Hair Transplant In Turkey

All You Need to Know About Hair Transplant

What is Hair Transplant?

Hair transplant is a surgical treatment that is used as a solution to hair loss. The treatment involves transplanting individual hair follicles from a part of the body known as the ‘donor site’ into bald part of the head called the ‘recipient site’. There are 2 primary methods used for hair transplant traditionally: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).

Along with these traditional hair transplant methods, MCAN Health offers its patients a unique and advanced hair transplant technique called Direct Hair Implantation (DHI). This technique has some advantages compared to other hair transplantation methods.

Methods of Hair Transplant

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): a procedure where hair is transplanted from the “donor site”, in naturally-occurring groups of 1, 2, 3, or 4 hairs called follicular units, into the bald or balding areas of the scalp by using the strip technique. A strip of tissue with hair on it is removed from the “donor site”, and then the donor strip is cut into follicular units and these follicular unit grafts are transplanted into the tiny holes in bald or balding areas of the scalp which were determined by the surgeon. The local anesthetic is used to perform FUT. Recovery period takes around two weeks.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): A procedure where individual hair follicles are extracted from the “donor site” of the patient one by one and grafted to the bald or balding areas of the scalp. In other words, Hair Transplantation is a process of Hair Redistribution. It is moving hair from one part of the scalp to another part of the scalp where there are balding and receding areas. FUE is carried out under local anesthetic. The recovery period may vary from one patient to another but it usually takes 4 to 5 days. Since individual hair follicles are extracted directly from the scalp, there is no stitching process which means less pain during and after the operation and, almost no scars after the procedure.

The main difference between FUE and FUT is the way the follicle units are extracted from the “donor site”. In FUT, a strip of the scalp with hairs is taken from the “donor site” and the hair follicles on the strip subsequently are extracted whereas in FUE individual follicular units are extracted directly from the “donor site” of the scalp. FUE is a more advanced technique compared to FUT. It offers minimum pain, almost no scars and, more natural looking hair for its patients. FollicularUnit Extraction (FUEis used for the majority of hair loss treatments.Depending on the circumstances and needs of the patient, another hair transplant method called Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) could additionally be used for some patients to get the best result

Direct Hair Implantation (DHI): The grafts taken from donor area are placed directly to the recipient area. In the procedure, special DHI Pen also called DHI Implanter are used. Only the donor area is shaved and the rest will not be shaved. For more information please click here.

Unshaved FUE: Unshaved FUE, also known as U-FUE, Undetectable FUE or Unshaven FUE, is performed without shaving the whole scalp. If the patient needs less than 2000 grafts and if the patient’s hair is long enough to cover donor area, then the surgeon can perform Unshaved FUE.

In Unshaved FUE, only donor area will be shaved. Extracted grafts from the donor area will be implanted to receding and balding areas. The hair above the donor area will cover the shaved area. So that patient can enjoy daily life as if s/he did not have FUE Hair Transplantation.

Body Hair As Donor Area: In hair transplantation, the donor area is the back of the head, between two ears, where the hair is extracted. Hair in the donor area is not effected by the hormone which causes male pattern baldness. If a patient scalp donor area is not sufficient enough and the balding area is large, then some part of the body hair can be donor area and harvested for covering the balding parts. For more detail information, please visit  Body Hair Transplant. 

How is Hair Transplant Performed?

MCAN Health offers a safe out-patient hair transplant with the finest equipment. Hair transplant, carried out under local anaesthetic, takes between 6 to 8 hours. The procedure is pain-free in fact patients watch a film or read a book and even fall asleep during hair transplant. After the hair treatment, the patient is given instructions about post-operation controls by MCAN Health surgeons. Thanks to its experienced hair transplant surgeons and cutting-edge technology, MCAN Health offers its patients pain-free and scar-free hair transplant in a very relaxing setting.

Motorised FUE

What is Motorised FUE?

Motorized FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a type of Hair Transplantation method that is done by using an electronic device with high rotational speed, which is called “Micromotor”. Thanks to high technology, now it is now easier and faster to extract hair follicles with Motorised FUE method.

How is Motorised FUE performed?

Motorised FUE is performed with the help of a micro motor punch and the surgeon scores and cuts the hair follicle unit. Each micro motor features different sizes and diameters. The diameter of the micromotor may vary between 0.6-0.9 mm. Motorised FUE method both improves the surgeon’s efficiency, reduce fatigue and significantly increase the success rate of the hair transplantation.

Manual FUE

What is Manual FUE?

Manual FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a type of Hair Transplantation method that is done by using the hand. When performing Manual FUE, the doctor uses a manual punch, which has a special cylindrical blade. Each hair follicle is collected manually from the tissue of the scalp by rotating this special cylindrical blade.

How is Manual FUE performed?

Manual FUE is performed by hand by using a special manual punch. Manual punch is a handheld, metal device that has a handle on one end and a hollow, cylinder-shaped needle on the other. The diameter of the cylinder-shaped blade may vary between 0.6 and 1.00 mm.  The manual punch can be either sharp or blunt tipped.

When performing Manual FUE, the surgeon does not use any electronic devices but his/her hand. With the help of the manual punch, s/he can incise skin around the follicular units and collect follicular units manually. This means that the surgeon that performs Manual FUE should be experienced and skilled. Otherwise, a surgeon lacking skill and experience may damage the follicles or the skin of the scalp. Manuel FUE usually takes longer time than motorized FUE.

Is There A Difference Between Manual and Motorized FUE?

There is no scientifically proven result difference between Manual and Motorized FUE.

Instructions for Pre-Operation

All patients are informed in detail about pre-operation instructions, both verbally and in written, prior to the hair transplant. Not to take an aspirin, alcohol, and drugs during the 7 days prior to the surgery and reducing caffeine are among these instructions.

Instructions for Post-Operation

MCAN Health surgeons are the experts in hair transplant; they use experience, knowledge, talent and the latest technology to get the best results. The only thing they ask from patients is adherence to the post-operation instructions which are given to the patients in detail alike pre-operation instructions. The post-operation instructions include but are not limited to:

• No alcohol should be consumed for 3 days after hair transplantation
• No aspirin, vitamins, or ibuprofen should be taken for 3 days after hair transplantation
• No physical exercises such as running, climbing, cycling, etc. for 3 days after hair transplantation
• Not to wash your hair for 24 hours after hair transplant

Results of Hair Transplant

After your hair transplant in Turkey by MCAN Health, you will:

• Have an increased self-confidence and self-esteem.
• Not need to hide your hair.
• Feel more attractive.
• Feel younger.

1) Does Turkey offer high quality hair transplant services?

Yes. Hair transplant in Turkey offers high quality treatment with itshair transplants surgeons and JCI accredited hospitals. For further informationabout surgeons and hospitals of MCAN Health, you can check our doctors page

2) Why should I choose Turkey not another country for hair transplant?

Hair Transplant in Turkey offers high quality service and advanced techniques to hair loss with affordable prices compared to other countries.

3) Why does hair transplant affordable in Turkey? Does it affect the quality of service?

Although Hair Transplant in Turkey offers reliable and high quality service, it is more affordable compared to other countries. Since travel and accommodation costs are relatively cheap in Turkey. Furthermore, the cost of labour and rent is lower in Turkey compared to especially European countries.

4) How experienced are the surgeons of MCAN Health?

MCAN Health’s hair transplant surgeons have long years of experience, more than 20 years, in hair loss treatment. They are not only experienced but also talented. They constantly research and develop new techniques and methods for hair loss treatment. For instance, OSL (Oblique Semi-Latera,) a cutting-edge hair transplant method, is developed by one of MCAN Health surgeons. You can check their profiles here.

5) Why should I choose MCAN Health? What does MCAN Health offer me?

MCAN Health offers its patients reliable, customer-focused and high quality service. MCAN Health’s customer-focused service makes MCAN Health different from others. Offering its patients full-insurance is among many examples which makes MCAN Health unique and different from other suppliers.

6) Is Hair Transplant painful?

Thanks to developing technology, hair transplant is no longer painful. The operation is carried out under local anaesthetic and takes place while the patient is relaxing by a nice film or music.

7) Do any scars remain after Hair Transplant?

Thanks to advanced technology used for hair transplant, no permanent scar remains after the surgery.

8) Does my hair look natural after Hair Transplant?

Yes, with FUE and OSL techniques used by MCAN Health surgeons, hair looks natural after hair transplant.

9) Does Hair Transplant offer a permanent solution to hair loss?

Transplanted hair into to bald area stays there permanently. However, hair transplant operation by itself does not prevent future/further hair loss.

10) Is hair transplant one-off operation? Do I need to have hair transplant periodically?

It depends on the patient. Whereas for some patients, one-off operation would be enough, for some further operation might be necessary due to continuing hair loss.

11) Is the same technique used for both men and women?

Yes, same techniques are used for both men and women.

12) Which part of the body do you use as a “donor-site”?

Usually, the back of the scalp where hair follicles are genetically strong and resistant to hair loss is used as a “donor-site”. However, in some cases, hair follicles could be transferred from beard area and other parts of the body. 

13) How long does it take for my new hair to grow?

It varies from one patient to another. It may take from 2 months to 6 months. First new hair will grow then it will fall out. Then you will see the transplanted hair is growing stronger and thicker.

14) Can I dye my hair after Hair Transplant?

Yes, you can. However, we recommend you to do it 5 to 6 weeks after the operation.

15) What happens if I have a complication?

Hair Transplant is a very safe out-patient procedure and there is a very small risk of complication such as swelling. In case of complication, your doctor will prescribe you some extra medications to make your healing process comfortable.

16) What is the cost of Hair Transplant in Turkey?

Hair Transplant in Turkey is more affordable compared to other countries. However, the costs may vary from one patient to another according to the needs of the patient. 

17) Is there any age limit for Hair Transplant?

There is no maximum age for Hair Transplant.

18) Will I be able to communicate with MCAN Health surgeons in English?

Yes. All MCAN Health surgeons speak very well English. Also, there will be an English speaker host with you at all times.

Important Note:

The following after-care instructions are general information to guide you after your hair transplantation procedure. MCAN Health does not accept liability for the accuracy of this instructions. The instructions of your doctor after hair transplantation should be the one applied.

 After Care Recommendations of Hair Transplant:

It is important to follow the tips below in order to achieve the best results out of your FUE Hair transplant procedure:

Sleeping position

You need to sleep in a semi-upright position on your back by placing two or more pillows. This position helps decrease any swelling that can occur after the hair transplant. Besides, MCAN Health in Istanbul will provide you a neck pillow after your hair transplantation procedure. By using neck pillow, you will protect your transplanted hair from getting damaged while you are sleeping.

Pain management

Mild pain can be present for a couple of days after the hair transplant procedure. Some people report difficulty sleeping the first days post-op. This can be relieved with some pain relief medication which MCAN Health Turkey provides after Hair Transplant procedure.


Swelling may occur on the forehead and area around the eyes and can last 2 to 5 days after the FUE hair transplant operation. You can apply an ice compress to your forehead and eyes when you experience it. Please note that you never use ice compress for your recipient and donor areas.

It is not dangerous and usually goes away without any medication.Still MCAN Health Turkey will give you anti-edema pills after the procedure for precautions.

Crust, Itching & Bleeding

After about 7-10 days from the FUE hair transplant, there should be no more traces of dried blood, scabs or crust on your scalp. If there are still some crusts after 7 days, please gently remove them while washing your hair.
After FUE Hair Transplantation, your scalp can be itchy. This is a very common feeling and it usually lasts for 10-15 days. You should never scratch your recipient and donor areas as it can affect the results negatively.
After the operation, there may be some small amount of liquid including some blood on your pillow.  Do not worry about it. This is not a bleeding, it is the liquid injected during the operation.

Washing hair after FUE hair transplantation

MCAN Health in Istanbul will provide you the medical shampoo and lotion to use it after the hair transplant. Hair wash can be done in 3 easy steps:
1- Lotion is applied on the recipient area gently by tapping (no rubbing) and left on for around 45 minutes. This will help to soften the scabs around the transplanted grafts. After 45 minutes, the lotion should be washed off with lukewarm water.
2- Using the special medical shampoo, you’ll wash the donor and the recipient areas. To do this, apply a small amount of the shampoo onto your palm and gently tap the shampoo all over the scalp. Please wash your transplanted area very gently by tapping with your fingers. However please wash your donor area by making massage to increase the blood circulation. Make sure that water pressure low as well. It is important to wash the shampoo and lotion off completely.
3- After washing, dry your hair with a paper towel by patting gently. Only use paper towels as they are soft and do not damage the implanted grafts.
These three steps must be repeated every day for 14 days in order to get rid the scabs and the dry blood.
After 14 days, you can start washing your hair the normal way. 

Recovery times

Most patients feel fine within a day or two after the FUE hair transplant surgery, although some numbness and mild soreness can be expected for several days following surgery. Usually, the patients gain their normal appearance within 15 days post-op. Slight redness can be visible after this period. Prolonged redness to the scalp is more common for those with light skin types.

If beard was used as donor area

Beard can be shaven after a week if beard hair grafts have been used as donor material. The donor area is usually fully healed within a month.

Haircuts after the Operation

You can have haircuts 1 month post the FUE hair transplant operation only with scissors and after 6 months with shaving machine.

Physical Activities, Sun & Holiday

In the first month after your hair transplant surgery, you should abstain from all physical activities such as football, basketball or any kind of sports that have body contact as well as weight lifting, cycling and running.
You shouldn’t expose yourself to direct sunlight as it can damage your scalp and its skin. To avoid the sunlight, it is always suggested to use an umbrella or wear a special loose hat if necessary.
If you plan to go on holiday after your surgery, you should not swim in the swimming pools or in the sea until you have completed your first month after the FUE hair transplant surgery.

Smoking and Alcohol

Alcohol and smoking may thin the blood causing more bleeding which increases the time needed for the wounds to heal. It is better if you wait 2 weeks post the FUE hair transplant before consuming Alcohol and Smoking.

Shock Hair Loss

Shock Hair Loss starts within the first week after the transplant and lasts up to 4 months. During this period, transplanted follicles loose hair. This is normal. The lost hair will regrow again with time. Around 60% will be re-grown on the 6th month and the end results should be evaluated only 10-12 months post-op.

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