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Everything You Need To Know About Hair Transplants and its Capital Istanbul

MMSCENE team prepared everything you need to know about the hair transplant procedure and why is the Turkish town of Istanbul best at it

Photography by ©Sasha Olsen

Over the past few years, hair transplant surgery has been a real hit with men struggling with hair loss. Baldness or lack of hair in certain areas is no longer a problem that cannot be solved, expensive treatments that are not effective do not have to be your choice, and the best thing is that you no longer have to travel far to get a transplant. Hair transplantation is a perfectly safe process, and the patient feels very little pain due to the anesthesia he receives before and during the operation. After a few months, the new hair becomes visible, and the marks on the donor site are almost invisible. If you are considering a hair transplant, Turkey is definetly the best option for you. Hair transplant surgeries have reached a five-year high. Especially in big cities like Istanbul. The number of operations performed in Turkey is equal to the number of operations in the world, which surely makes this country a leader in hair transplants world. Read on to find everything you need to know about getting a hair transplant in Turkey and what to know about the procedure itself.


Photography by ©Sasha Olsen

What is a Hair Transplant?

Hair transplantation is a procedure in which hair is transferred/transplanted from one zone, which we call the donor region, to the zone where the hair is missing, the recipient region, which is most often the sideburns, crowns, parting zone, and can also be eyebrows, chin or other body parts. The donor region is usually the back of the head where hair is not genetically predisposed to fall, and in the absence of hair for these areas, hair from the chin, chest, stomach, back can also be used (body hair transplant – BHT). The hair is taken from the donor region with a special, circular microsurgical device, by first freeing it from the surrounding skin, and then pulling it out with the root. After taking the graft, the residual holes close spontaneously and there is no visible scar from the intervention.

Methods of Hair Transplants

If the hair loss reaches the extent that areas of the hairline or scalp appear without hair or with very thin hair, then it is best to proceed with a hair transplant or transplantation. Well-known transplantation methods are FUE, FUT, DHI and AHT method as the most modern method. Because hair naturally grows in groups of 1 to 4 hairs, current techniques harvest and transplant “follicular units” in their natural groups. That beign said, modern hair transplantation can achieve a natural look by mimicking the original orientation of the hair. This hair transplant is called a Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT). Also, the donor hair can be collected in two different ways: strip harvesting and follicular unit extraction (FUE).

Photography by ©Sasha Olsen

How is a hair transplant performed and how long does the procedure take?

The procedure is quite long and lasts a whole day, during which a few thousand hairs from the back of the head are transplanted to the front of the head or to the crown. Previously, the back part of the head, the donor part, from which the hairs are taken, is cut very short. The recipient area may or may not be shaved. When the hair transplant is completed, during the next two weeks, the phase of intensive care is entered, which later turns into normal hair care.

Why should you choose Istanbul?

In addition to choosing a clinic and a doctor who will perform the intervention, one of the most common questions asked is, of course, how much does a hair transplant cost? Precisely because of the price, many patients decide to have this intervention done in Turkey, one of the leading countries where hair transplantation is a routine procedure. Turkey is the country with the most developed medical tourism, you can find more than 500 clinics which perform such procedures. Istanbul is one of the most populous and developed cities in Turkey. For health treatments, there are hundreds of hospitals and clinics serving domestic and foreign patients. Institutions in Istanbul provide services to patients from all over the world, especially in terms of hair transplants and cosmetic surgeries. It also has world-renowned doctors in cancer treatment and organ transplant procedures. The main reason why Istanbul is preferred for health treatments is its quality, easy transportation by airways and affordable prices.

Images from MMSCENE PORTRAITS: Trevor Brabant by Sasha Olsen

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