Hair Transplants: Types, Side Effects, and Recovery

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There are various hair transplant procedures available internationally, from the cheapest highest quality hair transplants in Istanbul, to others in more expensive areas of the world. Wherever you do decide to receive a hair transplant procedure, the types available, potential side effects and recovery. Follow this guide and you should experience the best results following your hair transplant.

There are two main types of hair transplant:

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Follicular unit transplantation (FUT, or strip method):

Here, a thin strip of skin with hair is removed from the back of your head. It is then divided into pieces, each containing between 1 – 4 hair grafts. These grafts are then placed into tiny cuts made within the scalp. The site is then sealed with stitches.

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Follicular unit extraction (FUE):

Within a FUE hair transplant, the back of the head is shaved before individual hairs are removed 1 by 1. These grafts are then placed into tiny cuts within the head. This will result in a lot of tiny scars, but these will not be noticeable. This should usually take a couple of hours, and you will not need to stay overnight.

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Side Effects

Following your hair transplant, no matter what type you get, side effects such as the following may occur:

    • Infection or bleeding

As hair transplants involved making incisions into the skin, it is always possible that an open wound may become infected. When a site becomes infected, this may also increase the risk of bleeding from the affected site.

    • Scars

Just as there is risk of bleeding, scarring may also occur when a wound has been opened. You should speak with your surgeon prior to your procedure to discuss this. Additionally, some individuals also experience raised bumps. As the hair grows back, these bumps may become concealed.

    • Pain and swelling

After your hair transplant procedure, and as the skin heals, there may be some pain. Your surgeon will provide you with painkillers for this, which is completely normal and a side effect you should not worry about too much.

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Recovery

Hair transplant will usually take a day, and you will not need to stay overnight. If a larger area of hair is being transplanted, you may need to have 2 or more sessions, spaced a few months apart. When it comes to the recovery period, most people can return to work within 3 days following their hair transplant. Between 2 – 5 days following he procedure, bandages can be removed. On day 6, you may gently touch the area, but be careful not to be too rough with the grafts.

Within the first 2 weeks, you must be careful to not knock your head, as the grafts will not be secure. Exercise must be reduced within the first month, as this will assist with reducing scarring.

A few weeks following the procedure, the transplanted hair will fall out, beginning to grow back once more within 6 months. Fully results should be fully evident within one year to 18 months following the procedure.

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