Treatment guide

Hair Transplant Surgery

Hair transplant surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years. Technological advancements and a reduction in hair transplant costs have brought the treatment to the forefront of the cosmetic surgery industry. Getting a hair transplant doesn’t have the same social stigma as it once did, with celebrities and sports stars alike opting for the procedure to combat hair loss. But, there’s so much information about hair transplants online - What type of procedure? Should I go to Turkey for more affordable treatment? Does it hurt? Can I get a cheap hair transplant? Which doctor should I choose?

That’s where Qunomedical can help. Founded by doctors in 2015, all of our content is vetted by our Medical Board to give you the most accurate and up to date information so you can make an informed and unbiased decision.

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What Is a Hair Transplant?

Simply put, a hair transplant is a minimally-invasive, outpatient (no overnight stay) surgical procedure for people suffering from hair loss.

Hair restoration can permanently restore the hair of men and women who are experiencing partial baldness by transplanting hair follicles into balding or thinning areas.

What Are the Different Types of Hair Transplant Procedures?

There are lots of different types of hair transplant procedures currently available to restore natural hair for those experiencing hair loss. The right one for you will depend on what type of hair loss you have and how many grafts you want. If you chose Qunomedical as your partner for your procedure, this can be discussed with your Patient Manager.

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT, Follicular Unit Strip Surgery, Strip Harvesting)

FUT was developed in the 1950s, it involves a surgeon removing a strip of skin from the donor area (usually the back of the patient’s head) under local anaesthesia, dividing it into smaller grafts, and then implanting them into place on the recipient sites.

With this method, the patient has a permanent scar in the place where the scalp was removed, and the recovery time is around two weeks.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE, FUE harvesting)

The FUE technique is one of the most popular hair transplantation methods as it’s not invasive and has minimal downtime. The FUE method involves a specialist manually harvesting hair follicles from a donor area (usually the back of your head) under local anaesthesia. These follicles are then transplanted to where your hair loss is to create a natural, uniform look. FUE is traditionally performed by using steel blades to make the incisions for transplantation, however, new methods involving sapphire blades are becoming increasingly popular.

Some surgeons use ARTAS for an FUE hair transplant, a robotic surgical technique that uses algorithms to detect the most viable hairs for transplantation.

With this technique, the donor area is shaved down and healing takes place in under five days.

Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)

Direct hair implantation, or DHI, is a minimally-invasive hair transplantation technique that is used to restore hair in individuals with partial baldness.

DHI differs from FUE when it comes to implanting the grafts into the recipient area. The FUE technique requires the creation and opening of canals before the implantation can take place, with the surgeon then having to implant the grafts manually. DHI instead involves the use of a special tool called a Choi Implanter Pen. Essentially, this tool allows the surgeon to implant the extracted grafts straightaway, without having to go through the process of creating the canals. This is important, as it reduces the risk of hair follicles becoming damaged following the extraction phase. The Choi Implanter Pen also has a very fine tip, which gives the specialist the ability to be a lot more precise when it comes to making the incisions and implanting the follicles.

These methods vary because there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to hair restoration procedures since there’s no ‘typical’ hair transplant patient.

How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost?

Unfortunately, there's no simple answer to how much a hair transplant costs. We even wrote an entire Hair Transplant Cost Guide to cover this topic.

The cost of a hair transplant depends on the number of grafts required for each individual and where the procedure is performed. The difference in pricing for different countries is usually due to different living costs and labor costs, rather than quality.

Below are starting prices across countries for a 2000 graft hair transplant utilizing the FUE method at a high-quality hospital. These prices are not fixed or guaranteed and may vary based on a number of different factors.

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What Hair Transplant Surgery Is Right for Me?

What Are Grafts and Follicular Units?

What is the Treatment Timeline for a Hair Transplant?

How Long Does a Hair Transplant Take?

What Is the Recovery Time After a Hair Transplant?

What Are the Risks of Hair Transplant Surgery?

Can You Get Full Coverage With a Hair Transplant?

Does Hair Transplant Surgery Hurt?

What Are the Results of a Hair Transplant?

Results vary from patient to patient, as they’re dependent on hairlines and hair coverage prior to the treatment. Depending on the aims of the hair transplant surgery, successful results can range from the slight lowering of a hairline, to complete coverage in a previously bald area.

Results become noticeable after each growth cycle (typically every six weeks). Within the first cycle after the procedure, the hair follicles should start generating new hair growth, however, this won’t be visible initially. Throughout the following cycles the hair should become thicker and although these results are often visible, the full scope of a hair transplant usually occurs between 12–18 months after treatment.

For optimal results, patients are encouraged to carefully follow the surgeon’s post-operative care guidelines. Most surgeons also recommend things like minimizing alcohol consumption and smoking in the weeks following the procedure, as this can contribute to poor graft survival. Overall, hair transplant success rates have increased significantly in recent years.

Hair Transplants - Abroad or at Home?

The increasing number of patients seeking treatment abroad has made the decision to have cosmetic surgery outside of your home country more common. But, why?

There are a few reasons why people go abroad for hair transplants:

  • The cost of a hair transplant is 80% less than countries like the US and UK

  • Some of the most experienced surgeons are based abroad

  • Going abroad allows you to recover in a safe and private space

Hair transplants in Turkey have become increasingly popular destinations with some of the world’s best hair transplant surgeons having state of the art clinics in places like Istanbul. Qunomedical patients have opted to go abroad because of the end-to-end care you receive, with drivers picking you up from the airport, luxury hotel stays, and a relaxing end to your hair restoration journey.

Why Choose Qunomedical For a Hair Transplant?

We’ll work with you to find high-quality, affordable hair transplant treatments that are right for you. We’ll also provide you with information on hair transplants abroad, so you can choose from the highest-quality doctors worldwide.

For hair transplants abroad, we offer unique hair transplant packages, which include all the arrangements, like airport transfers and hotels, so your journey is as stress-free as possible.

Still unsure about whether this treatment is right for you? Check out one of our real patient stories below for a genuine insight into the hair transplant journey.



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