People who suffer from HIV may be more vulnerable to infections and diseases and that’s why HIV-positive people must be careful about their daily life and medical conditions. HIV is also a factor that needs to be taken into account when it comes to hair transplants.

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As we age our hair might lose its density and health due to various reasons. Even though it is quite a common condition, people who suffer from hair loss usually feel insecure about their appearance and wish for a way back to thick and voluminous hair. Thanks to the technological and technical developments in hair transplant operations, it is now possible to achieve that healthy hair even though you are HIV-positive.

Today, HIV-positive hair transplants can be conducted with utmost care in Istanbul, Turkey that provides long-lasting satisfactory results. Let’s have a look at the eligiblity, procedure, prices and other frequently asked questions about HIV hair transplants.

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Can an HIV-positive patient get a hair transplant?

The most important factor to be considered for an HIV-positive hair transplant is the strength of the immune system. HIV-positive people can get a hair transplant if their immune system is strong enough. If so, they can go through a hair transplant provided that they have sufficient number of donor grafts.

HIV can be categorised as detectable and undetectable. Depending on whether you have detectable or undetectable HIV, your surgeon can have a rough idea about the strength of your immune system.

For undetectable HIV patients

People with undetectable HIV have a low virus load which means that they are less affected by the virus. Undetectable HIV patients have lower risks and might be more likely to be eligible for a hair transplant operation.

Usually, the virus load is decreased through HIV treatments. If you are an undetectable HIV patient, your surgeon might give you a green light after conducting the necessary tests.

For detectable HIV patients

Detectable HIV patients usually carry more risks as their high viral load may make their the immune system is weaker. This is why a hair transplant is not medically advisable for detectable HIV patients.

However, after a successful HIV treatment, the viral load can be decreased to make a detectable HIV patient suitable for a hair transplant operation.

How many hair grafts is needed for HIV hair transplant?

The size of the thinned or balding area is different at each of the 7 stages in the Norwood scale. However, patients tend to have a hair transplant operation starting from the Norwood stage 3. You can see the stages from 3 – 6 below.

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At the Norwood Stage 3, 2500 – 3000 hair grafts are usually sufficient to achieve a dense natural hairline.

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At the Norwood Stage 3-Vertex, 2500 – 3500 grafts can be transplanted to achieve a full head of hair.

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At the Norwood stage 4, usually 3500 to 4500 grafts need to be transplanted to obtain a natural and dense look.

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At the Norwood stage 5, 4000 – 5000 grafts should be transplanted to achieve a full head of hair.

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At the Norwood stage 6, 5000 – 6000 grafts are required to cover the large area recipient area.

HIV-positive hair transplant procedure

The HIV-positive hair transplant procedure is not any different in terms of the hair transplant method but it is done under detailed safety precautions to avoid any infection risks. HIV-positive patients can go through either follicular unit extraction (FUE) or direct hair transplant (DHI) hair transplant operations. These two hair transplant techniques are the most commonly preferred hair transplant methods, today. Both methods provide successful and long-lasting results.

Both FUE and DHI methods involve extracting healthy hair grafts individually from the donor area. However, the FUE method requires creating microchannels at the transplant area before planting the hair grafts. On the other hand, the DHI method combines these two steps into one thanks to a tool called the Choi pen.

DHI hair transplant procedure steps

At the Norwood Stage 3, 2500 – 3000 hair grafts are usually sufficient to achieve a dense natural hairline.

Do I get tested for HIV before a hair transplant?

Yes, before a hair transplant operation each person goes through a detailed blood test to assess their overall health and determine whether or not they are suitable for the hair transplant operation. These tests require you to go through an HIV test as well.

Should I tell that I am HIV-positive?

Yes, you should definitely tell that you are HIV-positive. This helps you build the right transparent relationship with your clinic and surgeon. Even if you don’t tell that you are an HIV patient, the virus load will be detected during the detailed tests before your operation. If you tell beforehand, this gives you the opportunity to design your hair transplant operation accordingly without losing any time.

HIV-positive hair transplant prices in Turkey

The HIV-positive hair transplant is a special operation that requires utmost attention to safety and detail. This is why HIV-positive hair transplant operations are usually pricier than normal hair transplant operations however still Turkey is the perfect location for you. The HIV-positive hair transplant prices in Turkey range between $3,000 and $5,000.

Can an HIV-positive patient achieve good hair transplant results?

As long as your immune system is strong enough to be eligible for a hair transplant operation, HIV should not interfere with the results of your hair transplant operation. You might have to pay extra attention to your health after the operation and be on top of your aftercare routine to achieve the best results you can.

Frequently asked questions

Can I travel to Turkey with HIV?

Yes, you can travel to Turkey with HIV. There are no restrictions for HIV-positive patients when entering Turkey. You don’t need to provide any test results or medical certificates.

Are there any restrictions for HIV-positive patients in Turkey?

No, there are no restrictions for HIV-positive patients in Turkey. You can travel and get your hair transplant operation in Turkey without any concern. If you have any concerns about the subject, you can reach out to us with any specific questions you might have about HIV-positive hair transplants.

Can I get a hair transplant in Turkey if I have hepatitis C as well?

Hepatitis C (HCV) patients can also be suitable candidates for hair transplant operations. If you have HIV and/or HCV, please consult with your clinic to learn whether or not you are a suitable candidate.