During your research into hair transplants, you may have seen that doctors, nurses, technicians, or all of the above will be involved in your procedure.
So who does what and why so many people?
Other clinics will vary in how they set up their staff but we will clarify what it means in relation to Qunomedical partner clinics, particularly in Turkey. Here, many hair transplant clinics offer “mega-session” hair transplants, which is the term used when more than 1200-2000 grafts (depending on hair type) are transplanted in one session.
In this article, we’ll discuss:
The main steps of an FUE hair transplant along with the approximate timings for each step are:
The steps that have a greater effect on the outcome of a natural looking hair transplant are the pre-op consultation and the canal opening.
During the pre-op consultation, the hairline planning and design is determined. Now is the time to talk about what you want your hair to look like and what is possible.
Please consider that even though you have a very specific idea about the look of your hair, it is the nurse’s or doctor’s job to determine your eventual treatment and coverage. This will depend on what is medically possible and feasible in your case. Rest assured they will always do their best to accommodate your desire.
The creation of the canals or channels that receive the hair will determine the direction the hair grows. It’s important that this matches your hair’s natural patterns to blend in seamlessly.
With Qunomedical partner clinics, the medical staff involved with each step does vary but the pre-op consultation and the canal openings will always be performed by either a doctor or nurse.
Nurses who specialise in hair transplantation often have a similar or greater level of experience and expertise in hair transplantation as the doctors we partner with.
This is an important distinction. Some nurses are also referred to as technicians but not all technicians are nurses, thus causing some confusion.
With Qunomedical partners, the doctor or nurse will be performing the aspects of the hair transplant that require any incisions to be made in the head such as preparing the scalp for harvesting the hair grafts and channel creation as well as the consultation before the hair transplant. Many times, they are also often conducting the post-op consultation.
INSIDER TIP: On our Clinic Treatment pages, we always explain who is responsible for what part of the procedure.
Technicians generally assist with preparing and implanting the hair grafts (when the canals have been made), aftercare and washing instruction and assisting as needed.
However, you will notice in the timing of the hair transplant steps above, that the steps undertaken by the technicians will take a few hours (as they are very repetitive) while the ones undertaken by the doctor or nurse generally take under one hour at a time.
This means that you may not see the doctor or nurse as often as you might expect and will mostly be tended to by technicians.
Our partner doctors and nurses have often personally trained their technicians. They understand that completing a successful hair transplant depends as much on the skill of their technicians as their own and expect them to also maintain high quality standards.
Due to improving technology and lower costs of performing a hair transplantation, many hair transplant clinics have sprung up, particularly in countries like Turkey, claiming to offer low-cost hair transplants because they are performed by technicians. They fail to define who qualifies as a “technician” and if there is an experienced doctor or nurse involved in the procedure at all.
Our objective at Qunomedical is to bring transparency and clarity to the specific areas of a medical treatment and minimise confusion. We require our partners to give full transparency around doctor and nurse involvement and communicate this to our patients.
Let’s take a step back... there are doctors and nurses, but why are those extra technicians involved?
Length of the procedure: A hair transplant can take anywhere from 4 to 9 hours. Like any lengthy medical treatment, assistance helps everything go smoothly.
Decreases the time the grafts are out of the body: Hair grafts can only be out of the body for a limited period of time or else they are not useable so speed is important during the implantation process. This will usually be done by at least 2 technicians.
Multiple tasks completed at the same time: During an FUE hair transplant, technicians will be analysing and separating the thousands of grafts that were harvested while the doctor concentrates on creating the canals to receive the grafts.
Alleviating the strain on the doctor or nurse: Looking at hairs through magnification scopes in bright light for several hours; carefully harvesting thousands of hair grafts; creating the hair canals with natural looking spacing and density - all of this takes concentration, stamina, dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
Anyone who has repeated the same task for hours on end understands that all of these abilities start to decrease over long periods of time no matter how skilled you are. This is why a doctor or nurse will have a team of trained technicians to assist them and rotate through the various tasks of the transplant procedure.
Now that we've clarified the similarities between a hair transplant doctor and nurse and the differences with technicians, we’d like to introduce you to some of the nurses and technicians at our partner clinics in Turkey.
Nurse Sisman earned her degree in nursing in 1993. She has been working at Istanbul Aesthetic Center as a hair transplantation practitioner and coordinator since 2005. She completed a course in scalp micropigmentation in 2008. With almost 15 years experience, she is the head nurse of the hair transplantation team and specialises in FUE hair and beard transplants, scalp micropigmentation and PRP treatments.
Nurse Sanem graduated with her degree in nursing in 2004. She worked as a nurse and then completed her training in hair transplantation in 2006. She has 13 years experience at various hair transplant clinics in Iran and Turkey and has been at Istanbul Aesthetic Center since 2016.
Nurse Eryılmaz trained in health services and received her degree from Anadolu University. She has worked as a hair transplant technician in various clinics throughout Istanbul since 2005 and joined Dr. Cinik Clinic in 2016.
Nurse Küce completed her nursing degree in 1998 at Ege University. Since that time, she’s worked as an emergency room and intensive care unit nurse at Şişli State Etfal Hospital and was the supervising nurse at Etiler Hospital and Esteworld before joining Dr. Cinik Clinic in 2018.
Nurse Cinik graduated in 2010 from Bilgi University with her Bachelor’s in nursing. She completed an internship at Şişli State Etfal Hospital as an intensive care unit, emergency and surgery nurse. She joined Dr. Cinik Clinic in 2016 as a nurse and technician, having previously been a nurse and technician at Medical Park Hospital for 3 years.
Nurse Yavuz earned his nursing degree in 2010 from Istanbul Okan University. He began working as a Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Nurse at GOP Hospital immediately after. He’s been performing hair transplantation for the past 9 years.
Nurse Başdüzen received her nursing degree from Istanbul Bilim University Florence Nightingale Hospital School of Nursing in 2012. For the past 7 years, she’s been a Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Nurse at GOP Hospital. She received her hands-on training in hair transplantation from the plastic surgeon Prof. Dr. Cenk Şen.
Can Aksu is a hair transplant surgical assistant at Smile Hair Clinic in Istanbul. He started to work as a surgical assistant in the Hair Transplant Clinic at Medistate Hospital, Istanbul, in 2012. His area of expertise focuses on extraction of grafts in revision surgeries, poor donor area, and incisions (creating new hair channels). He has performed over 2,000 hair transplant surgeries, and more than half of them were incisions.
Evren Celiker is a hair transplant surgical assistant at Smile Hair Clinic in Istanbul. After graduating as Anesthesiologist Assistant in 2011, he decided to specialise in hair transplantation. He has been working as a surgical assistant since 2011 and his work focuses on incisions. He started to work with Dr. Bilgin and Dr. Erdogan's team in 2015. Mr. Celiker has performed over 3,000 hair transplant surgeries and around 1,700 of them as incisions.
Ismail Kucuk is a hair transplant surgical assistant at Smile Hair Clinic in Istanbul. He completed his nursing studies in 2004 and initially worked as an ER nurse. Later on, he attended hair transplantation courses and has been working at Smile Hair Clinic since 2014. He has performed over 2,200 surgeries, where he was responsible for incisions in more than 900 cases.
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The information in this article is for educational purposes only and does not replace medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting any treatments.