What you should know before you get a hair transplantation operation
You’re thinking about getting a hair transplantation operation. Maybe you’ve made up your mind for sure. You’ve contacted Dr. Özlem Biçer and her staff via email or phone, filled up a pre-consultation form. Maybe sent some pictures, asked her your questions, answered some questions. If there are no problems with your donor area reserve or in any of your tests, agreed on a certain number of grafts with your doctor and handled the rest of the bureaucracy, you’re ready for the operation.
Throughout this process, for purposes of protecting the patients’ health, your doctor will communicate with you on the procedure. These are the things that you should know for before the surgery:
1. Inform Dr. Özlem Biçer as accurately and thoroughly as possible.
Your doctor will want to know whether you have a general health concern: it is important to know about your general health condition, on whether you have asthma, high blood pressure, diabetics, any heart or circulatory problems or whether you are pregnant. If you’ve had the flu recently, or any other diseases that may affect your body’s immunity, be sure to share it with your doctor too.
2. Get ready
You doctor may prefer that you stop taking blood thinners, alcohol or any medication two weeks prior to your operation. S/he will also ask that you take some blood tests before the operation.
As you will not be able to take a shower for 3 days after the operation, it might be a good idea to shower on the morning of the operation.
4. Dress comfortably
It will make your life a whole lot more easier if you put on clothes that are easy to take on and off. Button down shirts or sweaters with zippers for example would be easy solutions for the day of the operation.
After the hair transplant surgery: everything you need to know
Whether you’re still looking into how to hair transplant procedure operates or barely home from the surgery, this guide is for you: we have put together all that you need to know for the post-surgery process.
1. Watch your head
Protect your head from any type of blow for the first month. Avoid the closet doors, your dog’s paws and children’s fists – or all sorts of impact for that matter. This is incredibly important both for your fast recovery and the viability of the newly transplanted hair.
2. Take good care of your scalp
Equally important is to avoid any type of irritation of the skin at the donor and transplant area. The sun may give you rashes, the acidity of rain may irritate your scalp. Saunas, spas, the sea and pools are off-limits too. Do not apply any cream or product on your scalp without first notifying your doctor.
3. Take a few days off
If your work environment is relatively safe (such as an office), 3 days off should be enough. But if you’re working at a risker place, such as a construction zone, do not hesitate to take the whole week off. Resting at home should speed up your recovery and help you protect your head for the first few days the operation.
4. Follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take a bath
Do not take a bath (or shower) for the first 3 days. After that, for the first two weeks, take your showers as instructed by your doctor. For the following days, your doctor will instruct you on how to cleanse and care for yourself.
5. Do not rush for sexual intercourse
Due to all the reasons we have mentioned above, do not engage in any sexual relations. This helps protecting both your head and your scalp. You won’t be able to take a bath for the first 3 days anyways.
6. You’re free once the first month is over
Your newly transplanted hair may take up to a year to regrow, but your post-surgery recovery should normally be over in a month or so. If you complete this first month abiding by your doctor’s suggestions, not only will you get through this period easily and comfortably, but also will have created the optimum environment for the fast regrowth of your newly transplanted hair.
- How long will I need to rest?
You’ll generally only need to take it easy for a couple of days after the procedure. Take it easy while allowing your body to recover. So if you need to arrange things with your workplace, do that ahead of time.
- Will my hair look natural after a transplant?
The goal for most hair transplant surgeries at Dr. Özlem Biçer Clinic is to provide an aesthetic or cosmetic effect that mimics your natural hair growth as closely as possible. You can see from these real client result pictures how natural the results can be.
We achieve these results by studying your hair growth patterns, understanding your loss progression and working with the donor hair you have available. The doctors employ specific techniques when designing age-appropriate hairlines and strategizing specifically where and how to plant each graft.
- Will people understand I had a hair transplant?
A few days off work immediately following your surgery allows any redness or swelling to subside, and hats can be worn event the same day as your surgery.
Our clinic staff are well versed in helping patients keep their operations under-wraps, and we’re happy to help plan your recovery strategy.
- Where is the Dr. Özlem Biçer Clinic?
The Dr. Özlem Biçer Clinic is located in Istanbul, Turkey.
See a map and address information here.
- How long do I need to stay in Istanbul?
Hair transplant surgeries at Dr. Özlem Biçer Clinic happen in a single session on a single day. Regardless of the extraction method used, patients return to the clinic the day after surgery for a hair washing lesson and so your surgeon can see how your first day of recovery is going.
So, plan for a minimum of three days in Istanbul. If you are unable to stay that long, please speak with your consultant and we will work with you to make other arrangements. Most patients are able to walk out of the clinic after their surgery wearing a loose-fitting baseball cap, and can enjoy sightseeing, outstanding restaurants and all the historical beauty Istanbul is famous for.