients, one hair transplant session is enough to eliminate the balding problem. For more information please send us your photos so we can analyze your condition and tell you how many grafts and how many sessions you need.
The nape region, also referred to as the “donor area,” is the most typical location from which donor hair is extracted during hair transplant surgery. This is due to the hair’s tendency to be thicker and more closely packed in this region, which makes it usually more resistant to balding.
The most common area from which donor hair is taken for hair transplant surgery is the nape area (the back and sides of the head), which is also known as the “donor area.” This is because the hair in this area is typically more resistant to balding and tends to be thicker and more densely packed.
However, in some rare cases hair transplant experts might have to use donor hair from the beard, chest, or back, among other places on the patient’s body. This is called “body hair transplantation,” is frequently used when there is insufficient donor hair in the nape region or if the patient has had numerous hair transplant surgeries.
A hair is a single, thin strand of protein that grows from the hair follicle located in the dermis of the skin. A graft, on the other hand, is a small section of skin that contains hair follicles. During hair transplant grafts are removed from a donor area, typically the back of the head, and transplanted to a recipient area where hair growth is desired. Each hair transplant unit (graft), is taken from the patient’s own scalp, which is the reason why the transplanted hair has a natural look and it is permanent. One graft contains 1-5 hair follicles.
The short answer is that it depends on the technique used for hair transplant, the FUT method leaves a single-line wound scar in the nape area between the two ears where hair follicles are extracted whereas FUE and DHI methods leave very little to no noticeable scars in the donor area. We prefer the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) methods where grafts are harvested individually from the scalp in the nape area with the help of a Micromotor leaving very little to no scars.
The FUE method has many advantages including; visually undetectable scars, more comfortable, faster recovery time, less pain, less risk of any infections, better results and healthier hair, also there is no general anaesthesia required during FUE hair transplant.
Thanks to the “Choi” pen used during the DHI method, faster planting is possible and the recovery time and hair growth are faster. The DHI method is also performed without the need for any incision. However, the reason why so many patients prefer the DHI method is that it does not require shaving the hair during the transplantation process.
Transplanted hair can last a lifetime, but it is important to note that the hair in areas not transplanted may continue to thin naturally with age. Additionally, transplanted hair is subject to the same environmental factors and styling practices as one’s original hair, so proper care is important to maintain the health and longevity of the transplanted hair.
Hair transplant is considered a very safe operation with very minimal side effects like redness and swelling, and itching there are usually very mild and will go away within a few days. Rarely side effects such as infection, can also happen sometimes if you choose an inexperienced team to perform the surgery or if you do not follow the instructions they provide for you after hair transplant and do not take care of your new hair.
Yes, beard hair can be transplanted using the same techniques as scalp hair transplantation. In fact, beard hair transplantation has become increasingly popular in recent years as more men seek to achieve fuller and more defined beards. The procedure involves extracting individual hair follicles from a donor area of the scalp or beard, and then transplanting them to the desired area of the beard using FUE or another hair transplantation technique. The transplanted hair follicles will continue to grow in their new location and can be trimmed, styled, and cared for just like natural beard hair.
The success rate of hair transplant surgery varies depending on a number of factors, such as the type of procedure used, the skill and experience of the surgeon, the quality and quantity of donor hair, and the patient’s overall health and lifestyle factors. However, in general, hair transplant surgery has a high success rate and is considered to be a safe and effective long term treatment for hair loss.
According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), the overall success rate for hair transplant surgery is over 90%, with most patients experiencing significant improvement in the appearance of their hair within 6 to 12 months after the procedure. The success rate can vary depending on the specific technique used, with some techniques having higher success rates than others.
Additionally, it is important for patients to follow post-operative instructions and to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to optimize the success of the procedure.
A good candidate for hair transplantation is someone who has experienced hair loss or thinning and has enough healthy hair follicles in a donor area to be transplanted to the bald or thinning areas. Ideal candidates for hair transplantation are in good health, have realistic expectations, and are committed to following the aftercare instructions. Age is not a determining factor in candidacy for hair transplantation, but patients should have stabilized hair loss patterns before undergoing the procedure
Yes of course, female pattern hair loss is characterised by thinning of the hair on the scalp, with a typical pattern of hair recession in the frontal and temporal hairlines.
The most common symptom of female pattern hair loss is thinning hair around the front and sides of the head, often with a widening of the frontal and temporal hairline or “widow’s peak.”
Hair transplantation is a permanent solution to female pattern hair loss.
There is no general minimum age requirement for hair transplant surgery.
Generally speaking, hair loss caused by genetics or androgenetic alopecia, which is the most common type of hair loss, typically starts to become noticeable in men in their late teens or early twenties.
However, it is not advisable to undergo a hair transplant at a very young age. We recommend waiting until hair loss has stabilized, usually around the age of 25, so that a clear picture of the hair loss pattern can be determined.
Yes, hair transplants can work for Afro hair, although the procedure can be more challenging due to the unique texture and curl pattern of Afro hair. In general, hair transplant experts will need to carefully consider the angle and direction of the hair follicles in order to achieve natural-looking results. They may also need to use specialized tools and techniques to accommodate the unique characteristics of Afro hair, such as the use of larger punches for hair follicle extraction and custom-made implanters for hair transplantation. It is important for individuals with Afro hair who are considering hair transplant surgery to choose a hair transplant clinin which is experienced in working with Afro hair and who can provide realistic expectations for the procedure. As with any hair transplant surgery, the success of the procedure will depend on a variety of individual factors, such as the quality and quantity of donor hair, overall health, and post-operative care.
It depends on the method used for the hair transplant. In the FUE method, you will need to shave your head before the operation, however if you go with DHI you will not need to shave your head, only a small portion of hair is shaved at the nape area and used as a donor area.
It is recommended to avoid smoking for at least 3 days before and after the hair transplant surgery to minimize the risk of complications and speed up recovery.
You have to to avoid alcohol consumption for at least three days before the hair transplant surgery but it is recommended to stop drinking 2 weeks before the surgery, to minimize the risk of bleeding and improve the recovery process.
To ensure a successful surgery, it is recommended to take the following precautions:
- Refrain from taking aspirin or any other blood thinners for a minimum of 15 days before your scheduled surgery.
- Refrain from alcohol and smoking at least 3 days before and after the procedure.
- Please stop any form of exercise 3-7 days prior to surgery. And supplements you take for weight training/body building
Day of Surgery
- Before you come to the hospital, eat a light breakfast. Avoid caffeine on the day of the procedure.
- Wear a shirt with full-line buttons, to make it easier to put back on without harming the newly transplanted grafts after the operation.
- Do not forget to bring your ID card or passport.
Let’s take you through the step-by-step process of FUE hair transplant surgery and what you can expect from each stage.
Step 1: Consultation
The first step in FUE hair transplant surgery is a consultation with a qualified and experienced hair transplant surgeon. During this consultation, the surgeon will examine your scalp and determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. They will also discuss your goals, expectations, and medical history.
Step 2: Preoperative Preparations
Before the surgery, the surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. You may be asked to avoid certain medications or supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding. You will also need to stop smoking and avoid alcohol for a few days before the surgery.
Step 3: Hairline Design
After the initial consultation, the next step is designing the hairline. The surgeon will create a hairline design that complements your facial features and looks natural. The hairline design is crucial in achieving a satisfactory result that meets your expectations.
Step 4: Hair Trimming
On the day of the surgery, your hair will be trimmed to a short length of about 1-2 mm. This is to ensure that the hair follicles can be extracted more easily.
Step 5: Anesthesia Administration
After your hair is trimmed, the surgeon will apply local anesthesia to the donor area. The donor area is typically the back or sides of your head. This numbs the area and ensures that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure.
Step 6: Hair Follicle Extraction
The next step is to extract the hair follicles from the donor area. The surgeon will use a specialized tool called a micro-punch to remove each hair follicle individually. This is a meticulous process that requires skill and precision. The extracted hair follicles are kept in a solution to keep them healthy and viable.
Step 7: Recipient Site Creation
Once the hair follicles have been extracted, the surgeon will create tiny incisions in the recipient site. The recipient site is the area where the hair follicles will be implanted. The incisions are created using a specialized tool to ensure that they are small and precise. The size and angle of the incisions determine the density and direction of hair growth.
Step 8: Hair Follicle Implantation
The last step is to implant the hair follicles into the recipient site. The surgeon will use a specialized tool to insert each hair follicle into the tiny incisions made earlier. This is a delicate process that requires careful attention to detail. The hair follicles are implanted at the correct angle and depth to ensure that they grow naturally.
After the surgery, the surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your scalp. You will need to avoid strenuous activities and sun exposure for a few days. You will also need to take medication to prevent infection and inflammation. The transplanted hair follicles will fall out after a few weeks, but new hair will start growing from the implanted follicles in a few months.
Hair transplant is performed under local anaesthesia which means the patients do not experience any pain during the surgery. Local anaesthesia is injected into the scalp to numb the area where the hair will be transplanted, which allows the procedure to be done with minimal discomfort for the patient.
Hair transplant have been evolving throughout the years. A micro motor is used during the FUE hair transplant to extract hair grafts individually, because the punch tool that is attached to the micro motor is so small this allows performing the surgery without leaving any scars in the donor area instead of removing a trip of skin like in the FUT method with leaves a single lined scar after hair transplant. This also allows greater number of grafts to be extracted.
Thanks to local anesthesia, hair transplant is generally completely painless.
The level of discomfort can vary depending on the type of procedure and the individual’s tolerance for pain. Your hair transplant expert will provide you with medication to manage any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
- Sleep on your back for 10 days. And keep your head elevated when sitting or waling for 3 days after the surgery.
- Drink plenty of water.
Don’t drink alcohol for 10 days after the surgery.
- Avoid foods that contains lots of salt for about a week.
- Relax as much as possible! Sweat is new hair’s greatest enemy so make sure you are never sweating especially for the first week.
- Do not expose your scalp directly to the sunlight for about 10 days.
- Avoid sexual intercourse for two week.
- You can only start doing heavy exercises like body building or heavy sport activities after three months. You can go for walks after 15 days and do light exercises after 30 days.
- Do not swim in the sea for about a month and do not use swimming pools for about three months.
- Do not use steam bath and sauna rooms for about 1-2 months.
- Do not dye your hair or shave your head using a shaver machine for the first
6 months after the surgery
- You need to wait at least 2-3 weeks until you wear a cap or a hat.
Patients should avoid wearing a helmet for at least two weeks following the hair transplant surgery to allow the transplanted area to heal properly. After three weeks, patients can gradually resume wearing a helmet but should do so with caution to avoid putting pressure on the transplanted area.
If it is a work helmet that you want to wear then make sure you size it up in a way that it doesn’t touch the new hair, then you can wear your hamlet 7-10 days after the surgery, otherwise you will need to wait for at least three weeks before wearing a helmet.
Wearing a hat or a cap right after hair transplant can put pressure on the new hair and can do great damage to the grafts creating empty patches on the scalp. If you want to use a cap make sure to wait at least 7-10 days although it is not recommended to use tools that put pressure on the head for a long time, at least 3 months after the operation.
You should avoid swimming in the sea for about a month and do not use swimming pools for about three months after a hair transplant to minimize the risk of infection and other complications.
Your hair will start growing 3 months after the operation.
You will need to wait at least a month before you cut your hair after a hair transplant surgery.
Avoid using a razor or shaving machines after a hair transplant for the first 6 months, you can only cut your hair with scissors.
After the effects of local anaesthesia wear off some patients might experience mild pain 2-3 days after the operation to which the doctors prescribe painkillers after the surgery. With the help of painkillers, post-surgery pain can be completely eliminated.
After hair transplant, a bandage will be applied to the donor area. This bandage should be taken off the next day and after that, you will not need to wear a bandage.
Generally, patients can begin washing their hair gently 2-3 days after the surgery.
The recovery process varies from person to person, but patients can typically resume normal activities within 1-2 weeks and see noticeable hair growth within 3-6 months, with full results becoming visible after 12-18 months.
After the transplant, it is normal to experience some shedding of the transplanted hair within the first few weeks to a couple of months. This shedding occurs because the transplanted hair follicles undergo a temporary shock or stress response, which can cause the hair to fall out before it enters a new growth phase. This is called “shock loss”
This initial hair shedding is a normal part of the hair transplant process and does not necessarily mean that the transplant has failed. In fact, it is often an indication that the transplanted hair follicles are entering a new growth phase, and new hair will start to grow in the coming months.
To minimize irritation and prevent problems during the healing process, we advise waiting at least six months before coloring your hair. Make sure that all incisions are fully closed before dying your hair.