Hair Transplants in Istanbul, Turkey – Why are they so Popular?

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Hair transplants in Istanbul, Turkey, are becoming famous around the globe. Turkey has become in the last few years a hub for health tourism, with more than half a million patients arriving in the country last year to receive treatments (many of them British citizens), and numbers are increasing every year. But, what is that makes so popular Turkey for health treatments? Why do so many people come to get a hair transplant in Istanbul?

More than 350 hair clinics only in Istanbul

Due to the growing hair transplant industry in Turkey, it’s estimated that in Istanbul alone there are no less than 350 hair clinics operating. Many of them have ISO and other international certifications, like the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation.

This provides to potential customers a huge pool of options for their best choice according to their requirements and needs, but also demonstrates medical staff working in these clinics have long experience with modern techniques – like the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant – that often doctors in Europe or other parts of the world don’t have.

It’s estimated that every single day around 1,500 hair transplant operations are performed in Turkey, most of them in Istanbul. Right now the city is considered the world capital of hair transplantation. Most of the so-called “health tourists” come from Europe, especially from Germany and the UK. The UK is third in the number of patients coming to Istanbul.

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Specialists in micro FUE hair transplantation

The FUE  hair transplant system is currently considered one of the most prominent techniques in hair implants, and the best due to its advantages when compared with  traditional Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).

While the FUT method involves the removal of a part of the scalp followed by bandages and surgical threads (and usually painful scars that will prevail for life), when using the FUE technique the bulbs are extracted from the donor area one by one, using special tools in a way that leaves no lines or scars. FUE technique is in fact considered painless – it leaves no scars and healing is complete only 7-8 days after the operation.

FUE technique is the most popular – if not the only one – used nowadays for hair surgery in Turkey; and because of the many operations performed every day by Turkish medical teams, their knowledge, experience and skills are much higher compared to their counterparts in Europe or other countries. This means not only better results, but more bulbs implanted in a single operation.

Quality of service

Foreigners choose Turkey for their hair treatments not only because of the use of the latest techniques, short waiting periods or cheaper prices compared to their country of origin. The high quality of the overall services and treatments and the high level of the facilities and equipment – some of the biggest and most modern hospitals in Europe are in Turkey – is another very important reason to travel to Turkey for a hair surgery.

Services offered by Istanbul’s clinics to foreign patients not only include the transplant operation itself, but usually other services like a stay in 4 or 5 star hotel in the city, plane tickets, private transport between the airport, hotel and clinic, and even a personal translator to help you communicate with the medical staff in your own language. Often these are included in the price.

This means Turkey can offer not only health treatments up to the world’s highest standards and at much more affordable prices, but also provide a VIP luxury service to its patients that not many countries can offer for the same pricing.

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So, how much is a hair transplant in Turkey?

At this point, you may be wondering: ‘Ok, but what is the cost of a hair transplant in Istanbul?’ Well, pricing varies according to the clinic and the services included, but it usually ranges from €1,500 to €2,500 on average (£1,300 to £2,200).

However, the same operation in the USA or UK would cost up to between £13,000 to £18,000… And that’s only when talking about a similar surgery with an equal number of grafts implanted. If we consider the additional services provided in Turkey, the final price would be much higher.

Anyway, a very good recommendation when travelling to Istanbul for a hair treatment is not to choose the cheapest clinic, but that with all the required certifications and good quality of services and facilities. You can also check internet testimonials and reviews of other patients who have had a hair transplant at the same clinic and compare and decide.

Do some travel and get a hair transplant  in the same trip?

Yes, Istanbul offers skilled professionals, cutting-edge techniques and very cheap prices for those thinking about getting a hair transplant. But let’s not forget that we are talking about one of the world’s capitals of tourism too! So once you get to Istanbul for your treatment, are you really thinking of going back home without visiting this astonishing city?

Who has not ever dreamed of seeing the old capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, crossing the Bosphorus between Europe and Asia, and contemplate at first hand some wonders like the magnificent Hagia Sophia, the famous Blue Mosque, or the Topkapi Palace, home for centuries of the Ottoman sultans?

A hair transplant in Istanbul offers many advantages, but the fact is that tens of millions of tourists visit Turkey every year just for the beauty and the history of the country: and that makes a hair treatment in a city like Istanbul not only an affordable option… but a very popular and recommended one.

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