Melissa Juried Kriebel
Getting a hair transplant in Turkey is becoming increasingly popular, with patients from all around the world opting to undergo the procedure in Istanbul.
Each year, Turkey expects to see more than 60,000 patients visiting the country for hair transplant surgery. The hair transplant industry in Turkey exceeds $1 billion a year, according to the Washington Post, and an increasing number of clinics are now offering the procedure.
What is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant treatment – also known as hair transplantation surgery – is a procedure that moves healthy hair from a donor area on your head, usually at the nape, to a thinning or balding part, known as the recipient area. The transplanted hair follicles will settle into their new location, and over time the new follicles will begin to grow new hair, which can help mask the appearance of thinning or balding.
The purpose of hair transplants is to try and delay natural hair loss and/or to treat the visual side effects of conditions like androgenic alopecia. Genetics and hair care play a role in hair loss, and NYU Langone Health reports that 50% of women and 80% of men will experience hair loss throughout their lifetime.
Like any cosmetic surgery, hair transplants are invasive and are not risk-free or a solution to personal problems, and are not to be performed on anyone under 18 years old. Always seek independent medical advice and give the procedure careful consideration before going ahead.
What are the different hair transplant techniques?
There are three types of hair transplantation procedures that are most commonly used today, which are:
Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) – The practicing surgeon will remove a 6- to 10-inch strip of skin, and the strip will be divided into a number of grafts to later be inserted.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) – The practicing surgeon will remove individual hair follicles one by one, and they will later be inserted into the area being treated.
Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) – DHI is an implantation technique where the practicing surgeon will also remove follicles one by one but will use a device that protects the delicate hair follicles to directly implant them into the recipient area
From these techniques, the FUE method and DHI hair transplants are typically the most commonly used methods for hair transplants in Turkey, as these are typically more precise than the other methods. They can also promote hair growth, and when performed correctly they may limit the risk of scalp scarring in Cosmedica’s experience.
Why go to Turkey for a hair transplant?
There are many reasons people may choose to get hair transplants in Turkey. They offer affordable costs, experienced surgeons that specialise in the process, and a history of hair loss research. Hair transplant clinics in Turkey are also equipped with the latest technology and offer superb aftercare.
How much is a hair transplant in Turkey?
According to Cosmedica Clinic, the hair transplant cost in Turkey typically ranges from €2000 to €8000. This price range includes additional costs such as transportation and accommodation needs, which are often offered as part of a clinic’s packages.
The clinic believes that hair transplant costs in the United States, United Kingdom, and other European countries are far more expensive. In these countries, costs can range between €10000 to €20000. Before you commit to your appointment, you’ll be invited to a free consultation with your surgeon where you can discuss your procedure and find out exactly how much your hair transplant will cost.
Why are hair transplants more affordable in Turkey compared to the UK?
Turkey is able to offer hair transplants for affordable prices for several reasons, although Cosmedica Clinic believes that the competitive prices are not due to the poor quality of the hair transplants. One reason is that Turkey often offers a favourable exchange rate for patients outside of Turkey.
The main reason, however, is the low cost of living in the country, and a competitive hair transplant market and pricing. This gives clinics the opportunity to price competitively.
Is it safe to get a hair transplant in Turkey?
As one of the key sources of income for the country, reputable clinics in Turkey must adhere to a strict set of hair transplant guidelines, much like clinics in the UK do. Hair transplant professionals in Turkey are also required to undergo extensive years of training, must obtain legitimate qualifications, and be under strict medical supervision.
It’s important that you always conduct independent research into a cosmetic surgery clinic, regardless of whether it is in the UK or abroad. You can do this by looking and independent reviews, researching the clinic and its surgeons and asking to see their qualifications.
Is Turkey a good choice for a hair transplant?
Cosmedica Clinic believes that their surgeons and medical teams perform hair transplants with the quality and expertise of leading hair transplant professionals, whilst still offering affordable prices. All the latest hair transplant techniques are also available at their clinic in Turkey, which in their experience helps to minimise risk and can contribute to reducing healing time.
Why go to Cosmedica Clinic for a hair transplant?
Cosmedica’s clinic in Istanbul is easily accessible and designed with their patients in mind. Their equipment and procedures offer a safe yet affordable option for your hair transplant, and they offer hair transplant packages that include essential transport between the hotel, airport and hospital and can help your visit run smoothly.
If you would like to book your free consultation or find out more information, you can visit Cosmedica’s website.