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For those suffering from hair loss, finding the right solution can be a confusing matter and often frustrating when home remedies just don’t seem to be working. Thankfully, technological advancements in cosmetic procedures have improved the opportunity to opt for a hair transplant – but what does this entail? With different methods and a number of common questions to answer, we’ve put together a guide to help you make a more informed decision.

Types Of Hair Transplants

There are a number of different methods that could be chosen when it comes to hair transplants and the best one for you will differ depending on your hair type. However, there are two main types on offer here at Longevita:

  • FUE

FUE –  or Follicular Unit Extraction – is a process designed to offer efficient hair transplants with minimal or no scarring. Throughout this procedure, hair follicles are removed from the scalp of the donor areas individually with the help of a specialised tool. From this, each hair follicle is inserted into the pre-made cuts in the area of the recipient site. These cuts made are purposely made at an angle in order to recreate the usual direction of growth that already exists. Healthy hairs will them grow from the new site, offering the patient a full head of hair in just a few months as it grows.

  • FUT

FUT – Follicular Unit Transplantation – was replaced by FUE, but is still used in some cases where FUE may not be the best option. This procedure requires the surgeon to cut a strip of hair follicles away from the donor site, as opposed to removing each follicle individually. Once the strip has been cut away, it is divided into small groups of 1-4 follicles, which are then inserted in the recipient area, in a similar way to FUE.

Do Hair Transplants Leave Scars?

FUE treatments have been carefully designed and optimised to ensure minimal, if any scarring and in the hands of our expert surgeons, this is enhanced further. FUT treatments do leave scarring, however, due to the strip of skin removed from the head throughout the treatment. For this reason, FUE was introduced as a more aesthetically pleasing method that meant shorter downtime, less pain and ultimately, better results.

How Long Does The Procedure Take?

Typically the procedure will take around 8 hours, though this will differ from patient to patient depending on how many individual hair follicles need to be transplanted and the area that needs to be covered. The number of procedures required for full coverage can vary depending on the current state of your hair, or the area that needs to be worked on. In most cases, you may only need a few appointments, but some patients may require upwards of 2 or 3.

The recovery, once again, is reliant on whether you opt for FUT or FUE surgery. If you opt for Follicular Unit Extraction, then you can expect a quick recovery, while a Follicular Unit Transplantation will come with a recovery period of about a month. It is likely that you will feel some discomfort throughout this recuperating period, as the operation is more invasive than FUE and requires a higher level of healing. This can be managed easily with mild painkillers.

Are Hair Transplants Painful?

All hair transplants conducted here at Longevita are done so under local anaesthetic to reduce the discomfort our clients may feel throughout the procedure. You will also be given full aftercare instructions that will help you to manage any further discomfort after the procedure and enhance the healing process. In most cases, any pain or discomfort felt after the procedure can be managed with standard painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Are Hair Transplants Expensive?

The million dollar question that can break or make your decision regarding hair transplants is this; how much do they cost? Ultimately, this can vary dependant on the operation and how many grafts are needed, though the average expected price for FUE surgery is between £5,000 and £10,000 in the UK. When you travel to Turkey with a reputable company like Longevita, however, a hair transplant procedure will cost between £1000 and £2500 depending on the number of grafts required and the technique.

When Do The Results Appear?

After your surgery, you will be eager to see the results so you can embark on your new life with newfound confidence, but how long will you have to wait to see the results?

After around 4 months, you will begin to see your first results, but it’s at about a year that you will begin to see the full effect of the hair transplant.

If, over time you notice that the follicles have shrunken or that some areas may not be growing as well as others, contact your surgeon as you may find that you require another transplant procedure.

Is The Success Rate Good?

While success ultimately depends from person to person, our success rates for FUE and FUT procedures are above average. Our surgeons are some of the best in the industry and are well versed in how to promote better results in every patient.

However, there are a number of factors that can have an effect on the success rate of hair transplants, which is why there are a number of patients that have not been completely happy with the outcome, these include:

  • How many good follicles are left on your scalp, to begin with
  • The size of the recipient area that you want to cover
  • The experience and skill of the surgeon

Are There Any Risks Of Hair Transplants?

Any surgical procedure comes with its risks, however, you can rest assured that both FUT and FUE transplants are very safe with Longevita. We will take every care in our A+ rated clinics to ensure that the treatment not only goes well but that you are fully cared for after the procedure to enhance the chances of healthy growth. After the operation, you may experience some bleeding, bruising or swelling, but this is normal and will settle within a week in most cases. There is the risk of small cysts forming, but these can be treated easily and can disappear. Your host will remain on hand and with doctors and nurses available in the UK upon your return home after your treatment, any potential side-effects can be quickly solved.

With this guide, we aim to provide our current and potential clients and patients with the information they need to make an informed decision regarding their hair transplant. For any further questions or to request a quote, simply get in touch or fill in our online form, today.


As with any surgical procedure, a hair transplant can come with various risks that you’ll need to be aware of prior to undergoing the surgery. While a hair transplant is typically considered to be safe, the process involved may see you experiencing some pain, swelling and inflammation of the scalp in the minutes, hours and days following the procedure. Here, we’re taking a closer look at the risks and side effects of a hair transplant:

Short-Term Complications

Typically, any side effects which follow a hair transplant will be minor and will often clear up within a few weeks of the procedure. These short-term side effects include:

Bleeding & Swelling Of The Scalp

One of the most common side effects patients may experience is bleeding and swelling of the scalp. The nature of the hair transplant means that follicles will be removed from areas of the head that see healthy hair growth and be transplanted into the treatment areas through incisions. While the FUE method is far less intrusive than the traditional FUT method, which required strips to be cut from the scalp, there is still a possibility of some minor bleeding and swelling as the transplants heal.


Itching is a common side effect of any surgery as areas of the body are trying to heal and as a result, it’s an understandable common occurrence after a hair transplant. It is important, however, not to scratch the scalp to relieve itching, as this can lead to the displacement of the newly transplanted hair follicles. It could also lead to dirt being passed into the wounds, which could ultimately lead to an infection and become dangerous. If the itching is prolonged after the hair transplant procedure, it may be a result of the shampoo you are using, but you can contact one of our aftercare specialists for further information on how to prevent an itching scalp.


Inflammation or infection of the hair follicles is known as folliculitis and can occur as a complication of a hair transplant. Infections of this kind can often be treated by a mild antibiotic cream, lotion or gel. If the infection becomes more serious, then it is advised to contact our aftercare specialists in order to gain additional medical help or advice.

Shock Loss

Shock loss refers to the scenario when newly transplanted hair suddenly falls out post-procedure. This is a surprisingly common complication, but it is not one for patients to be concerned about. In fact, patients who experience shock loss will find that their newly transplanted hair will re-grow within a few months, as the follicles transplanted into their scalp will remain intact.

Long-Term Complications

While there are a number of short-term complications, these are often resolved within the first few weeks after the procedure takes place and the hair begins to grow back. However, there are some long-term complications which may also need to be considered:

Scalp Laxity

The laxity of the scalp could be impacted after a hair transplant procedure, due to the trauma your head is put through during the surgery. This is most common after the FUT procedure. Typically, the scalp will regain the majority of its laxity within the first six-eight months after the procedure, but it will continue to loosen after this. If the patient had a loose scalp to begin with then the scalp is more likely to return to full laxity, while a tighter scalp prior to the surgery will see a more noticeable change.

Grafts Which Fail To Take

While our success rate here at Longevita is high, there are some circumstances where a patient’s grafts will not take to the scalp and therefore a repetition of the surgery is required. All of our surgeons are fully insured, offering peace of mind and support for each of our patients if this is the case. In the event that your hair transplant procedure has not taken, the patient consultant will review the progress of growth and take any required action.

Hair Curl

A long-term complication after a hair transplant can be a ‘hair curl’. This means that the hair follicle which has been transplanted into the scalp has curled under which could result in an ingrown hair. This can be highly irritating for a patient and could result in infection. If there are a large number of curled hairs on the head, the results of the hair transplant may appear unnatural.

Aftercare With Longevita Hair Transplant

Once you return to your home country, the dedicated host who was with you for the duration of your surgical journey will continue to check up on you for up to one year post-procedure. They will provide you with full aftercare advice and will continue to ensure that the hair transplant re-growth remains a success throughout the first crucial 12 months. If you are experiencing any post-surgical complications, we have a team of dedicated nurses and doctors based in the UK to provide any follow-up treatment where required.

Here at Longevita Hair Transplant, we pride ourselves on the quality of the procedures that we provide and the professionalism of our surgeons. We work with some of the most highly-respected and sought-after surgeons from around the world, meaning you can put your trust in us with your hair transplant procedure.

For more information about the procedures or to book a consultation with one of our patient consultants, get in touch on 0845 5198 948, today.


As with any surgical procedure, the possibility of complications or side effects after a hair transplant is a common concern. As your surgeon will tell you prior to the procedure, there are a number of potential problems you could face during the healing process or further down the line, but it’s important not to let these put you off of your decision. In fact, some issues, such as shock loss, are common in hair transplant patients and shouldn’t trigger as much concern as they do.

Shock loss could take place after a hair transplant has been completed but isn’t a permanent issue. To help you understand what to expect, we have detailed this prevalent issue and explained why it provides no immediate cause for concern.

What is “Shock Loss?”

Every single hair transplant procedure here at Longevita will see detailed work completed by the most highly-trained professionals we have on our staff. Your surgeon will make accurate extractions of hair from donor areas and then transplant them with equal precision into any thinning or balding areas. However, even the most skilled surgeons can’t prevent every side-effect.

On rare occasions, the action or extracting and transplanting hair can lead to the loss of healthy hair just days after the initial surgery has taken place. This isn’t a bad transplant or damaged follicles in most cases – in fact, the issue has been given its very own name – “shock loss.”

Shock loss involves the loss of follicles within treated areas after transplantation, but it is important to note that this issue only affects around 5% of all patients and only takes a temporary effect. It is important to be aware that it is just the hair follicles which fall off as a result of the trauma which the scalp experiences as part of the surgery. The roots which are transplanted do not fall off and any lost hair will begin to grow stronger and healthier within just months after the issue takes place.

On the rare occasion that shock loss occurs, this is generally due to damage caused to nearby healthy follicles, stress to the scalp or simply a broken hair shaft. In order to prevent any complications, most surgeons will remove each hair one at a time using FUE methods, depending on your hair type. When taking strands of hair from a donor area, each strand will be taken using a punch device to ensure minimal movement during the procedure.

Unless every measure is taken when removing hairs, there is every possibility that you will have a negative impact on any follicles within the immediate vicinity, which could cause them to come out completely. Equal care needs to be taken in the case of the transplantation, especially within the area that is being transplanted. When the incision process is being undertaken, you could disrupt nearby follicles which can also lead to hairs falling out.

Statistically, women have experienced the shock loss phenomenon on a more frequent basis than men, but both genders are likely to see their hair return to normal in 2-4 week cycles after the initial hair loss. Once your scalp has healed and settled, you will be able to re-grow hair with the possibility of it being even thicker and more vibrant than before.

Should I Be Concerned About “Shock Loss?”

As we’ve already mentioned, there really is no need to be alarmed if you experience shock loss after a hair transplant. After a few days, your hair will completely regrow, leaving you with a full head of hair.

When the regrowth period takes place, don’t be concerned if you notice that your hairs initially appear thin and slightly colourless. Over the course of around a year, your hair will start to take on a much thicker and mature tone as it starts to fully grow. In order to maximise the process, you could use lotions and specialist products to help encourage your hair to grow at a much faster rate- you can speak to your consultant about this before or after the initial treatment to determine what is best for your hair type.

It is also important to note that any transplanted hairs are equally susceptible to shock loss and also provide no real calls for concern. They will simply fall out and then regrow into place within a four-month cycle. Any hair loss after a successful transplant is very much a rare occurrence and not something that many people ever have to deal with throughout their life. Shock loss is a perfectly natural part of all hair transplants. The only thing anyone can do when this takes place is to simply wait until it re-grows back into place.

If you would like to find out even more information about shock loss or any hair transplant procedures, then you are more than welcome to contact any of the professional surgeons at Longevita.



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, 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 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.


When it comes to a hair transplant, a major part of your procedure will be the treatment planning, to help determine the number of required grafts and the technique which is best suited to your requirements. While there are some non-reputable surgeons who may make-up the number of grafts required, there is an international standard for both male and female patients in order to determine the treatment that is required and the number of grafts, meaning treatment plans should not vary from surgeon to surgeon. These scales, Norwood-Hamilton scale for men and Ludwig-Savin scale for women, are used to help categorise the level of balding that a patient may be experiencing, and therefore the required number of grafts in order to achieve natural coverage and density. Here, we’re taking a closer look at these scales in order to give you an idea of where you may rank.

Norwood-Hamilton Scale

Designed specifically for male patients, the Norwood-Hamilton Scale, allows surgeons to accurately classify patients into groups depending on the severity of their hair loss. This scale was originally determined in the 1950’s by Dr. James Hamilton, and was later updated by Dr. O’Tar Norwood in the 1970’s. Typically, men will lose their hair in different patterns and stages – some may suffer from a receding hairline, whereas others may lose the hair at the vertex of the head. Others may lose hair from all over the head.

Norwood Hamilton Hair Loss Chart For Men


The Norwood-Hamilton scale helps to break down hair loss into a series of stages, in order to determine the most appropriate treatment and when it is required to have a hair transplant or begin to use other forms of treatment.

Stage 1 – Minimal amount of hair loss on the hairline. There is no need for treatment at this stage.

Stage 2/2A – Hair loss at the front temporal sides, creating a triangular shape. Hair loss may also begin to appear in the middle of the front of the hair. At this stage, diagnosis is important to determine whether hair loss is a result of male pattern baldness or lifestyle choices.

Stage 3/3A/3V – This is where baldness is scaled from small to moderate. Baldness on the crown area may occur at this stage and baldness on the temples will be clearly visible.

Stage 4/4A – This stage is a stage of moderate hair loss, mainly in the front temporal sides and receding hairline, as well as hair loss on the vertex area.

Stage 5/5A/5V – In this stage, a moderate to large amount of hair loss is visible, particularly at the back and front of the scalp (although these will still be connected with natural hair).

Stage 6 – Here is when surgeons will begin talking about a considerable amount of hair loss, starting from the hairline to the crown. Hair loss on the sides of the head will have also increased during this stage and a large number of grafts will be required if the patient opts for a hair transplant.

Stage 7 – This is the highest stage on the baldness scale, and hair is likely to only be present at the back of the head from one side to the other. A hair transplant at this scale will not be able to cover the full level of baldness in one sitting and more than one hair transplantation may be required to achieve the best results.  

The stages will determine how many grafts are likely to be required. For example, if the patient is experiencing stage 2A, then they may require 1000-1500 grafts. If they are experiencing stage 6 however, then they will require 4500-5000 grafts.

Ludwig-Savin Scale

In a similar way to how men’s hair loss is measured, women’s hair loss also has a scale to accurately measure the extent of the balding. However, due to the fact that women typically bald in a different way to men, they required their own scale. The Ludwig-Savin scale was originally two separate scales, with the Savin scale also measuring overall thinning as well as the density of the hair on the scalp, but this was then integrated into a single scale by many surgeons to help ensure that the right hair transplant technique was used.

Stage I-1 – The first stage of the scale is when the central parting of the scalp showed no hair loss.

Stage I-2 – There is a small amount of hair loss which can be seen on the central parting of the scalp.

Stage I-3 – A much larger amount of hair loss is visible on the scalp.

Stage I-4 – The parting is showing prominent signs of hair loss and is the widest parting indication on the scale showing that the hair is becoming much thinner on the scalp.

Stage II-1 – The hair is not only thinning around the parting but it is also diffusing over the top of the scalp.

Stage II-2 – The thinning on the scalp is very prominent.

Stage III – This stage is where the woman showcases extensive and diffuse hair loss on the scalp, although some hair will survive this.

Advanced – This is a very advanced stage of hair loss and typically the hair on the scalp will be non-existent, with some hair still visible on the side.

Frontal – This is where the hairline is beginning to thin, which is far less common in female patients than male patients.

Similar to the Norwood-Hamilton scale, the Ludwig-Savin scale is used to determine the number of grafts required. For example, if the patient is experiencing stage I-2, then they will require 250-750 grafts. However, if they are experiencing the most advanced stage of hair loss, then they will require 3500-4500 grafts.

At Longevita, our surgeons closely follow these two scales to ensure that our patients are receiving the right amount of grafts in order to achieve the best possible results in terms of natural coverage and density. To find out where on the scale your hair loss sits, book a free face-to-face consultation with a patient expert by calling 0845 5198 948.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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