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Coffee before and after hair transplant

 

Drinking coffee before and after a hair transplant is something not advisable. In order to achieve the best results, there are some precautions you should take before having the hair transplant surgery; and one of these precautions is that one or two days before the surgery, patients should stop drinking all kind of caffeine.

But, what is the problem with coffee and hair? Everybody knows that coffee is made from caffeine, but no one can think or know that in some cases, when you consume and drink caffeine this may affect your hair transplant surgery.

REASONS TO AVOID COFFEE BEFORE AND AFTER A HAIR TRANSPLANT

One of the most important conditions for a successful hair transplant is to guarantee that there is no excessive bleeding when we are planting the grafts; this is because this excessive bleeding will affect the grafts growth and will also increase the surgery hours, for example if you are getting a hair transplant in Turkey with FUE technique.

Most people consume caffeine products in order to feel active when they wake up and start their day. Other people use these drinks to get rid of tiredness and help them to complete their daily duties, or just to feel relax. The problem with caffeine is that it´s responsible for increasing the blood pressure, and as a result, the probability of bleeding during the operation will increase.

CAFFEINE RESOURCES

Most people consume caffeine from drinking coffee or tea, especially in the morning. Compared with coffee, we consider that tea has less caffeine than the coffee does.

Also, there are other resources for caffeine that people can have; for instance, various energy drinks that include caffeine in it.

HOW TO AVOID CAFFEINE CONSUMPTION

Generally, we advise to avoid or decrease the amount of caffeine consumption before the operation, in order to avoid bleeding problems that may happen.

However, many people consider that avoid caffeine consumption is not a big problem, because it is just for a maximum of two days: this is a mistake.

On the other hand, some patients may have difficulties in quitting the caffeine: in this case, they can decrease the amount of consumption, or they can just drink other beverages that have the same taste.

Some people may even suffer from headache if they do not have 3 to 4 cups of coffee per day; in these cases, we recommend then having just 1 to 2 cups.

If the patient wants to drink the same amount of coffee, he or she should consider the dangers and that this may lead to increase the bleeding and the operation period. It also may increase a little bit the healing period.

CAN I DRINK COFFEE AFTER A HAIR TRANSPLANT?

Drinking coffee after a hair transplant is one of the factors that can affect the results of your operation, but actually its effects are not as serious as other factors, such as smoking.

So, can you drink coffee after your hair transplant? Well, the truth is that it´s better to commit to the directives given by your doctor, and try to decrease the consumption of caffeine as much as possible, because having caffeine after a hair transplant could prevent you of achieving the best possible results for your hair surgery.

As you have seen, drinking coffee before and after a hair transplant is possible, but the caffeine contained within the coffee may have some consequences: not just during the surgery, but in the results afterwards, too.

So we always recommend following the instructions and advices of our skilled medical staff at Clinicana, which always is looking for the best for you and your hair.

Diabetes and hair loss: how are they connected?

Can diabetes cause hair loss? Well, diabetes and hair loss are related, in the sense that diabetes, which is a chronic disease, affects a person’s life. Dealing with diabetes and its impacts becomes a daily routine by time; but if it starts affecting the person’s physical appearance, it will become more of concern.

For example, do you know that balding or hair loss is a symptom of diabetes? This is a clear connection between diabetes and hair loss. Losing a small amount of hair daily is very normal, but when this amount gets bigger we start calling it “hair loss” and surely you will need to start thinking of a treatment, like a FUE hair transplant.

For most people, hair loss develops before diagnosing diabetes; in most cases, if hair loss was accompanied by other symptoms as frequent urination, mouth drought and feelings of thirst, low energy levels and sight problems, the underlying cause may be high blood sugar levels. But what are the reasons that tie diabetes and hair loss? Let´s discover it in the next lines.

POOR BLOOD CIRCULATION

One of the ways that diabetes causes hair loss is as a result of high blood glucose effect on circulatory system. Diabetes patients have higher sugar blood levels than normal. Sugar or glucose molecules can react with red blood cells resulting in glycated hemoglobin.

Hemoglobin is an important protein in red blood cells, but the new resulting molecule gives red blood cells abnormal shape. The new red cells are not flexible enough to pass through the little blood vessels (capillaries) and they end up blocking them. If this circulatory problem happens in hair bulbs capillaries, they will die and cause hair loss.

HORMONAL CHANGES AND IMBALANCES:

Another way of causing hair loss in diabetes is endocrine system imbalances. Endocrine glands produce several hormones that control the body tissues. For example, the endocrine system releases androgens that control hair bulbs growth.

Unbalanced diabetes (because of the high sugar blood levels) deregulate the endocrine system, making androgen abnormalities causing the hair bulbs to stay at resting phase.

As a result, hair loss will worsen by time. Luckily, if diabetes is controlled (with diet and medications) these hormones will be back to normal again, and hair growth will restart.

AUTO-IMMUNITY:

Diabetes can have indirect effect on hair loss through auto immunity disorders. Autoimmunity disorders happen when immunity system responds against healthy tissues and treat them as an antigen. In case of diabetes, antibodies react against pancreas B cells (producers of insulin) and decrease insulin production.

Alopecia areata is another autoimmune disorder in which immune cells attack hair bulbs and cause hair lossing and baldness. People with autoimmune disorders (like diabetes) have higher chances to get other immunity problems: as a result, patients with a diabetes history are more likely to have alopecia areata.

IF I HAVE DIABETES, WHAT CAN I DO FOR HAIR LOSS PREVENTION?

Commitment to healthy diets special for diabetics and practicing sports regularly, helps lowering glucose blood levels, and consequently your hair will be healthier. As a matter of fact, adapting to diabetes is the best solution: you can live a normal and healthy life and avoid diabetes side-effects by following a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Experts at esteGrande advise dealing with diabetes positively and staying away from stress, as the best solution for fears about diabetes and hair lossing. However, if you have diabetes and you are thinking of a hair lossing treatment, our doctors can give you the best assessment and solutions for your alopecia problems after a free consultation.

Female hair loss treatments and medications

Many of the female hair loss treatments and medications are also used by men; despite the fact that female hair loss can be originated in some cases for pregnancy, hormone imbalance or menopause, other causes of female hair loss are medical conditions, medications, genetic factors and physical or emotional stress, which can also originate alopecia and baldness in men, too.

WHAT ARE THE BEST HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS FOR FEMALES?

Female hair loss is far more common than usually is believed. Many people think that this condition is only “a matter for men”, but according to some estimations more than 50% of women will suffer an important hair loss along their life. That´s the reason why more and more women think of getting a female hair transplant in Turkey.

Normally, doctors refuse using systemic medications to treat hair loss (pills or other forms of systemic treatment that affect the whole body) -unless they know that hair loss is caused by androgen excess or androgen hypersensitivity (increased response) to normal amounts of androgen in the body- as these systemic treatments may reduce the androgen levels in the body.

This is why physicians usually choose topical treatments to be applied in head scalp. Female hair loss treatments and medications

The best results from the medications happen when they are taken as soon as the androgenetic alopecia starts, because this pattern of prolonged hair loss may destroy many hair follicles over time.

Using anti-androgens after prolonged hair loss will help preventing any other damage, and will encourage hair re-growth from follicles that have been dormant but are still viable.

However if the treatment is stopped, this will lead to a return of the hair loss if the androgens are not checked in some other way. Maintaining the levels of vitamins and minerals will also help you when using antiandrogen medications, so taking some supplements can be a good idea when combating hair loss in females with this treatment. Female hair loss treatments and medications

Medications used for hair loss cure

At present, there is only one single FDA-approved treatment for female hair loss pattern. Some of these medications are not approved by the FDA to be used for this case, but they were approved for other indications, however, they are used in cases of hair loss.

The efficiency of these agents and methods could differ from one person to another, but many women have found that using these treatments have made a great positive difference in their hair and self-esteem.

In the following lines, you can find a list of medications that are currently being used for women’s hair loss treatment.

USING MINOXIDIL FOR FEMALE HAIR LOSS

Minoxidil was first used in tablets as a medication to treat high blood pressure, and it was noticed that patients that are treated with it experienced excessive hair growth.

In-depth researches revealed that applying a minoxidil solution directly onto the scalp may stimulate hair growth.

The absorbed amount of minoxidil from the skin into blood stream is often too little to cause any internal side effects. Women with disseminated androgenic alopecia can use minoxidil, and it seems to be more effective for women than men.

The minoxidil manufacturing company recommend using only 2% concentration of minoxidil for women, and not using the 5% concentration, which in fact didn´t get the FDA approval to be used by women.

However, some dermatologists may prescribe the 5% for women who are suffering androgeneic alopecia if used under their supervision.

ANDROGEN RECEPTOR INHIBITORS: SPIRONOLACTONE OR ALDACTONE

Spironolactone or aldactone is a drug from the class potassium-sparing diuretics. It is used to reduce fluids amount in your body without reducing potassium.

It is also used to treat hypertension, swelling, potassium deficiency and a hormonal disorder called hyper-aldosteronism.

First, it slows down the production of androgens in the adrenal glands and ovaries; then, it blocks the action of androgens partly by preventing dihydrotestosterone from binding to its androgenic receptor.

(h2) Cimetidine

Cimetidine is classified among histamine blockers, and it’s used mainly to treat peptic ulcers. The blocking action of histamine prevents the stomach from producing excess acid, allowing the body to heal the ulcer.

Cimetidine has also a strong antiandrogen effect, and it has shown its ability to inhibit dihydrotestosterone binding with receptors in the follicles. It also has been studied in women with androgenic alopecia, revealing promising results in androgenic hair loss in females.

But, due to the high dosages needed for hair growth, men should not take cimetidine for hair loss treatment because of potential feminine effects, including the reversed sexual side effects.

 

CYPROTERONE ACETATE

Cyproterone acetate is used to reduce strong sexual drive in men, and to treat hypersexuality. It is also a FDA-approved treatment for hair loss in females. Cyproterone acetate expresses its effects by blocking the binding of DHT dihydrotestosterone to its receptors.

The cyproterone acetate is not available in USA, and doctors consider it one of the last options for treating female hair loss pattern, because of its possible toxicity and long-term side effects.

(h2) Estrogen and progesterone (Hormone Replacement Therapy)

Also known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), this treatment is widely used at menopauseEstrogen and progesterone pills and creams are probably the most common systemic treatment form for androgenic alopecia for women in menopause, or for those whose estrogen and/or progesterone levels are low.

ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES

The continuous use of oral contraceptives (birth control pills) decrease the production of ovarian androgens, and they can be used to treat women androgenic alopecia.

However, you should keep in mind that the same cautions should be followed whether a woman is taking contraceptives for birth control only, or just for a hair loss treatment.

For example, women who smoke, are over 35 years, and are taking contraceptives are considered more vulnerable to blood clotting and other serious issues. You should carefully discuss your medical history and lifestyle with your doctor.

Contraceptives come in various hormonal combinations, and the doctor can determine the one appropriate for your specific needs, changing the contraceptives if needed to allow you to be adapted to this combination both physically and emotionally.

KETOCONAZOLE

Ketoconazole is available as prescribed topical treatment; it is currently used as antifungal to treat fungal infections. It also has anti-androgenic effects and can reduce the production of testosterone and other androgens by the adrenal gland, both by the male and female reproductive organs. Therefore, it can be used to help treating hair loss.

One of the best shampoos for hair loss in females is Nizoral shampoo, which contains 2 % ketoconazole and is prescribed not only for scalp treatment, but also in combination with other treatments for androgenic alopecia.

There is a 1% concentration product available now over-the-counter; however it may not be as effective as the 2% concentration formulation.

FINASTERIDE

Finasteride is used for female hair loss because it inhibits 5-alpha reductase, inhibiting dihydrotestosterone that causes harm to prostate, and kills hair follicles. It was first sold under the brand name Proscar as 5 mg. tablets.

Then in 1998, the first 1 mg. product was introduced to the market under the brand name Propecia, as the first FDA approved medication in the form of tablets for men’s hair loss.

It is very effective for most men in preventing hair loss as well as helping it grow back. It can be effective for some women. However, using Finasteride for female hair loss has several side effects.

Women should not take it in case of pregnancy, and they should not get pregnant when they’re taking the medication because it increases the risk of congenital defects in male fetus. Less than 2 % of men have temporary sexual side effects, including erectile and libido difficulties while taking finasteride; however, in women these side effects do not occur.

CYPROTERONE ACETATE WITH ETHINYLESTRADIOL

Sold under the trade name diane 35 and diane 50, this contraceptive tablet is prescribed in Europe for female hair loss causes, like androgenic alopecia in women. This medication works by blocking some effects of the male hormones that women commonly have.

Although it is possible for the drug to stop further hair loss and trigger re-growth of the hair within about a year, it needs to be on an ongoing basis to maintain hair re-growth and to eliminate and stop hair loss.

Potential side effects include gynecomastia, headache, and decreased sexual drive. It has one positive side effect as it helps preventing osteoporosis. The drug is composed of cyproterone and estradiol, an estrogen. The medication is as effective as spironolactone, if it is not even more effective. Drugs and treatments are currently available in the United States.

In summary, there are many female hair loss treatments available, but many of them have also important potential side effects that may harm your health or your child’s if you are pregnant. So, it´s very important to get enough information before using these medications, and receive a professional assessment from a doctor specialised. In this regard, we remind you that at esteGrande we offer you a free consultation without any compromise.

Donor area in a FUE transplant

The donor area in a FUE hair transplant is one of the many factors affecting the success of the operation, together with the hair structure or the form and grade of hair loss, for example. You must take into account that your donor area is shaved when using the FUE method; however, in a matter of a few days your hair will grow normally in your donor area after a FUE transplant.

While it is possible to obtain an average opinion with photos taken from various angles (front, right and left profile, top and back side…) before a pre-interview, please keep in mind that you need to have an individual consultation with your doctor to ensure a clear and accurate diagnosis.

If you are thinking of getting a transplant operation, check out hair transplant costs in Turkey. Also, at esteGrande you can get a totally free consultation without any compromise.

HOW MANY GRAFTS CAN BE EXTRACTED FROM THE DONOR AREA?

People considering hair transplant surgery should not ignore the fact that the number of grafts to be transplanted completely depends on your donor area and your necessity.

Having higher density of hair on the donor area means that you have more hair available for a hair transplant, so the number of grafts to be transplanted increases in this way.

The donor area of each person has a limited capacity; therefore, it is possible to damage the donor area in case this capacity is exceeded. The number of grafts in a hair transplant operation is determined by the hair density of the donor area, but also by the size of the balding area.

WHAT CRITERIA MIGHT AFFECT THE NUMBER OF FOLLICLES AVAILABLE FOR THE HAIR TRANSPLANT?

The following criteria might affect the number of grafts available on the donor area in some cases:

  • Structure, size and texture of the scar in people who has previously undergone a hair transplantation with FUT method affects the donor area in some cases.
  • Significant fat layers in nape area due to excess weight might affect the donor area.
  • Skin diseases such as psoriasis.
  • The number of harvested grafts might be relatively low in patients with curly hair due to non-straight hair follicles.

 

WHAT IS THE FOLLOWING STEP AFTER DEFINING THE DONOR AREA?

Doctor analyzes the facial anatomy (localization of frontal muscles, hair density, balding area and face shape) simultaneously, and then determines the most appropriate frontal hair line taking into account patient´s requests. Then, doctor determines the boundary points which will limit frontal hair line and graft distribution, and makes some markings over your head with a pen.

During the phase of hair planning, it is very important to consider patient´s age and his/her facial shape, but also his/her own requests. The most appropriate and aesthetic hairstyle is determined by your doctor depending on your desires and personal style.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME OF THE DONOR AREA AFTER A FUE HAIR TRANSPLANT?

There are no cuts or sutures when using the modern FUE technique; however, the donor area is shaved down to the skin to allow the extraction of the hair follicles through tiny holes made with minimally invasive tools.

These holes will heal in less than a week and then will appear just as little pink dots. After about two weeks, even these little dots will disappear, covered by the new hair growing among them.

So as you see, the healing time of the donor area after a FUE transplant is pretty fast. Doctor will recommend you to shampoo the donor area –and the recipient area, too- to keep it clean and in the best way, just to favour the healing of the donor area after a FUE surgery.

However, you must take into account that despite hair growing back naturally at the donor area after a FUE transplant, it will not grow from the dots where hair follicles have been extracted to be implanted in the recipient area of your head, because they are completely removed from beneath the scalp surface.

Menopause and hair loss

Menopause and hair loss are deeply linked. Body hair loss after menopause is not a rare phenomenon due to hormonal imbalance. The average menopause age is around fifty, and women notice changes in their hair for months or years.

Commonly the volume and the structure of the hair seem to look bad; also, some women notice that their hair is not growing as much as before.

After you wash your hair, you can see more hair in the sink, and you may encounter fallen hair on your brush. Some women may come out with deeply hair thinning on the top of the head and on the sides: this is defined as female hair loss, and the reason why some women decide to get a female hair transplant in Turkey.

However, a full hair loss like men suffer from and that ends with baldness is rarely observed in women; and if this happens to women it would be as a result of some medical conditions, for example after a chemotherapy treatment.

WHAT CAUSES HAIR LOSS IN MENOPAUSE?

For many women, hair is a part of the body that they can control, and they can cut it off or shape it as they want.  Hair is an expression of our personality and our image. In severe hair loss, women may feel less feminine, less strong; it affects the self-confidence of a person, too.

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is a very common phenomenon and its increased because of many factors, for instance age, but it also varies across ethnic groups. Although it can be seen at any age, women’s hair loss after menopause is very common.

It´s true that estrogens have a protective role and help to keep the hair in the “growth stage”; but this does not mean that hormones alone should be seen as a factor or reason behind the hair loss.

As we said before, one of the main reasons for hair loss in women is age. Even if women are using cosmetic products to avoid hair loss, in the end getting older is a tough condition we cannot control.

Genetic factors also have an important role in female-type hair loss, as hair loss in both men and women has been found to be linked to the family. Stress also has a place in hair loss, but medications may their side effects affecting hair, too.

IS MENOPAUSAL HAIR LOSS PERMANENT?

Normally, hair loss due to menopause is not permanent and can be completely reversed. Most women who experience hair loss during menopause do not have any medical problems.

Your doctor will ask you some questions about your hair loss, and if there is any trigger that effect on hair loss, such as bad nutrition or any stressful incident.

Also you will be asked about your medical history to determine if you suffer from any disease such as anaemia, iron deficiency or any skin disorder.

It may also be necessary to test for signs of hormonal imbalances, such as irregular menstrual periods, increased facial hair, or acne.

HAIR LOSS AND MENOPAUSE: TREATMENT

You can reduce symptoms of menopausal hair loss with cosmetic solutions, such as reducing the use of hair straighteners, drying machines and other heat-working instruments.

You can also buy topical products that speed up hair growth. It takes a few months for these products to take effect, and if not used regularly you will experience hair loss again.

Besides, some medications have side effects, including hair loss. If you experience severe hair loss, talk to your doctor and inform him/her about the medications you use.

Low energy-emitting laser devices can stimulate hair growth, too. Laser therapy is best performed by professional hairdressers or therapists that are highly qualified and have a good experience on these devices. However, reliability and effectiveness of these treatments in the long run are unknown.

How to reverse thinning hair after menopause

Many women also want to know how to reverse thinning hair after menopause: using thickening shampoos and hair conditioners may improve hair appearance. A healthy and balanced diet is an important factor for a healthy body, too; so, a nutritional analysis may be useful.

At last but not least, our hair plays an important role in protecting our head scalp from the sunlight. For this reason, you should protect the bald areas of your head from sunlight, and avoid the risk of long-term sunburn.

WHEN SHOULD I ASK FOR HELP?

You should always consult your doctor in the following cases:

  • If your hair is shed at an unusual grade.
  • If you lose your hair quickly or early (for example, in your teens or twenties).
  • If you have pain or irritation besides hair loss.
  • If your scalp skin is red, pulsed, or if there is another abnormal condition.
  • If you are suffering from other symptoms.

In summary, menopause and hair loss are both related and it´s something very normal due to hormonal imbalances during this stage in women. Normally, menopausal hair loss will be temporary and it will grow back after a proper treatment or using medications.

If you are experiencing some symptoms of hair loss during the menopause, ask your doctor about the best possible solution in order to recover a healthy hair as soon as possible.

Ice grafts hair transplant technique

The ice grafts hair transplant technique is one on the many treatments available for hair bulbs before planting them in the scalp. In fact, the so called “ice grafts” method is no different from others, except because of how bulbs are treated before transplanting them.

This small difference is however very important to have better results in a short time, especially when the transplantation has some difficulty, like for example when performing a female hair transplant in Turkey. In the following lines we’ll explain you everything you need to know about this technique, including its main advantages.

WHAT IS AN ICE FUE HAIR TRANSPLANT?

As its name itself shows, this method involves combining the use of ice with a hair transplant, specifically using the FUE technique to extract the follicles from the donor area; after that, the extracted grafts are put in a prepared solution and kept at a specific and very cold temperature.

This primary treatment carried out before starting to implant the follicles is very important to protect these follicles and increase their vitality. This technique has also a strong efficiency in increasing the quality of the bulbs and tissues surrounding them, as it extends their lifespan outside the body.

How is this technique performed?

During this process, hair grafts are put in a special solution used in many medical fields, which function is to keep grafts vitality when they are outside the body and protecting them from any damage. Low temperature is important in this technique, and that is why we call it “ice grafts” method.

This ice grafts solution is at a very low temperature and contains two strong antioxidants and vitamins, which make it ideal and positive while storing the hair bulbs and help keeping their vitality.

WHEN IS THIS METHOD CARRIED OUT?

The ice grafts technique is an important factor for hair transplant success. It keeps hair bulbs vital and capable of growing again after transplanting, and that’s exactly the most important point of this type of surgery.

It is well known that each surgery has its own circumstances and duration; also, temperatures may be high in the operating theatre and affect the bulbs. Besides, if the surgery lasts more than the bulbs lifespan -the hair bulb’s lifespan is about 4-6 hours in normal conditions- it will surely fail.

Thanks to the ice grafts technique, the structure of transplanted hair roots is strengthened, and consequently their lifespan is extended. Hair bulbs are stored in a solution full of growth enhancing factors.

Also, it is enriched with biotin, growth-supporting matters: thereby it keeps bulbs vitality and enhances their cell growth. Both low temperature and alcoholic components resist free radicals that harm the bulbs, so it protects the grafts, too.

OTHER ADVANTAGES OF USING THE ICE METHOD IN A HAIR TRANSPLANT

 

  • One of the most important advantages of this technique is that it gives more comfort for the patient during the surgery. The physician won’t be in a rush to finish: it means there won’t be much stress and pressure on the patient, but also on the medical staff.
  • In case of using ice grafts technique, hair transplant will give better results and the medical team will work with much more comfort.
  • In addition to that, the success percentage will increase because of the bulbs safety and vitality while kept out of the body; so, this method will produce more new hair when transplanted to the target area.
  • Once hair bulbs are inserted at the bald areas, they adapt with the body’s temperature and prepare to grow; low temperature has an anti-inflammatory effect and a positive impact on both the recovery and the hair bulbs growth.

Nutritional factors and supplements in hair loss

What nutritional factors may cause hair loss? What are the best supplements for hair loss? All these questions come to mind when we are experiencing hair problems or if we are thinking of any treatment or operation to solve our hair loss problems, like for example a female hair transplant in Turkey.

Hair grows continuously with an average of 0.35 mm per day and sheds. Hair is the fastest growing tissue in our body, just after bone marrow. Hair follicles that produce hair therefore require calories, proteins, trace elements and vitamins for this intense biosynthesis activity. Supplements in hair loss

The lack of elements and vitamins necessary for the regular processing of energy, essentials and metabolic structure of human body will cause hair loss, trigger hair disease or make the disease resistant to treatment.

Therefore, both the quality and the quantity of hair growth are closely related to nutrition: that´s why it´s usual to recommend taking vitamins for hair loss, for example. Let´s see all these factors in detail. Supplements in hair loss

NUTRITIONAL FACTORS: ENERGY

Hair follicles need energy in order to maintain the high rate of mitosis. This energy is mainly provided by carbohydrates. When a low-calorie diet is received, follicle tries to supply the required energy from amino acids.

Thereby, both energy and the essentials of body are reduced. Hair becomes thinner, breaks easily and it is reduced in density. Lanugo hair may increase, too.

This can be seen in cases of marasmus, and in children and those who have low-calorie diets, especially when the daily calorie intake falls below 1,000 kcal. Supplements in hair loss

PROTEIN DEFICIENCY

Proteins, called as keratin, form 80% of the chemical structure of hair. So, hair is severly affected in case of an incomplete intake of proteins. Hair gets dull, easily falls out and telogen effluvium is seen.

Protein deficiency symptoms in hair loss can be easily detected. Persons with lack of proteins can feel his/her hair soft, but that it has lost its elasticity. Hair colour might be lightened (hypochromophilia).

Protein deficiency can also appear as Kwashiorkor in children. Low protein intake without malnutrition can be seen in infants who are fed with poor milk feeding, gastrointestinal diseases, anorexia nervosa, drug addicts and malignancies. Supplements in hair loss

IRON DEFICIENCY

Despite the indisputable need for iron in high biosynthesis environment, the role of iron in hair loss has not been fully clarified. Sensitivity of the methods used to detect iron deficiency is especially important in hair diseases. The question is to clarify if iron deficiency (anaemia) causes hair loss.

Once patient’s iron level decreases, anaemia develops at the last point. Iron, required for the construction of haemoglobin, is firstly mobilized in hair follicles; for this reason, it is possible to suffer hair loss long before anaemia occurs in blood.

Although not every person with iron deficiency suffer from hair loss, it is accepted that discharge of iron deposits in the genetically susceptible people cause hair shedding. So, maintain the iron deposits to the desired levels may solve hair loss problems.

Serum ferritin level is the best laboratory test to demonstrate iron deficiency. In studies, ferritin levels were evaluated and 41 ng/ml level was detected to show iron deficiency with 98% sensitivity.

There is no standardization in ferritin levels for ideal hair growth, but studies have shown that telogen phase is increased when serum ferritin falls below 40 ng/ml; telogen phase is longer at 40-70 ng/ml, and hair goes through normal anagen phase above 70 ng/ml.

ZINC

Although zinc is the first thing come to mind among hair loss causes, there is no convincing data about the relation between zinc deficiency and hair loss. Indications of zinc deficiency include periorificial dermatitis, angular cheilitis, diarrhoea and alopecia. Some studies suggest that there may be underlying zinc deficiency in long-term alopecia areata cases resistant to treatment, and that these patients will benefit from taking zinc for hair loss.

Zinc deficiency is also seen in acrodermatitis enteropathica, a rare form of genodermatosis. Irregular bands, called as trichothiodystrophy, are monitored in the polarized microscope, and hair appears thinner. If a zinc dosage is given, it should not exceed 30 mg/day since zinc deteriorates the absorption of iron, calcium and copper; it also should be taken 2 hours after iron dosages.

In the presence of normal zinc level, zinc supplementation doesn’t has any additional contribution to hair growth.

AMINO ACIDS

Characteristic of the keratin, which constitutes 80% of hair, is the high sulphur content. This sulphur is derived from cystine amino acids. Cystine is known to have positive effects on hair growth. Improvement has been reported in tricogram and phototricogram results, hair quality and hair durability when cystine is given with B complex vitamins.

It is thought that Vitamin B6 helps cystine to be diffused in hair follicles, and this system contributes to hair growth by making glutathione-mediated detoxification. Therefore, the lack of this amino acid may have side effects in the form of hair loss.

L-lysine is another essential amino acid that can be important in hair growth. Since L-lysine intake is exclusively restricted to meat, fish and eggs, the lack of consumption of these foods (e.g. in vegetarians) might cause problems in hair growth. Although the role of this amino acid is not known clearly, it is accepted that lysine is necessary for zinc and iron fixation.

VITAMIN DEFICIENCY

Many people wonder about which vitamin deficiency causes hair loss. Well, vitamin B12 is often associated with hair loss; however, it has no role recognized in hair growth. Biotin (vitamin H) and niacin (vitamin B3) are also known to have positive effects on hair growth.

Experiments conducted on animals showed that the lack of biotin causes hair shedding. However, biotin supplementation is not significant in non-deficient individuals, so it doesn´t stimulate hair growth. Biotin deficiency is in fact a rare nutritional disorder, caused by consuming raw eggs.

Our doctors at esteGrande also state that vitamin D gets significantly lower in alopecia areata patients, and that the deficiency is correlated with the severity of disease. Vitamin D is known to play a role in hair growth, differentiation and hair cycle. In this regard, we recommend our patients (especially females) to have regular tests of vitamin D and receive supplementation in case of deficiency.

Hair Transplant Using the Implanter Pen (Choi DHI Method)

Hair Transplant Using the Implanter Pen (Choi DHI Method) A DHI hair transplant with the Choi Pen is a variation of the FUE hair transplant used in Turkey, mainly differentiated because of the use of a special medical tool known as the DHI Choi Implanter (also called Choi Pen). DHI is the acronym of “Direct Hair Implantation”.

When extraction technique was applied as a hair transplant technique, extracting follicles and implanting them was done using simple manual tools. Later on, the procedure was accelerated by introducing a machine known as “micro motor“, which allows doctors to transplant more follicles by improving the extraction process, but has many disadvantages. Therefore, currently a new technique has been introduced using the Choi Pen in hair transplants.

WHAT IS A CHOI PEN, AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

The idea of the Choi pen originated first at the Kyungpook National University in Korea; the idea behind this technique is simple: to combine in one process making channel incision dots in the recipient area and implanting the extracted follicles. Choi implanter is a pen-like device with a hollow needle at the tip of it, connected with a tube and a plunger.

During a hair transplant using a Choi implanter, the doctor loads the follicles extracted from the donor region into the implanter; the follicles are put gently, using tweezers, inside the hollow needle (at the end of the implanter pen). Then, the pen is used to implant the preloaded follicles into the scalp, and the doctor inserts the needle at an appropriate angle into the scalp and implants the follicle by pressing down on the plunger. Hair Transplant Using the Implanter Pen (Choi DHI Method)

This process is then repeated to implant one follicle each time. During a typical transplant procedure, the doctor performing the procedure and the medical team working with him use about 6 Choi pens alternately to get the best result in a timely manner. Each of these implanters is equipped with various sizes of needles to fit single, double and triple hair follicle units.

MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS AND ADVANTAGES OF DHI HAIR IMPLANT

Using a implanter for a hair transplant means that there would be no need to open channel incisions. The medical team previously needed to create tiny circular channel incisions in the head scalp and implant the follicles inside of them; but the doctor can now inject the follicles directly into the recipient area without the need to open the channel incisions, reducing trauma and bleeding during the hair transplant procedure. Hair Transplant Using the Implanter Pen (Choi DHI Method)

As a result, doctors can now get higher rate of healthy follicles that stay viable and produce healthy hair later on, after the hair transplant procedure. In addition, this technique reduces trauma, resulting in faster healing for patients. There is obvious a significant evidence of better aesthetic results, as follicles can be transplanted more accurately during the procedure.

Below is a comparison between using the traditional hair transplant extraction method, and a hair transplant using Choi pens for the extraction process.

FUE follicular units extraction
Follicles Extraction
Follicles are extracted individually (one follicle at a time) and directly from the back of the scalp randomly, using specialized tools. When extraction is done correctly, this technique doesn’t leave any scars. The donor area heals faster than in old traditional methods, like the FUT technique.
Follicular units Transplantation
Conventional extraction Extraction using Choi pens method 
Extracted individual follicles are implanted into the previously created channel incisions. The doctor creates channel incisions in the scalp, and then implants the extracted follicles in these incisions. The incisions created in the recipient area, in addition to transplant trauma, slow recovery, which also leads to a lower surviving follicles rate.Individual follicles are preserved in high platelet-count solution. Then the follicles are loaded into a syringe shaped instrument and implanted directly into the scalp without the need to create channel incisions in the donor area, thus avoiding the trauma in the scalp. Using implanter pen increases surviving follicles rate.

WHY THIS NEW TECHNIQUE IS BETTER TO INCREASE HAIR DENSITY?

Using the Choi pen has also a major advantage to increase hair density, which is quite easy by implanting the follicles between the existing hairs. Many patients who are seeking a hair transplant as a hair loss treatment abandon the idea because the hair should be completely trimmed off before starting the hair transplant. This is necessary when using a micro motor to create the channel incisions before implanting the follicles.

However, when using a Choi pen the existing hair in the recipient areas no longer needs to be shaved. Choi implanters can be used to inject the follicles between the existing hairs easily. This method of transplant has another major advantage: when follicles are re-planted between the existing hairs, the doctor can clearly see the natural angle of the hair growth, and therefore he can perfectly position each follicle to match the existing hair.

These unique advantages of a transplant using a Choi implanter provides an exceptional benefit for beard and eyebrows transplant, too, as this technique gives the patient better aesthetic results in terms of density and appearance. But the most important thing is that it guarantees that there would be no scars on the face, since no incisions are created in the procedure.

MAIN ADVANTAGES OF THE DHI (DIRECT HAIR IMPLANTATION)

Besides the aforementioned, the main advantages of using the DHI technique are the following:

  • Getting a higher rate of viable healthy follicles.
  • Decreasing the bleeding while creating the recipient area.
  • Decreasing the risk of an infection.
  • Reducing trauma during follicles transfer, and causing less damage in the blood supply to the implanted area.
  • Faster recovery after the hair transplant procedure.
  • Reducing the time of procedure (with a medical team experienced in the Choi pens technique), as creating the incisions and implanting the follicles are both combined in one step.

DOES THE DHI HAIR TRANSPLANT HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OR DISADVANTAGES?

According to the medical team of esteGrande, “there are no advantages or disadvantages; it’s all about the tools that doctors use to carry out the hair transplant procedure. If you’re good at using these tools, it will reflect on the procedure you’re carrying out. Choi pen, Neograft, Artas and son on… all those techniques are just tools, you don’t have to use any of these tools to get great results. You may use all these techniques and get bad results”.

However, the main disadvantages of this method are:

  • The doctors and the medical team should undergo a longer training period to master working with this technique.
  • The medical team should consist of six persons at least for each procedure.
  • The procedure may take longer time if the team is unfamiliar with this method.
  • The cost of a DHI hair transplant is generally bigger than that of ca onventional extraction method, due to the cost of the Choi implanters.
  • This technique requires more accuracy and attention during the procedure.

IS THIS NEW METHOD SUITABLE FOR ALL PATIENTS?

According to hair transplant experts, not all people are ideal candidates for a hair transplant using Choi pens during the extraction stage. After creating this method in the Kyungpook National University in Korea, it began producing good results in Asian people with hair loss, and then became a popular method in Asian countries.

However, although hair transplant using Choi implanters have shown good results in Asian people, doctors have noticed less success in other races. Experts have studied this phenomenon and reached the conclusion that Asian people’s hair in general is distinguished with thick straight hair, unlike the curly hair with thinner diameter of other races; this means it can’t be loaded properly into the needle of a Choi pen and implanted in the scalp.

This may lead to an inappropriate bend in the follicle, incorrect implant placement, and an excessive trauma for the follicles. Therefore, Choi pen method is not considered appropriate for all patients who want to undergo a hair transplant.

WHY GET A DHI HAIR TRANSPLANT IN TURKEY?

It is important to consider that it’s the doctor, not the used tools, what determines the results of a hair transplant. Even the most developed tools may lead to poor results when they’re used by unqualified doctors. Choi pens may produce good results when they’re used by a skilled, well-trained doctor in the use of this method.

Before taking a decision to undergo a hair transplant using Choi implanter pan, patients should know that this methods has many advantages but also disadvantages, and that not all people are good candidates for a transplant using this method (especially those of non-Asian descent).

Your doctor will assess you about which method is the best to perform your hair surgery. Turkey is famous all over the world as one of the main destinations for medical tourism, due to the use of the latest techniques and because of having experienced and skilled professionals. Much more affordable prices and costs are also a good reason to choose Turkey.

So, if you are thinking of a DHI hair transplant in Turkey, we recommend you to choose the best clinic and the best medical staff. At esteGrande you can contact us for a free consultation without compromise: we will be glad to analyse your hair problems and give you the best possible solution.

Connection between diet, food and hair Loss

Connection between diet, food and hair Loss. The reasons of hair loss for woman and man are different. The main reason of hair loss man is genetic condition. And then stress, age, illness, medication and lifestyle. Hair loss woman is caused because of hormonal disorders, pregnancy, lifestyle, emotional shock and then genetic reasons. Diet and lifestyle have big influence on hair condition.

Additionally, the appearance of hair, skin and nails shows the general condition of the body. By controlling their condition, you can discover emerging health problems. Diet and lifestyle have a huge impact on the growth, development and amount of women and men. Of course, this is associated with vitamins, as well as micro and macro elements that people cannot produce by themselves.

Therefore, they must be provided with food. Stress situations that cause the production of certain substances that affect hair growth and development are also very important. In today’s article, we will tell you about the most important diet ingredients that should be consumed in large quantities, especially in situations of hair loss.

The largest amount of vitamins and minerals is found in fruit and vegetables, which is why they should constitute a significant part of the diet. It is also very important to eat good quality protein, preferably several times a week. It should be borne in mind that our body at the very beginning supplies nutrients to organs such as the heart, brain, and then nourishes the hair, skin and nails. That is why it is so important to consume as many good ingredients as possible.

Also, it should be remembered that most vitamins and minerals are not stored in the body but consumed after consumption. That is why it is so important to follow a balanced diet and lead a healthy lifestyle. The main nutrients that can be distinguished in food are carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals

Proteins

One of the most important hair ingredients is keratin. This is a very specific protein. It owes its strength to sulfur. In the chemical structure of this compound, disulfide bridges can be distinguished, which condition the enormous strength of keratin. Therefore, to have strong, beautiful hair it is necessary to consume a large amount of sulfur.

Sulfur is also a part of collagen, i.e. a component of the skin. Therefore, its consumption firms it, also causes a younger appearance and faster skin regeneration processes. In addition, eating sulfur will improve the appearance and health of your nails. Because of that eating good quality protein everyday will protect you from hair loss causes.

The largest source of sulfur in the diet are sulfur amino acids available in animal protein. Sulfuric amino acids that improve the appearance of hair, skin and nails are cystine and methionine.

Both amino acids differ significantly from each other, but they play an equally important role in the body. Methionine is an exogenous amino acid, i.e. one that must be provided with food because the body cannot make it on its own. In contrast, cystine is an endogenous amino acid synthesized in the human body.

It is necessary to systematically provide essential sulfur amino acids in food. They are constantly used to build hair and cannot be stored in the body. That is why it is so important that products such as fish, meat, dairy products, eggs and legumes appear in the daily diet. Also wheat bran or oat flakes contain a significant amount of cystine. Sulfur can also be found in products such as garlic, onions, peas, cabbage and offal.

Because diet is very important for protecting from hair falling, people with vegetarian or vegan diet must especially take care of food which they eat. The biggest problem in that situation is that diet without meat and products from animals reduces the amount of good quality protein, and thus also the sulfur amino acids needed to build hair.

Because of that vegan healthy hair diet need to include alternative protein sources like lentils, pods, various seeds, nuts, lots of fruit and vegetables especially green leafy. And a vegetarian diet should include animal products such as eggs, milk, cheese and more. From this article you can learn in which foods you can find the most important nutrients for hair loss problem.

Carbohydrates

Eating large amounts of sugars adversely affects the skin. Skin from both body and head. In this way, too much sugar supply causes poor hair condition.

Sebum, which is secreted by the sebaceous glands and covers the hair, changes its composition under the influence of sugars. In addition, it is also secreted in greater quantity. This causes bad condition of the hair and its rapid greasiness.

People who have a large amount of sugars in their diet also have problems with matting and hair fall. Therefore, to maintain healthy and beautiful hair, you should limit their consumption.

Fats

Omega 3 Fatty Acids belong to the group of Essential Unsaturated Fatty Acids. These acids are not synthesized in the body, which is why they should be supplied with food.

Unsaturated Fatty Acids are divided into monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Each of them performs different functions in the body. Omega 3 and Omega 6 are representatives of polyunsaturated fatty acids. It is very important to keep the ratio between Omega 3 and Omega 6 intake. These acids, when consumed in a 1: 5 ratio, show their best properties.

Unsaturated fatty acids have a great impact on hair health. The sebaceous glands secrete these acids, which makes the skin becomes more acidic, and this limits bacterial growth. Omega 3 also reduces the impact of negative solar radiation. This acid also supports the development of healthy and strong hair and protects against dandruff. In addition, it protects hair against split ends.

The largest amounts of Omega 3 can be found in sea fish, walnuts, avocados, flax seeds, rapeseed and soybeans. High content of Omega 3 fatty acids also contains fish oil, which is worth supplementing. In contrast, Omega 6 is found in many types of oils, olive oil, sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, avocados and almonds.

Vitamins

There are many vitamins that we can call hair vitamins because they have a significant effect on hair falling out.

Vitamin A otherwise known as Beta-carotene or Retinol is one of the beauty vitamins. Vitamin A affects processes throughout the body. On hair, however, its main action is to stimulate growth. It also affects the formation of good-quality blood that nourishes the hair. Vitamin A protects hair against the effects of adverse weather conditions.

The main sources of retinol are tuna, mackerel, liver, milk, cheese – preferably fat and butter. Beta-carotene is found in green, red and yellow vegetables and fruits. You should also remember to consume foods rich in vitamin A with added fats.

Vitamin B5  Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5. Like other B vitamins, it belongs to the water-soluble vitamins. Pantothenic acid affects the cell division of the hair matrix because it stimulates keratin-producing cells. Thanks to this, this vitamin builds and strengthens the hair structure. Vitamin B5 reduces hair graying by improving its pigmentation. It also participates in the creation of sebum, which protects hair from drying. Thanks to this, it moisturizes the hair and protects it from adverse environmental factors. Also provides the energy needed for hair growth.

Pantothenic acid is present in virtually all the nutrients we consume. However, the most vitamin B5 is found in: yeast, wheat bran, nuts, meat, broccoli, tomatoes, avocados, eggs, milk, legumes, lentils, mushrooms, in brown rice and whole grain bread.

Vitamin B7 – Biotin, or vitamin B7 or vitamin H, belongs to the B group vitamins. It is one of the most important elements affecting the health of hair, skin and nails.

Biotin is included in enzymes that catalyze reactions in our body such as the synthesis of sugars, proteins and lipids.

In addition, biotin is a source of sulfur, which is the basic building block of keratin, i.e. the main component of hair. This ensures high hair strength and elasticity.

Biotin is called beauty vitamin because it affects the health of hair, skin and nails. By improving skin metabolism, this vitamin improves the nutrition of hair follicles, thereby accelerating hair growth. Biotin also reduces the secretion of sebaceous glands. It also affects the thyroid gland, which disorder can cause hair loss.

The highest amount of biotin is found in the liver as well as yeast. A good source of this vitamin are also nuts, grains, eggs, tuna, sardines, salmon, meat or soy, dark rice, nuts, milk and cheese, beets and other vegetables such as tomatoes, cauliflower and spinach.

Vitamin B9  Folic acid mainly affects hair roots. Because it stimulates hair stem cells to produce new cells, thus contributes to the growth and formation of new hair.

Folic acid is found in lentils, chickpeas, romaine lettuce, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower and beets, among others.

Vitamin C  otherwise known as ascorbic acid. It has antioxidant activity, i.e. it protects our body against harmful free radicals that cause adverse changes in the body. Thanks to vitamin C hair is more elastic and less damaged.

Its main sources are citruses such as orange, lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, as well as peppers, tomato, papaya, brussels sprouts and broccoli.

Vitamin E  is one of the antioxidants. It affects the health of the hair because it improves the functioning of blood vessels. Thanks to this, nutrients are more effectively delivered through the blood to the hair follicles.

Vitamin E can be found in oils, fish and poultry, almonds, nuts, sprouts, spinach, tomatoes, oatmeal and bran.

Consumption in the daily diet hair loss vitamins is very important to hair fall treatment.

Minerals

Iron  is an important ingredient that should be included in your diet to maintain healthy and shiny hair.

Iron is associated with cellular respiration. Cellular breathing provides the necessary energy for hair growth. Iron, through its effect on a specific enzyme, is responsible for the proper structure and date of hair growth. For this reason, it is a very important mineral that protects against hair fall.

As in other cases, iron is first supplied to the larger organs of our body, and then the rest of the hair. That is why it is so important to systematically consume this element in the right amount.

Iron can be found in: eggs, beef, yeast, fatty fish, nuts, legumes, nettle, parsley, dried plums, bran, beets, pumpkin seeds or avocados. However, remember not to consume more iron than the norm indicates because it is harmful to health.

Zinc – Hair is made of amino acids and is created thanks to them. Zinc in the body controls the metabolism of amino acids, therefore it affects the proper growth of hair, by affecting the formation of keratin.

Zinc also improves immunity and provides protection of body cells against free radicals. Zinc affects the regulation of sebaceous glands and also improves the absorption of vitamin A.

Zinc is found in many products, but consuming it together with some substances eliminates its beneficial effects. Therefore, it should be borne in mind that  consuming even a large amount of zinc with both sweets or fiber, it will not be absorbed and large deficiencies may occur.

Zinc can be found in oysters, beef liver, calf liver, stewed meat, roasted turkey, onions and green peas. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to satisfy the daily dose of zinc, because only oysters contain more of it. In other products, the zinc content is much lower. Because of that it is very important to eat as much as possible products which include zinc to avoid hair problems as falling, and thus  hair loss treatment. 

Copper – has a significant impact on our hair, because by strengthening the disulfide bridges found in the hair, it also strengthens their structure.

Copper also affects the formation of keratin, which is the protein from which hair is made. In addition, copper affects the color of our hair, their elasticity, skin reaction, as well as the aging process.

The best sources of copper are liver, walnuts, bran, oatmeal, cocoa, meat and dairy products.

Silicon – improves hair strength and elasticity. In addition, it also increases their thickness. Silicon also participates in the synthesis of collagen, keratin and elastin, thanks to which it affects the health of the skin, hair and nails.

Silicon improves the condition of the hair, increases its growth rate and reduces hair loss.

Silicon is found in many fruits, vegetables, brown rice, whole meal bread, potatoes, spinach, bran, oat flakes, strawberries, horsetail, garlic and chives.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances that protect our body against free radicals and thus have anti-cancer properties.

Antioxidants are divided into exogenous, i.e. those that are taken up with food, and endogenous, i.e. produced in the human body. Antioxidants include carotenoids, polyphenols, vitamins C and E.

Antioxidants improve the blood supply to the skin, which ensures better nutrition of the hair follicles, and this improves the condition of the hair.

The largest sources of antioxidants are found in green tea, fruit – especially in blueberries, vegetables, nuts, as well as in wine, liver, tuna and eggs.

Despite providing the body antioxidants in the diet, you should also remember to stimulate the formation of endogenous antioxidants. That is why it is important that the diet does not lack of fish, especially sea fish, nuts and sunflower seeds.

Hair Transplant Using the Implanter Pen

Hair Transplant Using the Implanter Pen A DHI hair transplant with the Choi Pen is a variation of the FUE hair transplant used in Turkey, mainly differentiated because of the use of a special medical tool known as the DHI Choi Implanter (also called Choi Pen). DHI is the acronym of “Direct Hair Implantation”.

When extraction technique was applied as a hair transplant technique, extracting follicles and implanting them was done using simple manual tools. Later on, the procedure was accelerated by introducing a machine known as “micro motor“, which allows doctors to transplant more follicles by improving the extraction process, but has many disadvantages. Therefore, currently a new technique has been introduced using the Choi Pen in hair transplants.

WHAT IS A CHOI PEN, AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

The idea of the Choi pen originated first at the Kyungpook National University in Korea; the idea behind this technique is simple: to combine in one process making channel incision dots in the recipient area and implanting the extracted follicles. Choi implanter is a pen-like device with a hollow needle at the tip of it, connected with a tube and a plunger. Hair Transplant Using the Implanter Pen

During a hair transplant using a Choi implanter, the doctor loads the follicles extracted from the donor region into the implanter; the follicles are put gently, using tweezers, inside the hollow needle (at the end of the implanter pen). Then, the pen is used to implant the preloaded follicles into the scalp, and the doctor inserts the needle at an appropriate angle into the scalp and implants the follicle by pressing down on the plunger.

This process is then repeated to implant one follicle each time. During a typical transplant procedure, the doctor performing the procedure and the medical team working with him use about 6 Choi pens alternately to get the best result in a timely manner. Each of these implanters is equipped with various sizes of needles to fit single, double and triple hair follicle units.

MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS AND ADVANTAGES OF DHI HAIR IMPLANT

Using a implanter for a hair transplant means that there would be no need to open channel incisions. The medical team previously needed to create tiny circular channel incisions in the head scalp and implant the follicles inside of them; but the doctor can now inject the follicles directly into the recipient area without the need to open the channel incisions, reducing trauma and bleeding during the hair transplant procedure. Hair Transplant Using the Implanter Pen

As a result, doctors can now get higher rate of healthy follicles that stay viable and produce healthy hair later on, after the hair transplant procedure. In addition, this technique reduces trauma, resulting in faster healing for patients. There is obvious a significant evidence of better aesthetic results, as follicles can be transplanted more accurately during the procedure.

Below is a comparison between using the traditional hair transplant extraction method, and a hair transplant using Choi pens for the extraction process.

FUE follicular units extraction
  Follicles Extraction
  Follicles are extracted individually (one follicle at a time) and directly from the back of the scalp randomly, using specialized tools. When extraction is done correctly, this technique doesn’t leave any scars. The donor area heals faster than in old traditional methods, like the FUT technique.
Follicular units Transplantation
Conventional extraction Extraction using Choi pens method 
Extracted individual follicles are implanted into the previously created channel incisions. The doctor creates channel incisions in the scalp, and then implants the extracted follicles in these incisions. The incisions created in the recipient area, in addition to transplant trauma, slow recovery, which also leads to a lower surviving follicles rate.Individual follicles are preserved in high platelet-count solution. Then the follicles are loaded into a syringe shaped instrument and implanted directly into the scalp without the need to create channel incisions in the donor area, thus avoiding the trauma in the scalp. Using implanter pen increases surviving follicles rate.

WHY THIS NEW TECHNIQUE IS BETTER TO INCREASE HAIR DENSITY?

Using the Choi pen has also a major advantage to increase hair density, which is quite easy by implanting the follicles between the existing hairs. Many patients who are seeking a hair transplant as a hair loss treatment abandon the idea because the hair should be completely trimmed off before starting the hair transplant. This is necessary when using a micro motor to create the channel incisions before implanting the follicles.

However, when using a Choi pen the existing hair in the recipient areas no longer needs to be shaved. Choi implanters can be used to inject the follicles between the existing hairs easily. This method of transplant has another major advantage: when follicles are re-planted between the existing hairs, the doctor can clearly see the natural angle of the hair growth, and therefore he can perfectly position each follicle to match the existing hair.

These unique advantages of a transplant using a Choi implanter provides an exceptional benefit for beard and eyebrows transplant, too, as this technique gives the patient better aesthetic results in terms of density and appearance. But the most important thing is that it guarantees that there would be no scars on the face, since no incisions are created in the procedure.

MAIN ADVANTAGES OF THE DHI (DIRECT HAIR IMPLANTATION)

Besides the aforementioned, the main advantages of using the DHI technique are the following:

  • Getting a higher rate of viable healthy follicles.
  • Decreasing the bleeding while creating the recipient area.
  • Decreasing the risk of an infection.
  • Reducing trauma during follicles transfer, and causing less damage in the blood supply to the implanted area.
  • Faster recovery after the hair transplant procedure.
  • Reducing the time of procedure (with a medical team experienced in the Choi pens technique), as creating the incisions and implanting the follicles are both combined in one step.

DOES THE DHI HAIR TRANSPLANT HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OR DISADVANTAGES?

According to the medical team of esteGrande, “there are no advantages or disadvantages; it’s all about the tools that doctors use to carry out the hair transplant procedure. If you’re good at using these tools, it will reflect on the procedure you’re carrying out. Choi pen, Neograft, Artas and son on… all those techniques are just tools, you don’t have to use any of these tools to get great results. You may use all these techniques and get bad results”.

However, the main disadvantages of this method are:

  • The doctors and the medical team should undergo a longer training period to master working with this technique.
  • The medical team should consist of six persons at least for each procedure.
  • The procedure may take longer time if the team is unfamiliar with this method.
  • The cost of a DHI hair transplant is generally bigger than that of ca onventional extraction method, due to the cost of the Choi implanters.
  • This technique requires more accuracy and attention during the procedure.

IS THIS NEW METHOD SUITABLE FOR ALL PATIENTS?

According to hair transplant experts, not all people are ideal candidates for a hair transplant using Choi pens during the extraction stage. After creating this method in the Kyungpook National University in Korea, it began producing good results in Asian people with hair loss, and then became a popular method in Asian countries.

However, although hair transplant using Choi implanters have shown good results in Asian people, doctors have noticed less success in other races. Experts have studied this phenomenon and reached the conclusion that Asian people’s hair in general is distinguished with thick straight hair, unlike the curly hair with thinner diameter of other races; this means it can’t be loaded properly into the needle of a Choi pen and implanted in the scalp.

This may lead to an inappropriate bend in the follicle, incorrect implant placement, and an excessive trauma for the follicles. Therefore, Choi pen method is not considered appropriate for all patients who want to undergo a hair transplant.

WHY GET A DHI HAIR TRANSPLANT IN TURKEY?

It is important to consider that it’s the doctor, not the used tools, what determines the results of a hair transplant. Even the most developed tools may lead to poor results when they’re used by unqualified doctors. Choi pens may produce good results when they’re used by a skilled, well-trained doctor in the use of this method.

Before taking a decision to undergo a hair transplant using Choi implanter pan, patients should know that this methods has many advantages but also disadvantages, and that not all people are good candidates for a transplant using this method (especially those of non-Asian descent).

Your doctor will assess you about which method is the best to perform your hair surgery. Turkey is famous all over the world as one of the main destinations for medical tourism, due to the use of the latest techniques and because of having experienced and skilled professionals. Much more affordable prices and costs are also a good reason to choose Turkey.

So, if you are thinking of a DHI hair transplant in Turkey, we recommend you to choose the best clinic and the best medical staff. At esteGrande you can contact us for a free consultation without compromise: we will be glad to analyse your hair problems and give you the best possible solution.