Hair loss is a very common problem among men and might be related to DNA heritage or other reasons. Hair transplant (also called hair restoration or hair implantation) restores hair by transplanting new follicles into bald or thinned areas. Healthy follicles are taken from other areas of the body, most often the back or the sides of the head. This can be done by removing a single strip of skin and hair or removing the follicles individually. The number of grafts needed depends on the patient and the size of the area being treated. Most common method is FUE method.


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What is Hair Transplant?

 A hair transplant is a surgical procedure that involves removing the hair follicles from the one part of the body that will be chosen by your surgeon and transplanting them into the needed -mostly bald or thin- areas.

It’s considered a surgery with a high success rate and provides permanency of growing hair for patients who have problems with hair growing problems, hair-related diseases, etc. We can also say the methods and other applications are decided and differ from patient to patient.

 Hair Transplant Methods: Which One is Best For You?

There are two popular methods used for hair transplantation, and they differ according to the patient’s needs, skin, hair type, etc. These methods are called “Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and “Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)”.  Your surgeon will decide which one is suitable for you. You can also tell your ideas and discuss them with your surgeon so that the process can be shaped more correctly.

Since the transplanted hair will continue growing in the new area, FUE is recommended for patients who have small balding areas while FUT is generally recommended for patients who have large balding areas. 

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

FUE is a method that is recommended and used for patients who have small balding areas. As the name itself suggests, it includes extracting individual follicular units from the donor area. They’re collected one by one, mostly from the nape.

During the extraction/collecting, the punch tool leaves so few scars that can be considered almost invisible. The procedure requires local anesthesia and lasts between 3-4 hours, depending on the situation. The recovery days depend on the methods used during the procedure. Long-term results show themselves in 10-12 months.

Comfort FUE

Comfort FUE is a technique that is used in FUE treatment to provide the utmost comfort for the patient during the treatment. A specialized punch tool is used for a procedure different than the traditional one to reduce pain.

When compared to the traditional FUE method, Comfort FUE helps patients to feel less pain and discomfort along with faster recovery. However, it may cost higher than the traditional method; and may not be eligible for all patients.

Mustache and Beard Transplant

Hair transplant, mustache, and beard transplant are procedures that include transplanting hair follicles from the scalp or donor area to improve the mustache and beard. The method can be decided by the patient’s situation, but FUE or FUT methods are common ones that are used for this treatment.

This procedure aims to have a healthy growing and thick mustache and beard, which can help patients not only have healthy eyebrows but also to boost their confidence and self-esteem.

Unshaven Hair Transplant

Unshaven hair transplant is a procedure that includes transplanting hair follicles from the decided donor areas without shaving the hair. In traditional methods, the decided donor area is shaved so that extraction would be easier.

However, in some cases, patients are not eligible for traditional shaving methods because of some factors such as baldness, having less hair, etc. Therefore, unshaven hair transplants would be more suitable for them. Your surgeon will discuss the eligibility criteria with you to decide the best method.

Eyebrow Transplant

Eyebrow transplant is a procedure that includes transplanting hair follicles from the decided areas mostly around the scalp to make eyebrows thicker and adjust their shape of them. The FUE method can be applied during transplantation to have a more precise extraction of the hair follicles.

By using small incisions, these small hair follicles are transplanted into the eyebrows. Every hair follicle should be chosen carefully so that they adjust the growth and thickness of the eyebrows. To fill the gaps between eyebrows or hide the scars, an eyebrow transplant would be a good choice compared to the other traditional methods.


Dr. Talha Kıvanç He graduated from Manisa Celal Bayar University Faculty of Medicine in 2018. 2019 - 2020 Erzurum Oltu State Hospital Emergency Department Medicine 2020-2021 Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital Emergency Medicine Specialist Training He received training in Medical Aesthetics. He speaks good English.
Opr. Dr. M. Korhan Asal After completing his medical education at Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine (Turkish) in 1997, he completed his specialization at Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Department of ENT in 2003. Available as clinical imaging at the Department of ENT, University of Gentofte, Copenghag - Denmark for 5 months. He is a member of TKBB Association. Oral presentations are made at international and national meetings and articles are published in local and foreign journals. Opr. is married and has one child. Dr. M. Korhan ASAL speaks good English and German. Areas of interest: Pediatric ENT Diseases Tonsil and adenoid surgery Painless, Bleeding-Free Tonsil Surgery with Thermal Welding Ear Tube Surgery Nasal flesh and nasal bone curvature surgery Radiofrequency Applications Endosinusoscopy surgery (Sinusitis Surgery) Soft palate and Snoring surgery Dizziness (Vertigo) vocal cord surgery Rhinoplasty (aesthetic nose aesthetics) eardrum surgery Chronic Middle Ear Inflammation (Chronic Otitis Media) Salivary Gland Surgeries

Frequently Asked Questions

Since the hair to be transplanted will be harvested from the area of the scalp, which is not genetically prone to baldness; it is unlikely to develop baldness in the area of intervention. The hair follicles on both sides of the head behind the ears own this feature. Therefore, the transplanted hair will not be prone to baldness.
The use of hair sprays and gels are not recommended, especially during the recovery period. After the recovery, they can be used for hairstyling.
The number of sessions will depend on the individual hair characteristics, the number of hair follicles to be transplanted to the balding area, and the technique to be used during the hair transplantation. A large surface of the balding area will increase the number of sessions.
Hair transplantation is a highly safe procedure compared to other aesthetic interventions. Before the hair transplantation, a detailed physical examination of the person will be performed, and any chronic diseases are evaluated. Therefore, hair transplantation procedure is unlikely to impose any risks.
After the hair transplantation is complete, the hair strands may fall out in the first 2-6 weeks. Rarely, some people may not experience this shedding period. The hair follicles will remain in place in the meantime. Therefore, there is no need to worry. The hair, then, will start growing again. The hair will come to the healthiest state in about 6 - 12 months.
After FUE hair transplantation, you can return to work within a few days as long as your job does not demand heavy physical activity.
Women are also eligible for hair transplantation as much as men are. The reason why men usually undergo the hair transplantation procedures is that women are not prone to balding genetically.
After the procedure, patients should avoid engaging in strenuous activities. The next day following the hair transplantation procedure, the dressed recipient area will be checked out. If it is deemed to be appropriate, the recipient area will be washed. A special solution is used during the washing procedure. The patients will carry out the next washing procedures themselves at home, following the instructions provided. Hair washing should be carried out using the recommended medical shampoo while massaging the scalp gently only with the fingertips.
There are no drawbacks to perform both procedures in combination. Care should be exercised to implant hair follicles in the eyebrow area only if the selected hair roots are suitable for eyebrow transplantation.
One of the most important components of the hair transplantation process is the hair transplant specialist. Although the hair transplantation procedure looks like a simple process, it requires expertise to plan the transplantation, design the front hairline, and determine the angles of the puncture sites or grooves.
Patients do not need to stay in the hospital after hair transplantation. When the procedure is completed, patients can return home.
FUE hair transplantation is suitable for people with hair thinning and balding. It is recommended that you undergo the hair transplantation before the hair thinning gets advanced in the donor area because the process involves harvesting hair follicles from another area of your scalp for hair transplantation.
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