The Evolution of Hair Transplants

Updated on Monday 19th December 2016

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Hair transplants have evolved greatly since their inception in the ‘50s, with initially having a fake, doll-like appearance, to an entirely natural outcome which cannot be identified as a hair restoration even by hair stylists, when performed appropriately. In this article, our hair transplant specialists in Turkey would like to take a brief look at the evolution of hair transplant surgery over the years and the developments which have been achieved in the field.

The progress explained by our hair transplant experts in Turkey

When initially performed, hair transplants had the objective of restoring the growing hair on the bald patients' heads. Later on, the objective developed into realizing a hair transplantation which looked less artificial and more like the natural hair of the patients. It was then clear that this could be achieved by a mixture of technology and artistic skills. The technology of the instruments used in hair transplants, as well as that of magnification, was developed in order to enable hair transplant surgeons in Turkey and elsewhere to extract and isolate groups of hairs which grow naturally, as small as single hairs named follicular units. This is the main difference of modern hair transplants compared to the early days when grafts that contained 10, 20 or more follicles were harvested. The hair transplant surgeons developed their surgical artistic skills needed to replicate the natural hairline and the temporal, front, midscalp or crown areas.

Hair transplants in Istanbul today

In the present, the evolution of hair transplants led to two types of surgeries which can be performed and are accepted as safe and rendering the most natural looking appearances when performed right:

•    The Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) method;
•    The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique.

When first effectuated in the ‘90s, the FUT method was regarded with a certain degree of skepticism by the medical community. By the year 2000, however, the FUT method became extremely popular. Nowadays, it is considered the gold standard of hair transplants. In 2002, another more developed hair restoration surgery technique was initiated: the FUE method. This type of procedure is more advanced and has the great advantage of not leaving a linear scar on the donor area when performed. 

Both procedures, when effectuated by talented, experienced Turkey hair transplant surgeons, can render natural looking results at a fraction of the price they cost in most developed Western European or North American countries.

If you would like to learn more about the evolution of hair transplants, or to schedule for a consultation with us, please contact our hair transplant clinic in Istanbul.

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