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21/Sep/2018

For those with permanent hair loss, a hair transplant can be a valuable way to not only promote hair growth once more but give you back some well-deserved confidence. Both men and women can suffer hair loss, but thankfully improvements in transplantation methods have made the entire process not only simpler but more accessible.

FUE – or Follicular Unit Extraction – offers patients a follicle-by-follicle extraction and implantation system that crafts a natural look as their hair begins to grow again and here, we’re taking a look at exactly what you’ll see during the re-growth stages of a hair transplant.

The First Telogen

You may be surprised to know that the first stage of growth after a hair transplant is actually for the hairs to shed. When transplanting a follicle, the surgeon will be moving short hairs from one part of your scalp to the balding or thinning section. The shedding is usually due to the stress that each follicle will go under when extracted and re-placed, but also makes way for new, healthy hair growth. This stage typically lasts up to two weeks dependant on your personal speed of hair growth. However, you may experience the Telogen stage for up to four months in some cases before the hair begins to grow properly.

Anagen

Anagen, more commonly known as the growth stage, is when you’ll begin to see the new hairs beginning to grow and is also the point at which your surgeon can more effectively determine whether further grafts may be needed. As the follicles leave the Telogen stage, they’ll begin to produce hair and grow at a rate typical for average hair growth. Everyone’s hair grows at different rates, but the average level of growth can be up to half an inch or so per month. This stage will last anything from 2-6 years which differs from hair to hair.

Catagen

Catagen is the point where hair will essentially stop growing. The follicles reach a standstill, becoming effectively dormant for some time but you’re unlikely to experience any hair loss in this stage. However, it only actually lasts for around 2 weeks or so before it moves onto the final stage.

The Second Telogen

Unlike the first Telogen phase, the second will last around 3-4 months depending on your hair follicles and how quickly they work. This is a period in which you will experience some shedding, but don’t worry – it’s not going to be noticeable! Instead, you’ll find that only a small amount of your hair will ever be at this stage, with the others all either growing or in the Catagen stage at any time. This will then lead to the Exogen phase of hair growth, which is defined as an extension of the telogen phase. This is where old hair will shed and new hair will simultaneously begin to grow, therefore trigering the next Anagen phase in the cycle.

Hair transplants can provide confidence to those currently experiencing advanced levels of permanent hair loss and techniques such as FUE even require minimal downtime. While you won’t see results immediately, the 18 months after your procedure will begin to show just how your hair will look while it grows.

 

If you’re interested in a hair transplant at either of our Turkey clinics in Istanbul or Izmir, feel free to get in touch with one of our team, today.


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21/Sep/2018

When it comes to choosing the right technique for your hair transplant procedure, there are a number of things to consider. Firstly, the size of the area that is being transplanted will determine which technique will work best for your requirements. Secondly, the results that you are looking for can be influenced by the technique that is used to perform the procedure. While FUE hair transplants remain one of the most popular techniques, Direct Hair Implantation is becoming a more popular choice for many patients. Here, we’re taking a closer look at what Direct Hair Implantation and The Choi Implanter Pen actually are.

What Is A Direct Hair Implantation?

Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) is one of the most advanced hair transplant techniques of them all, despite sounding like a simple procedure. While the FUT hair transplant technique extracts grafts in a strip or harvest a number of follicles at the same time, DHI extracts and implants hair follicles one by one, similar to the FUE technique.

The Benefits Of Direct Hair Implantation

There are a number of benefits to DHI procedures, including the fact that they offer a higher level of viability of the hair follicle, reducing the time left out of the scalp and therefore reducing the risk of the hair follicle being damaged or dying in the process. DHI also offers full and complete control of the angle, direction and depth in which the individual hair follicle is being implanted, in order to ensure that the end result looks as natural as possible at all times. Once the hair follicle has been removed from the donor area, the follicle can then be stored in a solution to ensure that development is enhanced or can be implanted directly back into the thinning area almost as soon as the follicle has been harvested.

The Drawbacks Of Direct Hair Implantation

Due to how precise this particular technique is, Direct Hair Implantation can take a significant amount of time to perform, even with a number of surgeons working on one patient at a time. As a result, if the area which is being treated requires a high number of grafts, DHI isn’t going to be the best option for the patient – FUE is likely to be much more effective.

What Is The Choi Implanter Pen?

The Choi Implanter Pen is the tool which is used to implant the hair follicle back into the scalp once it has been removed from the donor area.  The Choi Implanter Pen provides a very precise outcome and can also improve the survival rate of the hair follicle once it has been removed by reducing the amount of times the hair follicle is touched.

Due to the precision of the Choi Implanter Pen, the patient can benefit from reduced trauma to the scalp, meaning scarring is minimised as the follicles are implanted one by one instead of in bulk. This technique also promotes faster healing times. Due to the small nature of the pen, a number of hair follicles can be implanted at the same time by a number of different surgeons in order to speed up this typically slow process, and hair follicles can also be extracted and implanted at the same time.

For more information on the DHI procedure, book in a free consultation with a patient consultant by getting in touch on 0845 5198 948.


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21/Sep/2018

If you have recently undergone a hair transplant procedure, or you are looking to have a hair transplant in the coming months, then you may want to consider how best to look after your hair as it regrows this summer. As you know, exposure to sun, sea and chemicals in swimming pools can have significant drying effects on your hair and as a result, the new hair follicles which have been stimulated to promote new hair growth could become damaged. Here at Longevita, we’re taking a closer look at how you can take care of your new hair this summer.

Avoid Sunburn On The Scalp

After a hair transplant, your scalp may experience hypersensitivity when exposed to the sun, which can increase the risk of sunburn. Experiencing sunburn on the scalp can result in graft damage, and some hair transplant patients have also experienced pigmentation on the skin as a result of exposing their newly transplanted scalp to the sun too soon. In order to protect your scalp, make sure to wear a hat or cover the scalp with cloth of some kind.

The Healing Effects Of Sea Water

While the sea can have drying effects on the hair and will roughen the surface of the hair. However, the salt within the sea can actually have healing effects on the scalp. Salt water kick starts a process called osmosis, which is where the water can help to clean wounds and promote healing. While it is important to avoid swimming where there is direct sunlight on the scalp shortly after a hair transplant, the salt in the sea can provide some benefits.

Avoid Chlorine Exposure

While swimming pools are highly attractive in hot summer sun, chlorine can have damaging effects on the hair. In fact, too much exposure to chlorine can result in the build up of hypochlorous acid, which has the potential to penetrate and destroy cells. While chlorine in swimming pools is of low concentration, it can dry the hair and make it porous, which can see the hair absorb more chemicals than normal resulting in the hair becoming brittle and damaged. This can ultimately slow the growth of the new hair follicles. While chlorine-related damage is reversible, it is advised to avoid swimming pools altogether. If you are looking to dip in a swimming pool, however, avoid putting your head under the water, or make sure that you wet your hair with fresh water prior to entering the pool. This can make it difficult for the hair to absorb the chlorinated water. After leaving the pool, wash your hair with ample amounts of shampoo and utilise a protein-enriched conditioner in order to replenish moisture.

Hair Transplant & Holiday At The Same Time

If you choose a hair transplant in Turkey with Longevita, then you can benefit from having a hair transplant and a holiday at the same time! Turkey is a popular tourist destination, offering you the chance to indulge in sun and sea on both the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. Alternatively, you can enjoy the architectural and cultural sites of Istanbul and other historical cities such as Cappadocia. There are a number of benefits to having a hair transplant in Turkey, and this is just one of them!

To find out more about the hair transplant procedures we carry out here at Longevita, or to discuss your treatment with a consultant, get in touch with a member of our expert team, today.


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21/Sep/2018

After a hair transplant procedure, it is important to ensure that you are looking after your new hair as effectively as possible in order to guarantee strength. After your procedure with Longevita, you will be advised a full after-care programme in order to help reduce any post-operative swelling and ensure you are protected against any form of infection. Here, we’re taking a look at some of the top tips on how to take care of your hair after a transplant with Longevita.

Going On Holiday

Depending on your healing characteristics and size of the procedure you have carried out, we will advise you to take between 7-10 days off work, providing the perfect opportunity to go on holiday. However, there are a number of things to consider if you are heading on holiday for the time after your procedure in order to ensure your post-op scalp heals as it should. Firstly, you should avoid direct sunlight for 14 days following your procedure, which is why we cover the head after the procedure and encourage the use of hats or caps after the procedure in Turkey. In addition to this, it is important that you do not use a swimming pool for 14 days after the procedure as the chlorine content can be irritating for the scalp. Swimming in the sea should also be avoided due to the risk of bacteria and infection, although pure saline water can actually be beneficial, but is not required. It is also advised that alcohol is not consumed for 7 days after the procedure.

Washing Your Hair

After your procedure, you will have a check-up while you are still in Turkey, and will then be provided with pain killers, antibiotics, and a special shampoo and lotion which contains all organic ingredients and no chemicals. You will be advised to use this particular type of shampoo for at least 14 days after the procedure takes place. You are able to wash your hair the day after your hair transplant takes place and washing with warm water as normal is allowed. Once you have healed, you are able to go back to washing your hair with your regular shampoo as normal.

Alternative Options

Depending on each patient’s needs, there are some opportunities to opt for alternative aftercare treatments such as saline solution if the patient’s skin is extremely sensitive, however this is not generally offered as part of the package. Avoiding itching is important, and saline will help to keep the area moist and provide a soothing solution to get rid of the itching. Scratching can also dislodge grafts which can result in bleeding and can remove some of the new hairs that have been implanted, so it is important to avoid this, and some alternative options may be more beneficial for the patient than the standard recommended products.

Dedicated Aftercare

At Longevita, we offer a dedicated aftercare programme in order to ensure that you are healing as you should be post-procedure. We offer this service while you are in Turkey after the procedure takes place, and also once you return to your home country. We will request pictures which our surgeons will review in order to ensure that you are healing well, and these will be requested 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months after the procedure takes place, while making recommendations where required to ensure you obtain the best possible results.

Alongside our standard aftercare process, we will also offer the opportunity to follow up your procedure with GRP treatment in order to stimulate the scalp and further produce the best results possible to ensure you end up with strong, natural-looking hair. Our London office is open 6 days a week for appointments if you have any questions regarding your aftercare or the healing process in general after your procedure. Further to this, we also offer consultations by appointment in different cities across the UK, post-procedure so you can have a patient consultant look at the results of your transplant and recommend different aftercare techniques where relevant.

To find out more about the procedures that we offer here at Longevita Hair Transplant, book a free patient consultation on 0845 5198 948.


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21/Sep/2018

While a large proportion of both the male and female population can suffer from some form of hair loss, many people are unaware of the causes. Hair loss typically refers to when excessive amounts of hair from your scalp begins to fall out. While some people opt to leave their hair in its natural form, some other individuals may opt for a hair transplant in order to restore growth. Other treatments such as PRP injections can help to prevent further hair loss in the future, in some cases. Here at Longevita, we’re taking a closer look at the causes of hair loss which you could be suffering with, in order to determine the best treatment for your requirements.

Heredity Hair Loss

One of the most common causes of hair loss which many patients who turn to Longevita for a hair transplant in Turkey are suffering with is known as male-pattern or female-pattern baldness, also referred to as androgenetic alopecia. This is a heredity condition in which hair loss occurs gradually over time and often formulates predictable patterns. In men, heredity hair loss tends to cause a receding hairline, and in women, it often causes thinning hair. The heredity causes of hair loss can also play a part in the age at which an individual begins to lose their hair, the extent of the baldness, and also the rate in which hair begins to thin and fall out. Statistics suggest that two out of three men will experience hair loss by the age of 60, which shows just how common this particular condition is across the globe.

Hormonal Changes & Medical Conditions

In women, one of the key causes of hair loss is pregnancy, due to the excess hormones coursing through the body. Hair loss is also common after the baby has been delivered, due to the stress that the body has endured. While in these circumstances hair can often grow back when the body’s hormones begin to settle again after the birth of the baby, there can be some cases where hair doesn’t recover as quickly as a new mum would like. It is in these cases where a new mum may opt for a treatment such as PRP therapy, or a minimally-invasive hair transplant technique such as the Choi Implanter Pen.

Similar to pregnancy, other hormonal triggers such as switching between or no longer taking birth-control pills can have an impact on hair loss. This can also cause a condition known as telogen effluvium. This, combined with genetics, can lead to hair loss in women, with male hormone receptors in the scalp beginning to activate and hair follicles beginning to miniaturize.

Medication

Some types of medication can have a severe impact on hair loss in both men and women. Numerous drugs for diseases and conditions such as cancer, arthritis, depression, high blood pressure, and heart problems can have a significant impact on the condition of the hair and can result in hair loss – particularly radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Hair Styling

This is particularly prominent in women, with excessive heat and chemical treatments causing hair loss. Some types of hairstyles can also lead to hair being pulled excessively, which can lead to traction alopecia. This is particularly common in Afro-Caribbean hairstyles, including cornrows and weaves. Hot oil hair treatments and chemical straightening treatments can also lead to inflammation of the hair follicles, which can also result in hair loss. If scarring occurs as a result of these treatments, hair loss as a result become permanent.

Vitamin & Mineral Intake

A key factor that many patients underestimate is how their vitamin intake may lead to thinning hair and ultimately hair loss. Vitamin B deficiency which is caused by anaemia, is an auto-immune condition which is often caused by dietary changes. There are a few ways in which this can be resolved, such as simple supplementation, dietary changes – eating lean protein and good fats. A lack of protein can also result in hair loss, as your body will respond to a lack of protein by shutting down hair growth in order to store the protein it is missing. Similarly, consuming too much Vitamin A can also trigger hair loss, although this is reversible as long as excessive amounts of Vitamin A are cut down dramatically.

With so many causes of hair loss, it is important to ensure that you are correctly diagnosed by one of our patient consultants prior to your treatment. Some causes of hair loss can be reversible in line with dietary changes, whereas others may require a surgical procedure to restore hair loss.

To book with a patient consultant for a free consultation, contact us on 0845 5198 948.


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21/Sep/2018

Welcome to Longevitahairtransplant.com, our brand-new dedicated site for all of our hair transplant procedures in Turkey and our PRP therapy in London. If you’re suffering with hair loss as a result of genetics, an adverse reaction to medication, over-dying of the hair or for any other reason, and you require an affordable, yet high quality hair transplant by some of the world’s most reputable surgeons, then you’re in the right place.

At Longevita, we pride ourselves on the quality of the procedures that we carry out, and as a result, we always ensure that our patients are at the heart of what we do. With a number of testimonials from our patients showing just how trusted we are, you can be certain that you will be catered for from start to finish. Not only do we provide you with the hair transplant procedure itself, our full range of services also include the arrangement accommodation for the duration of your time in Turkey, a dedicated host, translator/interpreter services and even private airport transfers to ensure your time in Turkey is as convenient as possible.

Our efficient cost calculator helping you to determine just how much your hair transplant will cost you depending on the number of grafts you require. We can also provide you with a free face-to-face consultation available across 10 locations in the UK and Ireland to provide you with a full treatment plan, and payment plan if required, prior to your procedure. At Longevita, we always ensure that you obtain the best possible results.

Book your consultation, or get in touch with a member of our team today.


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Longevita offer private, yet affordable medical procedures in A+ rated, JCI accredited facilities based in Turkey. As a medical travel group who are registered in both Turkey and the UK, Longevita’s rates are subsidised by the Turkish government, meaning best prices are guaranteed.

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