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Hair Transplantation for Trichotillomania in Turkey

By March 26th, 2024Blog5 min read

Trichotillomania, also known as hair-pulling disorder, is a mental disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows, or other areas of your body, despite trying to stop. Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that removes hair follicles from one part of the body, called the ‘donor site’, to a bald or balding part of the body known as the ‘recipient site’. This article delves into the intricacies of hair transplantation for trichotillomania in Turkey, a country renowned for its advanced medical facilities and expertise in this field.

The process of hair transplantation for trichotillomania is a delicate one, requiring a deep understanding of the condition, the patient’s needs, and the transplantation techniques. This article will provide a comprehensive glossary of terms and concepts related to this topic, aiming to provide a thorough understanding of the process and its implications.

Understanding Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is a complex disorder that can lead to significant distress and can interfere with social and occupational functioning. It is characterized by the recurrent pulling out of one’s hair, resulting in hair loss. The disorder is often chronic and difficult to treat.

People with trichotillomania may go to great lengths to disguise their hair loss, often feeling a sense of shame or embarrassment. The disorder can significantly impact a person’s quality of life and self-esteem, leading to a search for effective treatment options, including hair transplantation.

Causes and Symptoms

The exact cause of trichotillomania is unknown, but it is believed to be linked to both genetic and environmental factors. It often begins in childhood or adolescence and can be triggered by stress or anxiety. The disorder is more common in females than in males.

Symptoms of trichotillomania include a constant urge to pull out hair, an increasing sense of tension before pulling, or when trying to resist pulling, and a sense of relief or pleasure after pulling. Other symptoms may include patchy bald areas on the scalp or other hair-bearing areas of the body, and even biting, chewing, or eating pulled-out hair.

Hair Transplantation as a Treatment

Hair transplantation is considered a viable treatment option for trichotillomania in cases where the hair pulling has been successfully managed, and no new hair growth is observed in the affected areas. It is a surgical procedure that involves moving hair follicles from a part of the body where hair is abundant (the donor site) to the bald or thinning areas (the recipient site).

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and can take several hours, depending on the extent of the transplantation. The transplanted hair follicles are expected to grow hair in the previously bald areas, thus helping to restore the appearance of a full head of hair.

Types of Hair Transplantation

There are two main types of modern hair transplantation techniques: Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). DHI involves extraction hair follicles from the back of the head/neck area and transplanting them to the bald areas using a new device known as a CHOI pen. FUE, also involves extracting individual hair follicles directly from the scalp and transplanting them to the bald areas after making channels using a sapphire blade scalpel.

Both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages, and the choice of technique depends on various factors, including the patient’s hair type, the size of the bald area, the patient’s preference, and the doctors’s expertise.

Hair Transplantation in Turkey

Turkey is one of the leading countries in the field of hair transplantation, attracting thousands of patients from around the world each year. The country boasts advanced medical facilities, highly skilled doctors, and affordable prices, making it a popular destination for hair transplantation.

Moreover, Turkey’s location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, its rich history and culture, and its warm hospitality make it an attractive destination for medical tourism. Patients can combine their treatment with a vacation, exploring the country’s many attractions while recovering from their procedure.

EsteNove Hair Transplant Clinic

EsteNove, located in Istanbul, is one of Turkey’s leading hair transplant clinics. With a team of highly experienced doctors and state-of-the-art facilities, EsteNove provides high-quality hair transplantation services to patients from around the world.

The clinic specializes in both DHI and FUE techniques and offers personalized treatment plans based on the patient’s needs and preferences. With a focus on patient satisfaction and safety, EsteNove has established a reputation for excellence in the field of hair transplantation.

Trichotillomania is a complex disorder that can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. Hair transplantation, when performed by skilled doctors, can offer a permanent solution to the hair loss caused by this disorder. Turkey, with its advanced medical facilities and expertise in hair transplantation, is an excellent destination for those seeking this treatment.

EsteNove, with its team of experienced doctors and state-of-the-art facilities, is committed to providing high-quality, personalized care to patients seeking hair transplantation. Whether you’re dealing with the effects of trichotillomania or other forms of hair loss, EsteNove can help you restore your hair and your confidence.

  • Dr. Zafer Çetinkaya

    (Author)

    Dr. Zafer Çetinkaya is a Head of Hair Transplant Medical Team at Estenove with over 9 years of experience in the hair transplant industry. Throughout his professional life, he’s left his artistic impact on over 10,000 hair transplant patients both in operation and consultation.

    https://www.estenove.com/en/doctors/zafer-cetinkaya/