Ice Graft Hair Transplant
Hair transplantation, which is an extremely popular procedure among women and men, can be applied using different methods. Ice graft hair transplantation is a method in which the FUE technique is used during the excision and implantation of hair grafts. However, the follicles obtained are kept in a very low-temperature solution instead of saline solution at room temperature. Although it basically does not differ from other hair transplantation techniques, different procedures are applied during the application.
In the hair transplantation process, hair grafts taken from the donor area are kept in isotonic solution for 5-6 hours until transplantation. During this time, hair grafts may experience trauma due to reasons such as temperature fluctuation, ischemia, and dehydration. As a result, a series of negativities such as lack of oxygen and depletion of cell energy may occur, affecting the overall hair density, the vitality of the grafts, and the survival rate of the transplanted roots.
In order to prevent this situation, suitable conditions must be provided in the storage solution for hair grafts. Cooling the hair grafts means that their metabolic rate is slowed down, in other words, they require less oxygen and fewer nutrients. Antioxidants and vitamins that will contribute to the development of hair follicles are also added to the solution used in the cooling process, which has an anti-inflammatory effect. Thus, the grafts can remain outside the body for longer periods of time without any damage.
What is Ice Graft Hair Transplantation?
Ice graft hair transplantation is a method applied by keeping the grafts taken from the donor area in cold padded solutions. With the application of this technique, it is ensured that the hair follicles maintain their naturalness and vitality. At the same time, the success of the hair transplantation process is increased by preventing any damage.
In ice graft hair transplantation, a special solution containing high levels of antioxidants and vitamins is used. In this way, tissue and cell loss can be prevented in the grafts taken. The special solution keeps the hair follicles alive. In this method, hair follicles are removed with a very small amount of skin and then transplanted to the balding area with this tissue.
Who is Ice Graft Hair Transplantation Suitable for?
Ice graft hair transplantation is considered one of the most effective methods that can be applied to patients who need very intensive hair transplantation. Since it is possible to transplant a much larger number of hair follicles in a single session, it is recommended for patients who need between 3,000 and 6,000 grafts. Ice graft hair transplantation can also be applied to people who have hair loss at the beginning level and want to have hair transplantation between their existing hair.
How is Ice Graft Hair Transplantation Performed?
In ice graft hair transplantation, the vitality of the grafts is preserved outside the body. This is because hair transplantation is performed after the grafts are kept in a special solution. Healthy hair follicles taken from the donor area are kept in a cold solution that prevents tissue and cell loss. The hair follicles cooled here store vitamins and minerals. In other words, the low-temperature value causes the cells to enter the sleep process. In this way, there is no waste of minerals and vitamins.
In the area where hair transplantation will be performed, channels are opened with a sharp, thin tip called a lateral slit. Opening the canals at the appropriate angle and direction according to the depth and thickness of the grafts directly affects the success of hair transplantation. If the necessary sensitivity is not shown, it is not possible to obtain a natural appearance.
Recovery Process After Ice Graft Hair Transplantation
It is recommended to rest for a few days after ice graft hair transplantation. If there is a risk of exposure to dust and dirt in the air due to occupation, work should be suspended for a while and the risk of infection should be minimized. Care should be taken not to lean forwards and not to sweat. During the healing process, baths, saunas, sun rays, and showers with hot and cold pressurized water should be avoided.