For men and women past the age of puberty, pattern hair loss can be cause for concern. In the United States alone, an estimated 50 million men and 30 million women suffer from the condition. Its main catalyst is genetics, but whatever the cause, many of those afflicted seek treatment through methods like minoxidil, artificial hair thickening fibers, sprays, or even wigs. A more technical option comes to us in the form of hair transplants. In these cases, a surgeon will remove follicular units from a donor area of the body—usually in back of the scalp—and insert them into the needed recipient area. The technique has been in practice for over 60 years, and has undergone many positive refinements.
Indeed, successful hair transplants are common these days. Between the year 2006 and 2020, hair restoration procedures saw an 80% jump in patients world-wide. Advanced technology combined with greater treatment availability have given the practice a major boost. A typical procedure takes about 8 hours, followed by a full year’s recovery time in which the patient will be pleasantly surprised by just how good the results are. As for cost, in the United States, patients can expect to pay anywhere between $3500 and $15000 per treatment, depending on how far advanced their condition is, and how much donor hair is available.
To be certain, hair restoration surgery isn’t always easy on the pocketbook. For this reason among a few others soon to be covered, many patients elect to get the procedure done at overseas clinics that offer “bargain” rates. One of the most popular places to go, is for hair transplants in Turkey.
Why get a hair transplant in Turkey?
It has nothing to do with visiting the ancient ruins of Troy (thought that would certainly qualify as a perk for visiting this beautiful country). Rather, it’s mostly about saving money. Go back up two paragraphs and look at the cost range for transplant surgery in the U.S. Now we’ll inform you that in Turkey, the range is more like $1000 to $4000. These numbers alone are just about enough to get patients on the phone with their travel agents.
But wait—because there’s more to love than saving money. As we alluded to already, the country of Turkey harbors great appeal for the adventuresome. Nor is it only the remains of Aeneas’ long lost city that draws them. Fantastic beaches make up much of Turkey’s long Mediterranean coastline. And then there’s the incredible architecture left over from the Roman Empire, such as what remains of the Aspendos and Ephesus. There is so much to do and see here that even if one’s hair transplant doesn’t go well, he or she may be well pleased by what lovely enrichment they find.
Many Turkish hair clinics will even offer tourist packages that include lodging and travel. With so many tempting amenities on hand for those willing to take the leap, getting a Turkey hair transplant can prove well nigh impossible to resist.
Why you may wish to reconsider
You may already be telling yourself that the above seems too good to be true. You wouldn’t be far off the mark. There are reasons that hair transplant clinics in Turkey can offer what they do. Consider that:
- Not all of the doctors will be board certified in hair restoration surgery
- This could mean less pleasing results by the end of recovery time
- The procedure could turn out to be more uncomfortable than is necessary
- Not all of the clinics are up to date with modern technology
- Their equipment may be less effective
- Their equipment may be less safe
- FUE and FUT procedures may take longer, and not work as well
- Follow-up visits will be difficult
Should complications develop after the procedure, you likely will have already returned home, and won’t be able to get back to the clinic for assistance
Of the three, that first one probably worries us the most. Unlicensed or improperly trained surgeons create frightful risks for the patients they treat. It is unlawful for United States clinics to even hire them. In Turkey, nothing stands in their way.
Regarding hair restoration there’s a lot that can go wrong when backwater surgeons perform the task. These include extracting follicular units at the wrong angles for the wrong ethnicity of the patient (which can damage the units or render them unusable), creating too many grafts from a donor area, damaging it beyond repair, and making numerous other mistakes that give bad, and sometimes irreversible results.
Parsa Mohebi Hair Restoration encourages you to conduct careful research on any hair transplant clinic you choose. Saving money is nice, but then again, wisdom is its own currency, and one is always happy with a little more of that in the bank.