We bring you the most effective solution against baldness: Hair Transplant in Turkey. This operation includes a hair transplant of up to 5,600 follicular units with the FUE technique. You will find some of the best hair surgeons in the world in Istanbul, such as Dr. Altan and his team of health professionals, who will attend you at the Medicine Hospital Güneşli.
- Personalized advice
- Preoperative consultation
- Blood test
- Intervention in Hospital
- Capillary Transplant Turkey MicroFUE
- Maximum number of implants
- 4 Stars Hotel
- Breakfast included in hotel
- Private chauffeur
- English Translator
- Post-operative treatment
- Follow up on the process
- 24 hour assistance during travel
Dr. Altan. Hair Surgeon
Dr. Altan is a specialist in Aesthetic Medicine and Hair Surgery. He has forged a great prestige as a hair surgeon in the Ottoman country, where he has successfully performed hair transplants for more than 3,000 patients worldwide.
An estimated of about half of the male population in the USA has a problem of alopecia to a greater or lesser extent, something that, in the times in which the image is so important, pushes more and more men to find a solution for renew their hair or to curb an incipient baldness when you are still young. It’s estimated that every day, hundreds of Americans embark on an adventure to perform a hair transplant in Turkey, many miles away from their homes, to get an operation that could be performed in their own country.
The amount of American and European men who decide to travel for a hair transplant in Turkey grows every year.
The clearest example of the success achieved by this country’s health tourism is the high number of American and European patients who attend these Turkish esthetic clinics specialized in hair transplants. In the specific case of the US, the cost of this surgery is usually above $ 10,000 USD. Meanwhile in Turkey clinics are advertising a price for the whole process that doesn’t reach $3,000 USD including the intervention, the flight, hotels, transportation and all the patient would need.
Is it worth the trip for a hair transplant in Turkey?
The amount of American and European men who decide to travel for a hair transplant in Turkey grows every year, so much that this industry represents for the Turkish country an annual income of almost 1 billion euros and has already been classified as “the most important destination for bald men around the world.” The economic difference is sufficient enough to take the option of going to one of these centers.
Although at first glance they may generate some mistrust, you can find on the Internet all kinds of information about them: videos, television appearances or forums. The generalized comments are quite satisfactory and the results obtained don’t seem to be too far apart from those that can be achieved in the USA.
Turkey is achieving its purpose of being a reference of medical tourism.
Although the Ottoman country may inspire some misgivings as to the difference of religion and possible citizen insecurity, fear and prejudice disappear when you meet Istanbul and its surgeons. In addition, there is not a 100% is guaranteed success of the operation in USA and there has been some other failures too. For this reason, there are many who decide to undergo the operation of in Turkey and enjoy a little vacation.
How is the hair transplant process in Turkey?
The usual process would consist of the following steps:
- A driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
- The next day you’ll be taken to the clinic in question, where your doctor will receive you and make the blood test.
- Surgical intervention takes place on the third day applying the FUE technique for the implantation of the required follicles. Once this is finished, you’ll remain in observation for about an hour. After this time, you’d return to the hotel.
- On the fourth and last day, the driver takes you back to the clinic so that you can receive the healing advice to avoid infections. After a brief conversation about the care you should take during recovery, you will be taken back to the airport.
At all times you will be accompanied by a translator and one of the things that will most pleasantly surprise you is the amount of patients that the clinic houses. And the relationship between the clinic and the patient doesn’t end here, patients will still be contacted by the hospital from time to time to check their evolution and to know if there has been any complication.
Health tourism in Turkey
Since long ago, long before the hair transplant in Turkey was consolidated as one of the main destinations of Americans and Europeans in the field of aesthetics, this country was an interesting tourist destination to enjoy taking care of our body and monitoring our health due to its thermal tourism. There are 17 registered thermal centers. And, every year, 500,000 tourists travel for them. On the other hand, in 2008, about 75,000 tourists traveled to Turkey for surgical purposes.
On 2011 that figure doubled and in 2012, just a year later, there were 270,000. These quantities have continued to increase recently thanks to the more fluid relationship between Turkish and North American airports, which will increase even further when Turkey joins the European Union. The authorities of this country trust to reach the two millions of visitors in 2023 and, in order to do so, are analyzing the possibility of enabling health zones exempt of taxes and that would be destined solely for tourists.
By the end of 2013, Turkey’s health minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu offered employment in his country to around 7,000 Greek doctors who were out of work. And in mid-2014 the Istanbul Medical Tourism Fair took place in Istanbul, whose aim was precisely to launch the Ottoman country as a thermal tourism destination to consider.
Two different techniques are currently used: the FUE technique and the FUSS.
The motives that explain that Turkey is achieving its purpose of being a reference of medical tourism respond to economic criteria. For example, the cost of a dental implant can be little more than a quarter of the usual in our continent. In its favor also plays the fact of having an undoubted tourist interest, either from the cultural perspective, vacation, medical, etc.
What is the price of a hair transplant?
There are many factors that influence the price of a transplant: the number of follicular units to be transplanted, the technique used, the type of hair, the number of sessions needed, the number of doctors involved in the intervention and so on. Of course, the price of the intervention will depend to a large extent on how advanced alopecia is. The larger the area to be repopulated, the greater the price of the transplant, since it’s not equal an incipient baldness that is only shown in the area of the entries, that an advanced one that also affects to the top of the head and the crown, requiring a much larger number of follicular units.
Under the concept of price for a micro transplant are included another series of sections to take into account although it’s necessary to clarify that it will be each medical doctor who specifies at the moment of the consultation what aspects are included. But generally, they cover the fees of the hair surgeon (specialist in plastic, aesthetic and restorative surgery), the nursing staff who accompanies the doctor in the intervention, the local anesthetic that is applied to the patient, as well as the anesthetist.
In addition, the costs of the operating room and the equipment used are included: each session can last between three and six hours on average, although depending on the specific case can be extended for more hours and even more sessions if necessary. This logically affects the time of use of the operating room and, therefore, the price. In addition, it also covers the use of the necessary instruments that can go from the needles and syringes to the stereoscopic microscope.
Hair transplantation is a definitive and effective method against alopecia.
Also, the price depends on the surgical procedure used. It should be noted that two different techniques are currently used: the FUE technique and the FUSS. All hair transplants consist of a systematic and artistic redistribution of the hair follicles, through the introduction of small scalp grafts that contain the so-called follicular units. Thus, in any capillary graft, the hair follicle is transplanted so that the hair is born from its root in a natural way; but the difference is in the method used to remove the hair follicles from the donor zones to then place them in the bald areas to cover.
The most traditional of the techniques of capillary transplant is the FUSS (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery), also known as strip technique, which is practiced by extracting the hairs from the donor zone through a thin strip of skin, approximately of 20cm length and 1cm wide, to be implanted later in the bald parts. Although, as in the previous procedure, the risks are minimal, it should be noted that this process requires the suture of the areas involved, so the recovery time will be a little longer. The stitches will be removed in about 12 days, after which a small scar will remain aesthetically invisible, as long as the surrounding hair has a minimum length of five millimeters.
For the hair transplant in Turkey, you will be accompanied at all times by a translator, and you will be pleasantly surprised to see the number of North American and European patients that houses each clinic.
The FUE technique for extracting follicular units is a more advanced procedure where, since no scalpel is used or suturing or stitches are required, the healing process is much faster. Thus, the patient recovers at the medical level after a hair implant after roughly 24 hours, and can return to work and normal life in about seven days, unless this involves intense physical activity or sweat excessiveness. Likewise, it is usually recommended to rest at least 15 days before practicing sports or to perform exercises and sudden movements.
The FUE technique allows individual follicles to be obtained individually through a surgical instrument about 0.8 millimeters in diameter known as ‘punch’ and can be used manually or automatically. Once extracted, they are prepared to transfer them to the bald areas of the scalp, grafting one by one the hair follicles so that the hair grows from the root naturally. The treatment can last for more than 10 hours, so the surgeon and the patient can agree to perform it in one or two sessions.
Risks of the capillary graft
Although it is a minimally invasive surgery with uncommon complications, there are some precautions to avoid the risks and side effects that usually come as results of local anesthesia. However, if you decide to undergo a hair transplant in Turkey, you have to be assured that the trip doesn’t have to pose an extra risk for the success of the surgery. The most common adverse events occur in approximately 5% of cases and are related to local anesthesia. These include:
Regarding the visual or aesthetic impact of the resulting scar, something about which most patients usually express their concern when going to the consultations prior to surgery, it should be noted that this will only remain if the FUSS technique is used (in which a thin strip of skin is removed from the donor area), since this procedure requires suturing. However, even in these cases, the scar that will remain after the removal of the points will be very small, aesthetically invisible to the human eye, provided by the hair covering the areas.
It usually goes away by itself after 48 hours, without needing to apply any medication and without leaving sequels in the patient. In these situations, to help minimize inflammation, the patient may be advised to apply cold or massage the area from the swollen zone to the sides.
It is also common that there is a loss of sensation in the area of the scar. In these cases the incidence is residual and also disappears naturally in three or four weeks, according to most specialists.
Damage to nerves
Throughout the hair transplant, several nerves can be injured. These nerve damage can lead to a transient or persistent loss of sensation. In the donor area and in the area receiving the transplant. Fortunately, these damages usually disappear as time passes, and there are just rare cases of persistent loss.
Except for specific cases, people’s faces are asymmetrical. With this type of surgery, this asymmetry can be accentuated somewhat more and, once the final results of the surgery can be verified, the greatest difference between the two sides will be detected.
Although this is a very rare risk, chronic pain may appear in the affected area and should be reported to your doctor as soon as possible. And is that, whatever the type, any irregularity that the patient appreciates after his hair transplant, will have to be discussed with the surgeon.
About three months after the procedure, the graft begins to grow and, at that point, folliculitis or inflammation can occur due to the breakage of the skin caused by the hair itself. It is essential to follow the medical indications throughout the postoperative period to monitor potential folliculitis.
In very specific situations local allergic reactions have arisen to:
- Sticking plaster.
- Suture instruments.
- Topical preparations.
In order to prevent them, the patient will have to expose to the specialist any kind of allergies that he presents. On the other hand, systemic reactions can occur – which are more severe – to the drugs used in surgery or in the later period.
If you doubt to undergo a hair transplant in Turkey because of the risks of travel, you should have the peace of mind that this will not prejudice the success of the intervention nor add complications during the recovery.
Allergy reactions may require some other treatment, although this is always to be avoided. In order to achieve this, the surgeon will be in charge of previously carrying out all the tests that he deems appropriate.
A few days after the operation, a hair loss may occur next to the donor zone and also in the receiving area. In almost all cases it is a temporary loss. About three months later, the hair will recover and will continue to grow according to its usual patterns. Although not at all common, the surgeon cannot prevent the onset of this risk and this can cause the patient some anxiety. During this time it is advisable to wear a cap or hat until the hair grows again.
The stage prior to a hair transplant in Turkey does not differ much in relation to another class of operations.
Anyway, here is a list of simple tips that are provided to patients with alopecia and who have opted for this type of surgery:
- Any condition that has been previously diagnosed to the patient should be brought to the attention of the surgeon.
- On the same day of the operation you will have to take the medication you were taking, eat breakfast and shower with your usual shampoo. Do not use wig or hairpieces – if used regularly – or lacquer or wax fixing.
- Do not take aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs one to two weeks before the operation.
- Within 15 days prior to surgery, the use of Minoxidil should cease.
- Alcohol – At least three days before and three days after surgery it is advisable not to consume alcohol, coffee and carbonated beverages, as they inhibit the effect of certain drugs used in the process.
- Tobacco – It’s also a harmful aspect in the processes before and after the intervention. In the case of the pre-operative we are discussing, smoking should be stopped one or two days before, as a minimum, as tobacco causes an increase in bleeding throughout the surgery and increases the risk of infections.
Reasons to travel to Istanbul
If you are contemplating the possibility of undergoing a hair grafting intervention in Turkey or if you have already decided and want to know more about this beautiful city that is Istanbul, where you can enjoy the days that extend your stay, we offer you below some brushstrokes of its extraordinary appeal.
Istanbul is the largest Ottoman city. It is located in the northwestern part of Turkey, by the Bosphorus. The location of this strait is situated between Europe and Asia, which gives it the luxury of being the only city on the planet that belongs to two different continents. Although the Turkish capital is Ankara, it’s well known its importance with respect to industry, commerce, culture and tourism. It is one of the most striking sites in the world, because it’s dotted with contrasts: cultures, flavors, smells, colors, sounds, etc.
The grafted hair comes from the patient, so there is no possibility of rejection.
Although the first impression it can offer seems an absolute mess, its combination is charming. Too European to be oriental and too western to be Asian. The balance of its churches, its mosques and its palaces gives it an unequaled beauty. Its tourist offer is huge since it is one of the most visited cities in the world.
Frequently Asked Questions about Capillary Micro graft ad Hair Transplants
Due to the hair loss and, above all, the option to undergo a hair transplant as the only definitive solution for alopecia, there are a series of frequently asked questions. Doubts about the process to follow for a hair transplant in Turkey and other questions specific to this type of intervention. A surgeon who specializes in hair surgery can solve all these issues, but here we will try to answer the most common.
Questions about capillary grafting in Turkey
Is it safe to perform the hair transplant in Turkey?
There is no doubt of it. Hair transplant in Turkey is an excellent solution for people with alopecia problems. The whole process, from the trip to the lodging and, of course, the surgery, offers the maximum guarantees. Also, clinics and hotels are located in totally safe areas of Istanbul, which means no patient has to fear during their stay in the country.
Are Turkish Surgeons Good?
In Turkey you can find some of the best hair surgeons in the world. In fact, their experience in this area is wide, since, among other things, the Ottoman country is the precursor mustache transplants (keep in mind that, for Muslim countries, this is a symbol of masculinity and elegance, therefore many men undergo this kind of interventions).
It is estimated that more than 250 clinics are dedicated to these treatments and the Turkish Government has opted to promote this type of “health tourism.”
What are the results?
Hair transplant in Turkey offers the same guarantees of success as one performed at any clinic in the United States or Europe. The results are excellent, since the techniques used are exactly the same as those applied in other countries.
The results are really good in diffuse and moderate alopecia, and excellent in difficult cases. The satisfaction of those who have already traveled to Turkey for this purpose, give a good account of it.
Is the flight and hotel included?
Yes. Capillary graft offers in Turkey usually consist of a complete pack including, in addition to the treatment, the flight, the hotel for the required days in the country, the transfer to the clinic and a translator.
Why is the price so cheap?
In recent years, the Government of Turkey has strongly opted for this type of health tourism, with the intention of attracting tourists. That is, the clinics have public subsidies that allow them to be so competitive in the price of hair grafting. The creation of “tax-free” health zones, designed specifically for foreigners, is also being studied.
Thus, while in the US the cost of this surgery is usually above $10,000, in Turkey, they’re are announced for around $ 3,000. In addition, as mentioned before, it is an ‘all inclusive’ package, which includes flight, accommodation, transfers, and translator and so on
Does the flight affect the recovery of transplanted hair?
Some experts warn of the precautions that must be taken when traveling on an airplane after a hair implant. However, the clinics take this issue into account and the return flights are programmed with full guarantees, so that neither the patient nor the transplant itself are somehow affected.
Can you get to know Turkey during the trip?
When traveling to the Ottoman country to undergo a hair transplant in Turkey, everything is scheduled to go to the clinic and receive treatment. However, most of the time the patient may have some hours to enjoy the beauty and gastronomy of Istanbul.
How many people go to Istanbul to get hair transplants?
It is estimated that there are about 5,000 people every month. Among them, more and more Americans and Europeans are attracted by the price and quality of the implant.
Questions about Hair Transplant Intervention
These are the most outstanding FAQ in regards the process and procedure itself:
How does alopecia affect grafted hair?
Alopecia in no way affects the implanted hair, which means that hair transplantation is a definitive and effective method against alopecia. The explanation is simple, and has to do with the technique used for the hair implant.
The grafted hair comes from the patient, so there is no possibility of rejection, and is extracted from those areas of the head where the hair does not fall. That is, the surgeon gets the hair to transplant from the occipital and lateral areas, places where the hair is genetically programmed to last a lifetime (not affected by the hormone DHT, responsible for the loss of it). In short, grafted hair will not fall off.
Is it possible to transplant another person’s hair?
The answer to this question is no. It is not advisable or possible to perform a hair transplant from another person and expect optimal results. The donor and recipient must be the same person, thus avoiding the risk of rejection and the possibility of developing hair diseases in the future.
Is the hair transplant painful?
No. Capillary micro graft is a painless technique, regardless of the technique used to obtain the hair follicles. To ensure the absolute absence of pain, the surgeon will provide local anesthesia on the scalp, in fact, if the patient is too anxious, the surgeon may apply some type of sedation to reach a relaxed state. At most, you will feel a very slight discomfort in the treated area.
Are scars visible?
The remaining scars as a result of a hair graft will depend on the surgical technique used and the expertise of the hair surgeon. With the FUE method there are no scars left, since the incisions that are made are tiny and without stitches. In practice, this will only leave microscopic scars, imperceptible to the naked eye, even if the patient has very short hair.
On the other hand, with the FUSS technique, there will be a more visible scar, since a cut is made to obtain the hair of the donor area. However, whatever the case, it will not be a striking scar, since the treated areas are very small.
Are the results natural?
Both the FUE technique and the FUSS are interventions with very natural results. It is advisable to have some patience to be able to observe the definitive results, but when the hair growth is completed in a normal way, no one will be able to perceive that a hair transplant has been performed.
Is there any limitation to implanting hair?
The main limitation of capillary micro graft has to do with the size of the donor area, that is, with the number of healthy follicular units available to be transplanted. In particular, you have to pay attention to the density of the hair, the caliber of the same, and the mobility of the scalp of the zone.
Thus, a good hair density in the donor zone (at least 0.5 follicular units per mm2) will be required; a sufficient diameter in the hair shaft (approximately, depending on the type of hair, should be between 0.06 mm and 0.14 mm); and have sufficient mobility of the hair in the donor area.
What is the recommended age for a hair graft?
Between the ages of 26 and 80, anyone can be a candidate for a hair implant. However, surgeons advise that men perform this treatment between 30 and 40 years for two fundamental reasons:
- It is at these ages when the future evolution of alopecia can already be predicted.
- At that time, the patient has already localized the areas where he loses hair, which facilitates the distribution of follicles in the bald parts.
What kind of anesthesia is used?
To perform a hair transplant, it will only be necessary to apply local anesthesia and, in some cases, just some type of sedation to get the patient to relax during the intervention will be enough. In addition, since in almost all cases the sessions are much extended (of about 8 or 12 hours of duration), the sedation helps to the patient to have no perception of the time.
Is it necessary to enter the hospital?
The quality of hair transplant in Turkey is guaranteed, with excellent results with both the FUE technique and the FUSS.
No, capillary grafting or hair transplantation is an ambulatory method. The patient will have to go through an operating room to say goodbye to his alopecia, but it is a simple operation, so in no case a hospitalization will be necessary.
What cares will transplanted hair need?
The care of transplanted hair will depend, above all, on the technique used. Usually, the patient will not be able to wash his / her head during the first three days after the procedure, and after that time he / she should do it daily, with soap and water. You will also have to apply some lotion or cream, recommended by the surgeon.
At the time of the bath, it is preferable not to apply the water directly on the scalp, and to regulate the water pressure. The ideal is to mix the water and soap in the hands, and apply it to the head carefully, without scratching or rubbing.
Is a hair transplant possible in women?
Yes. Women with hair loss problems can also undergo this technique, although there are some differential issues with regard to capillary graft in men. So, for example, the transplant will be more effective the more localized the loss of hair is, while its effectiveness decreases when hair loss is generalized (when there are problems of density).
In the case of women, therefore, it is advisable to go to a specialist to study in detail the problem of hair loss and get the best solution.