Female hair transplant is becoming more and more popular among women due to recently developed treatment techniques. And also, treatments became more cost-effective than ever with better prices. While the old method, namely, Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) leaves a sizable scar between the patients’ ears, the current method named Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) offers a healthier result via a minimally invasive procedure with no big scars like the FUT method.
Female Hair Transplant Costs
Nowadays, patients often opt to travel abroad for reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries since doctors abroad offer female hair transplantation with just as high quality of service and also with often better patient care (clinics often help patients with transportation, accommodation, after-care instructions and supplementations etc.)
Costs of hair transplantation differ from country to country greatly. This is mainly affected by the history of the country in hair transplantation and the economic development of the country. Turkey has been a popular destination for people seeking hair transplantation for a long time now.
Female Hair Transplant Turkey
The doctors in Turkey are offering this same hair transplantation service with the same technique as the doctors in the more developed countries offer. But the catch is, doctors in Turkey offer the procedure with a much lower price tag. Also, many patients who chose to come to Turkey for female hair transplantation get to enjoy a nice holiday in Turkey alongside their operation if they see fit.
While people often consider hair transplantation as a procedure targeted towards men, it has recently become more popular with women too. Since contemporary procedures, Follicular Unit Extraction and Direct Hair Implantation leave no scars. Also, the latter one even lets female hair transplantation patients keep some of their hair uncut. The new methods use better equipment which allows for a faster result during operation and a more precise procedure. That means, now we can transplant hair among your existing hair more densely and with a higher success rate.
The new equipment also means less worry about tissue injury during implantation
Normally operators use very tiny metal blades when opening the canals during FUE. Optionally, patients can opt-in for a canal opener made of sapphire. With a sapphire blade, it is possible to open canals with much higher precision. And with higher precision, it is possible to implant more densely between already existing hair, without doing damage to your natural hair.
As the operation is minimally invasive, female hair transplantation patients can return to their regular routine the day after the operation when their bandages are removed. At this point, only limitations on patient’s physical activity are on heavy lifting and vigorous physical exertion for a month. While intense physical exertion is not recommended, patients can stay outside (given that they wear their protective head-wear) and take walks for as long as they like.
Female Hair Transplant
There are a number of reasons why women may require a female hair transplant at our hospital in Turkey. From lack of vitamins through to excessive use of chemically-tainted beauty products, hair loss in women is becoming an increasingly common concern. Some of the causes of female hair loss include:
Elongated periods of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism sometimes cause hair loss. This type of hair loss is often observed to be diffuse. That means rather than a certain area getting affected the entirety of the scalp suffers losses. Also, some of the medication used in treating severe forms of thyroid problems (carbimazole and propylthiouracil) is known to cause hair loss, but experts are not entirely sure about this.
Iron deficiency is becoming an increasing cause of hair loss, particularly in underweight patients or those who do not consume an iron-rich diet. Anaemia prevents oxygen from being sent through the body as efficiently as it should be and stunts hair growth which can ultimately prevent the hair from continually repairing itself.
Low In Vitamin B12
Similar to that of an iron deficiency, a diet which is low in vitamin B12 can result in female hair loss. Vitamin B12 can aid with the production of red blood cells and the development of the nervous system, and a lack thereof can have a significant impact on natural hair growth.
One of the biggest causes of hair loss in women is a result of heat or chemical damage as a result of styling. With the usage of hair straighteners, curlers and hair dryers, along with bleach and dyes, the hair follicles can become damaged and therefore begin to cause the hair to fall out. Ensuring that your hair is protected from this when styling is imperative, as once the hair follicles do begin to stop growing, the only resolution is a female hair transplant.
Excessive Involuntary Plucking (trichotillomania or trich)
Some people have an irresistible urge to pluck out hair from their scalp while some pluck their eyebrows. This aggressive plucking can leave patchy spots that may or may not heal over time. In case the damage does not heal after you get the root issue treated, transplantation is an option. Female hair transplantation is a highly effective solution to restore an appealing look for you.
Mostly Hereditary Causes
Androgenetic Alopecia or Female Pattern Hair Loss – Though men’s hairline recedes from sides of the forehead or the crown, women’s hairline usually begins receding from the top of their head in a diffuse manner. When diagnosing a patient with female pattern hair loss, it’s important to take family history into consideration as well.
Doctors often look for blood relatives with a similar story when diagnosing female pattern hair loss. Any female blood relative, especially closely related people such as a mother and daughter both having thinned hair suggests genetically induced female pattern hair loss.
Autoimmune diseases – A blood test is often made to rule out hair loss related to autoimmune diseases. In an autoimmune disease, the immune system misguidedly attacks the otherwise functioning hair follicles of the person, whether it be scalp hair or any skin carrying hair follicles.
Most patients see improvement
In their autoimmune disease symptoms in a year or so, even without treatment. Though previously targeted and attacked hair follicles remain destroyed. Autoimmune elimination of follicles is often accompanied by another disease such as lupus, thyroid diseases, vitiligo or ulcerative colitis. The longer the condition is present, the less likely the affected areas regrow hair spontaneously.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome – our bodies produce hormones associated with both male and female characteristics; these hormones are called androgens. For example, during puberty, females experience a surge in testosterone which stimulates hair growth in visible areas and armpits among doing other important things. So with polycystic ovarian syndrome, the body produces these androgens. This leads to the development of some masculine features, such as excessive hair in places uncommon to women like neck, chest, abdomen, or face. Hence, this hormonal disruption sometimes causes hair on the scalp to fall out, especially near the front line. The fallen hair will not grow back on its own. But still, there are ways you can follow to stimulate new hair growth.
How To Prevent Female Hair Loss
Preventing female hair loss is entirely dependent on the initial cause. For example, if the hair loss is a result of genetics, then there may be no cure for this and a permanent solution, such as a female hair transplant, might be the most effective way to move forward. However, if the hair loss happens as a result of excessive styling or a lack of vitamin intake, then you may be able to slow down the process. If you are experiencing early signs of hair loss, you may want to consider the non-invasive PRP therapy, which helps to rejuvenate the scalp, stimulate the hair follicles and promote hair growth as a temporary solution.
For Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
You first have your blood drawn just like a usual blood examination. Second, the medical team takes the blood inside a special solution in a tube. This helps separate plasma from blood cells. Thirdly after putting your blood inside the said solution, the medical personnel places the tube inside a centrifuge.
The centrifuge spins your blood up to 8000 revolutions per minute to simulate a high gravity environment. Your red blood cells separate from your platelets, a type of cell found in the blood. That also has a major role in forming blood clots. Then the team takes the separated platelet-rich plasma in a syringe, and they apply it under your skin to promote rejuvenation.
Once you have determined the root cause of the hair loss, something which our expert team at esteGrande can help you with, then you may want to consider proceeding with a female hair transplant in Turkey, dependent on the severity of your hair loss.
Female Hair Transplant Results
Female hair transplantation results rely heavily upon the health of your donor area. Thicker fuller hair in your donor area is a major factor in getting a good result. The doctor will evaluate your donor area’s health during your consultation and plan a route accordingly.
Before The Operation
And if you happen to choose to undergo a hair transplantation procedure, you may be curious as to what will happen next. How will the operation go, what do I have to do etc. Let’s walk through the steps one by one.
The first thing we do before each and every operation is to take pictures of your hair. These pictures are necessary for canal opening operator to determine how the implanted hair will look on you. Operators look at your natural hair formation to get an idea of how your hair looked before the loss took place.
Next step after the photography is shaving
FUE patients have to get their whole head shaved. DHI patients, on the other hand, just have to get their donor and recipient zones shaven. The rest of the head does not have to be shaved thanks to DHI pens eliminating the canal opening phase. Because in DHI, the opening of the canal and the insertion of the follicle take place at the same time.
After the required zones get a nice clean shave, we take photographs once more. This time is to track your progress after the operation. Of course, we won’t put these photographs anywhere public without your explicit permission. We just take them for medical purposes.
The Actual Operation
Following these procedures, our medical team will escort you to your operation room. Before the operation, each patient gets a sedative pill, which helps relieve the anxiety and calms you down. At this point, depending on your demands, you may or may not get further sedation. After the optional sedation phase operators will begin anaesthetizing your donor area first.
After anaesthetics take effect, they will then begin inflating your scalp area with a serum solution. Operators do this to increase the distance between follicles. As a result, the micromotor punch does not cause unnecessary harm to the scalp. This solution also has adrenaline added to it. Adrenaline narrows your blood veins, thus reduces capillary bleeding. This helps with fluid retention and increases overall patient comfort.
Then following the inflation, an operator starts using the micromotor extraction device
This device generally has a punch diameter of 0.6 to 0.9 mm. The device makes tiny circular incisions around hair follicles without damaging them, and another operator harvests these follicles.
After harvest, the follicles are cleaned and sorted depending on their quality. If a follicle more than one hair sticking out of it, it’s a good quality follicle. While the harvester sorts the follicles, your recipient zones undergo the same anaesthesia procedure just like your donor area.
Generally, at this point, you take some time off to recover a bit and eat
Then, after the second anaesthesia takes effect canal operator comes and starts opening your canals. After the canals are opened, the team then starts implanting your harvested hair. Implantation is usually the longest part of the procedure. And during this phase, it’s important to lay still. Laying still is important so as to avoid any damage to your canals and to your follicles. Have patience it’s almost over now.
The natural hair does not just stick upwards when growing out. On the contrary, they have a slight incline. That’s why when opening your canals, your operator will make micro punctures with a 45-degree angle. The operator aims to create a natural-looking growth this way. After the incisions are made, they will start implanting your follicles with special tools resembling tweezers.
When the implantation is complete, the team bandages you neatly. These bandages will be removed the following day during your check-up. We will give you some further instructions after the operation and after the check-up.
When will my hair start growing back?
It usually takes around 3 to 6 months to start seeing results. You will most likely see the final results at around 18 months after the operation.
My transplanted hair is falling off all of a sudden; what do I do?
This is completely normal, and you should not be worried about it. It’s called shock loss. This happens to around 1-5% of patients, almost always without long-term problems whatsoever.
My head is itchy, can I scratch it?
If you’re in the first 7-14 days you shouldn’t scratch your head at all. Since scratching can remove your freshly implanted grafts. After this period, you can start light massages during showers; this will also help get rid of bloodiest and crusting.