5 Things to Consider Before Hair Transplant


For many men, baldness and receding hairlines are nightmares. The good news is that hair transplantation is a very effective permanent solution. The techniques of hair growth for men have shown themselves as effective and keep gaining popularity.

Here are five important things to consider when deciding whether or not to undergo hair transplantation for men who have a hair loss problem:

1) Should I Stop Minoxidil Before Hair Transplant or Not?

Hair loss requires a two-pronged approach: maintaining existing hair health and restoring lost hair. You can begin your hair loss treatment with medications such as Minoxidil. You can certainly use it, and it may work. However, in most cases, discontinuing Minoxidil will result in significant hair loss.

Nonetheless, Minoxidil can help prevent hair loss. Our contracted surgeons will ask you to discontinue the use of Minoxidil at least one month before your hair transplant procedure at MCAN Health. To make the best decisions, they must observe the effect on your balding and receding areas after you discontinue using Minoxidil.

Should You Start Minoxidil After Hair Transplant Again?

Some surgeons may advise you to use Minoxidil for a short time after the procedure to keep your natural hair located among the transplanted hairs healthy. It is critical to consult your doctor because this may differ depending on your specific medical situation.

2) Are You Losing Your Hair Because of Male Pattern Baldness?

Although Alopecia is the most common cause of male hair loss, medical treatments, stress, and other factors can also cause hair loss. Only if you have male pattern baldness will a hair transplant be effective. Your hair will be receding from the front to the crown of your head in this case. If your hair is falling evenly from all parts of your scalp, there could be another cause for your hair loss.

3) Have a Realistic Expectation about Your Hair Transplant According to your Donor Area

Hair transplantation does not occur by transplanting hair follicles from one person with a lot of hair to another. Hair transplantation involves extracting hair follicles from your donor area (the back of your head) and implanting them in balding areas.

As a result, what is possible for you is determined by your circumstances. Can you cover your entire head? Do not expect miracles! And don't believe anyone who promises you a full head of hair if your donor area is limited and you have large balding areas. If your donor area is dense enough, you may be able to have a second hair transplant.

4) The Cost of a Hair Transplant in Turkey vs Europe, vs the USA

The cost of hair transplantation differs by country. FUE hair transplantation costs between $3,000 and $32,000 in Europe, and $3600 to $37,000 in the United States, depending on the number of follicles needed, the clinic, and the location. 

FUE hair transplantation clinics in both Europe and the United States charge per graft (follicle), which means that the cost for a patient requiring 3000 grafts can reach $22,000.

In Turkey, the cost of FUE hair transplantation ranges from $1,600 to $6,500 for 3,000 follicles. This includes lodging and transportation. In Turkey, most clinics implant as many follicles as possible in a single session.

5) What is the Best Method for Hair Transplant? FUE, FUT, DHI?

Extraction, Canal Opening, and Implantation are the three main types of hair transplantation.

Extraction is done in two ways: FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation - Strip Extraction) refer to the extraction of individual hair follicles, whereas FUT is the extraction of a strip of hair at the back of the head. FUT is no longer recommended because it leaves a scar.

The other crucial stages of hair transplantation are canal opening and implantation. Canals are opened using the slit method and implanted one at a time in FUE.

In DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) the canals are opened with a special pen while also implanting the grafts.

FUE is the most commonly used method, with the most grafts, whereas DHI provides a more natural appearance and eliminates the need for shaving the head.

The best method for you is determined in collaboration with your surgeon based on your expectations and the possibilities of your donor area, the quality of your hair follicles, and the extent of the balding parts.

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