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ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

Dr. Ali Emre Karadeniz (Dr. K) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and has dual nationality in Britain and Turkey. He is fluent in English. He received his medical degree and plastic surgery specialist diploma in Turkey.

Due to his enthusiasm and dedication to hair restoration surgery he started practicing hair restoration surgery exclusively from the year 2010. He performed 1500 hair operations in a relatively short period of time, which also lead to active participation in scientific events. In 2011 he became a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS) and since has been invited numerous times for presentations in scientific meetings. In order to provide a very high standard of surgical treatments he founded Dr.K Hair Institute, Istanbul, Turkey in 2014, where he performs all of the surgical procedures himself. In 2015, he became the first Turkish plastic surgeon that is a diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS). He was also elected to be a member of the ISHRS FUE Research Committee (FUERC).

The Dr.K Hair Institute medical team consists of the most experienced and skilled medical staff in Turkey, who are always dedicated to provide the highest standard of care and to give the best result possible for every patient.

WHAT WE DO

Dr.K Hair Institute offers the most advanced techniques currently available in the world, including both FUSS (strip surgery) and FUE. Dr. K is one of the very few surgeons in Turkey that can offer the FUSS method, which is the main treatment method for afro-hair. Dr. K is able to achieve close to invisible strip scars with his surgical technique that includes the ‘trichophytic closure technique’. With the aid of microscopic dissection of individual grafts performed by a very experienced team of technicians, up to 6000 grafts can be transplanted. Dr.K Hair Institute is the only hair clinic in Turkey that can perform such ‘ultra-refined surgery’.

Dr. Karadeniz uses a motorised sharp punch to manually extract all grafts by himself when doing FUE. He strongly believes that FUE should be performed exclusively by the surgeon himself and doesn’t use technicians for this purpose. Up to 3000 grafts in a single day and up to 5000 grafts in two consecutive days can be performed at Dr.K Hair Institute.

Dr. K has special interest in dealing with afro-hair patients. Afro-hair type has many technical challenges due to the nature of the hair. Only surgical teams that operate at very high standards are able to deal with these challenges. Our satisfaction rate is very high as can be seen in online testimonials.

Other surgical treatments such as body hair transplant (BHT), beard transplant and eyebrow transplant are also offered at Dr.K Hair Institute.

OUR SERVICES FOR INTERNATIONAL PATIENTS

The fact that there are very few professional hair clinics in the world that provide state of the art procedures and very high costs at some countries, encourage patients to search abroad for a suitable clinic. However we are aware that it is not easy for a patient to go to a country with a very different culture, standard of health care and language and to have a surgical treatment. We provide the following services for our patients to overcome the mentioned difficulties:

  • We get back to our patients who have sent us an inquiry as soon as possible.
  • We ask our patients to send us good quality photos of their own that represents their current situation. We explain how to take good photos and send samples for this purpose.
  • Once we contact our patients and receive their photos, we offer them a live online video consultation so that the doctor and patient can be face to face, see each others body language, answer questions and give detailed information on treatment options and expected outcomes.
  • We offer live testimonials by patients who have previously had a treatment at our clinic.
  • After establishing trust with our patients and agreeing on a treatment plan we offer to do all arrangements.
  • We provide airport pickup service.
  • We accommodate our patients at luxury hotels that are walking distance from our clinic.
  • We provide translator service for non-English speaking patients.
  • We redo the consultation prior to the operation to make sure if any adjustments to the surgical plan are needed and all questions are answered. We once again summarise the steps of the procedure.
  • We provide our patients with food and drinks during the operational day.
  • After the procedure is finished we instruct our patients on the aftercare and provide them with recommendations for the optimal result.
  • We make sure that our patients safely get on board their return flights.
  • We follow up on our patients to hear that they get the expected result and help them with any questions or problems that they may have during the healing process.

DR.K VALUES

TRUSTWORTHINESS

It is our priority to establish trust with our patients.

PATIENT-FOCUSED

We don’t see our patients as customers who we are trying to sell a standard product. Our potential patients are only accepted if we honestly believe we can solve their problems; if we feel that we cannot, we will freely admit it and recommend other options.

EMPATHY

We put ourselves in the position of our patients; we never do treatments that we would not have done to ourselves.

STRATEGY

After an overall assessment of each potential patient we formulate a long term treatment plan that does not only fix the problem at hand but also keeps options open for possible future interventions.

BEING SCIENTIFIC

We only offer treatments that have proven effects and are widely accepted in the scientific world of hair surgery and we do not offer methods that have more marketing value than treating a problem. We are open to including any treatment that has proven benefits however we will never abandon a treatment method with proven results for a new method, without any scientific evidence of benefits.

TECHNOLOGICAL STATE-OF-THE-ART

We keep constantly in touch with the best of new techniques and instruments that can enhance surgical results. We are active members of scientific organisations and constantly attend scientific meetings for the latest discoveries.

EXPERTISE

We always make sure that every part of every treatment is taken care by a professional who is not only licensed to do it but is also trained and experienced enough to do the best in a variety of situations.

RESPONSIBILITY

We are aware that no guarantee can be given in medical procedures and we find it unethical to claim a guarantee could be given. However, we strictly believe in ‘responsibility’. This means that we will make every effort to give our patients the best result possible and we will do our best to fix a problem if it occurs.

WHY CHOOSE US

AFRO-HAIR TRANSPLANTS

WHAT IS HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

WHAT IS HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

Hair transplantation is the surgical solution to hair loss that can be done as long as hair density is below a critical level to make it worth an operation and there is a donor area that has potential permanent hair follicles to be taken without significant weakening of that area. It is the only solution available to achieve a cosmetically satisfactory and natural hair restoration.

A hair transplant consists of three steps: graft harvesting, recipient site incisions and graft placement.
The first step, the graft harvesting phase can be done using two techniques; follicular unit transplantation (FUT, FUSS, strip method) and follicular unit extraction (FUE, one by one graft extraction). FUSS and FUE are not hair transplantation techniques, but are the two techniques for graft harvesting; the second and third steps of the operation are common.

WHAT IS HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

Follicular unit transplantation, FUT or follicular unit strip surgery, FUSS is considered the gold standard method that has proven its efficiency for many years. It is based on taking out a skin strip from the back of the head taking advantage of the skin laxity. The donor area is closed with stitches and a linear scar is left behind after healing occurs, which is the most important disadvantage of the technique although mostly overemphasised. The skin strip is slivered, then cut into individual grafts by an experienced team of technicians.

WHAT IS HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

FUSS, is a very sophisticated procedure. It requires expertise to remove the skin strip without transecting follicles at the wound edges and close the wound in a way that causes minimal scarring. The graft dissection technique requires extensive training for years to master. A surgical team for FUSS requires many of these well-trained technicians.

The advantages of FUSS are;

  • It provides the most robust and permanent grafts of the donor area.
  • Follicle transection rate (wasted hairs) may be very low in experienced hands.
  • It is not effected much by the unfavourable characteristics of Afro-hair.
  • It leaves the rest of the donor area untouched for future sessions.
  • The scar is left within the strongest portion of the donor area and therefore camouflaged well.
  • It may be done without shaving the donor area.
  • It doesn’t leave an open wound; thus heals very fast.
WHAT IS HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

Follicular Unit Extraction, FUE is a graft harvesting technique popularised in the last fifteen years. Each follicular unit is isolated individually using a sharp metal tube, called a ‘punch’. The punch can be rotated to pass through the skin surface manually or by installing it on a powered device; the latter enabling an easier extraction. The technique was introduced in the hope of preventing the linear scar in FUSS and provide a ‘scarless’ extraction method. Indeed, FUE has been advertised by hair clinics as a scarless method as opposed to FUSS. However, the graft extraction sites do heal leaving small scars which are visible as either white dots or depleted areas on close examination. Although it is not true that FUE is a scarless technique, the scars can be close to invisible on a hairy scalp when performed with a good technique.

The main challenge when doing FUE is to prevent significant hair follicle damage by the punch, which is called the ‘follicle transection rate’, FTR. FTR is significantly increased when the surgeon is inexperienced; it takes a lot of practice to reduce it to an acceptable level. In clinics where technicians are permitted to do careless graft extractions the FTR can be up to 70% even in non-afro-hair patients.

The problem with doing FUE in Afro-hair patients is that the kinky nature of the hair causes a very high FTR even if the surgeon is very experienced. Since FUE is the blind penetration of the surgical punch through the skin surface, it becomes inevitable that a significant number of grafts are damaged by the curved hair root being cut by the punch. Thus, the main graft harvesting method in afro-hair patients must be FUSS.

The second step of the operation is the recipient site incisions. It is done by using custom made pre-cut blades that are prepared to the characteristics of the patient’s grafts. These incisions later heal without leaving visible scars as opposed to the circular punch holes which were used in old times. This part of the operation is important as it defines hair distribution, density, direction and angles.

The last last is the graft placement. The grafts are inserted carefully into the incisions.
An average hair transplant session of 2000 grafts takes 7-8 hours.

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT AFRO-HAIR?

Afro-hair has unique surgical characteristics due to its curly/kinky nature. The difficulties associated with Afro-hair are;

  • Hairs pierce through the skin in a curved direction, which means that if an incision is made cutting through the skin surface straight down, there will be a significant amount of hairs transected (wasted). This will result in a wide scar. Experience and surgical skills are necessary to get a feel for the curved nature of the skin and make an incision in a curved fashion so that the follicles are protected.
  • The curved nature of the hairs makes the slivering and graft dissection (preparation) part much more difficult. Experience and skills by the technicians are necessary to prepare the grafts without damage.
  • The curved nature of the hairs necessitates that more tissues are left around the follicles while preparing the grafts in order to prevent graft damage. Chubbier grafts necessitate bigger recipient incisions which means that a smaller number of incisions can be done per area. This also means that the transplanted density must be less than in straight hair.
  • Curved grafts are more difficult to place which means experience and skills by the surgical team is needed to place these grafts without damaging them.
  • Kinky hair makes FUE very difficult. FUE is the blind insertion of a straight surgical punch in order to extract grafts and works best when the hair is straight. Theoretically a bigger punch could be used while trying to get a feel for the curved nature of the hair and making curved insertions. However, considering that even in the most favourable straight hair type there is a 10-20% transection rate, it is clear that in Afro-hair the wasted percentage will be much higher than this. FUE should be considered in selected Afro-hair patients.
  • Hair loss in Afro-hair men is more diffuse than in whites. The donor area is frequently affected by the thinning and donor density is lower which means the donor capacity is less. For the same reason, a strip scar or even FUE scars at the donor area may be more visible.
  • Afro-hair men usually like having a low and straight hairline. This requires a lot of donor hair used at the hairline and in patients with wide thinning, donor reserves may not be sufficient to achieve the desired goals.

FEMALE AFRO-HAIR TRANSPLANTS

FEMALE AFRO-HAIR TRANSPLANTS

The most common hair loss problem in female afro-hair patients is Traction Alopecia, which is hair loss due to using too tight braids. It is usually presented as the loss of hair at the edges (temple points) and receding of the hairline.

FEMALE AFRO-HAIR TRANSPLANTS

In advanced cases, a type of scarring alopecia may occur, causing extensive loss including the mid-scalp and crown areas.

The good news in traction alopecia patients is that there usually is a health donor area at the back of the head where donor hair can be harvested for a transplant.

In non-afro-hair females, hair loss is usually a sophisticated problem. It is usually related to metabolic or dermatologic diseases that firstly need to be diagnosed by an experienced dermatologist and medically treated. All possible metabolic and dermatologic diseases must be overruled before surgical restoration can be considered, as attempts at doing surgery while an underlying disease is present are doomed to failure. Female afro-hair patients are no exception and all possible underlying diseases should be ruled out first before an attempt at surgical restoration is made. Once the diagnosis of traction alopecia is made, then plans for surgery can be done.

Technical details about the graft harvesting methods, FUSS and FUE were explained in the relevant chapter of this website. We already know that FUSS is the main method for afro-hair patients. In female patients, there are additional reasons why FUSS is overwhelmingly the better option:

  • Females usually keep long hair. Since FUE requires shaving the donor area, FUSS gives a significant advantage that shaving is not necessary.
  • The fact that females keep long hair also means that they do not have to worry about a linear scar being visible when the hair is kept shorter than 1-2cm.
  • Traction alopecia patients have a perfectly health donor area. They do not have thinning at the back of the head where the strip is going to be taken, which means that they do not have to worry about a linear scar being visible when significant thinning occurs at the donor area.
  • The ‘trichophytic closure’ technique that we frequently use when closing strip wounds helps hairs growing through the scar and greatly improves its camouflage.

The number of hairs transferred during a FUSS procedure depends on donor density and skin elasticity, however, neither of them can be measured by looking at photographs. A live examination is needed to make these measurements, although the vast majority of female patients receive between 1500-2500 grafts, 2000 in average. Many clinics subdivide follicular units while preparing the grafts in order to increase the graft number and thus the price. However, subdividing kinky afro-hair follicular units is especially risky in that there is an increased risk of graft damage and follicle transection. We prefer to not divide units and keep their natural architecture. We find that this protects the grafts and avoids the surgical cost rising unnecessarily for the same number of hairs transferred. We also charge a fixed price for the surgical session to avoid confusion. We then do our best for each patient’s individual situation.

MALE AFRO-HAIR TRANSPLANTS

MALE AFRO-HAIR TRANSPLANTS

Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia), is the most common cause of hair loss in men. This is the thinning of hair at the top of the head, while leaving a more permanent area at the back of the head intact. However, hair loss in Afro-hair men is associated with some difficulties;

  • Hair loss in Afro-men seem to progress in a more diffuse pattern, damaging the donor potential at the back of the head.
  • Thinning at the back of the head not only limits the donor capacity, but also makes surgical scarring caused by FUSS or FUE more visible.
  • Due to the kinky nature of hair and due to diffuse thinning, Afro-men tend to keep their hair very short. This makes donor scarring more of a concern.
  • The kinky hair type makes FUE unfavourable. An FUE test in necessary to tell if FUE can be safely performed, however this can only be done when the patient comes for surgery. Even if it becomes possible, a limited number of grafts can be harvested in one visit.
  • The diffuse thinning and tendency to use short hair, makes the linear scar of FUSS more of a concern.

Due to the above-mentioned limitations, hair transplants in Afro-men should be done cautiously. FUSS should be the method of choice if the donor area is estimated to provide enough coverage for the linear scar. The ‘trichophytic closure’ technique allows for hairs growing through the linear scar which greatly improves the camouflage. If FUE is desired, a test must be performed at the beginning of surgery to find out if it can be done safely. If it is, then graft harvesting must be done conservatively in order not to cause significant donor damage and preserve donor area aesthetics.

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