Hair Transplantation

Hair Transplantation

In Derma Hair Clinic

Hair transplantation in Greece  by Dermatologist Dr. Karalexis in Athens, specialized since 2002 in both surgical and medical treatments for hair loss after his fellowship  at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. He has a great clinical experience in Dermatology for more than 20 years and he is the Director of Dermatology at the Naval Hospital of Athens, Greece. He obtained his medical degree from Thessaloniki, school of medicine and completed his residency at University of Athens, “Andreas Syggros” Hospital in 1999. He also trained in 2001 in the field of Dermatologic Surgery at “Andreas Syggros” Hospital and soon after at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana,USA. He is the owner of Derma Hair Clinic  in Athens and he is well respected within the medical community for his technical skill  and surgical artistry.

Many people come from abroad just to have a hair transplantation at our clinic, from countries like the USA especially from California, Florida, Texas, New York, Chicago, Washington, and the United Kingdom. Also from Ireland, Canada, Australia, France, Switzerland, Italy and the UAE.

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Dr. Apostolos Karalexis

What are the reasons to choose Derma Hair Clinic and Dr. Karalexis?

Derma Hair clinic is located in the center of Athens next to the metro station of Megaron Mousikis(Concert Hall) . It’s very easy to access it by metro after your landing at Athens airport.

Our Patients must be in Athens one day before the procedure. The day of the procedure we usually start at 8AM in the morning. The day after the procedure it’s better to come for a hair wash and then you can leave.

Hair transplantation in Greece

When people are thinking about doing this procedure abroad, they are not sure about their decision. We give you detailed information about our clinic and of course we tell you the truth about the hair transplantation procedure. Derma Hair Clinic is provided with the best surgical equipment. Our goal is to feel comfortable during the procedure. It would be a nice opportunity to combine the transplantation with holidays in Greece as there are a lot of beautiful places that you can visit. Greece is one of the most famous destinations in spring and summer months.  It also has mild  autumn and winter.   Greece is also a member of the European Union and its legislation is governed by common laws with the EU. Feel the confidence of a European country.

Please have in your mind that the procedure will be done by a licensed doctor with help by 2-3  experienced assistants.  We  don’t  do  massive production Hair Transplantations. This procedure is very demanding and we perform only one procedure per day. In addition, the price is fair and much cheaper than in other countries and we will take care of you personally.

It’s not only the quantity but also quality as well.

In our clinic we harvest the best grafts. We don’t count the transected grafts and we have the best results. We avoid the aggressive FUE. If a doctor harvests too many grafts more than 2500-3000 from the donor area there is a risk of focal necrosis. So we remain in a logical number of grafts from this area and we prefer to harvest grafts from other donor areas as from beard or from chest(Body Hair Transplant). If  the doctor believes that your donor area is not suitable for this procedure, he will inform you that you cannot do it. In case of high blood pressure or diabetes, you should discuss it with the doctor.

On the scalp there are follicular units which are consisted of one to five hairs. These are the grafts that we use. They measure  0,5 mm to 1mm across. While collecting the grafts, they are left intact as only the excess tissue around them is trimmed away. This method is the most appropriate method that Dr. Karalexis uses.

Almost 30 years ago, some  hair restoration surgeons were trying to collect grafts with one only hair in order to cover the most part of the head. Some others had a first plan and then were trying to adjust the grafts in their plan. However, it is extremely risky to cut the grafts as they have to be intact. The use of grafts with one only hair has disappointing results as the coverage is not enough. Now, with follicular unit micrografting surgeons places the grafts as they occur and the results are natural.

Dr. karalexis has a highly trained and skilled surgical preparation team, who are able to determine which hair follicles should be used for single hair grafts and who can receive more.

Dr. Karalexis has presented many lectures on the techniques at the Hellenic Dermatology Society meetings and at the meetings of Hellenic  Society of Dermatologic Surgery.

Most of the people believe that after the hair transplantation, the hair density will be as it was when they were younger. Of course, it needs a lot of grafts that the donor area is not able to offer in one procedure and moreover it is risky to place too many grafts in a single session. Each case is different, however one procedure is enough for a satisfactory result. Dr.  Karalexis takes each patient’s needs and desires into consideration when designing a treatment program.

Most of the time, the single hair micrografts are used for the hairline. This way the result is more natural. The grafts with 3-5 hairs are used on the top and back of the head in order to thicken these areas.

During a hair transplantation, it is possible to be placed from a few hundred to a few thousand grafts.  More grafts seem to provide greater density in the area, but if they fail to survive the result will be disappointing. This happens when surgeons manhandle the grafts. Undoubtedly, it is important to understand that 2.000 single hair grafts will not give as much density as 1.500 grafts with many hairs. The number of the grafts is determined of the size of the area needing coverage and the density in the donor area. Dr. Karalexis chooses to take as many grafts as he can without destroying the donor area.  When it needs a lot of grafts, he plans two procedures as it is the safest way to achieve the maximum survival grafts.

one hair follicular unit micrografts
two hair follicular unit micrografts
three hair follicular unit micrografts

Hair transplantation techniques

In this technique, the doctor removes a long strip of tissue with grafts from the donor area and collect each graft from this strip. Then he places them on the top of the head and in the areas which need density.

Dr. Karalexis prefers doing the Power FUE method using a special instrument and has abandoned the strip or FUT method. In this method, the doctor harvests the grafts by using a small 1mm circular punch. It needs much more time than the first one (strip), but here there are not stitches and strips and the results are natural and no one can understand that you have done a hair transplantation. It is considered a minimum invasive technique and does not  leave the linear scar as does the FUT technique.

Hair Transplantation in Athens by Dr. Karalexis

Benefits of micrografts

The main advantage of the POWER FUE technique, is the fact that the results are nearly undetectable as transplants. That means a very natural result. As the doctor places the grafts with expert tools, he determines the direction of the hairs and in this way the new hairs grow out in a natural way. Moreover micrografting allows the look of more coverage, with less donor hairs. Thus people who have not a dense donor area have the opportunity.

Grafts can be placed between the other growing hairs and offer density before the hair loss becomes more apparent.

Before the hair transplantation, patients take a tranquilizer and a painkiller pill. During the procedure most patients fall asleep.

Hair transplantation cost / price in Greece

As the number of grafts become bigger the price increases. For more hairs there is the option for a second day session with an extra charge. The session will be performed only by Dr. Karalexis with the help of his highly trained assistants. Please send us photos of your hair condition and we are willing to give you the best offer. Our experience is the key to our success.

Recipient site preparation and graft placement

For placing the grafts at the new area, the doctor does small slits in the scalp. MIS67 is a fine blade, which doctors usually use in eye surgery. Thus they heal rapidly. These slits are suitable for the grafts as they do not allow them to get away and help surgeons to place grafts between the growing hairs without damaging the rest of the hairs there.

For grafts with 5-6 hairs, surgeons used to use a trephine to make holes in the scalp. Holes are really tiny but when we place the grafts it reduces the bald. The disadvantage is that holes increase the risk of losing the grafts.

There are  lasers which make slots in the scalp. This slots are larger than slits and it is important as the grafts do not be so much manhandled.The main disadvantage is the fact that these lasers cause a degree of thermal damage to the tissue for the graft, cause more crusting and delay the appearance of the hairs.

Before each hair transplantation, Dr. Karalexis takes into consideration the size of the problem, the type of the hair and the density of the existing hair. If the donor area is not suitable, he recommends other methods for dense hair.

A hair transplantation can be done in a lot of special locations. The scalp, the eyebrows and the mustache are the most common locations. Many people want to improve their appearance after accidents or just to feel more confidence. Each location is different and needs special care.

Instructions after hair transplantation

After hair transplantation , swelling may be occurred in the face or around the eyes. It is possible to happen after every surgery. In addition you may notice the creation of crust around the new  implants and in the donor area. Sometimes there is sensitivity in the donor area and  small bleeding should not be worrying in any case.

The transplanted hair will start growing up after 2-3  months.

Hair care instructions

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