Male or female, hair loss is a very distressing and bothersome condition for everyone. People are pressured by it and negatively affected by it due to others’ constant attention to it. It can be a significant source of misery, particularly for young people. Hair transplant procedures have eliminated the psychological pressure and diminished sense of self-confidence caused by sparse hair in humans. People with hair loss issues replant their hair in those regions to cover up these sparse spots. You will undoubtedly have more bushy hair, even though this depends on the type and thickness of the roots extracted from your hair. But not everyone receives a transplant. It is crucial to assess your suitability for this. A viral infection that targets the immune system and impairs its activities can affect people with HIV. Numerous difficulties and adverse effects may result from this. HIV + individuals may also have hair loss as a symptom, even though there is no evidence that it is related.

Can People With HIV Get a Hair Transplant in Turkey?

In Istanbul, Turkey, undergoing a hair transplant is still possible if you test positive for HIV. The immune system becomes less competent as HIV infection progresses. The body cannot stop infectious pathogens. You should be aware, though, that having HIV does not mean you have AIDS or that you will spread it to others. The transmission of the virus can now be successfully stopped thanks to medications. But conducting a hair transplant on an HIV patient is also not a safe procedure. Blood can potentially spread the virus to a doctor or medical staff. The medical equipment used in the procedure must be perfectly sanitized to prevent transmission to other patients.

The clinic where the procedure will be performed must maintain extremely high hygiene standards as the first requirement. But they must exercise utmost caution. There is a very high risk of infection because the person with HIV has a compromised immune system. Fungi can grow in the wounds that will be opened during the procedure. As a result, persistent skin inflammations may also exist. In addition to having a detrimental impact on health, wounds are unsightly. You might be psychologically affected by your hair loss issue to take these risks.

Due to these factors and the potential harm to the patient and medical staff, some clinics decline to transplant HIV patients. However, medical professionals who are adequately aware of the condition and confident in their ability to protect themselves may take this risk and perform the procedure while paying close attention to security precautions. The cost is obviously higher because the doctor typically performs this alone. Another thing to keep in mind is that the surgical instruments are not utilized on other patients and are instead disposed of after the procedure. Fue, Sapphire Fue, FUT, and DHI procedures are used in clinics that follow the most recent technological developments while implementing high-security measures. Doctors decide the best treatment plan for each patient following thorough evaluations. Because they are confident, a professional team effectively completes operations that are seen as risky.

The Fue Technique

The hair follicles are removed one at a time using a specialized micro-motor and local anesthetic in the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) technique. They are then reinstalled in the bald areas while accounting for the angle and natural direction of hair development. Typically, the back of the head serves as the donor area—the location from which the follicles are harvested. The nape is selected as a donor area because the follicles there are genetically more potent and resistant to shedding. If the area is not sufficiently thick, the grafts are taken from other body sections. The stolen bulbs are sown in barren or sparsely vegetated areas.

The Sapphire Fue Technique

Instead of the steel blades used in standard FUE transplants, sapphire FUE uses blades that are created from this priceless gemstone. Sapphire blades are particularly helpful for making cuts at the recipient site. By creating narrower microchannels at the recipient location for hair transplantation, the blades are made to reduce scab development and hasten healing. In FUE with sapphire blades, hair follicles are removed one by one from the donor area using a micro motor and micro punches with sizes ranging from 0.6 to 0.7 to 0.8 mm after the local anesthetic has been given to the patient.

The best method for opening micro channels is to employ sapphire blades. Sharp, smooth, and long-lasting sapphire blades with sizes ranging from 1,0 – 1,3 to 1,5 mm are used to make the tiny incisions, which are the same length as the follicles. Therefore, more channels need to be established, which enables the transplantation of the follicles closer together.

The DHI Technique

The direct hair implantation method (DHI) is a level up from the FUE procedure. Using a device known as a Choi pen, hair grafts are individually harvested using this technique. The Choi pen is also loaded with hair grafts, which eliminates the need to harvest the hair follicles in a separate setting before the plantation process, making it different from the FUE method. The Choi pen can be used to plant hair transplants at the desired location directly. Better hair transplant techniques are possible using the DHI process, which is also quicker.

The Fut Technique

During FUT, a surgeon cuts a strip of skin from your scalp, usually from the back of your head. The exact size of the strip depends on the number of follicles needed to cover bald spots. The strip usually doesn’t exceed 1 to 1.5 centimeters (0.4 to 0.6 inches) wide. Once the individual follicles are removed from the strip, they’re re-inserted into your scalp. Hair transplant surgeries take between 4 and 8 hours. FUT surgery is generally quicker than FUE surgery. Most people stay awake during the surgery with local anesthesia that numbs their scalp.

Is a drug cleanse necessary before getting a hair transplant in Turkey?

Hair follicles from the donor area behind the head are used to fill up bald spots so that new hair can develop. Rotating microneedles are used to remove hair while the recipient area is under pressure, and the follicle is introduced using a Choi pen. It is essential to provide nutrients and oxygen to the hair for healthy growth.

Blood circulation is also impacted by medications that change blood pressure. Blood sugar levels are controlled by insulin injections, which also influence blood vessels. So, two weeks before the procedure, the medicine should be stopped after seeing a doctor. Additionally, minoxidil and finasteride should be stopped because they have an adverse effect on hair development. Regaine care foam should no longer be used one week before hair transplantation. Before having hair transplantation, the doctor should be contacted regarding the usage of anti-HIV medications. You will receive thorough instructions on how to prepare for hair transplantation in our clinic when you attend counseling.

If doctors recommend a hair transplant for you, be mindful of :

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What does a hair transplant in Turkey cost for someone who has HIV?

Turkey is among the greatest locations to pick for your HIV-positive hair transplant, as it is for many other cosmetic procedures. Particularly skilled and knowledgeable surgeons at Cayra Clinic are prepared to accompany you on your hair transplant journey. Additionally, the price of an HIV hair transplant in Turkey may be considerably lower than in other nations.

The price of HIV-positive hair transplants is typically higher than the price of standard hair transplant procedures. This is due to the fact that HIV-positive hair transplant necessitates the use of specialized sterilizers and a unique operating room environment allocated only for these procedures. The hazards associated with an HIV hair transplant also make it much more complicated. In Turkey, an HIV-positive hair transplant may cost between $3,500 and $5,000. To receive a price estimate for your hair loss, contact our adviser.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you get tested for HIV before hair transplant?

Yes, you will get tested for HIV before the hair transplant operation. This is a standard procedure to keep the patient, staff members and future patients safe.

Can I have a hair transplant in Turkey if I have HIV and hepatitis C?

If you have hepatitis C as well as HIV, or only hepatitis C, you can still be eligible to get a hair transplant. The procedure is the same as the HIV positive hair transplant operation. Reach our medical consultant for further information.

How long does it take for transplanted hair to grow for HIV positive patients?

The results of your HIV hair transplant should be noticeable after 3-4 months of your surgery. You can expect to see the final results of your hair transplant after a year.

Is HIV hair transplant safe in Turkey?

Yes, HIV hair transplant in Turkey is only performed by experienced surgeons that specialize in this area. If the clinic where you are planning to get your hair transplant doesn’t have a special operation environment for HIV patients, you should consider other options.

At Cayra Clinic, as long as you are qualified for an HIV hair transplant operation, your surgery will be performed under safe conditions.

Can HIV make you lose your hair?

Even though there is no concrete proof that HIV can make you lose your hair, some symptoms of HIV such as anemia, thyroid issues, or abnormal hair growth cycle can accelerate the hair loss process. Early HIV medications were also blamed for increasing hair loss. However, such medications are not used in today’s practices.

Is hair transplant cheaper in Turkey?

 Yes, hair transplant sessions in Turkey cost half of the prices in EU countries.

Where can I stay while waiting to have a hair transplant in Turkey?

You can stay in our five-star hotels. We will book your room for you before you come to Turkey.

Do doctors speak English in Turkey? 

Most doctors in Turkey speak English or have an assistant to help communicate.

What are the ways of transportation in Turkey? 

We pick you up from the airport with our VIP car and drive you to your hotel and then we take you to the clinic from the hotel. We also have city tours with our VIP cars included in our packages.