Turkey: The New Hot Spot for Hair Transplantation Tourism

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Turkey: The New Hot Spot for Hair Transplantation Tourism

Hair loss has always been a fact of life, for both men and women. There are many reasons it can happen, whether it is genetic or age related, the result of illness, trauma or disease. Or even due to stress.

In the past there has been very little that people could actually do about it if they were unhappy with their hair loss. And then hair transplantation came along. For the first time there was a permanent solution to hair loss. And yet the cost was still now prohibitive to most average people looking to undergo the procedure in Europe and the US. Until now.

Turkey has stepped up to fill the gap in the market with industry leading practices, innovative and talented medical staff and facilities, excellent 5 star services and all for a fraction of the cost.

How can it be offered so much cheaper?

It would be natural to question the difference in price, and what this means for the quality of the procedure. When you see that the price in Turkey can come in around €2,500 compared with around €12,500 in the UK, and as much as €25,000 in the US it almost seems to good to be true.

But the truth is clinics are able to offer these procedures, with the best hair transplant surgeons in the world, using the latest techniques.

Capilclinic hospitals, where you would go for the procedure are all Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited, ensuring that the hospital is safe and follows strict safety guidelines. The JCI carries out independent evaluations to determine whether health care organisations meet a set of standard requirements that are designed to raise the quality standards of healthcare.

The real reason the price is so different is simply a matter of location and currency. Turkey does not use the Euro and the Turkish Lira does not perform well on exchange rates against the euro, sterling or the dollar.

Running costs are also lower, salaries are lower and the day to day running costs are far cheaper. And of course competition. Now Istanbul is known as the hair transplant capital of the world, clinics compete to provide the best service at the best prices.

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You get so much more for your money

The fact that the procedure is cheaper is not the only reason almost 60,000 people head to Turkey for a hair transplant. It is currently estimated that there are 150-500 procedures taking place every week.

The other reason is the service. Picked up from the airport and chauffeured to and from your hotel and appointment takes all the worrying out of the logistics of your stay. The hotel will be 5 star for the best treatment during your recovery. And you’ll even have a translator and assistant to help you with everything you need. Of course it helps that Turkey’s visa rules make it much simpler to get the required visas as well.

So how does the procedure work?

The principle is very simple. Remove hair from a ‘donor’ site and implant them in a new location that has suffered hair loss. It is considered non-surgical as it is largely blood free and is carried out under local anaesthetic, meaning you are awake the whole time and there are none of the risks of general anaesthetic.

The patient and doctor will decide together which site will be the donor. The patient will need to shaved down the donor area to around 1-2 mm. A small tool that looks a little like a punch is looped over the follicular unit and pushed into the skin just enough to allow removal with a small pair of forceps.

Each unit contains 1 to 5 hairs and each one is inserted into small cuts in the recipient area one at a time. This is repeated thousands of times to make sure the new growth looks natural and dense.

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