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Dr. Sternberg Published on 22 Jul 2021
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FUE Transplant (36 years, NW 3, 3500 Grafts)

Medihair Dr. Sternberg Thumb
Medically reviewed by Dr. Sternberg Published on 22 Jul 2021
Price Range: $3,000 - $5,000
The medihair score evaluates the aesthetics of the result, patient satisfaction and clinic details.


  • Gender:Male
  • Age:36
  • Norwood-Scale:3
  • Previous Medication:Minoxidil and finasteride
  • Previous HTs:None


  • Method: FUE
  • Treatment Location: Turkey
  • Treatment Year: 2020
  • Transplanted Graft: 3,500
  • Donor Zone: Back of head
  • Duration of Surgery: 7 hours
  • Diameter of Punch: 0.8 mm
  • Total Transplanted Area: 150 cm²
  • Density: 24 grafts per cm²
  • Average Hair per Graft: 2.2
  • Medication: None

Doctor Involvement

The more involved a doctor is involved in the surgery process, the better the quality and consistency a patient can expect.
Pre - and Postbriefing Graft Extraction Opening of Channels Insertion of Grafts
Medical Assistants


Medihair score consists of three parts: Medihair review, patient review, and clinic details.
The medihair score evaluates the aesthetics of the result, patient satisfaction and clinic details.
Medihair Review (40%)
Patient Review (40%)
Clinic Details (20%)
Medihair Review (40%) Patient Review (40%) Clinic Details (20%)
Medihair Review
This score evaluates the most important factors of a hair transplantation (e.g. hair line and donor) and is based on the opinion of the patient.
Clinic Name: Dr. Erkan Demirsoy
Clinic Location: Istanbul

Donor Management

It is important the surgeon doesn’t overharvest the area where the transplants are extracted leaving it overly thin and unnatural in appearance.
8 /10
The clinic chose an appropriate graft number considering the age and the hair loss degree of the patient. The scars in the donor area are not visible. No sufficient photos are available for a final assessment of the donor area.

Hair Line Aesthetic & Design

Doctors should design an aesthetically pleasing, natural and age appropriate hairline for their patient.
8 /10
A natural hair line has dominantly single grafts as in this case. A conservative hair line was chosen. The hairline will still appear age appropriate in the future and grafts will be saved for future surgeries.

Treatment & Method Appropriateness

The doctor should be able to assess the patient’s hair loss for the most suitable method, e.g. FUE or FUT.
9 /10
The FUE method is optimal for smaller graft numbers and has the advantage that no large scar is created as with the FUT method. In the present case it seemed to be that the FUE method is suitable.


In order to achieve a visual sufficient density usually 30+ grafts per cm² need to be transplanted.
8 /10
In the present case the patient seems to have a natural and full density and the transplanted grafts per cm² is appropriate.

Doctor Involvement

The more involved a doctor is involved in the surgery process, the better the quality and consistency a patient can expect.
9 /10
The hair surgeon conducts the pre- and post-consultation as well as the extraction of the grafts. He also does the opening of the channels in the recipient area. Insertion of the hair follicles are done by technicians. This normally ensures consistent and reliable results.
Patient Review
This score reflects the individual experience of the patient during the procedure as well as pre- and post-surgery.
Clinic Name: Dr. Erkan Demirsoy
Clinic Location: Istanbul


9 /10
The patient had an in-person consultation with the doctor at the clinic. The doctor answered all questions and informed the patient about all the associated risks correctly. The clinic responded quickly and was also reachable via phone, e-mail and Whatsapp.

Procedure & Hygiene

8 /10
The clinic is a modern medical facility and the surgery proceeded without complications.

After Care & Recovery

8 /10
A post-consultation and evaluation of the result was done the day after the surgery. The first hair wash after the hair transplant was performed in the following clinic by the staff of the clinic.
Clinical Details
This score summarizes the experience and competence of the respective hair surgeon based on a standardized scale.
Clinic Name: Dr. Erkan Demirsoy
Clinic Location: Istanbul

Years of Experience:

10 /10
The doctor has more than 15 years’ experience in the field of hair transplantation. In relation to other surgeons the doctor is very experienced.

Total Number of Hair Transplants:

+ 4.000
10 /10
The doctor performed and supervised more than 4,000 surgeries.

Relevant Medical Societies:

8 /10
Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), Turkish Doctors Association (TTB)

Number of Medihair Cases:

8 /10
The doctor of the respective clinic has published 10 results on The more results that were published, the more representative and reliable is the respective Medihair score of the clinic.

Online Reviews & Authenticity:

10 /10
The doctor or his patients have published over 50 in-depth and excellent cases of his work on other forums and platforms.

Patient Journey

0. General Information
I am 36 years old and have hair loss for 18 years now. My family situation is such that I have less hair than my father and my two brothers (although I am younger). I tried several medications and stayed with minoxidil and finasteride. Finasteride every now and then, finally about three quarters of a year before the operation I quit finasteride which resulted in a clear progression of my hair loss.
1. Before Hair Transplant
Since the operation I have been taking finasteride again, but less than before. I am married and have 4 children, but I was still bothered by my hair situation. Simply I am not comfortable when looking in the mirror. I have a creative profession and can therefore wear a cap 90% of the time, which does not bother me. Nevertheless, I would like to walk around more without. Baldness is for me not an option, because in my opinion I simply do not have a bald face ;) So, since the hair loss continued to progress, a solution had to come. The only solution was a hair transplant. A few years ago, I had already thought about it and informed myself, but there I neither had the money nor felt it was necessary. This time I googled much and quite quickly fell the choice on Turkey for 2 reasons: 1) The budget 2) It seems in contrast to Germany that Turkish doctors have more experience. Finally, I had then several clinics in my final selection. But I only got 2 offers. The offers were for 3000-3500 grafts, the price was very different. Nevertheless, I decided for the more expensive variant with Dr. Demirsoy. Mainly this had 2 reasons: I was very impressed with the results. What was just as important to me, however, was that with Mr. Weber from Health Travels, I had an expert at hand, who is not only sympathetic, but also super competent. He handled the entire process. With him you do not have the feeling (in contrast to the other discussions) that you get something sold, rather he really cares about you and your hair. So, my decision was made pretty quickly.
2. Surgery
I had the surgery after Christmas on 29.12.2020. I chose the date especially because I have time for recovery and healing. The complete organization was done by Health Travels, only the flight I had to book myself. I was picked up directly at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The evening before the surgery, Mr. Weber visited me at the hotel to discuss the last details of the surgery and to help me recover. And to take away my nervousness ;) So, I felt quite relaxed with regard to the surgery. The next morning, I was met by a (also German speaking) colleague of Mr. Weber who then drove me to the clinic. He himself had already had a hair transplant whose result was really appealing. Once on site, the paperwork was done and then the hairline was discussed with the doctor. Dr. Demirsoy was very sympathetic and seemed very competent, yet I was happy that Mr. Weber and his colleague were there to confirm the hairline again. Throughout the day, one of the two was directly with me to keep me constantly up to date. Then it was time for the extraction of the grafts. First you get injections in the back of your head, which is a bit unpleasant, but then it passes quite quickly. You don't really notice anything about the subsequent extraction, the incisions of the canals and the placement of the grafts. Nothing at all! It is great that you are the only patient on the day, i.e., the doctor performs the hair transplant himself. The surgery is much less painful than you think it will be. At the same time, you can listen to music or be on your cell phone. In between you can also go to the bathroom. There is also a short lunch break, during which food is organized. At about 5pm the surgery was over. Towards the end, however, I was glad when it was over. But it is more because it is simply exhausting to lie still all day.
3. After the Hair Transplant
During the night I slept not so well, not because of the pain (I had hardly any pain, only about 2 hours), but rather because of the sleeping position, which is rather uncomfortable. One should only sleep elevated and with a neck pillow. The next day I had my first head wash and a follow-up examination. The doctor was very pleased with the result, even though he said that I had quite fine hair and it would take a few grafts. And it could have been a few grafts more. Nevertheless, he said that it was a very good result. At the end, photos are taken and a final talk with the doctor. Then I flew back to Germany. In the next few days, I took walks and rested a lot. I kept the sleeping position until the 6th day, which I found quite uncomfortable, since I am Side sleeper am, but even that went around ;) I used the lotion every day and also did the scalp wash daily. I had slight problems to get the crusts down, with light rubbing I was able to get rid of them on the 12th day they were completely off. On the 12th day I was able to go back to work normally and was again fully socially acceptable. Since the 12th day, I have also been wearing a cap again at work, so that my HT has so far remained completely unnoticed.
4. Preliminary Conclusion
I am so far very satisfied with my care and with my choice of doctor. Mr. Weber is available at all times and responds quite quickly to all questions and concerns. One feels completely cared for and in good hands. Without this care I probably would not have had the hair transplant done in Turkey. The preliminary result also looks really good, I am curious how it will develop in the next months...

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