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Do you have hair transplant questions? Well we’ve got answers! Browse the questions below to get answers to some of the most common questions about hair transplants! From the cost of hair transplants to hair transplant recovery!


What factors contribute to the lower hair transplant costs in Turkey compared to other countries??

Turkey boasts a lower cost of living than countries like the US or UK, resulting in reduced operational expenses for hair transplant clinics. Secondly, the country is home to numerous highly skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeons who offer their services at more affordable rates than counterparts in other regions. Lastly, Turkey’s streamlined medical procedures entail less bureaucratic hurdles, further diminishing the operational costs of hair transplant clinics. Visit our guide on Hair Transplant Cost in Turkey for detailed information.

Is hair transplant painful?

In general, hair transplant is carried out under local anesthesia, so the patient does not feel any pain or discomfort during the transplantation period. Also, there is a most advanced needle-free injection system called Comfort-in™ is used in hair transplant operations in EsteNove and it makes the hair transplant operation painless.

Is hair transplant safe in turkey?

Yes, hair transplant is a safe and fast-growing industry in Turkey. First of all, hair transplant clinics in Turkey have state-of-the-art technology, a high level of knowledge, more experienced surgeons and staff and the patients’ feedback is positive. Also, in Turkey, it is performed in international accredited hospitals by premium clinics.

Is hair transplantation right for me?

Whether a person is a good candidate for a hair transplant procedure is determined through a professional consultation and analysis from one of our doctors. This includes examination of (hair tissue, hair follicle quality, hair density, elasticity, pores, and skin texture). In this respect, after considering all factors such as patients state of health, the viability of the donor area and the width of the area to be transplanted, it is understood whether a person is suitable for hair transplant.

When is the best time to have a hair transplant?

Anyone can have a hair transplant at anytime. At Estenove we recommend to have a consultation and book your appointment at a minimum of 1-2 months ahead. There isn’t any particular time of year to have a hair transplant either. However, winter time is a popular time for patients to have a hair transplant as there is less heat and sun exposure than during the summer time. If you would rather avoid a busy clinic, then summer might be the right choice for your appointment date. Check out for more info at When is the Best Time of Year for a Hair Transplant in Istanbul?

Why Sapphire FUE?

The Sapphire FUE method, special sapphire tips are used to open microchannels in the receiving area. With these special inserts, it is possible to open smaller and more sensitive channels for implantation. In this way, more dense hair transplantation is achieved creating a more natural look. In addition to that, in the Sapphire FUE method, scarring is minimized and the healing process becomes shorter after hair transplant surgery and patients can quickly return to their daily lives.

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment that is performed by using the patient’s own blood to assist in healing and increasing the immune response to targeted areas of the body. In PRP therapy, the plasma from the blood of the patient is separated using a centrifuge. The plasma separated from the blood is rich in platlets which are responsible for inducing clotting to stop bleeding and to help signal an immune response to increase the rate of recovery. The resulting PRP is injected into the scalp and hair follicles with a syringe. It is also applied to people who have hair loss, but not enough level for hair transplant. Its main purpose in hair transplantation is as a post-operative method used to accelerate wound healing and hair growth after the hair transplant operation. For more: What Is PRP Hair Treatment?

How does Nove MIC® method works?

During the hair transplant process, grafts are collected from the donor area where the first half of the transplant will be performed. The grafts will be examined under the light of a microscope. Then, the grafts are separated by size. In most hair transplant clinics, the grafts are separated manually by hand. Considering 3-4 thousand hair grafts are typically prepare, the error rate for a manual separation can be high. Therefore, we use the Nove MIC® method, the hair grafts taken from the donor area are divided into groups containing 1, 2 and 3+ follicle groups with the help of the microscope. Only single grafts are transplanted to the front line of the hair.  By using the Nove MIC® method, the mistake risk is minimized, and patients get the most natural results.

What are the top priorities in a hair transplant for EsteNove?

EsteNove’s top priorities are patient satisfaction and safety. EsteNove offers solutions tailored to the needs of patients in line with a fully personalized service approach, providing satisfactory and permanent results that provide a natural look. We will never recommend a hair transplant to patients who are not suitable for treatment.

Can Women Have a Hair Transplant?

Yes, women can also have a hair transplant, but the cause of hair loss needs to be well diagnosed. It is important that the type of hair loss is determined so our doctor does operate on a patient who will continue to lose hair as a result of their health condition. Another popular type of hair transplant we provide for both women and men at our clinic is eyebrow tranplantation.

Does EsteNove offer a guarantee for hair transplantation?

Yes, we give a guarantee for post-operative results, with the exception of hair loss or failed growth caused by other health conditions or therapies that cause patients additional hair loss. In addition, patients should also follow the post-operative instructions given by the doctor.

Do you provide travel accomodations?

Client satisfaction is very important to us. So we provide accommodation, VIP car transfers that include airport pick up and hotel-clinic transportation for our hair transplant patients who come from out of town or abroad. In addition to that, we provide translators for our international patients.

How do I set up a consultation?

There are a few ways you can get in contact with us and a medical consultant. You can leave us your contact information via our website form, our social media, or send us an e-mail. Then one of our medical consultants will contact you for some photographs of your current hair and our doctor analyze them and send you a treatment plan and estimate.

Is hair transplant safe and permanent?

Hair transplantation is a well researched and popular procedure that has existed for decades. All our operations at Estenove are done by an experienced surgeon with over 10 years of experience performing these procedures. Hair transplantation is considered a mostly permanant solution, unless the patient is affect by other outside health conditions. Check out Hair Transplant Turkey Before and After to see the results.

Can someone have a hair transplant at any age?

Hair transplants can safely be performed on anyone from 22 to 65 years of age. But we cannot say, all people in this age range can have a hair transplant. Hair type, hair loss conditions and other general health condition of the patient may affect their ability to get a hair transplant.


How long does a patient need to stay in Istanbul for hair transplant surgery?

Patients need to stay in İstanbul for 3 days for hair transplant:

Day 1: Come to Istanbul, Turkey. Then be transported to your hotel.
Day 2: Examination and Hair transplant surgery is performed
Day 3: Hair washing after the transplant surgery and patient return back to his / her country. (In addition, PRP treatment is performed as well as reception of your after care products)

How much does a hair transplant cost?

Hair transplant surgery is a serious operation, so it varies from person to person. So hair transplant cost is determined by many factors such as surgery technique, number of grafts, the density of hair loss and hair quality. For more information about this, please contact our expert staff, or you can also check out our pricing page which gives the average cost of the procedures.

Is hair transplant procedure done under local anesthesia?

Yes, the hair transplant procedure is done under local anesthesia.

As EsteNove, we use Comfort-In technology which is one of the latest methods of local anesthesia. With this needle-free technology, we minimize the amount of pain during and after the operation. You should also read the article we prepared about painless hair transplant service page.

How long does a hair transplant procedure take?

Depending on the technique used and the amount of grafts hair transplant procedures can take between 5 to 8 hours.

How many grafts/follicles will be transplanted?

The amount of grafts the patient needs depends on the degree of hair loss and the density that the patient desires. After contacting EsteNove, on the diagnosis report that’s prepared by our physician, the number of grafts needed will be decided. The average hair transplant takes approximately 3000-5000 grafts.

What should you consider before committing to a hair transplant?

Before a hair transplant, the patient should consider the nature of the surgery and surgical risk factors. Also, it is important to ensure that hair transplant is the best decision for your hair loss problem. Patients should consider the technique that will be used for their operation, the surgeon’s experience, hair transplant clinic reliability, and of course the cost of surgery and transportation to Istanbul, Turkey.

Do I have to cut my hair?

It is completely dependant on which method of treatment your doctor recommends is best for you. In the FUE technique, it is recommended to shave the donor area and the recipient area. In the DHI method the donor area needs to be shaved but the recipient area doesn’t have to be shave but it makes it easier for the surgeon to perform the procedure if it is shaved.

Do I need to stop taking drugs before the hair transplant surgery?

Yes, you need to stop taking drugs, especially blood thinners, before the hair transplant surgery. Also, you should stop taking, depression medications, painkillers, vitamin E and B drugs, food supplements, herbal remedies, and multivitamins. It is important to check with your primary or family care doctor if it is safe to stop using certain medications for the procedure.

Should I stop alcohol and smoking before hair transplant surgery?

Alcohol consumption and smoking must cease approximately 1 week before the hair transplant surgery.


What is shock loss?

Shock loss is the loss of hair strands that are transplanted to the hairless area after your hair transplant. It occurs due to the procedures applied to the scalp during a hair transplant. It is a temporary process, after that the hair grows more dense and healthy. The hair falling out is a natural part of the transplant process it will regrow! Don’t confuse hair for follicles. It is just hair that is falling and will regrow after your scalp has healed. It may take anywhere between 6-12 months to see regrowth, again we want to reassure you that this is completely normal.

Will there be any scarring after a hair transplant?

Scarring risk after hair transplant has been reduced to a minimum with the use of FUE and DHI hair transplant methods. We can offer less scarring and shorter recovery time than the FUT method which is an out dated method still used in some clinics in the United States and United Kingdom.

Can smoking affect my hair transplant results?

Smoking affects hair transplant results negatively. Smoking slows the blood circulation and reduces the blood supply to the newly transplanted hair follicles. It can prevent or delay the growth of newly transplanted hair follicles.

How long until I see results from my hair transplant?

Two months after hair transplant, shock loss ends and the hair roots begin to grow. You may start to see results after hair transplantation as soon as the third month. The final results can be seen about a year after the transplant procedure. This time frame is subject to change on a patient to patient basis, it is important to remember that the information provided is a general estimate based on the average patient’s experience.

What do you do after a hair transplant?

The post-operative instructions are wound dressing for the transplanted area and PRP therapy implementation for the purpose of healing transplanted hair follicles to heal faster. After hair transplant you should follow these general instructions:

  • You should rest and avoid physical activities. Pay attention to your physical activities after the operation and don’t over exert yourself.
  • In the first three days after transplanting, to decrease the risk of swelling or bleeding, you should lie on your back with your head elevated at 45 degrees and avoid touching the transplanted area.
  • You should not use alcohol or aspirin/aspirin-containing products/supplements and avoid smoking.
  • Take care to follow the instructions given by your doctor about hair washing and the necessary drug use.

Are there any side effects of a hair transplant?

Possible side effects of hair transplant are swelling, infection, scarring, numbness and itching. However, side effects are minimized if the after care instructions are followed carefully and the necessary drugs and shampoos are used.

When can I go back to work after the hair transplant procedure?

If you work in an office you can go back to your work the next day after transplant surgery. But if your work requires regular physical activity or requires safety equipment such as a hard-hat you should wait atleast a week after surgery before returning.

Can transplanted hair fall out?

The hair strands in the area called donor (the part of the hair near the neck and between the two ears) are resistant to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes hair loss. As the transplanted hair follicles are resistant to DHT, transplanted hair cannot fall out after it regrows in the transplanted area.

How should I wash my hair after hair transplant surgery?

At first, the day after the operation, our medical assistants will show you how to do the washing. Then the first 10 days hair is washed as shown. You should wash your hair 3 days after hair transplant surgery. Furthermore, both the donor and the transplanted area will be sensitive for 15 days, so it is important to take extra care to the washing process.

When can I go back to the gym after hair transplant operation?

Physical activities and sports increase blood pressure and heart rate. Increased heart rate may cause bleeding where the hair follicles are transplanted and may cause damage to the hair follicles. So, we recommend that you stay away from activities that will make your body be over exerted for about 15 days. You should avoid bodybuilding or other heavy exercises, which may cause excessive sweating.

When can I have a hair cut after my hair transplant?

After a hair transplant,  you can cut your hair after about 2 months later. Since hair roots are sensitive, it is recommended to make the first haircut with scissors in order not to cause any damage on roots.  After about 6 months, the hair can be shaved by using a razor.