Hair Transplantation Before and After

The two most important factors in deciding on a hair transplant are the results and the price of the operation. Hair transplantation before and after images give important clues for people who want a hair transplant. With the development of the FUE method, it has been possible to achieve near-perfect results in hair transplantation. On this page you will find reasons that affect a good hair transplant result. In this regard, while there may be correct informative results on the internet, unfortunately, it is possible to reach many images that may mislead people. Hair transplant centers rightly want to deliver the best visuals to people. Hair transplantation forum sites, where people freely share their results, are very helpful for those who want to have a hair transplant.

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Are You Ready for the Good Hair Transplant Result?

Good results are the most important criteria for those people who consider hair transplant. The operating doctor must provide you with correct information. Another point to remember is that not every patient is suitable for a good hair transplant

To achieve good hair transplant result, following three points must be considered:

  1. Regrow of Majority of the Implanted Grafts: For a successful result, the implanted grafts must come out and elongate to a large extent.
  2. Ideal Hair Density: The ratio of hair grafts to 1 cm2 should be calculated correctly. A rare-looking result will never make one happy.
  3. Natural Appearance: Good result must be the result of the hair transplant. Even if all grafts came out and the density is high, the result must look natural. You can visit our page about natural hair transplant for more details.
hair transplantation before and after

11 Criteria That Influence on Hair Transplant Result

To get a successful hair transplant result you must firstly learn whether you are suitable for the operation or not.  

  • Criteria 1-5 must be checked before the hair transplant. 
  • Criteria 6-10 are concerned with the operation itself. 
  • The last 11th point is about after the hair transplant period.

1 – Family, Genetic, And Age Factors

Age is an important factor in deciding on hair transplantation. Hair loss rate and donor area condition are very important especially for a young person. Hair loss history in the family should be checked as well. Hair loss status in the family should be known especially in people with first degree kinship ties such as father, older brother, uncle. For example, a 20-25-year-old young man whose father has Norwood 6-7 hair loss is likely to resemble his father in the coming years. For a good hair transplant result, familial factors and age should be considered before transplanting. In advanced ages, donor quality may also weaken and a result below expectations may occur.

2 – Reasons of the Hair Loss And Its Speed

It is not correct to decide on hair transplantation without determining the cause of hair loss. The reason for hair loss can sometimes be determined with a few simple questions. Sometimes detailed laboratory tests may be required. For instance, in the diagnosis of androgenic hair loss, hair transplantation can be easily decided. However, if there is hair loss due to a metabolic disease such as thyroid (goiter) disease, the necessary tests must be taken. It is not correct to do hair transplant before treating thyroid disease. Otherwise, bad hair transplant results most likely will occur. This point is more important for female hair transplant patients. 

Hair loss intensity is important because it helps to predict the future state of the hair. 

3 – Donor Area Quality and Capacity

A good hair transplant doctor should first examine the donor areas during the consultation. Then, the area where the implantation is planned should be examined. Hair, beard and other body hair are donor area options. Hair analyzers can be helpful.

  • How many grafts can be extracted from the donor area? 
  • How many grafts will be transplanted? 
  • Based on the donor area capacity, how many sessions may be done? 
  • How many grafts are left for the other session in several years? 
  • What is the quality of the donor grafts? 

These points must be clarified before considering hair transplant procedure. Remember that successful hair transplant results can be achieved when there is enough hair in donor area. 

Below you can see the result of a hair transplant that was done in another center and ended in failure. This person is never a suitable candidate for a hair transplant. Donor area capacity is very weak and numerically insufficient. In addition, the hairless area is very wide and hard to cover. The best thing for this patient was not to have a hair transplant.

It Is Said That Transplanted Hair Does Not Fall Out, Is It Correct?

This is an absolutely inflated and inaccurate statement. If the donor area hair does not shed and is good quality and strong, it does not shed in the transplanted area. But if the donor area hair is weak and tends to shed, there will be a possibility of shedding in the recipient area. Therefore, the quality of the grafts taken will be an important criterion for the result of hair transplantation.

4 – Hair Loss Type

According to the Norwood classification, what is your hair loss type? It’s good to know this beforehand. You can find the type of your hair loss in the picture below. In cases where the number of hair shedding is high, such as Norwood 6- and 7, the probability of a bad hair transplant result will also grow.

Norwood Hair Loss

According to this classification, the width of the balding area should be determined in cm2. When the number of grafts taken is divided by the width of the balding area, the number of grafts transplanted per 1 cm2 will be found.

Number of grafts per 1 cm2 (Average) = Number of Extracted Grafts (Number) / Recipient Area (cm2).

This formula is crucial for the ideal density hair transplant result. In general, 40-50 grafts per square centimeter will be sufficient for a dense result.

5 – Personal Information (Chronic Diseases, Taking Medicine, Allergies, etc.)

Such chronic diseases as hemophilia, heart diseases, blood pressure diabetes must be reported to the doctor before hair transplantation. In addition, the doctor must be informed about the medicine you use and any allergic conditions you have. Some blood thinners can be an obstacle to hair transplantation. The drugs you use may interact with the drugs used in hair transplant anesthesia. If there is an obstacle to hair transplantation, your doctor will inform you.

6 – Experience of the Hair Transplant Surgeon

It is a criterion that directly affects the result of hair transplantation. The experience of the doctor and his team who will do the procedure is very important for a successful and natural result. It is useful to check the results of before and after hair transplantation beforehand. Unfortunately, there is a large group of people who introduce themselves as hair transplant specialists and are not doctors or health personnel. These are densely circulating in the hair transplant industry. The procedure required correct opening channels, placing the roots at the right depth, correct hairline etc. You need to be careful with so-called hair transplant specialists who are not even aware of them. As you are selective to buy a shirt and sweater, you should also be in your research before hair transplantation. Instead of Asparagas impressive advertisements, we recommend that you contact places that provide you with scientific and accurate information.

7 – Grafts Quantity and Hair Transplantation

The number of grafts to be transplanted and the duration of hair transplantation will directly affect the result. There should be a reasonable ratio between the number of extracted grafts and recipient area (in square centimeters). Large areas in Norwood 6-7 will require a big graft number. If the number is low, spreading them over the entire large area results in a sparse appearance. A successful result cannot be obtained. High density hair transplant in limited area is more logical. 

Depending on the number of transplanted grafts, the duration of the operation will also increase. In the longer period, the survival rate of the grafts will also decrease. If the number of grafts to be transplanted in a single session is more than 2000, it is better  to divide the operation into days. An operation of 2000 grafts will take an average of 5-6 hours. If the duration exceeds 5-6 hours, it is definitely useful to divide the hair transplantation into 2 or 3 days. In our opinion, this is a criterion that must be followed for a successful hair transplant result.

8 – Correctly Planned Frontal Hairline

A correctly planned frontal hairline is required for natural hair transplantation results. Hairline design is directly related to the person’s age, shedding rate, donor capacity and facial structure. The artistic skill of the doctor plays the main role here. In addition, the direction of the transplanted hair is very important for the natural appearance. The frontal hairline must consist of single grafts. If implantation is done without knowing these, you may encounter the grass man appearance.

9 – Complications Caused by Hair Transplant Operation

There is also the possibility of unwanted complications in a hair transplant performed without following medical rules. If an implantation is done without following the sterilization rules, complications such as infection or necrosis may occur after the operation. It is the duty of the transplanting doctor to prevent these complications, which directly affect the result of hair transplantation.

There are two grafts extraction methods: FUT and FUE. The FUT method is no longer applied, except in very rare cases. As for the implantation method, the canal and DHI hair transplantation techniques come to the fore. We prefer the Dhi method in our applications. We can say that the dhi method is more advantageous in terms of hair transplant results.

10 – Implantation Method

What is the Best Hair Implantation Method?

We think that this is a correct question. Dhi hair transplantation has some advantages for us. Yet the important thing is not the technique, but who does the implantation. A hair transplant performed by an experienced surgeon to the appropriate person will of course be successful. Let’s think backwards. A transplant made to an unsuitable person and an inexperienced person will fail no matter what method.

You have had a hair transplant, but there are some recommendations to follow after the transplant. Now let’s examine the factors that affect the results of hair transplantation in the post-operative period.

11- Recommendations After Hair Transplant

After the hair transplant, your doctor will give you some simple recommendations. Following these recommendations will benefit you for a good hair transplant result. They are: 

  • Cleaning the cubs out. You must wash your hair after the procedure without damaging grafts. It is best to have the first hair wash at the clinic where you were operated. 
  • Sports and fitness
  • Alcohol, tea, coffee
  • Returning back to work
  • Sea, pools, and saunas
  • Sexual life
  • Sleeping position
  • Toppic, paint, or other supplements
  • First haircut after the operation
  • Use of hat
  • Redness and swelling after hair transplant
  • Nutrition habits

You can find very details about each recommendation on our after hair transplant period page. 

When Are the Hair Transplant Results Achieved?

The postoperative period is actually the most difficult period of the whole procedure. Briefly summarizing it: 

  • In 15-20 days starts shock loss of the hair
  • In 4-5 months lost hair starts regrowing, it is weak and lifeless
  • By the 6th month 50%-60% of the hair grows. This is general information and individual for every patient. 
  • Vertex hair recovers with 1-2 months delay. 
  • In 7-8 months hair gets stronger and thicker. 
  • In one year 90%-95% of the hair grows. 
  • Approximately 18 months are required to achieve 100% results. 

Therefore, in order to fully evaluate the images before and after hair transplantation, it is necessary to evaluate the results with monthly photographs.

What Should be Considered in the Before and After Hair Transplant Photos?

  • Pictures must be in high resolution.
  • Photos before and after hair transplantation should be taken under the same light. Is also better to be at the same time of day if possible. 
  • Picture must be taken under the same angle. 
  • Unfortunately, misleading images can also be published by making manipulations on photos with programs such as photoshop.
  • Videos with hair transplant results are more genuine than the photos.

Examining Before and After Hair Transplant Results on Every Stage

When evaluating hair transplantation images, it is useful to consider not only the recipient area, but also the donor from which grafts are collected. Now let’s check the process with step-by-step images.

before hair transplant

Before Hair Transplant: Before and after shaving the hair photos are important. If the hair is shooted dry and wet, it will be very useful in terms of seeing the bald areas. Hairless areas will be seen more clearly in photos taken with wet hair. A balanced hairline compatible with the person’s facial structure and age should be drawn and the area where the graft will be placed. This gives us information about how many grafts can be implanted in 1 square centimeter.

Right After the Hair Transplant (the Day). Immediately after the operation, the grafts have a slightly bloody appearance. According to our experience, the transplants that were done by pen technique look cleaner.

1-2 Day. Before and After First Hair Wash.  The most critical period after the operation is the first 48-72 hours. Particular attention should be paid to the possible situations of bumps to the head during this period. We do the first hair wash on the first day in our clinic. Some clinics perform the first wash in 3 days. Wash should be done twice a day. The donor area begins to heal rapidly. There may be a slight edema (swelling) starting from the second day. This is a temporary condition. Serious swelling does not occur with pen implanter technique. 

10 Days After Hair Transplant. In 8-10 days the skin must be cleaned off the scabs. Hair will look like it was trimmed. Donor area will be healed completely. If your scabs are present on the 12th day, you need to contact your clinic for help. 

Shock Hair Loss

In 15 days after the operation, the transplanted hair starts to fall out. On the 20th day, it continues to increase. This is a normal process. Loss volume varies from person to person. Shock loss may continue 45-50 days. Some may experience up to 90% -100% shedding, while others may go through only 5-10%. You can find more details on the shock loss after hair transplant page. 

1 Month After Hair Transplant (30 days). Shock loss has started and continues. It is actually one of the most annoying periods for in before and after hair transplantation progress. Redness in the recipient area may occur. This is a situation that is more common in people with light skin and it lasts up to 2-3 months. 

3 Months After Hair Transplant. The shock loss is over and the redness has disappeared. During this period, there may be occasional acne breakouts on the skin. It’s not something to be afraid of. But if you have excessive acne, you need to talk to your hair transplant doctor. On the 90th day, the hair is now slowly getting ready for growth.

4 Months After Hair Transplant. The transplanted hair starts to grow slowly. At the end of the 4th month, approximately 25-30% hair regrows. The first hair to grow is weak and thin. It may also be curly and gradually become normal over time.

6 Months After Hair Transplant (180 days). 50%-60% of the hair regrows. Some patients have the majority of transplanted hair grown. 

7 Months After Hair Transplant. On the 210th day, there is an increase in volume of the hair, it also starts to thicken. The overall grow rate is between 70-80% on average.

One Year After Hair Transplant

The average hair growth rate is 95%. The recovery is largely complete.

18 Months After Hair Transplant. The 100 percent recovery has come to an end.

If an excessive amount of graft is taken from the donor area and a homogeneous extraction is not made, a bad appearance may occur. For this reason, donor capacity should never be exceeded and proper planning should be done while taking grafts.

These described hair transplant and post-transplant stages may not be the same for everyone. You can evaluate the information as a general average. For example, in a person with very little shock loss, we can see an average result of 80-90% at the end of the 4th month. Rarely, this process may take up to 18 months in a person who does not have the expected intensity until the end of 12 months.

5 Examples with Hair Transplant Results

We would like to share 5 patients’ results as an example for the best before and after hair transplant evaluation. 

Case 1: 

23-year-old male college student. The hair has started to become thin and rare. Donor area hair is thin and weak. Hair loss increased last year. His father is 55 years old and has Norwood 7 hair loss types. Uncles also have hair loss problems. He wants to have a hair transplant and her expectations are very high.

Having a hair transplant in this young man is nothing but hurting that person. Probably his loss follows the father’s pattern, Norwood will progress up to 6-7. If we transplant a person’s hair, he may be happy for a few years. Afterwards, he will be left alone with an unhappy life, as his  hair will fall out quickly. The best way is to slow down the rate of hair loss with medical treatment.

Case 2: 

37-year-old male, has no chronic disease and no allergies. He faces Norwood 4 type hair loss. Total donor capacity is 8000 grafts. Donor area hair is strong and thick. Beard grafts are strong. His father has Norwood 6 hair loss. 

Since the donor area is strong, it is a suitable candidate for hair transplant. Hair loss problems can be solved with an average of 3500-4000 grafts. Hair loss may continue in the following years. However, since its total capacity is good, a second hair transplant can be done. Therefore, a successful hair transplant result is most likely to be achieved.

Case 3: 

A 38-year-old mother of two, a housewife. She has widespread thinning of her hair. The hair in the donor area is also very thin and rare. She has thyroid (goiter) and anemia (iron deficiency anemia) problems.

A successful hair transplant result is not possible for this lady. The donor area hair due to systemic diseases is also weak and prone to shedding. Medical treatment should be tried at best.

Case 4: 

A 28-year-old male with Norwood 3 hair loss. The donor area hair is strong and has a total capacity of 6000 grafts. Hair loss continues slowly. The beard and chest hair are quite strong. Father and uncle have Norwood 6 hair loss. His expectations are reasonable and he knows that hair loss will continue.

This person should be told what he may encounter after 5-10 years in terms of hair loss. If hair transplantation is done, a second session will definitely be required in the following years. Hair transplant can be done as body and beard hairs are also suitable. In addition to hair transplant, medical treatment should also be recommended. In this case, we assume that the patient will be happy with the result. Most likely, he will have second session. 

Case 5: 

58 year old male with Norwood 6 hair loss. Donor area hair is moderately strong. He faces diabetes, hypertension and takes heart medications. He also uses blood thinners. Donor capacity is between 4000-5000. He knows that his hair will not be completely covered and wants to have a hair transplant.

In terms of systemic diseases, internal medicine and cardiology consultation should be requested first. If there is no obstacle in taking local anesthesia and stopping blood thinners for a certain period of time, hair transplantation can be performed. Since his expectations are not high, we think he will be happy with the result.

Contact us to check the hair transplant results of the Dr. Hakan Doganay.

When Can I Get a Complete Hair Transplant Result?

Patience is required for the result of hair transplantation. The transplanted hair starts to grow from the 4th month after the shock loss. After 12 months, recovery of 90-95% is usually completed. It may be necessary to wait 18 months for full results.

When Does Transplanted Hair Get Thicker?

In the 4th month, regrown hair is usually weak and thin. Usually the first hair looks like baby hair. In 7-8 months hair gets thicker and stronger. Volume and thickness increases with months

What Is The Success Rate of The Hair Transplant?

In the past, the success rate in hair transplantation was very low. Success rates have increased considerably with the FUE method. In order to achieve the expected success, it is necessary to choose the right patient and make the correct planning. With the right planning, a success rate of 90% and above can be achieved.

How Can I Get a Natural Hair Transplant Result?

You can reach the results of hair transplant before and after on the internet. Yet some of them may have been modified with photoshop. Videos can give you a better idea. The best thing to do is to see a genuine person who has had a hair transplant

Are Hair Transplant Results Successful in Thin Hair?

Having thin hair is a disadvantage in terms of density. But it is more advantageous in terms of naturalness. If a person is suitable for the procedure, result will of course be successful.

What Will Be The Result of 3000 Grafts Hair Transplant?

Assuming that 30 grafts are implanted per square centimeter, it will cover an average area of 100 cm. You can think of it as a space of your palms

When Can I Have Hair Transplant Results?

Hair starts growing on the 4th month. At the end of 4 months, the hair is thin and rare. In 7-8 months hair gets thicker and stronger every month. After 1 year, the process will be completed.



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