Hair Transplant

9 Reasons to Get a Hair Transplant in Turkey

Getting a hair transplant is a big decision in the life of someone who has lived with the shame or anguish involved in hair loss. Deciding the end the embarrassment and torment and selecting a hair transplant surgery can be a life changing matter. But after the decision is made, many are finding the next part gets even harder. Particularly in the U.S. where health care coverage is on the fence, rates are higher than ever and a shortage of doctors to perform certain procedures is the reality. 

For these reasons, and others, medical tourism is on the rise. This means people are traveling to distant locations in search of doctors who are more better, more available and sometimes even better skilled than what is an option State-side.

Turkey has become a leading destination for hair transplant surgery,. Below are 10 reasons why you should consider Turkey for the best hair transplant surgery experience.


Since Turkey sits in the middle of both Europe and Asia, the access to the region is easy for many and won’t depend solely on landing in one specific area to get to your hair transplant clinic. This flexibility takes hassle out of planning a trip.

Comparable Procedures

Just like in the States, surgeons in Turkey study the hair transplant procedures (FUE, FUT) being developed and can offer the same skilled surgeons for those looking to have a hair transplant.

Cost Savings

Costs for procedures can vary from place to place or dependent upon insurance coverage in the States, overseas these same rates and guidelines don’t exist so there is much less hassle, and many times much less cost involved for the patient.

Friendly Atmosphere and Culture

Known for their hospitality and welcoming generosity, Turkish people have accommodate to many travelers and tourists over the years and have seen a recent sharp increase in medical tourists of late.

Immediate Service

Waiting lists are something unique to the U.S. healthcare system and have grown with recent changes to coverage. But in Turkey and other places overseas they almost don’t exist. If a patient goes in for a procedure chances are it will happen soon - not months later.

Advanced Tools and Technologies

Some of the tools not readily available, approved or developed for use in the States are already being used in European and Asian procedures. They may be accessed by surgeons in Turkey so they can offer optimal procedures and care.

A Pool of Skilled Surgeons

So many doctors practicing abroad have dedicated their studies to specialized areas of medicine and have learned the skills needed to perform tasks like hair transplants to address varying patient needs.

Free Perks

Since competition is this popular hair transplant destination is stiff, the added bonus for patients is a number of perks offered. This can include free hotel stays, travel reimbursements, even free transportation to and from the clinic.

A reason to travel

Who doesn't love a reason to go on vacation? Turkey is a beautiful place, and its surrounded by many other popular tourist destinations. If you’re already shelling out the money for a ticket overseas why not plan a vacation around it and really get a great bang for your buck. 

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Facts about Turkey

  • Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia , Armenia, Nakhchivan,Iran, Iraq and Syria. The Mediterranean Sea is to the south; the Aegean Sea to the west; and the Black Sea to the north. The Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles demarcate the boundary between Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia. Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance.
  • Tourism in Turkey has experienced rapid growth in the last twenty years, and constitutes an important part of the economy. In 2013, 37.8 million foreign visitors arrived in Turkey, which ranked as the 6th most popular tourism destination in the world; they contributed $27.9 billion to Turkey's revenues.
  • According to Airports Council International, The new (third) international airport of Istanbul is planned to be the largest airport in the world, with a capacity to serve 150 million passengers per annum. Turkish Airlines, flag carrier of Turkey since 1933, was selected by Skytrax as Europe's best airline for four consecutive years in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. With 262 destinations worldwide, Turkish Airlines is the fourth largest carrier in the world by number of destinations as of 2014.
  • Turkey has a very diverse culture that is a blend of various elements of the Oguz Turkic, Anatolian, Ottoman and Western culture and traditions, which started with the Westernisation of the Ottoman Empire and still continues today.
  • Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Caucasian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Balkan cuisines

Map of Turkey

Images Around Turkey

The Lion Gate at Hattusa
The Hagia Sophia
Turkish Riviera
Mevlana Museum in Konya
The Blue Mosque
Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi Order
Images courtesy of Wikipedia

Frequently asked questions about hair transplant procedures

How much does a hair transplant cost?

Hair transplants can vary in price based off of the area in the world that you are interested in getting a hair transplant as well as the size of the area where you may need a hair transplant. Experienced doctors in the United States will often charge some of the highest prices for a hair transplant worldwide and this is why so many travelers make the move to other parts the world like Turkey, India, Thailand, Mexico...etc for their hair transplants.

Will a hair transplant hurt?

Although hair transplants may look like a particularly unpleasant or painful experience is actually very little discomfort involved with the surgery itself. Hair transplants are always done under an anesthetic so there's absolutely zero pain during the treatment itself. Many people actually relate the process as being very similar to going to the dentist for filling or root canal. Mild pain can persist over the course of postop treatment but he generally just resumes for a few days.

Who can deliver the best surgery?

It's usually best to consider working with surgeons who have and IAHRS certification or international alliance of hair restoration surgeons recognition. IAHRS can often deliver recommendations for the best surgeons in each particular area.

Is this scarring noticeable?

Any type of hair transplant will require the use of incisions throughout the scalp. There can also sometimes be a small scar from the donor area towards the back of the scalp. Asking to look at photos of the surgeon's previous work will help you to see roughly how bad the scarring could be. In most cases an experienced professional can limit the look of scarring and noticeable marks from the surgery.

How long does it take for the hair to grow?

In most cases hair growth will start within eight months and you can start to see a full effect from the hair transplant after a full year. The initial signs of growth can usually start between 3 to 4 months after the surgery.

Are the results permanent?

The hair follicles that are transplanted are generally the ones which are genetically resistant against the symptoms of baldness. As long as you receive hair loss treatment later in your life after the symptoms of balding have started to subside, you can have a better chance at permanent results.

While everyone know you've had surgery?

If you want to limit the chance that people may find out about your surgery it's important to give at least three weeks of healing as the surgical area will be affected and red just after surgery. After around a month of healing it can look far less noticeable. You could consider wearing a hat while time passes or opting for some extra time off if possible.

How long should I rest after surgery?

It's recommended to rest for at least a few days after surgery so that your body can recover. Trenton to over exert yourself and limit sexual activity, running in the gym for around 10 days after surgery.

Is it possible to lose more hair as a result of surgery?

There is always a chance of shock loss which happens when the hair is weak and miniaturizing after the surgery. As long as the surgeon is choosing the correct hair follicles and performing the surgery well it's possible to minimize the chance of this happening however.

Will I need another hair transplant?

The need for another transplant really depends on the individual. With a solid foundation surgery and working to potentially bolster results with drug therapy, you can improve the stability of the hair that was transplanted as well as prevent further loss. Getting a hair transplant early on in your 20s or early on in life could lead to needing long-term transplants as hair loss can be progressive.

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