What is hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation is one of the most frequently performed aesthetic operations. The most commonly used technique in hair transplantation is the follicular unit extraction (FUE).
In the FUE method, hair grafts taken from the scalp (from the donor area) with the help of a tool (punch) are implanted in the balding area. The operation is performed under local anesthesia. Specialized clinics follow certain stages to increase the success rate.
Hair Transplantation Stages at Anatomica
1. Application and Arrival
When our candidates from abroad reach us through our website, social media, forums, WhatsApp or telephone, our patient consultant speaks to them in their own language and asks them for pictures from both sides, front, top and back of the head. This way, our experts can make a correct orientation after defining the suitability of the hair for operation, how wide the opening is, and which areas can be implanted. At this stage, our candidate is informed about what to expect at our center. As they will need approximately 3 days for the whole procedure, they are advised to set their permit and travel plans accordingly.
Hotel reservations are taken care of by our center. When the candidate lands in Istanbul, our drivers meet them at the airport and transport them to the hotel in our VIP vehicles. The next day, we pick them up from the hotel and bring them to our center.
2. Interview and Planning
When the candidate arrives at our center, they are welcomed by our team and then taken in for examination. The expectations of the candidate, the most suitable transplantation, and pre- and post-operation processes are discussed in detail.
Good planning is important for the success of hair transplantation. At this stage, many issues related to the operation are clarified. After the completion of this stage, photos of the candidate are taken in order to have before and after photos for comparison.
After the necessary examinations are made, the first stage starts. This stage takes about 1.5 hours. The process starts by shaving the hair. The area where hair follicles will be extracted is anesthetized with local anesthetic drugs. For minimal pain while applying the local anesthesia, a special needle is used. Grafts extracted using a punch, picked according to the case, are kept in a special solution.
In the second stage, the person’s frontal hair line is redefined, and local anesthesia is applied to the selected area. Following this procedure, channels are opened in the area where the grafts will be implanted. The channel opening process is one of the most important parts of hair transplantation, since it defines how natural looking the hair is going to be.
After opening the channels, the grafts, which are kept in a special solution, are carefully implanted into the channels. After the procedure is completed, the area where the hair follicles were extracted is carefully bandaged, and our guest is rested for a certain period of time. After a general examination is done and the needed instructions and medications are given, our guest is dropped off at the hotel with our VIP vehicles.
4. Post-Operation Process
On the day after the operation, our guest comes to our center for a general examination and removal of the bandage. If our guest will still be in Istanbul on the third day after the operation, they come to our center again. The hair gets washed by our team, they explain how to wash the hair for a certain time and all the rules that must be followed. Then, our guest is transported to the airport by our transfer team.