SSS FAQs

Will my hair show an adequate density as a result of the hair transplantation operation?

One of the most significant criteria for a successful hair transplantation performed with an individual experiencing hair thinning is the appropriate patient expectation. A realistic and feasible common ground should be found between what we, as physicians, can provide the patient with and what the patient imagines. Full patient satisfaction is achieved with the hair transplantation operations performed by a Plastic Surgeon specialized in the field with those individuals who have appropriate expectations.

Which criteria determine the success of the hair transplantation operation?

The most significant criterion for a successful hair transplantation operation is choosing an experienced physician who is capable of performing the operation.

As the donor site has a limited number of hair follicles, it is important not to harm the follicles during extraction. The hair follicles get no harm when carefully and cautiously extracted under microscope, by a plastic surgeon with microsurgery training.

In order to achieve successful results, it is not enough to extract the hair follicles without harming them only; storing the extracted follicles in convenient conditions, making a personalized plan regarding the insertion pattern of the follicles, organizing the canal density and orientation, inserting the hair follicles without harming them, having the hair transplantation operation performed by a plastic surgeon experienced in the field, and use of advanced technology are among the criteria required for a successful hair transplantation which gives a natural appearance.

Will hair transplantation do any harm to my existing hair?

The points among hair shafts for inserting the follicles are incised by microsurgical technique with the help of magnifier equipment. There is no risk regarding this procedure for those patients with an apparent thinning, who have non-hairy scalp large enough among the follicles.
Considering the risk of doing harm to existing hair, hair transplantation is not recommended for those individuals who are experiencing the beginning stages of hair loss and whose hair does not show an apparent thinning. In such cases, medical treatments are tried first.

Will I have a natural result with hair transplantation? How is a natural appearance ensured with hair transplantation?

Natural appearance is the definition of a successful hair transplantation operation. The follicles used for transplantation, a proper insertion of hair follicles, size of the hair follicles and the hair transplantation technique chosen are among the determinant factors of a hair transplantation operation which achieves a natural appearance.

One of the most significant criteria for a natural appearance is a successful hairline.
It should be noted that it is the plastic surgery specialist to consider all these criteria, do the planning and perform the transplantation. Therefore, the secret of a natural appearance lies with the choices made by a specialist physician who has expertise in hair transplantation.

How long will it take for me to have the exact FUE hair transplantation result after the operation?

The transplanted hair starts to fall out approximately during the sixth week following the operation. It should be noted that this is a normal and temporary situation. Hair starts to grow again from the 5th-6th week on after shedding. You should be patient to get the exact result of hair transplantation. In some cases, it may require one year to get the exact results of transplantation.

Will my hair transplantation operation give a result as successful as my friend got?

Another version of this question may be: “We both had the same number of hair follicles transplanted, why does he get a denser result?”

Even of the same age and gender, comparing the hair transplantation results of two persons would be like comparing apples and oranges. The most prominent features are the shape of head, and the pattern and extent of hair thinning. But numerous factors have an impact on the results obtained, such as the thickness of hair shaft, the number of hair follicles contained in every hair follicle, the characteristics of hair –whether it is straight, wavy or curly-, color of hair and the contrast between the hair color and the hairy scalp.

Having an equal number of hair follicles transplanted does not guarantee the same results for everyone. Assuming that an equal number of hair follicles are transplanted on an equal extent of site on both of the persons, the person with thicker hair shafts and with a higher number of hair shafts in the follicles will obtain a more satisfying result with a denser hair appearance.
While 4000 follicles with predominantly three thick hair shafts correspond to an average of 10,000 thick hair shafts; 4000 follicles with predominantly a single thin hair shaft correspond to a total of 4000 hair shafts.

Similarly, curly hair shafts give a better impact of camouflage. And as the contrast with the scalp decreases, a denser appearance is obtained; which means, the result of hair transplantation with a combination of gray hair and fair skin gives a denser hair appearance compared to a combination of black hair and fair skin.

The plastic surgeon considers these variables before the hair transplantation operation and makes the best treatment plan to obtain the desired result. Use of a personalized plan and personalized hair transplantation techniques ensure maximum satisfaction regarding the patient’s expectations.

Is FUE hair transplantation completed in a single session? Will I need a second transplantation?

Hair transplantation gives permanent results. Nevertheless, a second hair transplantation operation may be needed in some cases. It may be needed in order to:

1.achieve the desired result in cases of continuing rapid hair loss due to androgenic alopecia,
2.achieve a natural appearance by a corrective operation for those patients who have had a prior hair transplantation with the old techniques,
3.achieve a density of hair nearly as abundant as the original hair for those patients who desire such a result,
4.correct or shift the hairline for the aim of moving it forward or backward in accordance with the patient’s age,
5.provide a hairy scalp on those sites where no prior transplantation has been done.

How long will it take for me to have the exact FUE hair transplantation result after the operation?

The transplanted hair starts to fall out approximately during the sixth week following the operation. It should be noted that this is a normal and temporary situation. Hair starts to grow again from the 5th-6th week on after shedding. You should be patient to get the exact result of hair transplantation. In some cases, it may require one year to get the exact results of transplantation.

Does hair transplantation require a long-term care after the operation?

Hair transplantation does not require any long-term care.

How long will it be apparent that I have undergone hair transplantation?

There will be punctate red scars and thin scabs at the bottom of the transplanted hair shafts on the recipient site, which will be visible for 7-10 days. In 10 days, the intensity of these thin scabs rapidly decreases to one tenth compared to the first day. The redness fades from the third day on after the procedure. When FUE method is used, the hair on the donor site grows long enough to cover the site of extraction by the tenth day after the operation.

You will wholly regain your normal appearance within 7-10 days.