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Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation (FUT)

Advancements in the hair transplant Turkey technologies have transformed hair restoration from an aesthetically unpredictable procedure to a controlled intervention that can provide consistent results. Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) is one of these modern methods of hair transplantation that can reconstruct hairlines that have been lost due to all sorts of reasons, such as diseases, stress, genetics or medical treatments.

Follicular unit transplantation makes use of follicular units which are tiny bundles consisting of several strands. By proceeding with these naturally occurring units, instead of larger or smaller grafts, FUT enables a natural look to a considerable extent with minimal wound size and faster post-op recovery. The possibility of implanting up to four hairs in a small recipient area is also a valuable factor in reaching desired natural appearance. These successful results can only be acquired at the hands of a well-trained team with accurate graft placement, angles and distribution, especially for those operations involving a large number of follicles.

Who is a candidate for Follicular Unit Transplantation?

Proper patient selection is one of the most crucial factors of successful hair transplantation surgery. Patients who have thinning hair, bald spots or receding hairline are generally considered as ideal candidates for unit transplantation, and in addition, they must have sufficient hair density at the donor site as well as an adequate amount of hair growth.

Since transplanting at an early age has no apparent medical advantages, it is important to take into consideration the age of the patient. Male pattern baldness, for instance, triggers hair loss, persisting for years, usually into the late thirties. That’s why it is not advised for young men to have a FUT operation since they will continually lose hair as they age. Therefore, the age range regarded as the ideal is the thirties.

Even though a perfect restoration in severe baldness is limited to an extent, large-scale baldness is not considered an overwhelming obstacle for hair restoration. There are two essential factors needed to be considered: donor supply and patient’s expectation. If the patient’s donor supply has sufficient density and stability, and the expectation regarding the results are reasonable in accordance with the available hair, then the surgeons may proceed with the transplantation.

There are various medical conditions and medications which interfere with the FUT procedure, such as bleeding disorders, drugs that increase bleeding, immunodeficiency, unstable arrhythmias, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sensitivity to local anaesthetics or adrenalin, a history of keloid formation or connective tissue disease, and major psychiatric disorders. In case of struggling with these conditions or using mentioned medications, proceeding with FUT operation is out of the question.

FUT or FUE: the difference between two techniques

The difference between Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is basically the method of harvesting the grafts. Extracting follicular unit grafts from the scalp for a hair transplant is the fundamental purpose of both techniques; thus, it is not plausible to approach them as completely different procedures.

Follicular unit transplant is executed by harvesting the unit grafts in a form of a thin strip from the donor site. Isolation of the grafts can be made without hair deformity, exhibiting higher quality as well as higher density. Whereas in FUE, hair grafts are extracted individually, and the resulting time gap can lead to a slight impairment of the follicles.

If you need to return to your work as soon as possible, FUE may not be the one for you since it requires the donor site to be shaved. Meanwhile, as a more invasive method of hair transplant, FUT may not be convenient for patients who wish to engage in physically demanding activities shortly after the operation.

While FUE requires multiple session of transplantation, a single session is more than enough for the FUT procedure; for this reason, if you have a problem concerning time, then it is recommended for you to undergo a FUT operation. It is also important to know that FUE is more plausible over FUT for patients with a higher risk of scarring since tissue scarring is bound to happen with the FUT procedure. Therefore, young people, athletic and muscular people, and those whose scalps are either very loose or very tight should consider opting for FUE.

How is the Follicular Unit Transplant applied?

The first step of the operation, the planning phase, is one of the most crucial stages in terms of the FUT procedure; because the hairline is the most distinct indicator of an operation. An elaborated planning process, in accordance with a patient’s physical structure, as well as the surgeon’s proficiency determine the success of the transplantation and the quality of the results obtained. From a surgeon’s point of view, the main goal of the first session should be creating the frontal hairline and framing the face and covering all affected areas of the scalp to create sufficient density so that the results will look natural after one session.

First of all, your hair on the donor site will be trimmed into 2 to 3 mm. The hair apart from the strip should not be shortened since it will be used for hiding the incision. Next, the donor site will be injected with local anaesthetics for a pain-free experience. In order to avoid transaction, it is crucial to be parallel with existing hair. Once the upper and lower incisions are made, the strip is disconnected from the scalp tissue and immediately immersed in chilled saline. The remaining space can be closed either with staples or sutures.

Dissecting hair follicles from the surrounding tissue under a microscope, your transplant team will start to treat the tissue strip, forming individual grafts by means of a microscope. This meticulous method of preparing grafts allows more than 98 per cent of the hair follicles to survive the extracting process and dramatically raises the success rate of the operation.

The next step is the preparation of the recipient area and finally the transplantation of the hair grafts. Small incisions are made in a way that is in harmony with the direction of the natural hair growth. Using fine-angled forceps, grafts that have been dissected from the strip are then delicately inserted in these small incisions, paying close attention to the angle, location and depth of each unit to guarantee natural-looking results and to enhance the density and coverage of the thinning areas.

Depending on the number of grafts for the desired results, the procedure may take between four and six hours on average.

Advantages of Follicular Unit Transplantation

Higher graft quality

One of the most striking benefits of FUT is that compared to other transplant techniques, it provides a much more superior yield of hair. Utilizing a stereoscopic microscope, FUT significantly decreases the possibility of transection, thus improving the yield of hair. Consequently, FUT becomes the most ideal hair restoration technique for patients with large bald areas, requiring voluminous results.

Higher numbers of follicle units

Providing transplantation of a large number of hair follicles in one session, patients who need a large amount of hair restoration and struggling with extensive baldness are advised to undergo FUT operation as it is possible to transplant up to 4000 follicle units in one session.

The increased follicle survival rate

Patients whose donor areas have limited existing hair are recommended going for an FUT procedure since it provides one of the highest rates of hair follicle survival.

No increase in the risk of scarring

Follicular unit transplantation is performed with an inevitable linear scar. However, if there is a need for subsequent sessions, there will be no additional scarring as the new incision will be incorporated into the old scar. Thereby, extracting more hair from the donor area will not lead to further thinning of the hair.

Low cost

Since follicular unit transplantation costs are estimated as a lump sum amount, it usually cheaper compared to other transplantation techniques, also considering the shorter surgical time.

No need to shave

One of the reasons many female patients opt for FUT procedure is that you do not need to shave your hair before the surgery. The hair on your donor site will be trimmed during the operation, and it will be covered with your existing hair.

Less surgical time

The need for labouring extraction approaches in FUT is less than the other techniques, shortening the time needed for the surgery. Another factor reducing the surgical time is that your surgeon is not required to personally deal with both removal of the strip and the preparing of the grafts. Once your surgeon completes the dissection of the strip, he/she is able to immediately begin the implantation process as the assistants provide ready-to-use hair follicle grafts; thus, the amount of time in the operation room is significantly reduced.

Disadvantages of Follicular Unit Transplantation

In comparison with the other hair restoration techniques, the risk of linear scarring and a relatively long recovery period is considered the main disadvantage of the FUT procedure. Moreover, further FUT sessions can lead to stretching of the scalp, and as a result of this, aggravating the scarry look. Also, FUT is regarded as an invasive procedure to a degree, resulting in a longer recovery period.

Recovery Period

Following the operation, you will be instructed on post-op actions to be taken in order to have a comfortable and successful recovery period. It is critically important to comply with these instructions as it is still possible to experience several side effects, although a very unlikely scenario. The precautions to take following follicular unit transplantation includes:

  • You should not touch or rub your scalp in the first few weeks following the surgery, as friction can lead to the loss of newly transplanted grafts.
  • You will be instructed on how often you should wash your scalp. It is important to follow these instructions and apply only the recommended cleansing products while acting carefully so that the hair grafts will not be dislodged.
  • Since gentle rinsing of the recipient site helps to alleviate crusting, it is still highly necessary to wash and rinse the transplanted area, but only with gentle movements especially the first 2 weeks following the surgery. You should not use any kind of product containing chemical substances such as hair dye agents for at least 2 weeks.
  • Avoiding direct trauma to the scalp for 2 weeks after the procedure is extremely important. Also, smoking and alcohol consumption should be suspended for at least 3 days after the operation. In about 2 weeks, you will be ready to go back to your daily life.
  • Unprotected exposure to sunlight should be avoided for 3 months. Do not go outside without wearing a hat or applying a strong and effective sunscreen.

The complete healing of the incision resulted from the strip removal will take several weeks, and the linear scar at the donor site will turn to a white line in about six to nine months.

Potential Risks and Complications of FUT

Follicular unit transplantation is usually a safe operation without significant risks or complications, but considering the fact that there is always a possibility of risks as with any surgical procedure, there can be also some minor complications associated with hair restoration. However, it is important to bear in mind that these mentioned side effects are generally rare, temporary and easily managed by professionals.

Scarring

When it comes to follicular unit transplantation, visible scarring resulting from strip removal is mostly inevitable. However, using advance suturing methods, a proficient surgery team is able to proceed with unobtrusive scarring which is ultimately covered with the patient’s existing hair.

Patchy appearance

Unexpected circumstances, such as an inexperienced or unqualified medical team, can cause the death of the hair follicles at the transplantation site, creating an unnatural, patchy looking complexion. That kind of complication may require additional restoration sessions which are both times consuming and financially straining. So, it is extremely important to do detailed research about the competence of the hair restoration team, in order to ensure the survival of the grafts.

Swelling

Some mild swelling following the procedure is seen as completely natural. In rare cases, there might be swelling on the forehead as well as bruising on the lower eyelids. These rare occurrences usually show up around the second to fifth day after the operation and should not become a matter of concern. Swelling does not require any special treatment; generally, it goes away on its own. If you still wish to take measures for swelling, you can consider placing wet dressing over the swollen site without touching the newly inserted grafts.

Bleeding

Before you leave the clinic, all possible bleeding will have been kept under control. Even though it is rare, some bleeding may occur after the operation. In this case, you should keep your head elevated and place gauze, applying firm and continuous pressure on the bleeding area.

Pain

If you experience some mild pain after the operation, although it is not that common, you can alleviate the pain by using the painkillers which are prescribed by your doctor.

Numbness

Numbness or tingling on the scalp may occur temporarily, especially around the donor area. It generally disappears within three to 18 weeks, as nerve-endings start to regrow.

Itching

Itching on the scalp is one of the most common side effects of hair restoration procedures. It lasts for a few days, not causing any kind of problem. Keeping the scalp clean will be effective against itching.

Infections

Redness and swelling are parts of the natural process, so they are highly expected after hair transplant surgery. However, if the pain and tenderness on the saturated area are persistent and does not heal by itself, then it is reasonable to consider the possibility of an infection, even though it is unlikely to get an infection under the supervision of an advanced clinic. Fever and/or some kind of discharge can also be symptoms of infections. In such a case, you should immediately contact your doctor and get your antibiotics.

Thinning of the existing hair

Even though it is quite rare, it is still possible to exist hair starting to thin. You do not need to panic, as this is temporary and the desired results will become observable within a few months.

Hiccups

While the cause is still unknown, there is a slight chance that you may hiccough from several hours to several days following the operation.

Cysts

If the scale of your hair transplant surgery is extensive, you may notice some sort of cysts similar to small pimples, one or more, on your scalp. You do not need to worry as they usually disappear by themselves in a few weeks, and they can be treated quite easily.

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Mapa Hair Clinic

All processes in FUE hair transplantation procedures are followed by doctors, and each team member involved in the operation has received medical training. More than 15,000 patients from different countries have received hair transplantation and successful results.

Mapa Health’s friendly and hospitable team works with the aim of making patients feel at home. The treated chairs are specially manufactured and visco beds are used, our patients feel comfortable throughout the entire hair transplantation process.

In Mapa Health Clinic; Treatments applied using the latest technology in hair transplantation are offered to patients from all over the world. “SAPPHIRE HAIR TRANSPLANTATION” is standard in our clinic. Guests from all over the world can benefit from MAPA Hair’s translation services free of charge; It also has access to services such as hotel reservation, airport pick-up, drop off at the airport and visa consultancy.

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Our Doctor, has been graduated from Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty which has been established in 1827. After graduating he spent 5 years in emergency service, during this period he had improved his surgical skills.

In 2011 he became responsible from many patients who were wounded in war and most of them had hairloss because of the burns and he started hairtransplantation. He is now a medical doctor, offering FUE, DHİ hair transplant and hair mesothelioma for the patients with hair loss.

He has spent many years studying and going through extensive training to become one of the top hair loss surgeons in Istanbul. He performs hair trasnplants and hair mesothelioma with outstanding results that improve his patients’ lives and confidence. His priority is to make his patients feel they are someone from the family.

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Hair Transplantation

Experience

2008 – oncoming Hair Transplant Surgeon

2008-2014 Nisantasi Hospital | Aesthetics & Obesity Hospital, Hair Transplant Surgeon

Education

2012 Mesothelioma Certification

2012 Phytotherapy Certification

2008 Medical Aesthetician Course, Hair Transplantation Course

1994-1999 Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty

1991-1994 T.E.D. Karadeniz Ereğli Collage

Memberships & Professional Achievements

Turkish Medical Association

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Located in a modern tower, this contemporary hotel is 4 km from Dolmabahçe Palace and 9 km from the famous Hagia Sophia.

The friendly rooms feature WIFI, flat-screen TV and minibar. Luxury rooms have tea and coffee makers. The suites have a seating area or living room, and most have a hot tub. Luxury suites feature saunas and dining areas. Some rooms offer access to the lounges with refreshments such as drinks, snacks and evening snacks. Room service is available 24/7.

Breakfast and parking are free. It has a luxury restaurant and a stylish rooftop bar. Other facilities include an indoor swimming pool, gym, juice bar and spa.

Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International offers the same first class service quality every day because our goal is to delight all guests who visit Dedeman Hotels with traditional Dedeman hospitality.
With more than 45 years of experience in Turkey and internationally, Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International offers its business partners a promising future through a professional approach to hotel management and a strong brand with a high level of awareness.
Dedeman strives to improve, expand and successfully host the world as the largest international hotel chain in Turkey.

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    Hair transplantation using the FUE method
    Hair treatments are becoming more and more popular, because many men and increasingly women no longer want to put up with natural hair, light hair, receding hairline or bald head. The revolutionary technique of FUE hair transplant can help here. This new method has largely replaced the conservative technique of FUT hair transplantation.
    The new techniques and special clinics now allow an almost painless transplantation of hair (not only) into the scalp. These methods have a positive effect during and after treatment.
     
    The healing process is also shortened by the accelerated growth. Since we started using this method, the response has been consistently positive. Our patients were completely satisfied with the result of their own hair treatment.
     
     

    Who Can Have Hair Transplantation?
    First of all, the need for hair transplantation is determined with the first examination. If the hair transplant specialist detects that hair follicles are alive or a temporary loss is experienced during his examination, he will seek solutions with treatments that will strengthen the hair follicles.

    Hair transplantation is applied to people with hair loss due to age, hormones and familial inheritance. However; Hair transplantation can be applied to bare areas on the hair or eyebrows as a result of burns, hairless areas that have hair loss due to aesthetic operation and disease.

    Every healthy individual can transplant hair.
    Age or hair structure is not a restrictive feature for hair transplantation. It is necessary to have healthy hair follicles available and to be used as donors.

    Although hair transplantation is not a surgical intervention, blood tests are performed for the procedures to be performed. People with diseases such as Heart, Diabetes, Liver Failure, Blood Pressure and Renal Failure cannot have hair transplantation.

    FUE method applied in hair transplantation
    In the Follicular Unit Extraction method, in the FUE method, hair follicles are taken one by one with micro punches that create scratches with a special tip 0.6mm – 0.8mm in diameter under local anesthesia, and placed in the bald areas, taking into account the natural hair exit angle and direction.

    There are approximately 2-3 hair follicles in the collected grafts. In an average session, 4000-6000 grafts, ie 8000 – 12000 hair follicles, are obtained. The sowing time varies between 5 and 7 hours depending on the width of the open area. One of the most important issues to be considered in hair transplantation is that it is applied in hospital and operating room conditions.

    The area where the hair follicles will be planted has been previously marked and determined. A channel is opened in this area and transplantation is made according to the size and direction of the hair follicle.

    It is possible to transplant 50 – 60 hair follicles per square centimeter, depending on the number of roots and opening.

    Time to see full results after hair transplantation
    The recovery time in FUE method hair transplantation is very fast. It is necessary to be protected from external contact in the first week. For this, dressing is made using bandages. The washing process with special lotion and shampoo is continued for the first 10-15 days and then normal shampoos can be used.

    Spills may occur within the first month after hair transplantation. The best formation starts from the 6th month and after 1 year, your hair will reach its most natural and bushy state.

    FUE hair transplant advantages
    Only hair follicles are removed without removing tissue from the donor area.

    In the donor area, no incision is made, only in the area where the hair follicles are taken, there are abrasions smaller than 1 mm in diameter.

    Hair follicles taken from the donor area with the FUE technique can be used for beard, eyebrow and mustache transplantation.

    Up to 6,000 hair follicles can be taken during the acquisition process, each of which has 2-3 hair strands.

    With the FUE hair transplant method, hair follicles are placed at frequent intervals. It makes the hair more natural and bushy.

    There is no loss of tissue and sensation with the FUE method.

    Pain is not felt during and after the procedure performed with local anesthesia.

     
     
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    Mapa Hair Clinic

    All processes in FUE hair transplantation procedures are followed by doctors, and each team member involved in the operation has received medical training. More than 15,000 patients from different countries have received hair transplantation and successful results.

    Mapa Health’s friendly and hospitable team works with the aim of making patients feel at home. The treated chairs are specially manufactured and visco beds are used, our patients feel comfortable throughout the entire hair transplantation process.

    In Mapa Health Clinic; Treatments applied using the latest technology in hair transplantation are offered to patients from all over the world. “SAPPHIRE HAIR TRANSPLANTATION” is standard in our clinic. Guests from all over the world can benefit from MAPA Hair’s translation services free of charge; It also has access to services such as hotel reservation, airport pick-up, drop off at the airport and visa consultancy.

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    Our Doctor, has been graduated from Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty which has been established in 1827. After graduating he spent 5 years in emergency service, during this period he had improved his surgical skills.

    In 2011 he became responsible from many patients who were wounded in war and most of them had hairloss because of the burns and he started hairtransplantation. He is now a medical doctor, offering FUE, DHİ hair transplant and hair mesothelioma for the patients with hair loss.

    He has spent many years studying and going through extensive training to become one of the top hair loss surgeons in Istanbul. He performs hair trasnplants and hair mesothelioma with outstanding results that improve his patients’ lives and confidence. His priority is to make his patients feel they are someone from the family.

    Expert

    Hair Transplantation

    Experience

    2008 – oncoming Hair Transplant Surgeon

    2008-2014 Nisantasi Hospital | Aesthetics & Obesity Hospital, Hair Transplant Surgeon

    Education

    2012 Mesothelioma Certification

    2012 Phytotherapy Certification

    2008 Medical Aesthetician Course, Hair Transplantation Course

    1994-1999 Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty

    1991-1994 T.E.D. Karadeniz Ereğli Collage

    Memberships & Professional Achievements

    Turkish Medical Association

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    Dedeman Hotels

    Hotel information

    Located in a modern tower, this contemporary hotel is 4 km from Dolmabahçe Palace and 9 km from the famous Hagia Sophia.

    The friendly rooms feature WIFI, flat-screen TV and minibar. Luxury rooms have tea and coffee makers. The suites have a seating area or living room, and most have a hot tub. Luxury suites feature saunas and dining areas. Some rooms offer access to the lounges with refreshments such as drinks, snacks and evening snacks. Room service is available 24/7.

    Breakfast and parking are free. It has a luxury restaurant and a stylish rooftop bar. Other facilities include an indoor swimming pool, gym, juice bar and spa.

    Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International offers the same first class service quality every day because our goal is to delight all guests who visit Dedeman Hotels with traditional Dedeman hospitality.
    With more than 45 years of experience in Turkey and internationally, Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International offers its business partners a promising future through a professional approach to hotel management and a strong brand with a high level of awareness.
    Dedeman strives to improve, expand and successfully host the world as the largest international hotel chain in Turkey.

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