1. Contact – Send photos – Arranging the Date of Operation
At the first contact please take photos of your hair condition as accurate as possible and send us by mail at info(at)ozlembicer.com or by using our consultation form. Once we received them, Dr. Özlem Biçer will analyze and evaluate your hair situation and will be able to assess your hair loss and donor availability. Once we are able to estimate the number of grafts, we can estimate how much your procedure would cost and we will send you a detailed offer with the possibilities of a hair transplant and an individual treatment plan for you. Based on the treatment plan, we will determine your treatment expenses for you and immediately send you detailed cost estimates. Please provide us also your mobile phone number to get in contact through WhatsApp. If you agree with our cost estimates, we can shortly agree on an appointment for surgery for your hair transplant.
2. Booking Flight and Hotel
When the arrangement for your hair transplant is fixed, please provide your deposit. You will not need to make any reservations.We will arrange all the transfers and your accommodation. Please just book your flight to Istanbul.
3. Day 1 – Arriving in Istanbul
Once you land in Istanbul, our VIP transfer team – composed by our private driver and a mother tongue interpreter – will await you in the arrival zone of the airport and drive you directly to your hotel. Here you can relax and rest before your treatment and upcoming surgery.
4. Day 2 – The Operation
On the second day you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to Dr. Özlem Biçer Clinic where you will be welcomed by our reception team.
What happens on the day of the procedure?
Before the surgery
Dr. Özlem Biçer asks patients to start the day by having a good breakfast.
When you arrive at the clinic at around 8.30 am, you’ll likely fill out some final paperwork before the procedure. Preceding your consultation, high-resolution photos are taken. If the hair in the donor area is too long, it might require a cut. Later your blood will be taken for HIV, HBSAG and HCV analysis and for preparing your PRP. Your consultation consists of an evaluation by Dr. Özlem Biçer, considering your aims and desires, your family’s history of alopecia, your age and medical history, as well as your facial features and hair characteristics; subsequently an accurate analysis of these factors the design and location of the hairline is determined. After receiving your approval, the hairline is established and stabilized. You are then escorted to the operation theater and are prepared for surgery.
Thenceforth, you will be given a medication that will allow you to relax helping to pass the time quickly during the procedure. Local anesthesia is administered to the the donor area by using a series of small local injections with a small needle. During the procedure you won’t feel anything. Some patients sleep, others listen to music or watch TV.
First, Dr. Özlem Biçer will harvest the grafts from the donor area. She places the extracted hair follicles in a moist container until completing this part of the process helped by her highly-trained nurses, at the same time they count and separate the follicle units. After this phase, Dr. Özlem Biçer creates microscopic slits (or channels) in the recipient area to receive them. After this phase of surgery, lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
After this break, our surgical team, once follicles are processed and ready, will transplant them to the receiving area. The process requires precision and attention to detail, so don’t expect to be in and out quickly. How long your procedure takes will depend on how many grafts your procedure requires and the technology used to harvest and transplant them. Regardless, the process will likely take several hours.
Upon completion of the surgery, Dr. Özlem Biçer and her staff provides you with post-operative instructions and an after-care kit containing post-operative medications, shampooing and moisturiser.
After the surgery
After completion of these steps, you are ready to leave the clinic wearing a cap that was especially prepared for this surgery. Our private driver will drive you to your hotel.
5. Day 3 – Follow Up and Travel Back
The next day, you will return to the surgical center for learning how you will wash your hair and for a check-up. Dr. Özlem Biçer will take off your bandages and check the donor area and transplanted area. Here you will get further information on the appropriate behavior after the operation. After the examination our VIP driver will take you directly to the airport.