THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE HAIR TRANSPLANTATION
A bad hair transplant can have long-term harmful effects on the patient, both psychologically and physically. Despite the claims of some clinics, there is no such thing as a non-surgical method for hair transplantation. Hair transplant is an optional surgery. With this in mind, what are the important points you should pay attention to before having a hair transplant? Let’s take a look at them.
Do You Need a Hair Transplant?
In fact, no one needs hair transplantation for health, this is an optional surgery. If hair loss causes you to worry aesthetically, you can contact us to discuss with a specialist. We can talk to you about your treatment options and guide you whether you will need a hair transplant.
The Reason of Your Hair Loss
There are many causes of hair loss, but the overwhelming majority of men who experience hair loss are due to Hereditary Androgenetic Alopecia, more commonly known as “male pattern baldness”. Hair transplant surgery is a permanent treatment method for Androgenetic Alopecia.
It is important to establish the hair loss pattern before surgery. This is why young men under 25 are initially recommended medical treatment, which is usually very effective. The second factor determined by the age of the patient is how it affects the hair transplant design. A patient suffering from hair loss will continue to lose their uncultivated hair for life. This is a very important factor when it comes to designing a natural and undetectable hair transplant.
Alternatives to Hair Transplant Surgery
Medical treatment is available for hair loss. More than 80% of men with hair loss have approved that drugs have been proven to be effective as a hair loss treatment.
- How Do Medical Hair Loss Treatments Work?
This treatment is effective but not permanent. Your hair loss will continue when you stop taking the medication.
- Cost of Hair Transplantation
The cost of performing a quality hair transplant is quite high because the process requires a team of highly skilled medical personnel and technicians. There may be a crowded group of technicians, nurses and surgeons working on each patient during the hair transplant procedure. There is no low cost method of providing this level of expertise. Therefore, if the cost of a hair transplant is the main factor driving your decision to have surgery or not, we strongly recommend that you consider medical treatments instead. Having a poor quality hair transplant can have serious, negative and long-term consequences.
- The Skill and Experience of Your Hair Transplant Surgeon
Hair transplant design is very important to achieve an undetectable hair transplant. The skill and experience of your surgeon during this process is vital for a successful result. The degree of scar you will experience in the donor area after hair transplantation will be determined by your body’s own healing ability, the technique used to remove the grafts and the surgeon’s skill.
- Type of surgery – FUT or FUE
The difference between FUT and FUE is essentially the way the transplanted donor hair is taken from the patient’s scalp. For many patients, the optimal treatment plan involves the use of both techniques throughout the patient’s life. Before deciding which technique you want to choose, it is very important that you meet with an appropriately qualified consultant surgeon.
What are the complications or risks of the surgery?
Hair transplant surgery is an extremely safe outpatient procedure that normally does not have significant risks or complications.
What Should You Do One Week Before Hair Transplantation?
One week before your hair surgery, if you are taking any of the following medications (increases the risk of bleeding during the procedure):
- Anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Vitamin B or Vitamin E.
- Blood thinners.
- Herbal medicines.
If you are taking any other medications, it is recommended that you tell your surgeon. It is also recommended not to smoke and drink alcohol at least one week before the procedure. These can be a reason for poor healing due to reduced blood flow to the scalp.
How Long After the Operation Can You Return to Work?
Depending on the type of procedure you take and the type of work you do, you can usually return to work within a few days. Most patients return to work after about 3 days. Your surgeon will confirm this at your consultation.
What is the Success Rate of Hair Transplant Surgery?
In a non-smoker, 95-98% of the grafts will grow successfully, provided that the highest international surgical standards are used in the transplant procedure. It has shown that 98% of all grafts will eventually grow normal hair.
- • What Should You Do After Hair Transplantation?
- • Once the procedure is complete, recovery varies from person to person and can take from two days to two weeks. The surgeon will put a bandage on the donor area and a headband around your forehead.
- • You should sleep on two pillows up to five nights after the night of the procedure to keep your head elevated at 45 degrees.
- • You may feel swelling, itching and pain for a few days, and the surgeon will prescribe medication for these symptoms.
- The next day the surgeon will remove the bandage and teach you all postoperative care.
- You can wash your hair on the second or third day as shown by your surgeon.
- Avoid alcohol for three days after surgery and smoking for at least two weeks after surgery.
- If you are exposed to strong sunlight for more than 30 minutes, you should cover your head for three months.
- Limited physical activity is allowed in the first week, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for two weeks after hair surgery.
- Usually patients can continue their routine activities after 2 to 3 days.
- How Can You Wash Your Hair After Hair Transplant?
Washing helps the scabs fall off and speeds healing. Therefore, it is recommended to wash the hair on the second day. The shampoo and lotion will be provided by your medical team and should be used every day until the crusts have fallen off. Hair should be washed every day for up to a month. The lotion given is applied to the whole donor area in the first week. In the second week, lotion is applied to the donor and recipient areas.
To do this, put the product in and leave it for an hour before rinsing it off. After this process, you can use the medicated shampoo by creating a foam and gently spreading it over the donor and recipient areas. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes, rinse with warm water. Don’t use a towel, instead use the cool air from the hair dryer to dry your scalp.