Chances are - there's nothing to worry about. Most hair loss is natural and on average we lose around 100 hairs a day through washing, brushing, etc. This is usual hair loss, and does not affect your appearence as lost hair is replaced by new growth.
However - as many as 1 in 4 women will experience "unusual" hair loss and notice their hair thinning much more than normal. Thinning hair has many possible causes from stress to lack of nutrition, alopecea, or hormonal imbalances. Pregnancy can also cause temporary hair loss, as can rapid weight change, anemia, lack of protein and essential vitamins A and B.
Whatever the root cause - thinning hair can have a significant affect on womens appearence, and for many - their self confidence..
To make sure that a hair transplant is the right treatment for you, it's important to understand why your hair is thinning,
Prior to treatment our doctors use a simple blood test to check hormone, thyroid, vitamin and mineral levels. This enables us to make sure the underlying cause of your hair loss is understood, and that a hair transplant is the right treatment option for you.
If a hair transplant is the right treatment for you - the result will be natural looking fuller hair without stitches or scars, minimal discomfort, and a lifelong guarantee for the number of hairs we transplant.
Great looking results come from a tried and tested process in the hands of an experienced team. The process used at Group Florence Hospitals is called Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE for short. 1, 2 or 3 follicles are carefully selected and then replanted to grow hair in the right thickness and natural direction. This is essential for long and stylish hair.
Choosing the right follicles and planting them in the right way sounds simple, but in fact requires a great deal of skill and experience.
All our surgeons are professionally qualified and highly experienced at the FUE hair transplant process. Always reassure yourself your practicioners use the right process and have the relevant experience.
It will take 3 to 4 months for new hair to start growing. Natural hair matures in colour and body for up to 18 months after your operation. There will be no visible scarring after a year.
The procedure is relatively painless with only a little discomfort when applying the local anaesthetic.
Two Weeks to go:
Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatories, or other anticoagulants. Omega-3 capsules, fish oil and herbal teas but not normal black tea.
The day before:
On the day of your operation:
Shampoo your hair, but don't use any perfumed products. The surgery should be performed on a full stomach, so feel free to have a good breakfast
Our friendly team will conduct an initial assessment and introduce you to your hair transplant surgeon who'll help you understand your options, and answer that all important question - will it work? We realise it’s a big decision, we want to answer all your questions about hair loss, and for you to leave your hair transplant consultation fully informed.
You will be treated by our highly experienced plastic surgeons and clinical nurses team in our own JCI accredited hospital in Istanbul, Turkey.
JCI accreditation is a globally recognised qualification - only awarded to hospitals that are able to demonstrate consistently high standards across all aspects of hospital operation.
After the operation Your hair transplant does not require hospitalisation so you may leave after the operation. The back and sides of the head are covered by a medical dressing which you'll return to have checked the next day. Your surgeon will judge if it's the right time to have your first hair wash and this will be conducted at the clinic by our team. Because the transplanted area is exposed, the first wash is performed with a special foaming antiseptic agent. You'll be shown how to wash your hair carefully while the transplant matures and the small scabs that form as part of the healing process start to fall off naturally.
For at least the first week you should of course do your best to avoid anything that might rub or bump against the transplant area. Avoid using a head covering, such as a hat or scarf.
Some simple steps will help you get the best results from your Hair Transplant:
If these instructions are followed, after 10 days the hair transplant is almost undetectable and your newly transplanted hair will begin to grow at around 10 weeks. Your hair will be long enough to be combed in about 6 months and, in most cases, will be fully grown in 1 year.
The greatest advantage of FUE technique is that it does not leave any scars, even if you decide to shave off your hair completely in a few years, your will not have any visible scars.
You'll meet your surgeon at your first consultation.
He will walk you through the FUE hair transplant process step by step.
There's also a simple blood test to make sure you're suitable for surgery.