Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

What is Hair Transplantation?
hair transplant is a surgical procedure in which hair is moved from the back and/or sides of the scalp, where it is permanent (donor area), to areas that are thinning or bald on the front, top, or crown of the scalp (recipient area). Once transplanted, the hair will continue to grow for a person’s lifetime. At AHD clinic one of the most effective types of hair restoration procedures, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
What is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a hair transplantation procedure in which naturally-occurring clustering of one to four hairs, called follicular units, are transplanted from the donor area to the recipient area.

In FUT technique, after the patient’s scalp is numbed, a thin strip of tissue from the back is removed and/or sides of the scalp. The donor strip is then separated into hundreds to thousands of individual follicular units using precise with different techniques. As the follicular unit grafts are being prepared, the grafts are implanted into the recipient side of the head.

How long will it take to have the FUE hair transplantation result after the operation?
The transplanted hair starts to fall off approximately during the sixth week following the operation. It should be noticed that this is a normal and temporary situation named as shock loss. Hair starts to grow again from the in the 3-4th months on after operation. 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.
How long will it be noticeable that I have undergone hair transplantation?
There will be small red scars and thin scabs at the bottom of the transplanted hair shafts on the recipient site, which will be visible for 20 days. In 20 days, the intensity of these thin scabs rapidly decreases to one out ten compared to the first day. The redness fades starting from the third day the procedure. When FUE method is used, the hair on the donor site grows long enough to cover the signs of extraction by the tenth day after the operation.Usually the patient gains his/her normal appearance within 15-20 days.
Will 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:achieve the desired result in cases of continuing rapid hair loss due to androgenic alopecia,achieve a natural appearance by a corrective operation for those patients who have had a prior hair transplantation with some other former techniques,achieve a density of hair nearly as abundant as the original hair for those patients who desire such a result,correct or shift the hairline for the aim of moving it forward or backward in accordance with the patient’s age,provide a hairy scalp on those sites where no prior transplantation has been done.
Does hair transplantation have any risks?
In general, hair surgery techniques are safe, especially, if the techniques are performed by an experienced plastic surgeon. However, patients differ to a great extent in terms of their physical conditions and their capacity of recovery; therefore, the result cannot be exactly predicted.
When will my hair begin to grow after FUE hair transplantation?
The redness and the thin scabs which appear immediately after hair transplantation disappear within the first 20 days and the person regains their normal appearance. The transplanted hair starts to fall out approximately during the sixth weeks following the operation and continues till 2th months. It should be noted that this is a normal and temporary situation. You may have concerns during the first three months when you recently start to see the results. But with a little patience, you will see that your hair will begin to grow rapidly and your concerns will disappear. The transplanted hair begins to appear within the first three- four months, and gradually increasing with every passing month, hair continues to appear for up to 1 year. The final result is obtained at the end of 1 year after which much change should be expected.
How many hair follicles can be transplanted at a time in FUE hair transplantation?
If the patient has an adequate donor hair and if the plastic surgeon to perform the operation has experience in the field, up to 3500-4500 hair follicles can be extracted during a single session. While technically possible, it is not recommended to extract more than this number. 
How long does FUE hair transplantation take?
The duration of the operation depends on the patient’s specific needs and the number of the hair follicles to be transplanted. While the transplantation of 1000 follicles may be completed in 2 to 3 hours, the operation may take 6 to 7 hours for 4000-4500 follicles.
Will I need to have my hair cut for the FUE technique?
No; the hair follicles should be visible just on the surface of the skin in order to be able to extract them individually without any problems on donor area.This requires a grade 1 haircut. .But you can keep long the plantation area.Dr Hakan can transplants between your native hairs.But with the native long hairs will be hard to see the operation area and this will effect to our operation time.However, if hair thinning is observed in a limited area and if a small number of hair follicles are required, you may not need to have your whole hair cut.
How long should I wait to return to work after FUE hair transplantation?
Immediately after hair transplantation,Hair transplantation causes no labor loss; the patient can return to work in 1-2 days after the operation if work does not require heavy lifting. If the work requires heavy lifting, then, Dr Hakan Doganay recommends work off for 20 days.
Will I have any restrictions after the FUE hair transplantation procedure regarding swimming in the pool or sea, or using the sauna?
Immediately after hair transplantation, you can start to go for a short walk or do physical exercises that do not make you sweat. You can start to do heavy sports after 20 days. But you should take care to avoid severe strokes on the donor site for 2 months while doing heavy sports. For instance, you should not make a head shot while playing football.
How does the recovery period proceed after FUE hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation causes no labor loss; the patient can return to work in 1-2 days after the operation. On the recipient site, small red scars and thin scabs form at the bottom of the transplanted follicles that last 10 to 15 days. In 15 days, the intensity of these thin scabs rapidly decreases to first tenth day 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 tenth day after the operation.An exactly normal appearance is achieved after 15th days. Hair transplantation operation does not require any long-term post-operation care.
Who are not eligible for hair transplantation?
Those who do not have an adequate number and quality of hair on the donor should not undergo a hair transplantation operation. Particularly those individuals who are experiencing the beginning stages of hair loss and whose hair does not show an apparent thinning should not have hair transplantation. In such cases, medical treatment should be tried first.
Do you use FUE or FUT?
Dr Hakan uses only FUE method
Will my new transplanted hairs lost in the later ages?
Hair follicles to be used for hair transplantation are obtained from the posterior scalp between the ears. These follicles are genetically resistant to shedding. They survive on the transplantation site for a life time and they grow as regular.
What do those numbers mentioned in connection to hair transplantation represent?
The amount to be transplanted in hair transplantation represents the number of hair follicles. Regarding the hair shafts, the number of hair shafts may exceed twice the number of hair follicles. In this sense, offering the patient a number for hair shafts before the hair transplantation can be confusing. Considering that each hair follicle (follicular unit) contains more than one hair shaft, transplantation of 3000 hair follicles means that 8000 to 10,000 hair shafts are being transplanted.
Which part of the scalp functions as the donor site in hair transplantation?
Hair follicles (follicular unit) are harvested from the posterior scalp between the ears where hair is especially dense and resistant to shedding. Therefore the transplanted hair does not shed and a permanent result is attained with hair transplantation.
What is actually transplanted in hair transplantation; the hair follicles or the hair shafts?
Hair follicles (follicular unit) are transplanted in the hair transplantation. Hair follicles (follicular unit) are anatomic structures that contain single, double, triple or more hairs. As these structures show anatomical integrity, using hair follicles (follicular units) in hair transplantation contributes to a natural and efficient result.
Does hair transplantation give permanent results?
Hair transplantation operation gives permanent results. The hair follicles transplanted in the operation are genetically resistant to the impact of testosterone that triggers hair loss. The transplanted hair survives on the transplantation site for a life time. If the transplanted hair would later be lost, it would not make sense to have hair transplantation.
Does hair plantation actually work?
Hair transplantation operation gives permanent results. The hair follicles transplanted in the operation are genetically resistant to the impact of testosterone that triggers hair loss. The transplanted hair survives on the transplantation site for a life time. If the transplanted hair would later be lost, it would not make sense to have hair transplantation.
Does hair plantation actually work?
The answer is yes. As the hair harvested from the donor site and transplanted to the recipient site belongs to the patient, the body does not perceive the transplanted hair as a foreign object and reject it as a result. Transplanted hair maintains its own characteristics. The hair survives on the transplantation site and grows by maintaining such characteristics related to its color, pace of growth and curliness.
Surgical experience
Hair transplantation should be performed by Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery specialists and Dermatologists.Nowadays, it is more and more heard that in some clinics, nurses or those allied health personnel who perform tasks similar to those of nurses undertake the job of a physician and perform the operations. The titles such as hair transplantation specialist, fast tissue harvesting technician or fast tissue harvesting nurse are nothing more than fabricated titles for this purpose.A direct intervention on the patient by a nurse or allied health personnel is both unfavorable to health and illegal. No hair transplantation nurse, healthcare technician or cosmetician is allowed to perform hair transplantation. It should be noted that the damage caused by such malpractices is irreparable.
Medical training
Although hair loss seems primarily to be a cosmetic problem, the mechanisms of growing and shedding of hair and hair transplantation involve the whole body. And as a part of the medical training they take, a physician learns to approach the human body as a whole and uses this approach with the patients in their daily lives.If we are to adopt a holistic approach to the growing and shedding of hair or hair transplantation, the best question to be asked is: “What is hair?” In a cosmetic point of view, the hair is a stylized means used for attaining a better look. On the other hand, according to a holistic approach, while the hair is significant in terms of aesthetics, and it has a biological significance as well. Our hair consists of structures which cover the outer surface of our body, fulfilling numerous biological functions.
How long has hair transplantation been performed?
Since 1950 doctors search of solution to the problem of hair loss by trying many methods.At the beginning of 1990′s determine the follicular unit hair transplantation is revolutionary on history.FUT hair transplant method that has made quite a step and become more popular at this years.At 2002 Dr. Rusmann provide FUE method of hair transplantation after that discovery FUE method progressed very fast , widely used in the world and in our countryAlso we prefer to use FUE tecnique on all our operations for more than 5 years.We complete over 1000 operations with FUE MethodAlso the development of theFUE method to make eyebrow,mustache, beard transplantation or using chest hair is become possible now.For the details read THIS Article
What is the best technique for hair transplantation?
For extracting hairs:Today, among the hair transplantation techniques, FUE technique is the most commonly used one with a proven success. Thanks to the FUE technique, it is possible to achieve natural and aesthetically satisfying results with no scars left. FUE technique also ensures a more comfortable post-operation recovery period.For transplantation:After many years and experiences the implanter pen techique is the best method for operation. We at the AHD clınıc belıeve ıt creates the best natural hair design, This method advantages are:No scarsShorter healing timeAngle,directionDeepness controls Also you can see benefits: No risk of visible scars even if you have short hairDonor area (where hairs were removed) looks unchangedMore hairs per graftNatural hairlinesExtremely quick recovery after treatment (days instead of months)No deep wounds, nerve bundles remain intactNo severe swellings after the treatmentNo need to use a scalpelNo need for stitchesNo severe pain during or after the treatmentLocal anaesthesia (like a visit to the dentist)The patient can drive home himself after the treatmentThe result is very natural and not recognisable as a hair transplantVery experienced team