The Hair Transplant Procedure

The process in Istanbul

Two patients after their hair transplant procedure

Your hair transplant procedure is designed so that you can go home within 72 hours and enjoy seeing your hair grow more and more each day.

On-site, the hair restoration procedure is done in three stages: preparation, hair transplant and post-operative care.

Specialised practitioners, and also an English interpreter, will accompany you through each of these stages.

Your Hair Transplant The process in detail

Dr balwi inspects the work of the specialists during a hair transplant

At Elithair, each stage of your hair transplant is handled by a dedicated team. They are not only specialists in one step, they also focus on one method of the hair transplant procedure.

Add to this meticulous planning and you have the formula for a qualitative and mastered hair transplant process.

Stage 1 of the Hair Transplant Procedure The preparation

Dr. Balwi examines the scalp and designs a patient's new hairline before his hair transplant at Elithair

The first step of the hair transplant procedure is the preparation. During the preparation stage, you will also receive a detailed explanation of the hair restoration surgery.

During your preliminary examination by a doctor, the final number of hair grafts is determined and your new hairline is drawn. All according to your wishes, of course.

A blood test is also carried out at the hair clinic to ensure that you are fit for the procedure.

Afterwards, all that remains is the local anaesthetic before your hair transplant can begin. This is done without needles using the Comfort-In method so that you don’t feel any pain when the anaesthesia is applied. However, you may feel slight pressure for a few seconds.

Stage 2 of the Transplant Process The hair transplant surgery

After the local anaesthetic is applied, the most important part of your hair transplant procedure begins – the transplantation itself. Our specialists focus on extracting and implanting your individual hairs achieving a natural result.

During this stage, the only thing you have to do is literally lie down in a chair while our practitioners work on your head.

Hair Graft Extraction

An infographic explaining the graft extraction process

The grafts are always taken from the donor area using the FUE technique. This procedure forms the basis of every hair transplant procedure at Elithair.

We always use the follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure and never the outdated follicular unit transplantation method.

The results obtained with the innovative NEO FUE preparation are key here. Because your grafts are strengthened beforehand by this preparation, they are much more resistant to the shock of the operation. An advantage that you can only get exclusively at Elithair.

Storage in a Nutrient-rich Solution

Infographic explaining the process of the grafts being stored in a nutrient solution

The donor hair follicles are then stored in a special nutrient-rich solution. This enhances the strength of the grafts for the rest of the hair transplant procedure.

This ensures that the hair is in the best condition when implanted into the bald areas of the scalp. In addition, it improves the viability of the donor hair.

Opening the Channels

Infographic showing the process of opening a hair transplant channel

The opening of the channels during the hair transplant procedure is an important step that requires a highly experienced specialist.

This is where your hairline takes shape, but not only that. The future density and direction of hair growth depend on this step being carried out correctly. Thus it’s so important that it’s carried out by someone with adequate experience.

If your transplant is performed using the sapphire technique, the channels are opened with particularly precise sapphire blades.

Whereas, in the case of the DHI method, the opening of the channel and the insertion of the grafts are done in one simultaneous step. This concludes a DHI hair transplant.

Hair Graft Insertion

Infographic about the process of inserting grafts for a hair transplant

The sapphire hair transplant is completed by inserting the grafts individually into the recipient area of the scalp.

The grafts are inserted into the open channels one by one using medical tweezers.

The details of the hair transplant procedure, therefore, depends on the chosen graft insertion technique.

Find out which method is right for you with a no-obligation hair analysis.

Stage 3 of the Hair Transplant Procedure The follow-up appointment at Elithair

Dr Balwi examines a hair transplant patient

Of course, there is no perfect result without a careful follow-up process.

The day after your hair transplant, quality control is performed to assess whether the healing process is progressing as it should.

At the same time, your bandage is removed and the first hair wash is performed by one of our specialists. They will also talk you through the hair wash process for you to do when you return home. This way, you can be sure that you will be able to shampoo your transplanted hair properly by yourself.

Then it’s time to go home – only 72 hours are needed to complete the entire hair transplant process.

We do not abandon you, however, and continue to take care of you once you return home. Our experts will contact you at regular intervals to ensure that the regrowth is going smoothly. Also, you can contact them whenever your need to.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the procedure for a hair transplant?

The first step in a hair transplant is to locally anaesthetise your scalp. This is done using the Comfort-In method, which provides a more comfortable anaesthetic. Our specialists then remove the hair from the donor area. Finally, the hair ducts are opened and the grafts are inserted.

Is the procedure the same for all patients?

Yes, the process is the same for every patient. We have a team that specialises in each stage of the hair transplant procedure to ensure that each stage runs smoothly. The only exception is the DHI method, where the opening of the channel and the insertion of the grafts are done in one step.