Last fact-checked: 2 April 2019
A hair transplant in Turkey can dramatically transform your appearance at a much lower cost than you’d think. If you’re losing your locks and are self-conscious about it, going abroad for your treatment also promises a degree of privacy that you wouldn’t necessarily get at home. Plus, you can make the most of your time away in fabulous Turkey and enjoy a well-earned holiday or city break.
One thing you can be certain of is that you are not alone. The American Hair Loss Association reports that two-thirds of men will have experienced some degree of hair loss by the age of 35, and by the age of 50 around 85% have significantly thinning hair. Common male pattern baldness (MPB), or to give it its medical name, androgenetic alopecia, is responsible for more than 95% of hair loss in men, with around a quarter starting to see the first signs before the age of 21.
Depending on the individual, hair loss can be devastating, affecting every aspect of your life—and despite popular beliefs, many men who suffer from hair loss are not happy about it. This explains why a multi-billion dollar industry has grown around hair loss products with claims to restore, thicken or disguise a thinning thatch. Many of these products are no more than snake oil, preying on the desperate (or easily influenced) who will try anything to reclaim their crowning glories.
The truth is that male pattern baldness is an age-old problem. Bizarre remedies, from the Ancient Egyptians’ cow dung to father of medicine Hippocrates’ combo of horseradish, pigeon droppings, beetroot and opium, are all nothing new.
To be clear, hair transplants do not work for everyone . Most transplants are only effective if you still have hair as the process involves transplanting healthy hair follicles from one part of the scalp to the thinning or balding areas. If your hair loss is a result of medications or other medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, or have thick scars on your scalp from injury, then the treatment is unlikely to be effective.
Hair is taken from one part of the scalp (or other parts of the body) and then transferred to the bald or balding area. After sterilizing the area, a local anaesthetic to numb the area is administered (or you can request conscious sedation so you won’t be aware of anything during the procedure, rather like being asleep). The surgeon will then perform one of two methods of transplantation—either a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or a Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT). Depending on the number of grafts you need, it may take anywhere between several hours to a couple of days to complete.
● FUE Hair Transplants: Single hair follicles are removed by the surgeon from the donor area and inserted into tiny incisions made into the recipient site. They are usually bedded in at an angle, reproducing the natural angle of your hair growth.
● FUT Hair Transplants: Also known as “strip harvesting”, with a FUT procedure, the surgeon cuts away a strip of follicles from the donor site, rather than single follicles. Once removed, the strip is divided into single or small groups which are inserted into the recipient area in the same way as the FUE procedure.
Each method comes with its own pros and cons, which a good hair transplant surgeon will discuss with you. Some (but by no means all) the differences between the procedures include:
● FUT method produces linear scars, which may be visible if you wear your hair very short, whereas FUE creates dot-like scars that are less likely to be visible.
● It’s argued that FUT produces a greater number of high-quality grafts with a higher survival rate. However, the technologies used (such as the computerized robotic system to extract follicles) in FUE and the surgeon’s experience and skill levels are mitigating factors in its success.
● FUE is said to be more comfortable and has less downtime than FUT because the small punches take less time to heal than linear scars.
● FUE tends to be more expensive than FUT.
Turkey may be the ancient cradle of civilization, but it is a modern country with healthcare facilities on par with other countries in Europe and across the world. It has world-class medical clinics and hospitals that are appealing to international patients, especially given the fact that they are contemporary, high-tech and staffed by skilled doctors who know their stuff.
Hair transplantation is a specialist skill; the success of a hair transplant procedure depends, to some extent, on the expertise of the surgeon performing the procedure. It is something to bear in mind when you are researching for a good, reliable surgeon.
While measuring expertise is not something you can comprehensively do by simply searching online, there are some pointers to look out for. For example, does the surgeon have any online reviews—are they generally favourable? Are they a member of a professional organisation, such as the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) . Are they well-established? The important thing here to remember is to take an overview—and if you are happy with what you find, it’s best to make a shortlist and go from there.
Booking with Medical Departures gives you a head start when creating that shortcut because all of the medical providers listed on our site have already been subject to a range of background checks, including onsite visits. We have information in our listings pertaining to doctor qualifications, professional memberships, patient reviews, clinic photos, location maps, prices and more. So, you can find and choose your hair transplant surgeon easily.
Some of our top hair transplant clinics in Turkey are:
● Istanbul Aesthetic Center (medical)
● Aestimed Hair Transplant
● Esteworld Altunizade Complex)
Finally, the cost may well be the overriding reason that you choose to go to Turkey for your hair transplant, as it’s likely you will only pay around a third of the price you’d pay at home. Booking through Medical Departures also guarantees you the best prices.
Compare hair transplant prices in Turkey compared to your home country below:
Hair Transplant cost – at home
Hair Transplant cost – Turkey
Yes, it can be. You should be able to enjoy your time in Turkey after your procedure - just make sure you stick to low-key activities rather than anything too vigorous. There are a few dos and don’ts, which are explained in brief below (you can also discuss this with your surgeon in more detail).
You may have some swelling afterward, and your scalp will be tender. You should receive some medication from your surgeon to help with this. Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are best avoided after surgery, as this disrupts the blood flow to the scalp, which may affect the transplants. You will need to keep the scalp dry for the first 24 hours after the procedure and keep out of the sunlight for several days as this will irritate your scalp. Any activity that will work up a sweat must be avoided.
If you are worried that it will be too hot in Turkey and that you will work up a sweat just by being there, you can arrange to get your hair transplant during winter . Depending on where you go in Turkey, there are still many attractions that may be better enjoyed without the summer crowds and the searing heat.
Other than that, most people can return to work after a few days.
Contact our Customer Care Team if you’ve any questions about hair transplants in Turkey. They can also arrange an appointment, obtain a free quote or help with your hotel bookings or other additional useful services. You can also book directly online through Medical Departures via each clinic’s listing page.
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