Turkey’s Low-Cost Hair Transplants: Too Good To Be True?

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Over the past couple of years, Turkey has managed to fashion itself into the Mecca of affordable hair restoration. Balding medical tourists travel from all over the world to cure their alopecia in one of the country’s many hair transplantation clinics. But is going to Turkey for a hair transplant really a good idea? Sure, it will cost far less than a hair transplant in most Western clinics, but will that low price be reflected in its results? Let’s find out!

Turkeys Low Cost Hair Transplants

Why Turkey?

Why do so many Westerners travel halfway across the world to have a hair transplant in a Turkish clinic? The primary reason is, unsurprisingly, the price. In places like the United States and the United Kingdom, a hair transplant can cost upwards of $30,000. On average, Turkish clinics cost 50% less than their Western counterparts. Additionally, many Western clinics offer only a small selection of procedures, with some even focusing on FUE (follicular unit extraction) or FUT (follicular unit transplantation) exclusively. While Turkish clinics do offer these procedures, they also offer many innovative alternatives. Sapphire FUE, for example, provides a bold new twist on traditional FUE and is very difficult to find outside Turkey. Finally, Turkey is home to literally hundreds of hair restoration clinics. This means people who don’t want to spend months on a waiting list can secure a hair transplant with very little notice.

Finding Turkey’s Top Clinics

As mentioned above, Turkey is home to hundreds, if not thousands, of hair restoration clinics. You’ll find more than 300 of them in Istanbul alone. Of course, not all of these clinics are as reliable as others. For that reason, it is important to read the reviews of any Turkish hair restoration clinic you consider going to. One of the most popular clinics in Istanbul, and Turkey as a whole, is The Vera Clinic. There, a medical tourist can secure FUE, FUT, and sapphire FUE, among other procedures, for only a couple of thousand dollars. Past clients of The Vera Clinic have called it a "wonderful and unique experience" while others have praised its highly-qualified team.

Hair Transplant In Turkey Results

Not too long ago, bbc.com published a video interview with a medical tourist who journeyed to Turkey for a hair transplant. Speaking one month after the surgery, the patient stated that the results had given him such a great boost in confidence that he couldn’t wait to look in the mirror each morning. He even noted that he would consider returning to Turkey for a second hair transplant to “complete the puzzle”. Another patient interviewed by the same website stated that he was “happy with the new hairline they’ve created” and praised the expertise of his surgeons, who left “no significant scarring”.

Going by these two satisfied customers - and the testimonials of many more who have left independent reviews online - we can dispel the rumors that a hair transplant in Turkey is somehow ineffective. While it is more affordable than getting a hair transplant in a Western clinic, patients can be certain of quality results as long as they choose a clinic that has a plethora of positive reviews. Thankfully, there is no shortage of such clinics in Turkey. For more information on getting a hair transplant in Turkey, check out this article.

Anne Holzman

    Anne Holzman

    A licensed hair practitioner, Anne Holzman has worked in hair care for more than 25 years, spending the last decade focusing on trichology, which is the study of hair and scalp disorders. She is an accomplished author and educator as well, and she credits God for drawing her to the hair industry.

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