A hair transplant is a surgical procedure in which hair follicles, grafts, are removed from the donor area and moved to a bald or thinned-out transplant area. The hair transplant is used to treat Alopecia androgenetics. However, the technique can also be used to repair eyelashes, eyebrows, beard and moustache hair.
There are two hair transplant methods: the FUT and FUE techniques. With the FUT technique, the specialist removes a strip of skin from the donor area, which is then cut into individual grafts. The FUE method is less invasive. The hair follicles are removed from the donor area with a hollow needle. Placing the harvested grafts in the transplant areas is done in the same way. The doctor makes small holes, channels, into which the hair follicles are placed in the natural direction of growth.
A hair transplant can improve both your appearance and confidence. Suitable hair transplant candidates are men and women with hereditary baldness. The procedure can also be applied to people who have lost their hair as a result of an accident and/or burns.
Temporary hair loss is not treated with a hair transplant. If the hair loss is too far advanced, so there is not enough donor hair present, then the procedure is not advised. Success cannot be guaranteed. People who suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular disease and/or certain autoimmune diseases are only eligible for a hair transplant upon extensive consultation with treating specialists.
Your scalp may be painful and sometimes medicines are prescribed that you must take after the hair transplant. These are pain killers and antibiotics to reduce the risk of infections and/or anti-inflammatory drugs that prevent swelling. It is normal for the transplanted hair to fall out again after the procedure. Most people see new hair growth 3 to 4 months after the operation. You may also use Minoxidil in consultation with the specialist to improve hair growth.
In general, people will see new hair growth in the transplanted areas after a hair transplant. The results are determined by the structure of your scalp and the structure of the hair. The quality of the hair and the way in which skin and hair care is done also have an influence.
New hair growth becomes possible in bald and thinned-out areas of the scalp. Unlike other non-surgical treatment options, the results achieved are permanent. Hair follicles that are successfully transplanted continue to produce new hair.
The hair transplant is performed with hair follicles from your own hair ring. Unlike the other scalp hairs, these grafts are not sensitive to the male DHT hormone that causes hereditary baldness. Harvesting and placing the hair follicles in other areas does not affect the structure.
You will not experience any pain during the hair transplant procedure. Slight discomfort occurs when the local anaesthetics are injected into the skin. Slight post-pain may occur temporarily after the procedure.
As with any type of surgery, a hair transplant has certain risks, including bleeding, swelling and infections. There is also a chance of scarring and unnatural looking hair growth. When the hair starts to grow, folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicles, may occur. This can be treated with cold compresses and antibiotics. Most of the side effects are temporary.
In particular, in the first days after a hair transplant, the hair follicles need to grow solidly in the transplant areas. Excessive sweating, but also a significant increase in blood pressure, may have an adverse effect on this process.
Seated sleeping is not necessary, although sleeping with an extra pillow is advised the first two to three nights after the procedure. This slightly elevates your head so that any swelling is reduced and the hair follicles are protected, so that they can grow optimally.
It is common for men who undergo a hair transplant to shave the hair beforehand. In this way a larger number of hair follicles can be transplanted than when only the donor area is shaved. The hair-saving FUE hair transplant is mainly performed on women.
The rates for a hair transplant at the Dutch Clinic are between € 1,899 and € 8,999. You have several options. You can opt for an operation that takes place at the clinic in Hoofddorp, but you can also opt for treatment at the clinic in Istanbul.
Costs for the operation in Istanbul are lower than if you are treated in Hoofddorp. The clinic in Istanbul is accredited and meets high-quality requirements. The difference in the cost price arises because, among other things, the labour costs in the Netherlands are higher than in Turkey. During an informative introductory interview in Hoofddorp, the doctor will inform you about the different treatment options.
Specialists recommend leaving your head uncovered for the first few weeks after the hair transplant. Wearing a headpiece too soon after can adversely affect the result.
The doctor gives care instructions to care for the skin and hair after the hair transplant. Use the products that are advised for this. When the scalp has recovered and the hair starts to grow, you can switch to your familiar hair care products.
No. Hair transplants almost never qualify for reimbursement. You need a medical indication to be able to claim this. Possible reimbursement options are listed in the policy conditions of your health insurance policy.