Melissa Juried Kriebel
Hair loss is a dilemma that everyone will have to face at some point in their lives. It can occur for both middle-aged or older men and women – but luckily there are solutions to the problem too.
You may have seen the rising popularity of Turkish hair transplants online, and considered whether one may be appropriate for you. Clinics in Istanbul can provide a more affordable treatment than here in the UK, and if the hair transplantation procedure is performed at the hands of skilled hair transplant surgeons, there’s no compromise on the high quality of the service and final results as well.
However, with so much to consider, it’s important you find the right hair transplant clinic for you. This includes looking at before and after photos from previous patients, the cost of the treatment and who the medical team that will perform the hair transplant will be.
Similarly to all other cosmetic surgeries, hair transplants are an invasive treatment. You should always have a consultation with your GP and seek their professional medical advice before you decide to go ahead with the procedure. You will also want to consider whether you can pay the full cost of your hair transplant and if you feel comfortable about travelling abroad for the surgery.
Sapphire Hair Clinic is a reputable clinic in Turkey which routinely performs hair transplants in Istanbul for international patients. Below are some more details to consider if you’re interested in undergoing your surgery with them.
What can the clinic offer?
Sapphire Hair Clinic is part of Medistanbul Hospital, which provides leading health services and treatments for patients on both a national and international platform.
The clinic is one of the most popular of its kind in Turkey, with a specialism in cosmetology and aesthetic medicine, especially hair transplantation. After joining the Medical Park Hospitals Group in 1995, now called Medistanbul Hospital Inc, the clinic is one of 29 branches across 17 cities, providing services and operations based on the “healthcare for all” principle.
Sapphire Hair Clinic claims to use advanced technologies for its procedures, resulting in high-quality treatments for patients with hair loss. The surgeries are carried out by a team of experienced and certified doctors, plus other medical professionals.
Meet the specialist team
Nearly all of the hair transplant surgeries at Sapphire Hair Clinic are performed at the hands of two head surgeons, Dr Esin Egilmez and Dr Oka Morkoc.
Both members of the team have a wealth of experience behind them. Dr Esin Egilmez has been performing surgeries for several years.
She graduated from Medicine School at Hacettepe University in 2006, and received her Doctorate from the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital in 2011. She also co-founded the Turkey Society of Hair Restoration Surgery in 2017.
Dr Oka Morkoc has an equally impressive background, and a specialism in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, with hair transplants being one of his many areas of expertise. Dr Morkoc graduated from the School of Medicine at Antalya’s Akdeniz University and completed his residency at Aydarpasa Numune Training and Research Hospital in 2010.
One of Turkey’s most sought-after surgeons, he became an associate member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) in 2014. He also joined the Rhinoplasty Society of Europe in 2012.
Hair transplant package deals
To help keep costs low for Brits travelling to Turkey for their hair transplant, Sapphire Hair Clinic in Instanbul offers hair transplant package deals. These cover the expenditure of the surgery, appointments, and after-care for patients.
The package deals also include transfers between the airport of arrival and the hotel where the patient will be staying during their treatment, as well as transfers between the hotel and clinic.
Sapphire Hair Clinic patients will have the opportunity to stay at a hotel near to Istanbul Aquarium. Patients will still have to pay their travel costs to and from Instanbul separately. The nearest airport to Liverpool is the John Lennon Airport, where passengers can get connecting flights to Istanbul Airport in Turkey.
The types of treatments available
Sapphire Hair Clinic offers a range of innovative hair transplant procedures for patients, including the Sapphire FUE Hair transplant and the DHI Hair transplant method. There is even a beard hair transplant too.
Depending on how much hair loss you have and the size of the area you want to be treated, your consultant will be able to advise which treatment is best for you. Hair transplantation is generally considered to be a minimally invasive surgery, and patients normally receive a local anaesthetic in the recipient area to ensure they don’t feel any kind of pain during the procedure.
A DHI (direct hair implantation) technique is often preferred by patients who are looking to enhance thinning hair. The hair transplant technique allows for hair restoration by very precise placement on the hair follicles from the donor area. DHI hair transplants are carried out with a miniature pen-like tool, allowing the surgeon to extract the hair and reimplant it from the desired number of grafts with exact precision.
For patients who are experiencing baldness or major hair loss, a Sapphire FUE hair transplant may be more beneficial. Instead of traditional steel blades, the fue method utilises blades made from sapphire instead. The fue technique also results in more natural-looking results and also potentially less pain for the patient.
Why you should book
Hair transplant procedures in Istanbul, Turkey are usually more affordable in comparison to the UK. One of the reasons why is due to the typically lower costs of living in the country. Therefore, the prices of tools, labour and training are more competitive, and the country’s cosmetic surgery can be afforded by a greater number of visitors.
There are also various other cosmetic clinics in Turkey offering treatments such as hair transplants. Since the clinics want to offer excellent prices to their clients and keep up with consumer demand, they try to make them as competitive as possible.
Similarly to any cosmetic surgery, hair transplants are not without risk. They are also not a solution to a lack of confidence or personal problems. They should absolutely not be performed on anyone under 18 years old. You are recommended to always seek independent advice from a medical professional and give the procedure and its consequences careful consideration before going ahead.