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International And American Hair Loss Associations: Who are ISHRS and ABHRS?
A lot of people realize that after they decide to have the hair transplant procedure, there is chaos everywhere. Clinic websites have different designs and offer, but it is hard to trust information on a random website. After all, hair transplant journey is a long journey. There are agencies too but the problem is the same, these are all on the selling/profit side. You need someone objective to help you through the decision making process. This is where ISHRS and ABHRS come to aid. But what are they?
ISHRS and ABHRS are two organizations, one international, one American. They are both non-profit organizations and aim to help people with hair loss and restoration.
Why Were They Needed?
Hair loss was a significant problem for a lot of people. With the increasing life-quality of the society, a need for preventing hair loss was present. The high-stressful jobs and lives we have caused us to lose more hair. Therefore, people started looking for ways to stop it. In some cases, there was not any hair left to protect from the loss. For them, hair regrowth was necessary. These problems led doctors to start looking for solutions. Many different ideas and inventions were in the market to solve hair loss problem.
In the 1990's, the need for hair restoration led to the invention of the FUT technique. The surgeons were using hair implants to fill the bald area with hair follicles. This new technology spread fast across the world. Many doctors from the different countries begun performing FUT operation.
Eventually, the FUT method was a significant solution to solve the hair loss problem permanently. However, this created a need for establishing the highest standards in the hair restoration society. In 1993, some pioneer surgeons in this idea formed the ISHRS organization.
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
The idea behind this organization was, educating its doctors with new technologies and inventions so that the people suffering from hair loss could receive the highest possible outcome from the surgery. They believe that this is only possible through educating their surgeons constantly. Consistent researching and development is ISHRS vision for its member surgeons.
Naturally, ISHRS has requirements for its surgeon to participate in congresses and researches frequently while performing the surgery personally. In each conference, the doctors from all around the world meet in one city. For almost a week, participants demonstrate their inventions or techniques so that the doctors can perform it in their countries. The members present innovations in hair loss and restoration.
ISHRS has a critical mission. The organization aims to educate and protect consumers about the increasing numbers of unlicensed personnel or physicians with minimal training worldwide performing hair restoration surgery. They want to inform patients about the dangers of medical tourism, and the importance of consumers researching a qualified hair transplant surgeon (ishrs.org).
Dangers Of Medical Tourism
We witnessed hundreds of patients each month suffering from the issues with the medical tourism. Especially in some countries, the share of the black market and technician use are increasing. Some clinics and doctors aim to increase revenues. One of the ways for doing so is hiring technicians. They believe teaching the hair transplant procedure to an ordinary person and supervising that individual is sufficient. The idea behind this strategy is to have multiple surgeries a day meaning various revenues a day. From a business point of view, this is maximizing profits.
ISHRS aims to stop this, and they do not accept any of their members' activities involving these. If a doctor chooses not to follow this rule, the committee expels the individual. ISHRS believes a doctor should be ethical, and loyal to their oath. Because usually when the patients complain about their surgery, we generally see technician involvement. Imagine the outcome of operation when there is a risk even with a very experienced surgeon. Even the best surgeons make mistakes. Now, imagine a technician is the one performing everything. Even when the surgeon supervises it, can he stop a mistake before it happens?
There is something even worse than technician involvement. That is the black market. Some people don't want to pay a large amount of money for hair transplants. Or they care about the financial part of the surgery more than the outcome. People in the market who are aware of this sad fact buy the equipment necessary for the procedure and perform it themselves.
A lot of people don't believe that such a thing exists. But the ugly truth is, it does. The black market increased significantly in the latest years and became an essential topic in ISHRS. Today, ISHRS actively fight the black market to protect the patients.
In 25 years, ISHRS expelled many of its members for not complying with the rules. But still, there was an issue with the current members; some doctors joined ISHRS only for the benefits. Because it is the most reputable organization within the hair restoration society, doctors wanted to convert this into profits. By doing the bare minimums, they stayed active members in the community and kept their certificates. Also, some other doctors wanted to be active, but either they couldn't find time to participate more or afford the expenses, they stayed less active.
This led to a need for a higher class of members so that the people could distinguish the active and honorable members more easily. Therefore, ISHRS introduced its fellow members to the society.
"In order to be considered, the hair restoration surgeon must achieve a specific level of points in a system of various educational parameters such as serving in leadership positions, American Board of Hair Restoration (ABHRS) certification, writing of scientific papers, teaching at scientific programs, among others.
It is a great honor for a member to achieve the Fellow designation of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (FISHRS). This recognizes the surgeon who strives for excellence in this specialized field. To maintain this status, the surgeon must continue to meet established educational criteria over time."
This new class of surgeons within the organization ensured the highest standards possible for the hair restorations society. The most important reason is, these fellow members have to participate the community actively. They have to score a minimum of points continually. Otherwise, they are no longer fellow members. These members host workshops and teach the new generation about the best hair transplant techniques.
The fellow members also need American Board Certificate, so this brings us to the ABHRS.
American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
The United States market share in hair restoration is 5 billion dollars. This is more than the total market size of the rest of the world. Naturally, this created a need for the United States focused organization. Therefore, the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery was founded by the American ISHRS surgeons to examine the doctors in the area. This organization helps the patients from the United States to continuously get the highest standard procedures from the doctors.
This means that the doctors who are members of this organization need to follow ISHRS rules. Also, you can assume a fellow member has the ABHRS certificate automatically as it is a requirement for being a FISHRS. People often refer to ABHRS as an American hair loss association but actually, they concentrate more on to the improving the standards for the hair restoration. ABHRS try to make sure the surgeons follow the rules of their practice to increase the hair transplant standards.
The Importance of ISHRS and ABHRS
ISHRS and ABHRS are more than hair loss associations. With the first FUT operation in the 1990's, the evolution of hair transplants has begun. In time, a new and advanced way was founded, and the society called it FUE. Now, surgeons from all over the world try to find new ways to perform the surgery. You might have heard of bio-grafts or neo-grafts, which are the same as the FUE technique only with some small differences. In the future, more new methods and innovation will be explored. Adding the development speed of technology these days, it seems like we will have new inventions more often.
On top of that, the population is multiplying faster, and the need for hair restoration increases exponentially. With more demand, more people will join the market from different sides. And not all of them will have positive intentions. All these reasons will make it essential for ISHRS and ABHRS to control the process. Not only control, but they will also need to guide it so that the optimum results can be achieved.
How To Use These Associations Effectively
So, these organizations try to make things safer and better for you. But they actually can help you make your decision. ISHRS and ABHRS are like a massive library dedicated to hair loss and restoration. Not using their knowledge to your advantage can be a significant loss. We know it is sometimes challenging to find things online. And we also know you don't have much time to read everything, evaluate and make the decision. However, the entire idea here is, helping you find your strategy in this. From a business point of view, it is not smart to give you any advice. It might come back in unexpected ways. We would prefer you make your strategy, and after the outcome is great, you take the credit for it.
Similarly, ISHRS and ABHRS want the patients to know about each doctor and clinic. They want you to know what to expect from your doctor. You might think a member of these organizations would be more expensive, but there is a surgeon for every kind of budget in their organizations. And the best part is, it is for free. Even if you believe you find your surgeon, getting a confirmation from these organizations would be wise. You may find out that your surgeon is just like you thought he is. Or you might find out there is doubt the way he operates. They can help you make a better decision.
Personal Experience vs. Information
Ultimately, you will be making the decision. The thing with the internet is, it contains both the personal experiences and information. And most of the time, they don't match. You read something excellent but then realize people's experiences were different. Then it makes it difficult for you to choose because what is more important, experience or information?
You surf the forums and see a lot of information about the same doctor. Some approved him while the others complain. Then you see actual results where some look great while the others are not natural. This is where these organizations step in, if you ask them, they will give you the accurate information. In a lot of forums and on the websites of individuals an ISHRS or ABHRS certificate is present, but is it valid?
The bottom line is, the internet is instrumental if you can find the relative and right information. However, many people end up finding fraudulent information and regret the outcomes eventually. With more research and active cooperation with these organizations, you can significantly increase the quality of the results. There is always a chance of failure and sadly today is about reducing that chance.
Here Is A Guide For You Which Can Help You Choosing Your Surgeon
The Factors Impacting Hair Transplant Success Rate
Hair transplant success rate is something a lot of people want to find out. They know hair transplants are permanent but they also want to know the success rate. The success rate of hair transplants is %90-95 on average while the actual number depends on each unique patient and case. We have covered the reasons for the hair loss and how to increase the hair implant success rate in this article for you. So, let’s get started!
After the age of 25 (in some cases earlier than this age), depending on the genetic and other factors, we may begin to lose hair. From 25 to 45, our genetic code shapes how many hair follicles we will lose. Some people experience their first hair loss at the age of 21 while others have no hair loss at all until 50. To explain how hair transplants work, we need to first explain why we lose them in the first place.
Genetic hair loss is just one side of the story. The other half is about your living standards. You may think you are losing hair because your relatives were losing hair at the same age, but other factors could be in effect as well. If the hair loss is genetical, there is not much to do to stop it. But if it is because of your diet, mineral and vitamin deficiency or sleep routine then you can do something about it.
All these factors have an impact on your DHT (dihydrotestosterone) levels. DHT hormone affects the hair root and this determines if you lose your hair or not. If you have high DHT, then you have low testosterone levels. Therefore a normal testosterone level means a normal DHT level and your hair should be fine.
Factors Affecting Testosterone Levels
We can conclude that your testosterone level determines your hair condition. So, if you know what affects your testosterone level, you will also know what you need to do to prevent hair loss.
Testosterone hormone level depends on your lifestyle directly. Research shows that if you don’t get enough sleep or your sleep is not deep enough or you don’t sleep consistently between 11 pm and 4 am, your body will not effectively manage testosterone. Your sleep quality affects your entire life more than you think. A low-quality sleep pattern will cause more stress during the day. You will feel more tired and will have a higher tendency towards depression and anxiety. Your day quality will drop as a result of a poor sleep pattern. Therefore you will have a poor testosterone level and high DHT. Eventually, this will cause hair loss.
Your Diet Is More Important Than You Think
What we eat in a day, in any meal is very significant. You might underestimate the importance of the diet in hair loss but it is quite essential. When compared healthy diets to the rest, there is a significant difference. For your body to maintain the balance, it is crucial for you to give it the necessary nutrients each day. Because if you don’t, you will lack some important minerals and vitamins or even proteins. This will cause your body to lose its hormone balance. In the end, this will hurt your hormone levels disturbing your DHT level. High DHT will make you lose hair eventually.
Moreover, especially for people who eat a lot of unhealthy fat, they have a higher chance of losing hair. As the nutrients get more complex, they are harder to digest and dispose of. This causes stress in the body which directly triggers reducing levels of testosterone. The rest you know.
Additionally, with an unbalanced diet, you will not get important minerals and vitamins for your hair. Vitamin A, B, C, D, and E are all linked to hair health. Zinc, Iron, Magnesium and essential fatty acids are the minerals which get you to the health of hair. If you lack these vitamins and minerals, either your scalp, your hormones or your hair root will be affected negatively. Then, this will cause hair loss or speed it up if it has already started.
Consuming Alcohol And Gym
When compared, a person who consumes alcohol regularly is a better candidate for losing hair than a person who goes to the gym instead. Not only alcohol but also drugs cause hair loss as well. The use of any substances and alcohol result into lower testosterone. It is not only the substances but also the poor sleep quality adding to that. When any of these consumed, your body loses water. The loss of water causes deficiencies in the body. It takes longer than usual to get the body back into normal. Alcohol and drugs also cause you to have lower absorption of the nutrients. In the end, your body will suffer from many things, and from hair loss almost certainly.
If you choose to live a more healthy life and go to the gym regularly, you will experience better consequences. A person spending an hour at the gym three days a week will promote absorption from the nutrients significantly. If you follow a healthy diet with the gym, you will increase your immune system and hormone balance. You will sleep better and deeper. You will fall asleep faster as well. In every arena to fight hair loss, you will have the upper hand. Even if your hair loss is genetical, your scalp will be more healthy and will respond to any changes better. If you start using Finasteride or Minoxidil, your body’s response will be better. If you get hair implants, they will heal faster and will stay healthy longer.
Despite The Genetics
If you can follow the positive path, your chances of having a better-looking hair will increase. You will have a better chance of preventing hair loss or slowing it down. In some cases, if your hair loss is not due to your genetics, changing these conditions will help you not only to stop hair loss but also promote hair regrowth.
If your hair loss is due to your genetics, then still you will stand a better chance of fighting hair loss. Because you have the ideal DHT level, any alternative method will have a higher chance to work. With your genetics, there is nothing you can do. But with your lifestyle, there is a lot you can do. And if you want to fight hair loss despite your genetics, your goal should be optimizing your DHT through an ideal testosterone level.
Why Do We Lose Hair?
We lose hair because hair follicles are designed to live for a duration. After days, weeks or years at some point, your hair root (Papilla) will separate from your hair follicle. Now what usually happens is, your papilla will produce a new hair follicle in the anagen phase and you will have new hair. Unfortunately, if the papilla becomes insensitive because of genetic or hormone related reasons, this reproduction time gets shorter. In the end, your hair root becomes unable to produce new hair and you lose a hair.
Now, it is normal for one single hair root to lose its sensitivity. However, when a bunch of them lose it in the same area, you start to witness baldness or alopecia. This is usually when people realize their hair loss and start looking for solutions.
If you are losing your hair because of non-genetic factors, you have a chance of promoting the anagen phase and regain your hair. As we explained above, the reason for your hair loss is probably related to DHT hormone and changing things in your life can get your hair back. Also, although not proven, some people lose hair due to the extreme warmth in the weather. The sweat blocks the hair root and causes hair loss. But it is considered a temporary loss.
If you are losing hair because of your genetic clock triggered, then this means your hair roots are not as sensitive as much as they used to be. The anagen phase doesn’t reoccur because your genetic code set the hair roots to become inactive. You might want to start considering hair loss prevention strategies.
How Do Hair Transplants Work?
To regrow hair on the bald area, you have to get your hair roots to be sensitive again. Since your hair roots are not doing their job, you can’t grow hair in a specific area. First, you got your DHT level under control and now you are ready to act against hair loss. You have two options;
You can try alternative methods such as Finasteride, Minoxidil, and PRP
Or, you can get a hair transplant procedure
Earlier, we have discussed alternative methods in depth in the article “The Solution To The Hair Loss Problem: Finasteride – Or, Is It?” and you might want to take a look at that if you need more information. Briefly, alternative methods have all pro’s and con’s but the common problem is, they are not permanent. You can get results for a very long time but in the end, if you want the permanent solution, your only shot is a hair transplant procedure.
Finasteride aims to inhibit type II 5-AR and the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone in various tissues including the scalp. Since DHT level is lower, as a result, you might expect less hair loss. However, if hair loss is genetic or your testosterone level is too low because of your lifestyle, Finasteride effects will be limited. If you manage to stop hair loss for a while then it is good. You have bought time. But sooner or later, your body will grow a tolerance to the drug and it won’t be as effective anymore.
The case is the same for the Minoxidil and PRP, in time, their benefits will reduce to the minimum. Then, you will consider getting a hair transplant procedure.
FUE or FUT, it doesn’t matter. Both ways aim to extract the hair follicles and therefore the hair roots. The idea is, moving the sensitive hair roots to areas without sensitive roots. The healthy hair root will adapt its place and start a healthy and long anagen phase in its new place. Therefore, your scalp will start growing hair in the bold area. Genetic factors and DHT levels will not matter for a very long while.
Genetically, the donor area will be selected from the area where the hair roots are the strongest. In general, this will be the back of your head. But, no matter where the hair comes from, it will be genetically superior to the fallen hair. It will not be affected by the DHT levels. This is the reason why the new hair will be permanently there.
The Hair Transplant Success Rate
The technological advancements made it possible for hair transplant success rate to go up to %95 on average. Today, the equipment of hair implanting is incredibly effective. The same thing applies to the planting stage. The percentage of overall hair transplant success rate depends on the procedure and the surgeon as well as the patient. Finding your ideal surgeon is crucial to get the highest hair transplant success rate and the most natural look.
But even if you can’t, still the hair transplant success rate is above %90 and this number is a very precious number.
It Is Up To You
We always believed that the success of the hair transplant operation is up to you. Yes, a surgeon will perform the surgery. But you will choose that surgeon. Just looking at the numbers and saying “oh, even the worst number is a great number” is a mistake.
Yes, this means if you are not very unlucky, 90 follicles out of 100 will stay on your head for a very long time. But the way it will stay is also very significant. Therefore, choosing your hair transplant method and surgeon is essential for having the most number of hair follicles on your head while they look more natural.
We have a guide we provide and you can download it here or watch the video if it is more convenient. It contains our 6 steps strategy to find your ideal surgeon. Also, we recently covered and explained how we found our surgeon we recommend and it might help you. You can read it here 😃
The Hair Transplant In Turkey: Costs and More
The hair transplant market in Turkey expands significantly each year. Since 2011, the political issues of the country devalued the Turkish Lira almost %400. This naturally created many opportunities for foreign people. One of the opportunities was in the hair transplants in Turkey. The problem with the hair transplants in other countries is, it is expensive. On top of that, the quality of the surgery is not higher than Turkey. In fact, many clinics in Turkey are very successful and their results prove it. However, it doesn’t apply for every hair transplant in Turkey. Let’s get into the details.
How Did Turkey Become So Popular?
Turkey has always been proud of its doctors. It is almost a tradition in Turkey that being a doctor is a very important goal for the children. And one day when these kids achieve it, they are not afraid to improve themselves. Most of the doctors try really hard to find solutions to the problems. What makes them different is, Turkish doctors constantly look for new ways to solve the problems when others think there is no solution. This innovation culture in medicine makes doctors popular in many areas such as dentists, plastic surgeons, and hair restoration doctors.
With its doctor constantly improving and contributing positively to the industry, the Turkish Lira’s fall is the other side of the story. Because of the political instability, Turkey experienced a great loss in its currency and still suffers from the recession.
This created a great opportunity for people who were willing to restore their hair but couldn’t afford it before. In a very short amount of time, Turkey became a paradise for these people. Cheap prices combined with high-quality doctors to create a great alternative to the local doctors. With the many successful results, Turkey took its rightful place in the hair transplant world.
Hair Transplant Costs In Turkey
With the success of its surgeons and the quality of the facilities, Turkey positioned itself as the second biggest hair transplant market in the world, according to the reports. The total market value of hair transplants in Turkey approaches to the billion level fast. The more interesting thing is, despite the market size, the cost of the hair transplant is very cheap compared to the United States and the UK.
And the reason is very simple, because of the devaluation of Turkish Lira, the equation of the hair transplant is the graft price times the number of grafts times the currency.
Price per Graft x The Number of Grafts x The Currency Rate= The Revenue of The Surgery
Now let’s say you need 4000 grafts and the price of each graft is a dollar. You pay your surgeon 4000 dollars plus whatever expenses you have for flight tickets and accommodation. Compared to the average you would pay in the United States or the UK $15,000, you pay almost one third. This is a win for you.
You might wonder why does the surgeon accept to do that, the answer is because it is also a win for him too. You pay him $4000, this makes more than 20,000 Turkish Liras. As it seems like a huge amount, don’t let the numbers confuse you. The doctor’s ability to buy is less than his American colleague because of the inflation. Still, as the surgery gets more expensive for the Turkish people, it gets cheaper for the foreign people. Therefore the surgeon needs the foreign demand and it is a win for him.
The Costs of The Turkish Hair Transplant Surgeons
When there is a win-win situation like this, it is natural that both parties enjoy it. But this advantage doesn’t still make it easier for patients to choose their surgeon. After seeing before after photos and comparing the prices, there is still an issue of trust. Let’s explain it a little further.
Opportunists and The Black Market
There is a problem in this market. If you were reading different resources, by now you probably realized there are many sad stories people experienced. At this point we must say this, the market in Turkey may not always be safe. And the reason is the low costs itself. When the price drops too low, there is always a risk of having a problem. In any industry, it is the same. But when it comes to the health, it is irreparable. Once you make the mistake, it takes a lot more energy and money to fix the initial mistake. Therefore, we always recommend: Do it right, do it once.
The low prices don’t necessarily mean you will get into trouble, in fact, you may still get a very natural looking hair. However, this is taking a risk and should not be overlooked.
ISHRS And The Extraction
ISHRS is working very hard to stop the black market. In each conference, they try to find solutions on this issue. ISHRS’ main goal is for its surgeons to perform the surgery personally without using the technicians. The reason is, especially if you are having a FUE hair transplant surgery, the extraction part is very important. We explained this in our earlier article “FUE Hair Transplant and Importance of The Extraction” but briefly, each successful extraction of the hair follicle adds to the overall success of the surgery. In addition, it increases the chance of having a natural look after the surgery.
A lot of people who chose Turkey for their hair transplant procedure complained. They claimed that the surgery was not conducted by the surgeon personally, but rather the technicians performed it. For some people, this might not matter as long as the results look good. However, when the results are not satisfying, naturally the patient complains about the technician involvement.
Thus, you might want to decide first if you are okay with the technician involvement. If you want to find a doctor who doesn’t use a technician, you might want to look for specifically this. ISHRS doctors are obligated to perform the surgery individually and therefore checking your doctor’s activity status with them through their website might help. This would help you protecting from getting into anything you don’t want.
Types of Clinics And Pricing
Once you make your decision, you will start seeing different prices for each clinic and doctor. Mainly, there are two different strategies.
The first type of pricing for hair transplants in Turkey is the packages. Hospitals and less experienced surgeons choose this strategy. The idea is selling the service with a very low price to gain experience in the area. People usually complain that the hospital surgeons lack the aesthetical touch and even if the hair transplants are very durable, the look might not be very natural.
Similarly, the inexperienced young surgeon might not get you the best look. But they are still very skillful and can make a great job nonetheless. The prices are between $1500-2500 for the packages and they include the flight tickets and accommodation as well.
The other type of pricing is the per graft rate based pricing strategy. This pricing is the strategy of more experienced and famous surgeons in Turkey. They generally set a fixed price for per graft and might help you with the accommodation. They usually don’t get involved in the flight tickets.
The strategy is for the patient to ask for a free consultation. These clinics would like to first see the patient and determine the graft number. In some clinics tough, the surgeon might not want to do the surgery and decline the patient. When the patient’s hair and scalp characteristics are not fit for a surgery, they explain the reason and offer alternative methods.
These kind of surgeons are more experienced and professional. Therefore the chances of a natural look are higher if you are suitable for a hair transplant procedure.
The price range for this type is larger. It changes between 50 cents to $3 per graft. The numbers might change slightly depending on your unique case.
Price Might Not Mean Better Transplants
When you compare the prices, remembering this is crucial. A high price doesn’t mean the surgeon performs the entire surgery personally or will get the best results. Meanwhile, the cheapest option could have the surgeon conducting the procedure personally and may get you the best result. We have prepared something for you which might help you find a surgeon you can trust. “How To Find A Hair Surgeon You Can Trust” might help you decide your strategy while you choose your surgeon.
More Reasons To Choose Turkey
It seems very reasonable for people to choose Turkey as their hair transplant destination. The cost of hair transplant in Turkey is very fair if you can manage to find a doctor you can trust. However, it is not just about the prices and quality. Turkey is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and Turkish Lira’s weakness presents an amazing opportunity for outsiders.
You will spend at least 5 days in Turkey through the process. You will be resting after the surgery but then you will want to go out and see a new place. Istanbul or Ankara, you will have plenty of options to choose from. If you like history, Turkey is a country of history. If you want to see some art, it is there. If you want to go shopping, there are a lot of shopping malls and places.
The best part in all of this is, whatever you do when you spend money, it will be cheap for you. It takes a long time for the market to correct prices and when you are there, you will be enjoying the power of your money.
Especially with the FUE method hair transplants, the recovery is easier and the post-surgery pain is less. This means that with extra care, you can visit places you are curious about while healing. Since the prices are so cheap for you, you can visit close destinations for very low prices while you are there. If you have time, you can go a few days earlier before your surgery and visit places with a very low budget.
Health tourism is very popular these days in Turkey. It could be a good idea to take advantage of the destination and make the most out of it.
Do It Right, Do It Once
Ultimately, this is the idea. Hair transplant cost in Turkey makes it an important alternative if you like to pay considerably less. However, this comes with a risk, if you end up with the wrong surgeon, this whole thing can turn into a mess quickly. Therefore, we always recommend a very thorough research before making any decisions. If you make a mistake, it will cost you more time and money in the end.
Given the fact that everyone is so busy these days, this increases the number of complaints after a surgery. Most of the time, it is because the patient rushes and misses a point. Therefore no matter how busy you are and how good the offer is, not rushing and giving yourself some time before making the final decision is essential.
Because most of the times we think something makes sense the moment but when we wait for a while for the emotions to sit, we realize it was just a temporary feeling. But, if you think your decision is still the final after a while, then go for it.
In the end, this is your decision and your hair. All we can do is to hope that you find your ideal surgeon. And we will be here to help you while you do that. Meanwhile, we hope that you have more information about the hair transplant cost in Turkey now. If you need more help, just let us know.
How To Find A Hair Surgeon You Can Trust: Meeting Kayihan Sahinoglu
You realized it is a mess out there, right? From the moment you decide to get a hair transplant, you probably kept seeing a lot of information, reviews, and ads but you can’t decide who to trust or which way to follow. Earlier, we tried to help you with our article “How To Choose Your Hair Transplant Surgeon” and provided you with some tips, but now we will go one step further. Let us tell you the story of how we found our surgeon that we can trust.
Learning The World Of Hair Transplants
Right after you stepped into the world of hair implants, you will realize there is a serious commotion everywhere. Since you just started to collect data cognitively, you will see a madness going out there. People arguing in the forums, asking questions and a lot of different ideas expressed, you will get confused soon.
Today, it is perfectly normal that everyone tries to protect their own good because it is a crazy world out there. This leads you to a constant need for calculating costs and benefits together. One of the first questions on your mind will be “how much do hair implants cost?” and your search for the answer will bring you to many different places. Because everything revolves around costs, you will soon realize, the method you choose will be determined by the cost of it and this will be an early decision you have to make.
FUE or FUT?
Some will claim one method is better over and give you reasons for their ideas. You will see a lot of ads from each side but the bottom line will be, there is no such thing as the best hair restoration method. As there is no best food or colors, it depends on the unique needs and tastes. So, soon you will compare both methods and make a decision based on what you need and can afford.
It’s Time To Choose A Surgeon
Eventually, you will come to the stage where you will find yourself looking at before after pictures of each surgeon. You will have some idea about the costs and what type of hair transplants you want. Still confused, you will keep considering different options. You will wish for some magical advice from the future or supernatural things. But in the end, you will make the decision yourself. The question you need the answer for will probably be “how do I know who to trust?” or “how do I get to the best possible end?”
The cost, the method or the country, this whole thing comes down to finding the ideal surgeon that you can trust. The money you spend will be spent well if the surgeon makes a good job. The method you choose will be the right choice only if the surgeon makes a good job. The place you traveled, will be the best place to travel if he does his job well.
What’s A “Good” Job?
Glad you have asked. How do you know if your surgeon did well? It is common sense and something you already know; if your surgeon performed the surgery for the money you agreed to pay while your hair looks better than you have expected in the end, he has done well. This is the basic equation for defining the performance of the surgeon.
The Importance of Ethics
But we found out that there is an additional value in the equation. From the first time you talk to your doctor, until the moment you no longer need him, it is essential that your surgeon remains in the ethical boundaries. We know that ethics depend on the individual but, if your surgeon can apply the international ethic rules then you will have found something even more valuable.
If your surgeon is honest and clear in the communications of any kind, this creates trust. You will realize that the reason you are reading the reviews is because you are still trying to understand if you can trust him. It is not easy to trust a person who will change the way you look for the rest of your life, even if your surgeon is affordable and skilled, you will still need to trust he will be consistent with who he appears to be.
Now, this brings us to how we knew we could trust our surgeon, Kayihan Sahinoglu.
Finding The Perfect Combination
As young entrepreneurs, we dreamed of starting a business for a very long time. Our dream was, no matter what we do, a business where we knew we were doing the right thing. It didn’t matter if we sold an idea or product, we always wanted to be at the light side of things.
After spotting the need, we decided we could help North America to get hair transplants for a lower cost while increasing or maintaining the quality. Because the prices are very high here, there are people out there who need to restore their hair but they are stuck with saving a lot of money to afford the procedure. If they knew there was a better option, would they want to know about it?
That question is the reason why you are reading this article today and this library exists. We did not want a simple blog page to explain things to rank higher on Google, we wanted to create an online hair library where you can feel safe. We didn’t post everything we can find to attract more people, we wanted when the people come, they can get only the information they need fast. We believe less is more and that is the only thing we are willing to offer.
We were all set with the website and everything but the problem was finding the doctor. Like you feel for your own situation now, we felt unsafe in the market. Not knowing how to find a surgeon we can trust, we talked to many doctors. After a while, it felt like this was a false hope because staying on the light side of the things was very hard without the right surgeon. And as usual, the moment we lost our hope, we found the solution.
Finding a skilled surgeon is not very difficult. By now, in your research results, you probably have a lot of skilled surgeons already. It was the same for us too, but when we found Kayihan Sahinoglu, it was the first time we had a surgeon with high skills and integrity. After a few times talking, we convinced him to work with us. The only thing he asked for was being honest and concentrating only on what we could do rather than what others were doing.
When your star player is honest and focuses only on his own game, that is how a “Kobe Bryant” is born. Every star you have ever known, if you look carefully, you will see that they all were honest people doing only their jobs. You never hear Kobe arguing opponents or blaming the referees when things go bad. Because if you concentrate on what others do or don’t, you are no longer in the game.
Similar with stars, this rule applies for the surgeons and lawyers as well. The moment they stop being ethical, no matter how talented they are, their methods cause problems for the people they serve. It might not be the first person they work for, but eventually, they fail someone. We knew this very well. We know that this might be your inner fear as well. Deep inside, you might be analyzing the risks to see if you want to go with someone like that. Our opinion is, it is not worth it.
You Can Know You Can Trust Your Surgeon
when you start talking to him. When you first ask for a consultation, it is very official. It was the same in our case. You will experience a lot of suspicion and excitement at the same time. If you feel like this doctor cares about what he does, then you might possibly trust him. But if he keeps the attitude no matter how challenging you are, then you know you can trust him.
When your surgeon doesn’t see you as a mean of income, you realize a lot of personal input. There is a difference between copying and pasting answers and carefully examining each and writing personal answers. If your surgeon doesn’t spend the time to understand what you need, how can you know he will care for the extraction of each graft. People think those are different things but the idea is the same.
In our case, it was a chance to have met Kayihan Sahinoglu because he wanted us to ask him everything. No matter how many requests there are for consultations, we have to send them to him. Because he believes surgeons shouldn’t be too busy for patients. That is essential for our work to be successful, but it is also essential for the patient to get the maximum out of the surgery.
Research Proves Even More
You might think that the most important part of getting a hair transplant is restoring your hair. But in many cases, patients realize that the communication and trust between them and their surgeon was the key. If you are at the stage of finding your surgeon, you might want to anticipate what would happen if things go wrong. Even the best make mistakes sometimes. The true value of a thing can be seen only in the worst situation. When we checked his reviews, we saw what made him special was his care for the patient’s concerns. After all, this process is not only physical, but it is also psychological. Managing the psychology of the patient while changing his physical state is the true skill.
And we would like to thank him for attending patients’ concerns and questions even after a year of a surgery. These are the reasons why we knew Kayihan Sahinoglu was the surgeon we could trust and recommend confidently.
when you are trying to decide if you can trust your doctor, a good method would be reading the signals. Since your communication is over the internet, you can concentrate on the details he provides. An answer that looks ordinary and short means less passion for the task. If the answer contains only essential details with care, this is something golden.
It is hard to trust, there is no way to know if your decision will lead to the ideal outcome. The best you can do is knowing you have done your best to analyze everything and came up with the best option from the possibilities. Therefore, as we always do, everything comes down to this;
Do it right, Do it once
For the best results, making an extensive research increases your chance to reach the best outcome. Rushing your decision to be over with the stressful process tends to lead to poor results. The total money spent depends on the outcome of the decision. If you make a mistake, saving a few hundred dollars the first time won’t mean anything. Because you will end up spending more on fixing that the second time. That is why we say do it right the first time. If you do it the right way, there won’t be a second time and that itself is a major win.
Trust Your Instincts
This is the story of how we meet the surgeon we can trust. It was very difficult to trust someone enough to take the responsibility of recommending him. It was not easy, but in the end, we found our surgeon. That is the last thing you might want to consider. Choosing your doctor as if you are recommending the doctor for the ones you care about might mean you’ve found your surgeon. If you trust what you see enough to take responsibility for it, then your decision gets easier.
So far, we only have one surgeon we trust enough to recommend. We are working hard to bring more surgeons of the same caliber but it takes time. It takes a lot of time to build trust. Until we find something we are sure, we will take our time. That helped us make the right choice and might provide you with the same benefits. Because sooner or later, you will have to choose a surgeon. That will be the key moment of your journey. The ending depends on you, and with patience and knowledge, you can write the best ending you deserve. And we will be here to help you as much as we can towards that right ending.
The Hair Transplant Center Of The World: Istanbul
In the last ten years, the hair transplant industry shifted towards a new city. With its top-notch facilities, doctors, and beauty, Istanbul became the hair transplant center of Europe and then eventually the world. Today, when it comes to hair transplants, Istanbul is one of the most searched cities in the world according to the statistics. In this article, we will give you all the details you need to know about Istanbul. Let’s begin!
Second Biggest Market In The World
Global hair transplant market is now closer to 6 Billion Dollars a year. Naturally, the leader in the industry is the United States. They lead the market with 4 billion dollars share. Turkey comes in second after, with a billion dollar of market share.
Compared to the United States, Turkey only contributes to the market with a few cities and the major contributor by far is Istanbul. With over two hundred clinics, Istanbul hosts thousands of hair transplant patients weekly.
And people wonder why this is the case. There are numerous factors leading to Istanbul’s share in the market.
Great Education in Health
A City of History, Culture, and Food
Competitive Prices Compared To Other Cities
In a previous article, we shared a breakdown of different prices from different major hair transplant countries. The first reason why Istanbul has the hair transplant center of the world title is its competitive prices. In North America, an average price for a FUT operation is more expensive than an FUE operation in Istanbul. Naturally, this confuses a lot of people about the quality of hair transplants in Istanbul. This is the tricky part.
1 American Dollar equals 5.5 Turkish Liras. The sudden change and devaluation of Turkish Lira have given an important chance for foreign investors to buy products and services from Turkey cheaper. Over a short period of time, foreign financial power in Turkey was doubled. Since the grafts are harvested from you, there is a little variable cost in the operation. Therefore, nothing increased the prices of the hair transplant procedure in Istanbul.
However, the surgeons had to react to this sudden change. This price difference presented them with an opportunity to increase their revenues. They kept their prices the same and because of the change in Turkish Lira, their revenues were doubled. Therefore a lot of places are offering very cheap prices compared to other countries.
This doesn’t mean that every clinic you find is good. On the contrary, this means foreign people looking for hair transplants should be more careful. Because unfortunately some clinics realized the potential and started to hire technicians to perform more surgeries per day. This dropped the average quality of work done in Istanbul in some clinics. Therefore, people considering getting a hair transplant in Istanbul should be more careful.
The prices are very good opportunity but only if you make your research well and make sure that your doctor will be performing the surgery personally. If you agree to get it from a technician, then please at least make sure that he will supervise.
If you can find a surgeon in your terms, there is no better city than the hair transplant center Istanbul to get your new hair in terms of finances.
Quality Of The Doctor Education
Turkey’s education in health is one of the best in the world. Every new day, Turkish doctors find new ways to cure diseases and patients in many different areas. Their innovative skills come from the successful health schools of Turkey. Every doctor in Turkey knows to speak in English, they spend at least one year abroad to improve their medical skills and learn new things.
When it comes to hair transplants, the story might be a little different. Unfortunately, in hair transplant market there are some doctors with a lack of ethics in their profession. Like in any other country, this is normal because every individual is different from one another. This is why you should be careful when finding your surgeon in Istanbul.
One of the main subjects of ISHRS is the black market. Some doctors or technicians illegally perform hair transplant operations. Because the prices are extremely low, this creates demand. Just as a warning, try to be careful with the diplomas and check your surgeon’s active status if you can.
How Do I Find A Decent Surgeon Then?
What we recommend is, while considering the prices, also try to consider qualifications and certifications. If your doctor claims to be a part of ISHRS or ABHRS, check the websites and ask these organizations for confirmation. They are non-commercial organizations so their existence serves the purpose of helping people to have better transplants. They will be more than happy to help you.
The second thing you can do is, asking for the details of the operation. In most cases, if the surgeon gives you a vague roadmap, that’s when you should consider being more careful. If you want the surgeon to perform the entire surgery, get the confirmation from the doctor. Usually, the surgeons performing the surgery personally tell you this info specifically. The other doctors will tell you how many grafts you need, where the donor area will be and how much it will cost to you. As you can see, there is no clear confirmation of who will be doing all this here. So, to prevent confusion, it is always safe to ask for a confirmation.
If you are okay with the technician performing the surgery, then asking if the surgeon will supervise the operation is an important thing to remember.
The Reason Is
a lot of people go to Istanbul without any confirmation. From our point of view in the health market, such confirmation shouldn’t be necessary. However, all around the world, a number of clinics operate this way. Therefore when the patient doesn’t get confirmation and the operation begins, it is too late to do anything. After that point, it doesn’t matter whose fault it is. A lot of people feel frustrated and devastated and our intention is to only prevent that. This is the reason why we recommend getting a full and detailed confirmation the surgery.
One of the major reasons why Istanbul became the hair transplant center of the world is, the average quality of the facilities. From the equipment to the hygiene, the majority of clinics have top-quality facilities. The Turkish Ministry of Health regularly checks the clinics and especially in the last years, they got more strict with their rules. They are aware that Turkey is becoming a center for hair transplants and they want to make sure that the patients go under surgery in the utmost conditions possible. There are serious penalties for not complying with the rules and this adds more quality to overall hair transplant market in the country.
The City of History, Culture, and Food
So far, we tried to explain you the tricks of the city when it comes to surgery. However, if you choose Istanbul to have your hair transplant operation, you will be spending a week in the city. This will give you the chance to experience many different things while you are there. We know that most of your concentration is on the surgery, but that will change when you see the city. After your surgery is complete, you will rest a day to recover from the procedure. Then, you will have a few days to spend in the city while you become fit to fly back home. This will be the fun part because you will realize you are in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Depending on your personal interests, you have a variety of options. If you like to know about the history of many civilizations from the old ages, you can visit many different places to do so. From the ancient Greek times, Istanbul was a center of civilization and there are many ancient buildings and artifacts you can see. If you are interested in Ottoman Empire history, then you can visit many mosques, buildings, and markets to get the feeling of those times.
Food and Culture
Istanbul hosts many different food cultures from the continents around. Famous for many different kinds of food, Turkey has a very rich culture of combining different tastes and creating unique experiences. If you like meat, you can eat fish or doner or kebap. If you are a vegetarian, you are lucky because Turkey has a Mediterranean kitchen with a lot of different vegetables and fruits. If you like desserts, Turkey has the best desserts with a profound collection of different ingredients from Anatolia and Europe. No matter what you like, there is something for your taste in Istanbul.
The Bosphorus from Ortaköy, İstanbul Timescape from Raif Kurt on Vimeo.
Bosporus and Sea
The unique geography of Istanbul makes the city different than anywhere you have seen before. Three bridges connect Europe and Asia with the sea lines and you have the best view of the world. When you see the beauty of Bosporus, you understand why all the fights were battled for Istanbul. Dining in a restaurant by the Bosporus is a unique experience you will have if you go to Istanbul for your hair restoration operation.
There are many more things to discover in Istanbul. Once you are there you will have the chance to experience them. We know that spending first days after the hair transplant surgery in Istanbul will be very interesting for you. We will be providing you with a guide, later on, to explain deeper the different options. But even the pictures speak a lot without any explanation. If you chose Istanbul as your hair transplant destination, you made the right choice. We hope that you find your ideal doctor there and have a wonderful time.
The Solution To The Hair Loss Problem: Finasteride – Or, Is It?
One of the most popular topics online nowadays is Finasteride and if it solves hair loss problem. On one hand, the people claiming this drug helped them to solve their hair loss problem, on the other hand, people arguing this drug killed their sex drive. Is it a solution or is there no way to stop the inevitable? Our research shows, alternative solutions like Finasteride are only buying time that you don’t have. Let’s dig into that.
What does Finasteride Intend To Do?
Finasteride was originally used for prostate problems. In time, drug companies realized the side effect of their product and decided to change its intended use. What they found out was, Finasteride helped slowing down the hair loss of patients who were losing hair fast. This was a perfect opportunity for them to convert this invention into profits and they did exactly that.
What Finasteride Actually Does
Finasteride fixes agents that are missing in the hair root. The main reason why we start losing hair is, in time the roots of our hair lose their sensitivity. Because of the loss of sensitivity, hair follicles cannot connect the blood nutrients to the hair. With the lack of essential nutrients, the hair follicles can’t survive and start to die. Since there are not sufficient resources for building a new hair follicle, the area remains hairless.
When a person starts using the Finasteride, the drug boosts root’s sensitivity capacity. It doesn’t repair the insensitive roots, but it helps to protect the sensitive roots remaining in the area. Because of this protection, hair loss ceases to exist for a period of time. In some cases, patients claim that not only their hair loss stopped but they also witnessed regrowth of the new hair follicles.
It is not very possible for the hair to regrow, because when hair loss happens, it doesn’t happen one by one. Hair loss affects a larger area on the scalp, in most cases symmetrically. Therefore when hair loss begins, it doesn’t stop until it moves a stage forward.
Starting using Finasteride relieves the stress which might help to stop hair loss and also provide hair regrowth. If your hair loss is due to stress or lack of nutrients, then reducing stress or getting enough nutrients you can stop the hair loss and boost hair regrowth.
So far, there is no scientific proof of whether Finasteride boosts hair regrowth.
*Retrieved from ishrs.org.
It Means Finasteride Can Fight Hair Loss?
Unfortunately, no. Although Finasteride was the most prescribed treatment by the ISHRS surgeons, the reasons were numerous.
If the patient’s hair loss is past NW6, or patient’s hair type is not suitable for restoration, Finasteride is an alternative method offered.
When the patient doesn’t experience any side-effects, then as long as he wants, he can keep on using it.
In case the patient insists on getting the hair transplants while the hair loss continues, Finasteride might be helpful to support the surgery.
Finasteride can be a supporting agent not only physically but also psychologically.
Then you might ask, why is Finasteride the favorite solution of the surgeons? There are many different reasons. First of all, it helps to stop hair loss. In most cases, when the patient wants to get the hair transplant, then the surgeon must make sure the hair loss stopped. Therefore, they prescribe Finasteride to stop hair loss. In cases where the stage of hair loss is very advanced and hair type of the patient is not suitable, surgeons recommend Finasteride as an alternative way. If the patient doesn’t experience side effects, Finasteride is not a very strong drug and it might be beneficial for your hair. In these circumstances, Finasteride is a good ally for both the surgeon and the patient.
What Is The Problem?
The problem is, some surgeons know this and force their patients into using the drug. From their point of view, side effects are not very important or they believe the benefits are too good. In addition, the use of this drug increases the sensitivity of the new transplants and their health. So, it helps the surgeon to increase his success. In these cases, you should be careful about what you want and observe yourself to see if you experience any side-effects. If you don’t feel good about it, don’t overstress yourself.
If you feel okay using it and experience no side-effects, then you can use it, it won’t be harmful in anyways.
Then Finasteride Is an Alternative Way To Fight Hair Loss?
Every individual has a genetic clock. After the time is up, our body ceases to perform some of the necessary tasks. We experience problems such as hair loss, visual impairment, and skin aging. There are applications to stop and control the deterioration, however, the only permanent solution is the surgery. Like getting contact lenses or anti-aging creams, these can only slow down the symptoms, not stop them. Therefore, you might want to consider what is to your best interest if this will happen sooner or later.
What Are The Side-Effects?
As we researched further, witnessed a lot of patients having a specific problem using the drug: Losing Sex Appetite. We mentioned earlier that this drug was originally designed for prostate problems. Therefore, it is natural that it affects the sexual drive of the person. The number of people suffering from side-effects is a significant number. Fortunately, you only need to stop taking the drug and symptoms die shortly. So, be careful when you start using it and mindful for any undesired effects on you.
After all this confusion, we decided to use math to solve the problem. Hair loss starts on average at the age of 26 and stops somewhere around 45. this means, there is a high chance that if you are losing hair, this will be on for 15-20 years. If you use Finasteride as a side method to stop hair loss until you get the hair transplants, let’s say, for two years, then financially it won’t burden you much. But if you plan on preventing your hair loss only with Finasteride, in twenty years, it costs you more than the most expensive surgeon’s rate.
The best thing to do is, once the hair loss begins, monitor it. Get free consultations from different surgeons to see what they think about the prospect of hair loss. If your hair loss is fast, you will reach the end of hair loss fast. Then, you can get a hair transplant procedure to fix your problem. But if you lose hair gradually, then you might consider using alternative methods. In a few cases, it is reported that the hair loss was stopped and reversed but that would be shooting for stars.
A decent approach would be monitoring your hair loss speed and looking for a good doctor to guide you at the same time. If you can find your ideal doctor in the early stages, you will have more time to know him and decide if you can trust him. If you trust him, when you decide to get a procedure, you will have found your doctor.
If you are convinced it will take a very long time, get a surgery instead. With the price alternatives in different countries, you can get a second procedure if it is really necessary. Financially, the best course of action would be planning different possible paths you might need to go, and comparing them. In the end, you can see the possibilities and make a choice accordingly.
Minoxidil and PRP Treatments
Finasteride is the most popular treatment method in the industry. However, there are alternatives. If you experience side-effects or Finasteride doesn’t work on your hair, PRP can also be another way of restoring hair. However, the effectiveness and duration of PRP make it questionable like Finasteride.
PRP is a very effective method if you are willing to invest some serious money and time in it. It is more effective than Finasteride and Minoxidil but the problem is, it is not permanent. A few months after the last session, you lose what you have gained. Therefore, its high cost and short duration of effect make it a low cost-effective option.
If in the future, its technology can develop into something permanent, or its results can last for longer with a lesser cost, PRP can be a major method for restoring hair. Unfortunately, for now, we will have to wait and see the developments.
*Retrieved from ishrs.org
Minoxidil, on the other hand, has a different story than PRP and Finasteride. Minoxidil is simpler than those two to use, and it is for external application. It is a hairspray that intends to slow down the hair loss. What’s interesting about Minoxidil is, %73 of the surgeons see it more as a post-surgery treatment. ISHRS reports prove that it is the most common post-surgery treatment prescribed by the doctors. Because there are no side effects, surgeons prescribe it just in case it might help any hair loss prevention or new graft healing.
Finasteride, PRP or Minoxidil, any alternative method out there is to prevent hair loss, not for hair regrowth. Unfortunately, the current level of technology can’t provide an alternative solution to the hair loss problem. Even though current alternatives may help to slow the process down or stop it after a while genes do what they do and hair starts to fall again.
We understand you, it is not easy to accept it and you have every reason to keep looking for alternative solutions. But when you are ready to solve this problem for good, make sure that you find a decent surgeon. Make sure that you make an in-depth search and get a lot of consultation from different clinics.
If you study well and be patient, you will find your ideal doctor.
Good things take time to happen, eventually, you will get there.
How To Choose Your Hair Transplant Surgeon: The 6-Step Guide
Choosing your hair transplant surgeon is a very complex process. Many different resources will provide you with a lot of information and you will need a way of filtering the data. You will see ads around, patient reviews and forums where everyone says something different. Each individual has a different story and from countless data, you will try to find the right information to create your own story. There is no specific way to find your ideal hair transplant surgeon, however, we have come up with 6 steps to help you ease the process a little. Let’s begin!
Determine Which Method Will Work Best For You
FUE or FUT, what is the best method for your unique case? The best way to begin your journey is to decide which method you would like to go with. Since they both have some advantages and disadvantages, learning and making research for each will improve your knowledge in both. This way when you compare them, the chance that you didn’t miss anything important will bring better results.
The potential problem is, making a decision too fast without sufficient knowledge. People rush their decision at this stage because they get a really good deal or they want to be done with this as soon as possible. However, in most cases, rushing results in spending more time and money. Therefore throughout the process, people sticking with “Do it once, Do it Right” idea end up with the ideal surgeon.
So, it is better to make an extensive research for both methods until you fully understand them both. After you are sure about the way you want to go, you come to the second step.
Prepare an Initial Budget and Be Flexible
After choosing the hair transplant method, you will have an idea about the estimates. The second step will be comparing different clinic approaches in the market. You will soon find out that some clinics prefer offering packages while others offer per graft rates. Then you will see a few doctors who don’t use any information about their costs on their websites.
You can check our article on hair cost plants for a more detailed explanation for each. Briefly, clinics offering packages make everything easier because you will pay once and they will take care of your flight tickets, accommodation, and other needs. Generally, young and ambitious surgeons follow this approach to get patients more easily.
The clinics with per graft rates will be offering a higher service. If you need it, they help you with accommodation and transfers but they focus more on the surgery and its success. The more experienced and ambitious surgeons follow this approach in the market.
In the last type of clinics, you need to ask the doctor for a consultation to get a unique rate for your case. This type of strategy means that the surgeon is already very famous and successful and will not take any risks to ruin his name. They usually examine each patient and if they think it is not worth both their and patient’s time, they refuse to accept the patient. This kind of clinics are more reliable and ethical but might reject you.
If you choose to go for a package, then your budget is set and probably there won’t be any changes during your trip. However, if you choose to go for a clinic without any packages, you might need to change your budget a little bit. They usually help patients with accommodations and transfers but flight tickets and other expenses are your responsibility. This might require you to be more flexible and spend a little more but the chances of having a better result from your procedure increase as well.
Compare Before/After Pictures
Each patient is unique and each case will be different. However, some cases might be more similar and that is just good data for you to visualize the outcome. After you choose your method and determine a budget, get some free consultations from different clinics. While you do that, it is a very good idea to look for how the surgeon did with the former patients. This will give you a rough idea about what to expect from the surgeon.
Although this will help you to decide, in some cases the resemblance can be misleading. There are two things to be careful with, one is the hair type and loss might look similar but characteristics might be different, and second the surgeon might fail to deliver the same quality. Pictures are a great way to see the whole category but they can’t be the only reason why you choose the surgeon. If you choose your doctor only based on this factor, you might end up being devastated. Therefore, the third step is, looking former cases to better understand what the surgeon might deliver.
Get More Free Consultations
The best part of all this is, it is free to get a consultation. Research shows that the primary mistake patients regret after an unsatisfactory surgery is, they haven’t asked around enough. Since it is free to consult different surgeons, use it to your advantage. Not only to get their ideas but also for having more time to think.
Think of it this way; you decided you want to get a hair transplant surgery and chose the FUT method with “x” amount of budget. If you consult two doctors, you have two options. On the other hand, if you ask ten doctors, then you have ten ideas about your case. Probably from those ten ideas, you will see a few that make sense. If you get those ideas together, you will have a plan coming together. Then, the only thing you need to do is, finding the ideal doctor for the plan. Now that you know what you are looking for, everything will be a lot easier.
But if you choose one option from two, in the beginning, there is a chance that you miss all those great ideas from the others. Even if you end up choosing the same surgeon, you can discuss more your case and get him to do something better. Also when your doctor sees your motivation and knowledge, he will be more interested in your case and you will increase the chance of having a better result in the end.
Try To Find A Surgeon Who Does The Extraction Himself
This only applies for the FUE method! In Follicular Unit Extraction method, the most important aspect is the extraction part. Unfortunately today, a lot of different clinics from all around the world prefer to use technicians in the operation. Apart from the ethical issues around it, we will try to explain the scientific problems behind this. The reason why FUE was invented is that the FUT procedure leaves a scar after the surgery and it doesn’t look very natural in some cases. The way FUE solves this problem is by changing the extraction method.
Instead of harvesting the hair follicles from a linear strip, FUE method requires its surgeon to extract each hair follicle individually. At the end of the extraction part, overall graft health is higher than the FUT. Naturally, when after these follicles are planted, they have a better chance of adapting their new position and giving a more natural look to the patient. Also, random harvesting leaves no scar and in a few weeks, patient’s scalp heals.
Now, if you choose to go with the FUE procedure, then you will be paying more money than you would for the FUT. Then you are paying more because you want better results. If you believe the technician can deliver it under the supervision of a doctor, go for it. But if you truly grasp the importance of the extraction, then you might want to consider making sure your doctor performs the extraction.
Is Your Surgeon a Member of ISHRS?
ISHRS organization has the most authority in the hair transplant world. There are only a little more than a thousand member surgeons worldwide. First of all, finding an ISHRS member does not guarantee success. There are a lot of members who use technicians in the procedures although its a violation to ISHRS policies. What you can do is, finding an ISHRS member who is an active member.
Each year, ISHRS has two conferences where only the member surgeons participate. They contribute to the advancement of hair restoration techniques and technologies. If your doctor is active, this means that he is an ethical and professional member of the hair restoration society. Being a doctor is not only about conducting surgeries, but it is also about contributing to the knowledge of its society.
Especially, the fellow members are given their title to distinguish them from the rest of the surgeons for their efforts in the area. They attend meetings, write articles and make researches by giving up the time they can generate revenues. This tells a lot about the personality of the surgeon. If your priority is finding a surgeon with high professionalism and reduce the risk of having a bad overall experience, a fellow member might be a good idea.
Some Additional Information
The 6 steps explained above can give you an idea about the process. Each person is different so we prepared these 6-steps only for you to have an idea. This strategy gets results, however, every case is unique. So, the reason why we prepared this guide is for people to look at it and prepare their own strategies. You might want to reposition steps because, for you, the extraction might be more important than the costs. For someone else. the extraction doesn’t mean anything because he might want to get a FUT procedure.
What we tried to do here is just helping you exercise your idea and make it better. No one can guarantee results but if you keep looking and make a solid plan, you increase your chance of getting the ideal results in the end.
A Little Reminder
If you follow the 6 steps, there is a very high chance that results will satisfy you. But there is always a chance that things might go wrong, even if you do everything right. In any case, because you have a lot of information about the process, even if things go wrong, you will know how to fix them. So, in case things don’t go exactly as planned, because of your great knowledge and research, you will find solutions faster and easier.
Having a hair transplant procedure is a very important and strong step towards a life with higher standards. You are choosing to invest in yourself, change yourself into a better physical state. This will serve you for many long years. The choice is yours. If you do your prep well and follow these steps, there is a lesser risk of things going wrong. Then, all you need to do is focusing on your healing and new looks. Otherwise, you might have to deal with it for a very long time.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) – Little Known Facts and Essentials
Follicular Unit Extraction is extracting units of hair one by one from the donor area. Then, surgeons plant these units into the recipient area. The first step of the surgery is the extraction. The little-known fact is, the most important part of FUE type procedure is the extraction part. Planting part is also important but doesn’t require too much skill. The quality of work directly depends on the quality of extraction. Let’s explain this further.
The Importance of Extraction
This is the secret of the success of an FUE operation, the extraction. The advantage of extracting each hair follicle one by one is, the surgeon can make sure they are unharmed. This requires a lot of energy and concentration. When 2000 grafts are the target number of extraction per session, this means extracting grafts 2000 times, individually. This is the key aspect of the Follicular Unit Extraction method, the dedication.
There is a direct correlation between the extraction and the result’s quality. Unlike the FUT method where the surgeon extracts the hair follicles by the strip method and they stay as a group, in FUE extracting every single unit individually adds to the quality of the procedure. When the hair follicles are in a group, like in the FUT technique, your surgeon only has one option, to plant them together as a group. While this gives a denser look, remains a linear scar. In FUE technique, because every graft is scattered unit, they can cover a larger area. Especially for the hairline fix surgeries or when the hair loss causes a nonsymmetrical case, your surgeon needs to freely plant the hair follicles in the area so that after the surgery, no one can understand you had a hair transplant.
The extraction gives the FUE method a lot of advantages. Now, the disadvantage of FUE might appear if you choose to go over 3000 grafts a day. Usually, doctors recommend two sittings with a maximum of 3000 grafts a day. In some cases, some clinics violate this rule and the patient ends up with bad looking hair. The reason is, 3000 grafts mean extracting almost 10000 hair follicles first and in the same day, planting them somewhere else on your head. When you go over 3000, then the quality of work drops because your surgeon is only human. Even if young, there is a limitation for this kind of procedure and after 2800 grafts a day, the work done starts to drop dramatically. Experience or energy can not help you in this case. The chance of having an unnatural looking hair or hairline is very high.
Post Surgery Process
In general, people focus on more the surgery and consider the post-surgery as something they will have to endure. This is a mistake. Post-surgery is as important as the procedure.
The first reason is, if the scalp is over traumatized during the operation, this slows down the healing time and quality. Basically, the energy and resources the body needs to heal 2500 grafts and 4000 grafts are very different. Healing capacity of each individual is unique and you would know yours better than anyone so when making the decision of graft number per seating, know that you are still taking a risk.
The other reason is, you will have a life after the surgery. You will go back home and eventually to work. Life will go on and you will have to take your part in it. Probably, each extra graft you pushed will exponentially and significantly affect your daily life quality. So, you will decide your strategy and you know your limits. If you think you can make it, go for it. If you think you should follow a more cautious strategy, then stick to that.
FUE leaves NO Scar
The beauty of Follicular Unit Extraction is, it doesn’t leave a scar. Of course, there will be a scar right after the surgery but that won’t be there for long. Because of the unique harvesting method of FUE, your scar area will be hardly visible and heal rapidly. This is a significant point because there are many cases where the transplanted hair looks great, but the scar is visible even after years of the surgery.
FUE serves the need of natural look perfectly. If the surgeon does a great job in the extraction part, there is a very good chance that after a year of the surgery, new people you met won’t realize the difference. Aesthetically, this method delivers a very natural look to the people as it is a more precious work.
Even after years of surgery, your hair transplants will be very strong because hair transplants are permanent. But this is the second tricky part, as you age you will continue losing hair from the non-transplanted area. Meanwhile, your transplanted hair will stay for decades. In time, you might start to realize that there are new bold spots on the head. This is very natural.
Planning Ahead Saves You Time And Money
The major problem in FUE operation is if your clinic rushes the procedure or you don’t provide necessary information frankly, you might end up needing a second procedure soon. There are a lot of people planning the first procedure and rushing it to get their looks back as soon as possible. However, when you do that, you take a great risk. In many cases, because the hair transplant surgery takes place before the hair loss stops, after the procedure in a short period of time, the aesthetical look is lost. After a few years, with the continuing hair loss, some voids appear between the transplanted hair and original hair leading to a need for further operations.
This disturbs the patient. In general, the patient chooses to use some drugs to stop hair loss and gets PRP sessions. However, alternative methods are not permanent. This means, while you constantly invest in maintaining your look, your body starts to build tolerance. Then you realize alternative methods are not very effective anymore and you need a new procedure. All the time and effort and money you spend goes to waste because you end up spending more of everything.
Do It Once, Do It The Right Way
We recommend a very strong and detailed strategy in your first operation. Do it once and do it the right way. If you make your research well enough to guarantee the results, you will be laughing at this. The entire process will go smooth and you will only concentrate on the perks of your new look.
If you made a mistake the first time, no problem. You will fix it. In case you need some help, here is what we have.
4 Tips To Deal With Post-Surgery Hair Loss
Choose your surgeon very carefully,
Wait a little longer to make sure you don’t lose any more hair,
Consult with your doctor for the best strategy and alternative methods,
After making sure you don’t lose hair any longer, get a new procedure.
Fortunately, these solutions can help you tackle the problem in different ways. It is essential to see that everything starts with choosing the right surgeon. Seeing FUE as a type of surgery would be a fatal mistake. This is a partnership and your doctor is your mentor. If you choose the right doctor as your partner and mentor, you can easily ask for guidance whenever you need. Because eventually, you are the one to make the ultimate decision, don’t forget that your doctor is only there to help you. His work is his product and advertisement so don’t forget that your doctor wants the best for you because that is also the best for him. So, using this to your advantage would be a wise choice.
ISHRS Doctors Say FUE
Ultimately, Follicular Unit Extraction is becoming more popular each year. According to ISHRSdata, in 2017 the member doctors have chosen FUE in 52.6% of the surgeries. This is another sign that FUE is now the most dominant method among elite surgeons nowadays. And still, it is not right to say FUE is the best hair transplant method, because it always depends on the patient’s unique situation. Although scientifically superior, FUE is still economically expensive for many people. Therefore, making sure that you have enough information and details before deciding the method significantly increases your chance of having the ideal results for your case.
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*Statistics were retrieved from ISHRS website.
What Is The Best Hair Restoration Method?
In the last decade, hair transplants became a very popular choice by many people suffering from baldness or density issues. Naturally, surgeons in this area tried different techniques to achieve the best results planting the hair. Therefore, different doctors started using different techniques for the same purpose. The answer to the question “What is the best hair restoration method?” is not a single sentence, but the best method is an ideal combination of factors and conditions for each unique case.
In Follicular Unit Extraction method, the hair transplant surgeon extracts each hair follicle one by one from a donor area. A “Graft” consists of 2-3 hair follicles. The aim of this procedure is to extract 2000-4000 grafts, 5000-10000 hair follicles. Because grafts are extracted individually in the surgery, it dramatically increases the success rate of the hair implants and the chances of having a more natural look.
The quality of extraction affects the outcome significantly because each graft becomes a new hair in the area where there is no more hair. Simply, more damaged grafts mean less successful rooting. Therefore, extraction is the most essential aspect of the FUE operation.
Any extraction technique that doesn’t involve a scalpel may be called FUE. Instead of using the scalpel, use of any size punch will qualify. It may be sharp, dull, manual or motorized. All the different names given to the procedure come from the use of the punch, they all serve the same purpose and each surgeon may utilize depending on their style. There can’t be a better type than other alone, their effectiveness depends on the surgeon using them.
Especially in hairline fix surgeries where precision is very crucial, surgeons prefer to use the FUE method. The reason is, they can work in more detail by planting the grafts gradually to create a more natural look. In general, FUE gives more versatility to the surgeon and that is the main reason for the shift in the industry from the FUT method to FUE.
FUT was the first method of hair transplants. With the rapid developments in the technology, more doctors started to learn and perform the FUT method. In the beginning, it was a huge invention. People desperately tried different methods for ages to slow down the hair loss and when they finally found out there was a new and permanent solution, it was a miracle.
However, in time as more people had the transplants, more complaints there were about the linear scar the procedure left. It took a very long time for the scar to heal and the patients were not content with the look. FUT method had solved an important problem and was the first step of a permanent solution for hair loss. But it wasn’t enough, it had to be improved.
Invention of FUE
This led to the invention of the FUE method. By a special punch, surgeons were able to harvest individual hair follicles and move them to a recipient area. Because each follicle was extracted one by one, the surgeon was free to choose the donor follicles. This enabled them to get the hair from many different areas on the scalp thus leaving less or no scar in a very short amount of time after the procedure was complete.
Today, more doctors are changing their method because when the patient is less concerned about the cost and when they can afford it, they don’t want the linear scar on the scalp. This is the main reason for increasing popularity of the FUE type hair transplant surgeries.
Follicular Unit Transplantation procedure has a different surgery path than FUE. Unlike FUE procedure, in FUT the extraction of the donor hair follicles happen at the same time by striping the scalp linearly to get the grafts resulting in a linear scar on the scalp. In each graft, 1-4 hair follicles exist and they stay together after the extraction. Then the surgeon prepares these for the next stage of the procedure. Since each hair follicle remains in the graft together, when after planted, they are planted together. Naturally, this gives a denser look as groups of hair follicles together create the density. However, when the recipient area doesn’t have a symmetrical shape, the surgeon can’t distribute the donor area precisely to the recipient area. Thus, FUT is not a very good option for hairline fixing surgeries or when the hair loss is uneven.
Pro’s / Con’s
This is where we step in. You might find a lot of information favoring one method over the other. From our point of view, it depends entirely on the patient’s scalp characteristics and financial range. An average graft of FUT costs almost half of what a FUE graft costs in most of the clinics. Because the FUT method requires transferring hair follicles with less effort, it requires less skill or dedication compared to FUE method. Moreover, since FUT leaves a scar in most of the cases and people don’t want it, it drops the demand and eventually the price of FUT type of hair transplants. In addition, more doctors are switching to FUE each year which proves FUE is becoming more popular with the surgeons in the market. For those people willing to get their natural look back or fix their hairlines, FUE seems to be a more effective option.
However, it is very reasonable that some patients have a less budget or willingness to invest in this operation. In some cases, the hair characteristics of the patient don’t depend on the method. If the type of the procedure doesn’t affect the results then naturally going with the cheaper option is the wisest option. Also, in some cases, patients specifically aim for a denser look in the symmetrical area. In these cases, FUT is advisable over FUE.
The news in the industry suggests that the popularity is shifting towards the FUE type hair transplants. ISHRS doctors performed more FUE operations in the last years. In the future, if the FUE prices drop, more patients will prefer to choose FUE procedures. Therefore, the momentum seems to be on the FUE method’s side for now.
…Grafts and Different Punch Techniques
Sadly, in the last decade, a new trend started in the hair transplant industry. By changing the equipment used for the procedure, or simply changing the punch name, some marketing folks try marketing tricks. Although the method is still FUE or FUT, to make it more appealing, they produce and promote alleged methods in the industry.
In order for a new method to be a new method, it must be significantly different than the existing methods. For instance, FUE is different than FUT because of the difference in the graft extraction. Since extraction is an essential aspect of the hair transplants, FUE was accepted a new way of restoring hair. Thus, unless the new method has a significant difference, it is only a different name to the same product.
The most common trick is naming the procedure by the name of the punch selected in the procedure. We see a lot of names derived from punch types and specifically tagged with “bio” and “neo”. After a brief research, individuals can conclude that the procedure is the same as the FUE or FUT but only the name is different.
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The reason why people try to market these words is, it is our instinct that when we hear words like bio and neo, we perceive them as upgrades of the current ways. It is perfectly normal to think this way. Anyone who studies consumer behavior knows this tactic. When a product and service reach the saturation, that is when marketers use this technique. Knowing that a new approach needs implementing, marketers change the names or features and reposition their merchandise. Here Is Something To Help You Finding Your Ideal SurgeonNaturally, this attracts the consumers who know most of the products out there because it is new. Adding the inner desire to find a better solution, some patients fall for it.
Unfortunately, until a new way is found and proven scientifically, FUE and FUT methods are the only permanent solutions for hair loss.
Therefore, we do not recommend any of them.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is, there is no such thing as the best hair restoration method. Like there is no best color or food, it depends entirely on the person. For every type of product and service, individual needs vary. It is necessary to process information separately for each unique case. After deciding to have a hair transplant, the first thing you will witness is people trying different methods to sell their services. This is the case for any other industry out there. The best way to protect yourself from it is making a great research, getting different opinions from different doctors and being patient. And don’t lose hope, because, in the end, it’s worth it.
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Hair Transplant Costs
Everything comes down to this, how much does hair transplants cost? Naturally, answers people are looking for consists of different numbers and that is where the story gets confusing. The cost of transplants depend on the procedure type and the clinic you choose, but might not be easy to get to. Let’s dig into that!
One graft consists of 1-4 hair follicles in FUT and 2-3 hair follicles in FUE. We strongly advise around 2500 grafts per day for numerous reasons. However, after surfing lots of forums and websites, we spotted a serious problem in the market. A lot of surgeons and clinics offer special deals and violate 2500 graft per day rule. Is it impossible? Physically it is possible to transplant even more. However, it doesn’t mean you force the job in a single day.
Why 2000 Grafts Per Day?
Glad you’ve asked! A typical FUE procedure takes 6-10 hours depending on the unique patient and surgeon characteristics. If 2000 grafts are extracted and then transplanted in a single operation, this means moving 4000-6000 hair follicles a day. If it takes 10 hours to complete the procedure, it means the surgeon moves 400-600 hair follicles an hour without adding the breaks and meal times.
FUE is a very tricky procedure, every single graft matters. Because each successfully extracted and transplanted follicle adds to the overall success of the hair transplant, it is essential that the procedure isn’t rushed.
Now let’s think about 4000 grafts in a day. With simple calculations, your doctor needs to transfer more than a thousand hair follicles per hour. While the pain stress over the scalp the patient feels exponentially increase, the rate of success for each follicle exponentially drops. The chance of having a natural look drops right in the surgery.
Post-Surgery healing process is affected negatively because of the extreme trauma on the scalp. Both the transplanted area and the donor area suffer from extensive damage.
Different Deal Types In The Industry
So, when you research online, you will see some clinics don’t show their prices on their websites’ while other clinics will be offering rates or packages.
Naturally, this causes a lot of confusion for everyone. The main difference between these clinics is in the idea. Offering packages is an easy way for patients to calculate everything.Plane tickets, accommodation, knowledge of the city, when the clinic offers you solutions as a package for your potential troubles, it is very helpful. However, in some cases these packages are too good to be true, for a very cheap rate, you get the hair transplant, flight expenses, and accommodation. So, it requires extra attention to the details because you might end up getting a poor hair transplant procedure. Therefore we always recommend our patients to start thinking from the quality of the transplant procedure, not the ease or financial cheapness of it.
In other cases, clinics only offer their rates, as in per graft value. This is a great way to compare different prices and understand what each doctor offers in quality. However, higher rates don’t necessarily mean higher quality. To understand if the rate is justified for the quality, you have to make some research. You can find a guide here, but we strongly recommend you to confirm the doctor’s qualifications and certifications from related resources. Using ISHRS and ABHRS websites as well as asking the right questions around in forums and websites may help more than you can imagine.
Only Consultation – No Rates
In the last type, you don’t see any rates online. You have to ask the doctor for a consultation and he determines the rate depending on your hair type and characteristics. No pre-determined rate type tends to be more accurate with the whole process because the surgeon can observe each unique hair type and decide the necessary effort and grafts precisely. From a business point of view, this style gives the best results. The potential problem in this typically happens when the communication is not clear. Because there is no written information anywhere, if the patient doesn’t get written and detailed information, when there is a problem after, you have a lesser chance of proving your point. Therefore for this kind of clinics, it is wise to get a written confirmation of significant details.
Global Graft Prices
There are major countries leading the hair transplant market in the world. Above, you can see a break-down of the ones with the highest market share in the industry. The United States is leading the industry with 4 billion dollar market share. An average FUT procedure costs $5 per graft in the United States. Should you choose to go for an FUE, the price goes up to an average of $9 per graft.There are some exceptions but their numbers are too low to add in the average. The general quality of each procedure is average, the United States hair transplant market experience a transition from FUT method to FUE method in general. Therefore, surgery quality is not very high currently. However, they have top-quality facilities and equipment on average.
Turkey has the second biggest market share in this industry, almost a billion a year, provides 300 clinics to the hair transplant market. In general, hospital surgeons choose to go with FUT and the average price gets as low as 50 cents per graft. Meanwhile, the experienced andskillful doctors have chosen to switch to FUE almost ten years ago. They found out that FUE type surgery has better results and prioritized FUE. An average cost of FUE is $1 in Turkey currently. Turkish clinics have top-quality facilities and equipment and they seem to be the leaders of the market in terms of overall achievement.
India has more market share than Turkey, however, because there is too much black market or doubtful clinics, their market share is questionable. On the other hand, India provides very good surgeons in both FUE and FUT procedures and deliver very cheap and competitive prices. In India, an average graft costs 50 cents in both types. The negative side of India is,there is too much aggressive marketing like Turkey, so it is very hard to understand the reality. Therefore if you decide to go to India, make sure you do an extensive research.
Rest Of The World
Other countries like Italy and Brazil have very good surgeons but they are numbered. Each country has very successful doctors but because the purpose of this article to help people understand the differences in the major countries, we chose not to include them. This doesn’t mean that they are unworthy of research. We believe there is no such thing as the best country to go for hair transplants, each country has very valuable surgeons in this area.However, the difficulty in finding these surgeons makes the difference. In the end, getting a hair transplant is not the operation itself only, but a combination of many different things. Similarly, what makes a surgeon ideal for you is the combination that surgeon offers and matches for your unique case.
Costs Depend On You
If you are looking for prices, you can find a lot of them looking around. But the cost of the hair transplant depends entirely on you. You will choose how much it costs when you choose your clinic. If you only think about the cost, you will have bad hair every day.
The ultimate conclusion in this topic is, increasing your research efforts has a positive impact on the results after. Spending a little more time, looking a little more might get you a better deal, financially or quality-wise. When you get through the first shock, you will realize that you have the money and motivation, so you have all the power you need to make this worth it. Everyone wants to find a surgeon with the least cost and best results and if you research well, you can get something for a lower price and better at the end. And if you need help, we are always here to help 😃
I hope my story and experience helps hair loss guys like myself know that there are options out there, after many years of research and seeing fellow professionals have a hair transplant it gave me the guidance and hope that I could get my locks back. Having been a professional footballer, I know what confidence can do for a player and hair loss has certainly knocked my confidence in the past. Playing in the premier league for over ten years allowed me to have the confidence however I have to admit, losing hair certainly knocked my confidence and I can now see why Rooney and even my former room mate David Beckham seem to do what they can to keep hold of their hair. No shame in this, even though in the UK there seems to be a stigma attached to guys and even women looking for ways to help with their hair loss problems.
I have been researching the past few years at clinics in the UK and abroad with the help of forums. After numerous consultations I picked The Hair Dr Clinic in Leeds, a few reasons really for this choice, I was never pushed into making a decision, the surgeon was honest with his expectations and what really did it was he wanted to educate me on all my options and said come back if I wished. I found the approach, support, professional aspect and caring environment made me confident in choosing this clinic.
I know through research that my donor area is quite weak and if I were to have a procedure it would be to frame the face and mid section in which I would be happy with as I like my hair short. The aim was to use my donor area and beard area to extract the grafts to achieve this. I felt confident this could be achieved and even got to meet some of Dr Arshad's patients in which the work looked great. It has taken me almost ten years to decide to go ahead with a procedure and at the age of 44, i feel my hair loss is stable enough and i am realistic enough in regards to expectations and future progression.
Day of the procedure
I arrived at the clinic in good time and it was safe to say the nerves started to kick in a little, felt a little like the moments before a big match! We discussed the procedure, expectations and any questions I had, I was not rushed and made at ease almost immediately with The Hair Dr Clinic team. We then agreed the hairline and discussed my donor and beard area. I had no real desire to bring forward my hairline, as I didn't want to dramatically change the way I look, and this was taken on board when the hairline was agreed, in which i was happy with and ready to go.
Following the consultation with Dr Arshad, I was taken to the room which seemed state of the art. They were 2 tecs and a patient coordinator alongside Dr Arshad whom was involved in all the process. My hair was shaved and numbing injections taken to start the procedure. The injections were a little nerving to numb the area however after a minute or so i couldn’t feel a thing
Once the extraction was done, we had lunch and then Dr Arshad was ready to implant the grafts into my hairline. I have met Dr Arshad a few times before and know how much he prides himself on his work, and at points it was like seeing an artist in action. Constantly checking his work and hairline and seeing if i was happy with the work. The extraction and implantation seemed to fly by, I was that relaxed I fell asleep a few times.
Once I was cleaned up I had a meeting with Som and Dr Arshad who talked me through some of the medicines to take that evening to avoid swelling and infection. The clinic provided me with an after care pack with instructions, medicines and lotions to help with my after care and a contact number I could call at anytime in case I had any questions which put me at ease.
Since the moment i arrived, the whole experience has been extremely positive. Dr.Arshad and the team were extremely professional and caring. I was felt to be made welcomed, never rushed and was put at ease in what is a big thing for most patients having an operation. The Hair Dr Clinic have been superb with the support and aftercare and I really couldn't of wished for a better experience.
I am realistic in my expectations and hope the following months i start to see these. Everything was done to a very high standard throughout and gives me confidence that i will come away with a nice result. Thank you to Dr Arshad and The Hair Dr team!
I will keep you all updated on my progress, please see the photos attached. Any questions, please do not hesitate ask and I will respond when possible. Hope this helps.
The hair transplant procedure is only a permanent remedy that facilitates the process of regrowth of hair from the area where it is lost. The process of transferring the hair roots that involve the donor area and the receiving area are included to fulfill the shifting process of hair roots via the harvesting method. There are two methods of extraction/harvesting is applied in the hair restoration surgery known as the FUT hair transplant and the FUE. Notably, the strip harvesting process offers a greater number of hair roots that can sort out the problem of the greater grade of baldness. On the other hand, the target area for the extraction is the back and sides of the scalp that contains the DHT-resistant hair roots that never fall out and hence offers the permanent outcome.
Nowadays, the hair transplant in India has a greater impact and becoming a top-class choice to receive the hair restoration surgery. One major point that contributes a factor for luring the patient to visit India and take the benefits of the affordable hair transplant cost in India is about the renowned surgeons and Doctor. As a matter of fact, our India Surgeons and Doctor have international exposure because of their membership and recognition from the reputed hair restoration society, i.e., the ISHRS, ISAPS, IAHRS, etc.
The time-to-time contribution of the Indian surgeon towards the reputed restoration bodies weighs their profile and achieves the reputed global presence in the restoration world. The Indian surgeons have remarkable stature for offering the best aesthetic outcome of the procedure.
It has been estimated that every year around 70% of hair transplant cases are solved in India and the graph of offering the cosmetic surgery in India shares the 80% space. So, it has already been pointed out that the medical tourism in India has a healthy state.
Why the Selection of Hair Transplant in India is a Worthy Decision:
· One can get the reasonable cost of the procedure in India that is just 1/4t to the international cost pattern
· The treatment offered by the pioneer Surgeon and Doctor ensures you about the best satisfactory natural outcomes
· The artistic skills and quality of the Indian surgeons are outstanding
· The facilities offered by the Indian clinics are well-standardized and match the American-standard for the safety & hygiene concern and all at an affordable cost option.
So, it is always a good decision to get the surgery done in India and so, your next task to attend a consultation session with the reputed hair transplant surgeon.
So today is July 6, 2018. I thought I would post some photos of my hair the way it looks now and then as my hair grows longer share some additional pictures. Perhaps members can provide their input and let me know what they think they like better in terms of length. I guess that sounds strange but after all, this is a hair restoration forum :-)
So just about 5 days ago I had my FUE procedure done with Resul Yaman. The doctor was very friendly and the procedure was fine, except that when it came to the implantation of the grafts, the assistants kept alternating between Manual and Choi method. All grafts were extracted at one time and placed after a 20 min break.. took about 10 hours in total. I thought the Dr. was very friendly and all was fine so there's generally not much to complain about - except the horrendous pain I'm having at my donor area that started around day 3. Pinching, burning and stinging sensations all over my donor area, which get even worse at night... Paracetamol and Ibuprofen are not very effective at relieving that pain and apparently it's very uncommon to experience severe pain after FUE. Please let me know what you think about all the things I mentioned above and what I can do to help relieve my pain, also some comments about the pictures would be much appreciated!!
I have suffered from Androgenetic Alopecia since my mid to late twenties. I recently found out that I am not a good candidate for a FUE hair transplant, so I have been searching the internet for other treatments to manage my hair loss.
I notice that a lot of the blog articles on here are from people who have undergone hair transplants, but not much for those of us for which that is not an option. I thought I’d share my experience and what I’ve found for other people like me.
In my research I’ve found there are A LOT of claims and promises out there. Some of which are clearly out there to sell you snake oils that don’t work, so be wise! I think that the best advice is usually the stuff that talks about your lifestyle as a whole, as well as genuine, results-driven products to try.
It’s been a long process of learning, but there are a few interesting tips I’ve picked up on the way:
The way you treat your hair is a BIG thing. I have to admit that I didn’t really care much about my hair before I started losing it. I used budget shampoos and a crappy old plastic comb that I used to rake through my hair. I’ve learnt that giving your hair a bit more care and attention is really important for keeping it.
Eating the right food can also be really helpful to the health of your hair. In the past couple of years I have really cleaned up my diet and started making sure I was eating lots of protein and iron and I have to say I’ve seen a big improvement in the quality of my hair ever since.
Medications can have side effects. It’s important to research them thoroughly before trying them, just to be sure of what you’re getting into. Also, hair growth supplements are basically expensive wee! I’ve looked into what’s in them and in reality, there’s nothing in there you can’t get from a good diet. If you’re getting enough of those vitamins and minerals in your food, your body won’t absorb any extra from supplements. Don’t be fooled!
Avoid sulfates like the plague! They’re in a lot of (cheaper) shampoos to create the ‘lather’, and they’re also in floor cleaner, washing up liquid and engine cleaner. To think that I was applying the equivalent of engine cleaner on my hair makes me cringe now! Needless to say, they’re really terrible for hair and can impair hair growth and cause fall out.
These are just a few things I’ve learnt along the way which have helped me. There is lots of stuff online, like this article which explains what exactly causes hair loss, and also this article which I found quite useful. It’s more focused on hair growth and thickening as opposed to actual hair loss, but it’s got quite a bit of advice to make your hair better. I would take the ‘natural remedies’ section with a pinch of salt as I’m not sure that stuff would actually work.
I hope my advice has helped some of you! If you have any more tips please do leave them below as I would love to hear them.
I am in my mid stages of Hair loss. I have lost hair only on the front portion. Can you all advise if PRP sessions are effective for hair regrowth
Hi, I am 26 years old and live in the U.K.
I currently wear a hair unit and have done for the past 3 years. I am now strongly considering a hair transplant for various reasons. One of them being that the unit involves a lot of maintenance, a lot more than I think I anticipated before having it done. Don’t get me wrong, its been great too as it has boosted my confidence and now I am really struggling coming to terms with shaving my hair off completely to have a transplant. The second reason is that I am moving to Barcelona in August and I know that the heat will drive me crazy, so I know it’s time now that I get something permanent.
I have tried taking propecia whilst wearing the unit but that didn’t seem to work, and I have also tried the laser therapy for over a year prior to going down the non-surgical route of wearing a unit, this also didn’t work.
I have looked at various options and I think I’d prefer the FUT transplant as I like to shave my hair on the sides and I wouldn’t want a visible scar. I have looked at various clinics too and the prices here in the U.K. are so much more expensive. I was convinced going to Turkey to have the procedure done would be fine until someone said but what if something goes wrong, then I’d have to travel abroad again etc, which has kind of put me off.
I have attached some pictures of my hair without the unit, so you can see where I’m at with my hair loss now. The hair is there but it’s very thin on top.
Any recommendation of clinics would be greatly appreciated, as would any comments and general advice as something I feel incredibly down about it all.
Thanks guys, if you have any further questions. Don’t hesitate to comment.
I arrived in India for my hair transplant, excuse the French still shitting my self haha I decided to get picked up from the airport from a driver who the clinic sent for me.. just thought I would for the first day to get settled, we drove to my hotel which I managed to get discounted with Dr bhatti absolutely beautiful place.. would recommend to anyone thinking of going over there its called the altius hotel in chandigarh.. anyways get settled in and few hours later the driver came back to pick me up from the hotel, to take me to see the DR Bhatti, got there and made me feel right at home straight away hes a funny man haha but we sat down and had a look at what he could do for me know he had seen me and checked my hair in person.
we desided that around 2500 grafts in the front and 1200 in the back would be a good start for me.. he was realistic with everything and what outcome to expect etc even the out come I have now is a millions times better than I imagined.
anyways next day I went for the hair transplants, no words for it really was such a smooth and well organised day, the only slight pain I felt through the whole procedure was the injection to numb your head, was just nice just to sit chill watch a few films while there hard at work giving me a hairline back stopped half way through the day for dinner which was amazing get a menu of pretty much anything you want!
anyways got finished there and got drove back to the hotel, felt absolutely ecstatic I finally had my hair transplant done and it was just a waiting game now.. that's the hardest bit waiting haha anyways got a list of instructions from the clinic with exactly what to do to look after the my head and everything that night so there was no confusion, plus what tablets to take which they provide pain killer etc
anyways check out the photos
Finding the right Dr for my self took a while, did so much research and to be fair these days there are so many to choose from. obviously a lot of places get mixed reviews etc which is expected but after looking through thousands of reviews and before and after pictures. I decided to message the clinic and Dr I read most about and was impressed with directly which was Dr Bhatti, I sent an email outlining what I wanted to achieve I actually got a reply from the doctors him self, asking for pictures etc so he could get a rough idea what I was talking about.. he was realistic and honest from the start which is kind of the whole reason I went with him really, he literally broke the whole thing step by step what we could do as in options etc.. but he said until you come and a have a consultation its not 100% what we can promise but he said we could make it work. which I thought was great because I have had a lot of company's promise me the world before I even go for a consultation. Anyways after pricing the whole thing up flights accommodation etc I decided to just think you live once go do it!!! The DR is based in India but the pricing up with a holiday this was still cheaper than the uk and I get a holiday, no brainer really! I have travelled quite a bit my self so wanted to make a bit of a trip out of it the Dr did say he could sort discounted accommodation airport transfers basically the whole thing for me.. but I thought I would see a bit of the sites a move around my self.. but it was good to know the option of the clinics helping you get get up was there..
I was about 19 when I first started to notice my hair thinning, this was personally a nightmare for me as I did take a lot of pride in styling my hair etc. this may not be the case for everyone some people it may not bother to much, but anyways it was always in the back of my mind. Each day noticing hairs falling out when washing or styled my hair. At first nobody commented on this as it probably wasn't as bad as I thought it was
Over time people did point out that my hair was thinning, in the barbers etc but not in a rude way just pointing out the obvious really. But not going to lie does make you feel a little uncomfortable. which is when I started looking into products to stop this like shampoos potions and lotions etc which is a never ending search on google with mixed reviews on everything plus paid a fortune of the years for products which yes did thicken my hair but nothing would stop the hair from falling out.
I started eventually styling my hair is different ways to hide the thinning areas,, which keeping it that bit longer did work, until it starts to look a bit comb over ish. I eventually started looking for something abit more powerful than the shampoos etc I stubbled across propica finasteneride I decided to try this after reading a lot of stories on bad side effects I was a bit apprehensive but I was quite willing to try anything at this point. I tried at and within a few days I was coming out in red rashes all over my body, so spoke to the doctor and he told me to stop taken the medicine.
Over time I thought I would get used to the fact i was losing my hair, but losing it knocked my self confidence massively, I know it shouldn't and its just life but I didn't want my photo taken anymore, I was wearing hats all day everyday. Basically was just getting in the way off everyday life. I decided after a lot of research, and thinking along the lines of you only live once on this earth so why not spend it happy and do what makes you happy so this once when I decided to get a hair transplant.
i am john form UK, 36 years old.
after 6 years of suffering from baldness, i took the decision to have a hair transplant surgery, and after searching on internet, i found that turkey is one the best places to do kind of treatment,
I attended a list of the best hair transplant centers in Istanbul. By comparing features and prices, I found that bestfue center is my best option, especially after seeing some of their previous clients results.
I communicated with them, and They asked me some pictures of my head from all angles. They asked me about my medical condition and my medical history, To know whether there were any obstacles or impediments to the process.
Then they asked me to determine the date of my arrival in Turkey, and asked me to send a copy of the plane reservation so that the crew would be waiting for me.
I took the decision, Booked to travel and I sent them a picture of the ticket.
When I arrived everything was equipped, The reception staff was very helpful.
The hotel was nice and 5 star, I rested on the first day and started preparing myself for the procedure the next day.
I was scared at first but the doctors team assured me.
Nur Deniz the specialist in hair transplantation in the center came to me and drew the lines which the hair transplant would based on.
after that the three stages of the process began:
A- The extraction of the hair follicles:
B- The making of the incisions
C- The transplantation of the hair follicle
Everything was easy and fast, the process lasted 7 hours, and was absolutely painless.
They then took me to rest in the hotel, I came on the second day to make the first wash in the center, which is very necessary, They washed my head and taught me how to wash it for the next 10 days, and They gave me a treatment bag, containing a special laundry shampoo and some creams and medicines needed during the recovery period، and Wish me a good trip.
Their communication team stayed in touch with me throughout the past year, and my pictures were still asking to see the evolution of the situation and results, which is pleased me.
This center suggested to anyone who wants to perform hair transplant, because it has a competent staff, good translators and ethical conduct, and the prices of their services are suitable for all.