What to Expect from your Hair Transplant

Losing your hair can have a significant impact on your self-esteem, especially if it’s sudden or at a young age. Hair transplants result in a fuller head of hair to combat hair loss in areas of your head — or body — that are balding or thinning. Not only will this help to boost your confidence, but it will also result in a more youthful appearance.

Although hair transplants can offer a permanent solution to hair loss, it is important to be familiar with the procedure, the recovery process, and the aftercare before committing to surgery. That’s why we’ve decided to take a deeper dive into what you should expect on your journey to growing a fuller head of hair.

Types of hair transplants

It applies the latest technology hair transplantation techniques in Turkey, which is the world leader in hair transplantation. Chief among these are DHI, Sapphire Fue, Fue and Pertukan techniques. Hair of Berlin applies the latest hair transplant techniques in hair transplant operations.

How long does the procedure take?

The duration of hair transplantation depends on the size of the surgery and the type of hair transplantation should be done. However, a typical procedure for a patient needing only one session typically takes between 6-8 hours, with the possibility of successive days for those with more intense hair loss.

What to expect before surgery

As the days of your surgery approach, it is important to ensure that the scalp is as healthy as possible. Therefore, the following elements are very important for a healthy and successful recovery after the procedure.


alcohol consumption
Aspirin-based drugs
Very spicy foods – eg paprika and garlic
Multivitamin supplements from A to Z
Haircut two weeks before surgery
To smoke
Following the instructions above will ensure that your scalp is prepared for surgery and that bleeding during the procedure is kept to a minimum. In addition, doing scalp exercises can increase blood flow to your scalp and improve the condition before hair transplant surgery.

The healing process: what to expect?

The recovery process after hair transplantation is critical to achieve the best results. The first few weeks are very important, but your transplanted hair will continue to heal for 12 months, possibly longer.

Resting, keeping your scalp hydrated, and following aftercare recommendations during recovery are essential as they will help speed up the healing process.

Recovery timeline

Every patient’s situation is different, and not all hair transplants will yield the same results. Speaking to your surgeon before your transplant will ensure you know what results are feasible and realistic. However, generally, you can expect the hair transplant recovery process to be as follows.

1. Immediately after the hair transplant
Once your surgery is complete, your surgeon will remove the bandages. The area that has been transplanted could be swollen and so the surgeon may inject triamcinolone into the section to keep the swelling down if necessary.

After the surgery and over the next few days, you may feel pain or soreness. Your surgeon may recommend several things, including painkillers such as ibuprofen, antibiotics to prevent infection, and anti-inflammatories such as oral steroids to relieve swelling.

2. 7 days after the hair transplant
The first week after surgery will be the beginning of the healing process. It is normal during this time to experience aches and itchiness as scabs begin to form and fall off. Over-the-counter medication may be beneficial for discomfort or trouble sleeping.

It is important to remember that following the aftercare instructions given by your surgeon will be crucial at this stage for ensuring a speedy recovery.

3. 14 days after the hair transplant
After 2 weeks, the healing process should be well underway — swelling should have subsided however some redness and itchiness are still normal as stabs continue to fall off. At this stage, you may experience some hair shedding. This is nothing to worry about, as hair shedding is a normal part of the hair growth cycle and new hair follicles will eventually begin to grow.

Once you have reached this stage, activities such as exercising and washing your hair can be resumed.

4. 1 month after the hair transplant
During this time, as hairs continue to fall out and grow, the scalp may appear patchy. This is no cause for concern — hairs will be in different stages of the growth cycle.

Pain, swelling, and redness should have lessened at this point, however, if the area is still inflamed, you should contact your clinic.

5. 3 months after the hair transplant
After 3 months new hairs will begin to emerge though they may be wispy and thin in appearance. It is important to be patient at this stage — hair will grow thicker as time goes on.

6. 6 months after the hair transplant
6 months after surgery, you should be noticing a significant growth of new hairs that are becoming thicker and stronger. Remember that you shouldn’t expect to see the final results at this stage. Hair growth will continue over the coming months.

7. 12-15 months after hair transplant
Within 12-15 months, you are expected to see the final result. All the hairs should have penetrated through the scalp and matured, having thickened and strengthened. You can now treat your new transplanted hair as you would any hair.

Hair transplant side effects
Other than minimal scarring that is usually unnoticeable there are no long-term effects of a hair transplant.

Is a hair transplant painful?
Thankfully, no, a hair transplant is not a painful procedure. However, this doesn’t mean there is no discomfort. The above side effects may cause minor pain, but this is brief and temporary.

Things to avoid whilst in the recovery process

– 10 days should not have sex.
– Swimming pool, sauna, sea and Turkish bath should not be entered.
– Salty foods should be avoided as they will cause edema.
– At least 3 liters of water should be drunk daily.
– 1 month no exercise

How much does a hair transplant cost?

Contrary to popular belief, hair transplant surgery is not a very expensive procedure. While this transaction is done with 10,000 – 15,000 USD in the USA, this transaction is much cheaper in Turkey. With all-inclusive service, you can stay in a good hotel, transfer with VIP cars and do this with a good hair doctor. You can fill out the registration form on our website to get a special price for you.