Ultimate Turkish Hair Transplant Guide
66% of men will experience noticeable hair loss by 35 years of age, and 49% of women will experience some form of hair loss during their life. So, it’s normal and indeed common to seek hair loss remedies. Hair transplantation is one of the most effective methods, but it does involve surgery, so there’s lots to consider. And then there’s the fact it’s expensive in the West.
A Turkish hair transplant offers the perfect solution, as Turkey attracts the world’s top hair transplant surgeons and is able to offer affordable procedures due to reduced overhead costs and government incentives. So, if you’re interested in getting a hair transplant in Turkey, read on for your ultimate guide.
Is hair transplant surgery in Turkey good?
Turkey and its biggest city, Istanbul, may not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re looking for hair transplant surgery options. But a Turkish hair transplant should really be at the top of most people’s hair loss treatment list because the short answer to the above questions is ‘absolutely’!
Because of the growing popularity of getting medical procedures in Turkey, our country attracts some of the world’s best surgeons, including some of the most skilled hair transplant surgeons. Here at Welfare Abroad, you’ll find certified surgeons with superior skills who are experts on all the latest surgical advancements and hair loss treatments. So a Turkish hair transplant really is a great option.
Why are Turkish hair transplants so popular?
Getting a hair transplant in Turkey is becoming popular for three main reasons:
Compared to the rest of Europe and the United States, a hair transplant in Turkey will cost you 50-60% less. Yet the surgeons are just as qualified and certified as anywhere else in the world, and the facilities are as good, if not better.
Turkey is also one of only a few countries that stretches over two different continents and for that and many other reasons, it’s a hugely popular tourist destination. And if you’re going to travel to get a medical procedure, why wouldn’t you also combine a nice holiday while you’re at it? It would be such a shame to go abroad and not explore your destination.
While some countries make great travel destinations if you’re into extreme sports, with its warm, sandy beaches and historic cities, Turkey is a great destination to recover in after hair transplant surgery because the main draw cards are restful and don’t involve any intense activity.
So as you can see, it makes sense to travel to seek hair implants in Turkey. Plus, for most people in the west, having surgery in Turkey and then recovering on an extended holiday is cheaper than the price of hair transplant surgery in their home country. Plus, there’s the added benefit that no one you know will see you while you’re recovering.
Recently, large-scale investments by the Turkish government have greatly improved its medical system. Many private clinics invested heavily in their facilities, enabling them to increase their patient capacity and implement services designed specifically for patients from overseas.
As a result, medical tourism in Turkey is booming. For example, in 2018 it was reported that Turkey welcomed over 850,000 medical tourists from 149 different countries. Turkish Airlines also provides excellent flight fares and service to people travelling to Turkey for medical tourism purposes.
So in essence, getting a hair transplant in Turkey is popular because of the destination, the affordability of the surgery, the excellent facilities and accessibility.
Types of hair transplants available in Turkey
There are three kinds of hair transplant you could get in Turkey:
- FUE or follicular unit extraction
- DHI or direct hair implantation
- FUT or follicular unit transplantation
With FUE hair transplant, the surgeon used a special punch tool to harvest individual hair follicles and then inserts them in the area where more hair is desired. This is the most common method used to treat hair loss.
DHI is very similar to FUE except that DHI relies on a special Choi pen that enables the surgeon to cut the skin and implant the hair in a single step.
FUT involves removing a strip of hair-covered skin before extracting follicles from it and then implanting them. It’s faster and cheaper as a result, but it’s also more likely to scar.
What will my hair eventually look like?
Your newly transplanted hair will look and grow in a manner very similar to the donor area it was taken from. The donor area is close to the thinning/bald area so that the hair will match, or be very close to it. In short, it’s going to look great!
The hair from the donor area is genetically stronger and will not fall out like your original hair. If the procedure is done accurately, which Welfare Abroad guarantees, it will likely last you a lifetime or at least well into your elder years.
How much is the cost of a hair transplant in Turkey?
Depending on the type of procedure you choose and the amount of hair you need transplanted, you’re looking at anything from $1250-6600 (USD) or £960-5000 (GBP).
For more detailed information about hair transplant costs in Turkey, see the article "FUE Hair Transplant Cost in Turkey".