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A hair transplant has become a popular treatment among those suffering from hair loss. This popularity has been partly fuelled by the rise of celebrity hair transplant treatments – Elton John, Wayne Rooney, John Travolta, Gordon Ramsay and Kevin Costner to name just a few.
This hair loss cure is most often performed due to patterned baldness – the official term for general hair loss often associated with genes and hormones – which is permanent hair loss and thinning that occurs often (but not only) in men. Hair loss treatment is not suitable for those patients suffering from temporary hair loss e.g. caused by chemotherapy/radiotherapy, some medications, weight loss, stress etc.
Turkey is one of the best countries in the world for hair transplantation.
Hair transplant surgery, in very simple terms, involves taking hair from one part of the body (usually the head) and transplanting it into the bald/balding area of the scalp. These hair implants will ‘kickstart’ hair growth in the area. Hair transplantation is the most widely accepted proven technique for combatting baldness although other types of treatments are under investigation.
Although hair transplants don’t work for everybody, it is estimated that between 10% and 80% of transplanted hair grows back within 3-4 months. Just like normal hair this transplanted hair may thin over time. The most common obstacle for many to having a hair transplant is the high cost. Most patients need somewhere between 800 and 2000 hair grafts. As an example the average cost of each hair graft transplant is £3-£4, so with additional treatment/consultation fees, the price for a hair transplant, UK clinic based, is £3000-£8000. Money can be saved, however, by having the procedure performed overseas.
Turkey is one of the best countries in the world for hair transplantation, with some clinics well-recognised internationally because of their world-class quality standards. For the average cost of a hair transplant, Turkey costs start at £1,500.
How does a hair transplant work? It involves the surgeon taking hair from an area of your body where you have hair (usually the back of the head) and transferring it to places where there is no hair. In simple terms this is how hair transplant works. It can be done under local anaesthetic or sometimes patients can be totally anaesthetised so that they are asleep throughout the procedure. For the actual transplantation there are two methods.
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is where a piece of the scalp about 6-10 inches long is taken from the back of the head. This piece of scalp is then cut up into many tiny fragments which may contain only one hair each. Small holes are then made at the site where the hair is being transplanted to, and each of these tiny pieces is inserted into one of the holes.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) differs in that instead of a strip of skin being taken from the donor site, the hair is shaved and the individual follicles are extracted from the skin and these are transplanted into the small holes at the transplantation site. The number of hair grafts required will vary from individual to individual depending on the area to be covered, so costs vary greatly. For 2000 hair grafts, hair transplant costs in the UK can be up to £8000.
There is a lot of information on the Internet concerning hair transplants including some very informative videos. Pick a hair transplant video or browse some hair transplant pictures to research the subject more thoroughly.
The hair transplant donor area is usually at the back or the side of the head. The decision about where to harvest the hair/follicles for transplant will be taken by the surgeon prior to the actual procedure. Immediately after the transplantation the donor area may be slightly sore and red but as the cuts in the scalp are minuscule they will heal extremely quickly. Tiny scabs will form during the first hours after the procedure. Patients are advised not to sleep on the area for up to 10 days afterwards, however, the hair transplant donor area recovery timeline is very short. Indeed, the hair transplant donor area regrowth will be such that any scarring from the procedure will be more or less unnoticeable after two weeks.
The hair transplant donor area is usually at the back or the side of the head.
What causes hair loss? There are many reasons for both permanent and temporary hair loss. It should be pointed out that hair transplantation is only performed in case where there is a permanent loss of hair. Permanent hair loss causes may be genetic, due to ageing and, in women, may be an effect of the menopause. Additionally, injury or burns to the scalp can also result in permanent hair loss. Generally speaking hair transplants are not performed where there is a temporary loss of hair caused by such events as chemotherapy or radiotherapy and loss of hair due to shock or illnesses like anaemia or alopecia.
Who is a good hair transplant candidate? For a successful hair transplant there should be a healthy growth of hair at the donor site (probably the back or side of the head). Other factors which may influence the hair transplant transformation are the curliness or waviness of the hair as well as its colour and texture. A good candidate for hair transplant should also, of course, be in good health. Any ongoing conditions and current medication should be brought to the attention of the surgeon at the initial meeting.
When should I get a hair transplant? The ideal age for a hair transplantation is when you are in your 30s. By this time the pattern of baldness will be established but there will probably still be enough hair at the back or side of the head to use for transplant purposes. Below this age range the pattern of hair loss is still unstable. Of course, subject to there being enough hair available for transplantation there is no upper age limit.
Should I get a hair transplant or wait for a cure? Although with all branches of medicine there are potentially many new procedures on the horizon, at the time of writing hair transplantation is the most successful procedure for thinning and baldness.
The National Institute for Health Care and Excellence reports that around 33% of white men under 30 are affected by male pattern baldness and for men over 70 years of age this percentage increases to around 80%. Male pattern baldness is less common among the black male population and in Asian men it occurs later and more slowly. A male hair transplant tends to be a more common procedure than a female hair transplant often because the hair loss statistics are much higher for men than for women. Transplantation for men accounts for 85% of all procedures. According to Scandinavian BioLabs it seems that British men are more afraid of losing their hair than their job. Taken against this background, hair implants for men are extremely important and the market for the hair transplant procedure for men increased by over 60% between 2014 and 2021. It is estimated that one in thirteen have had a hair transplant for men.
Whereas men tend to lose their hair in patches, for women hair loss is more subtle with an overall thinning of the hair. A successful hair transplant for women, as for men, is reliant on dense hair growth, usually, at the back of the head. Mini-grafts are taken from this denser area and replanted in the areas where the hair is thinning in order to create a fuller look. For those with longer locks, long hair transplant is also possible, however the implanted hair will usually be cut as the longer it is the heavier it will be. The heaviness of the hair has the potential to pull it out of the graft site. Some surgeons are loathe to perform hair implants for women due to its lower success rate. In female pattern baldness the donor sites are often unstable and women’s skin is more sensitive than men’s. Hair transplantation for women only accounts for around 15% of all procedures.
Although male pattern baldness is more prevalent in Caucasians, Afro hair does suffer when the hair is constantly pulled on the scalp. This may occur with common hair fashion for this type of hair such as tight braids, hair weaves and extensions and corn weaves. The curly nature of the hair extends into the roots which means that it is very easy to damage the follicles when extracting from the donor site. African hair also has the slowest hair growth rate of the ethnic groups. In addition, those people with darker skin are more likely to suffer with keloid scarring which can affect the overall look of the transplant later. For an Afro hair transplant it is important to find a surgeon who specialises in this type of procedure.
The general term beard hair transplant can be understood in two ways, either transplanting hair into the beard area – known as a facial hair transplant – or harvesting the hairs from a beard for transplantation in the scalp – a beard-to-head hair transplant. Facial hair transplant: For those men who have problems growing facial hair, it is possible to perform an FUT or FUE facial hair transplant. Between 2000 and 5000 hair follicle grafts will be required. The potential issue with this procedure may be the scarring. A beard to head transplant: Where donor sites on the head do not provide suitable or the required number of hair follicles, there is the possibility of a surgeon performing a beard to scalp hair transplant. Beard hair is the nearest in similarity to scalp hair, however the very best results are achieved with a mixture of beard and scalp hair. Beard hair is not recommended for the front section of scalp hair nor for transplantation at the temples.
A crown hair transplant has its challenges, not least because thinning in this area tends to be progressive. The hair thins in a spreading circular pattern so, although a hair transplant for a thinning crown may solve the problem now, that doesn’t mean that further areas will not thin and require treatment. It is worth considering that, in fact, thinning at the crown is a lot less obvious than in other places. Furthermore, hair tends to be much thinner around the crown area, normally anyway. Most surgeons will address issues at the front of the head and temples, if applicable, before considering if there are enough follicles to perform a hair transplant in the crown area.
During an initial hair transplant, the surgeon will tend to concentrate on the frontal hairline and midsection of the scalp. This is because this area is what you see in a mirror and what other people see when they look at you. Many people do not have enough donor hair available to perform a transplant which will achieve ‘a full head of hair’. A frontal hair transplant results in a visible improvement too the hairline and can often be blended well with a thinning crown. Sometimes a forehead hair transplant may solve the problem of a very high forehead.
Permanent hair loss causes may be genetic, due to ageing and, in women, may be an effect of the menopause.
There are different types of hair transplant which may be used to obtain a good hair transplant. Different surgeons will specialise in different techniques and, depending on the hair available a 1000 grafts hair transplant may require different types of hair transplant procedures from a full hair transplant.
FUE Hair Transplant: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is based on a procedure of individual hair follicle transplant. Does FUE hair transplant work?…. In recent times it has actually become more popular than the FUT hair transplant procedure. What is FUE hair transplant? The FUE hair transplant procedure entails the surgeon extracting single follicles of hair from the donor site and transplanting them into the desired area. An FUE hair transplant usually takes place over several sessions lasting 2-4 hours. Rarely are there any signs of extraction, so there is little disruption to normal life. FUE hair transplant results show some of highest success rates. Many FUE hair transplant reviews can be accessed on the Internet.
FUT Hair Transplant: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is based on a procedure where strips of skin are taken from the back or side of the head and the hair follicles on these strips are then harvested and inserted into the balding or thinning parts of the scalp. The FUT hair transplant works best at remedying a receding hairline. The whole procedure will often take place in just one session which may mean some ‘down time’. There will be permanent scarring at the donor site although this will fade over time.
How to decide – FUE or FUT hair transplant? Here are some brief comparisons of FUE vs FUT.
Length of procedure
Several short sessions (2-4 hours)
Usually one long session
No significant scarring
Scarring at the donor site
Very quick - little pain after surgery
There may be a little pain after surger
Hair may be taken from other parts of the body
Only hair from the head can be used
Takes a longer time therefore more costly
Takes less tome therefore the cheaper option
When trying to decide FUE vs FUT, it should be borne in mind that both are equally successful and most surgeons will give advice on whether they consider an FUT or FUE hair transplant to be the best option in the particular circumstances.
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Turkey is a very popular destination for medical tourists. One of the flag treatments that is characteristic for Turkey is Turkey hair transplant. In fact, Turkey is the most popular country for patients looking for hair transplant abroad. Apart from the low prices, which are the main determinant for medical travellers, Turkish clinics have been greatly developed in hair transplantation methods. There is no other country which offers as many types, methods, clinics, and specialists as hair transplant in Turkey. The most popular procedures are:
Of course, there are many more types of hair transplant surgery Turkey to choose from. Also, many clinics offer less common body hair transplant Turkey which include e.g. eyebrow or beard transplant. How much is hair transplant in Turkey? To be honest, the DHI or FUE hair transplant cost Turkey is 4 or even 5 times cheaper than in Western European or American countries. For many people, this cost is just unbelievably low, yet the quality of hair transplant stays at a very high level at the same time. Below, we present the important aspects of getting a hair transplant in Turkey.
It is quite difficult to estimate the average hair transplant Turkey cost because the procedure depends on the several factors, the most important of which are: the number of grafts (the more grafts needed, the higher price, usually the number of grafts transplanted in one session varies from 500 to 3000) and the type of hair transplant (there are different prices for DHI, FUE, FUT, stem cell or implant hair transplant). So, to know the exact hair transplant Turkey price, patients should consult a specialist who will advise them on the number of grafts needed and recommend the most effective hair transplant type. Medical tourists can easily get the cost of hair transplant in Turkey before making travel arrangements because many clinics offer online consultations and provide patients with the quote on the basis of the photos. Generally, the most popular cheap hair transplant is FUE, and the average number of hair grafts is 1500 for one session. So, how much is a hair transplant in Turkey in such a case? The usual hair transplant cost in Turkey is 1600 EUR. There is no other place in the world offering such a low hair transplant cost abroad and such a high quality at the same time. Of course, the individual prices may vary, also clinics set their own prices, so the final Turkey hair transplant cost may be different, but it rarely exceeds 2000 EUR for a given number of grafts.
First of all, we need to stress that the cheap hair transplant Turkey does not entail the lower quality or standard of the hair transplant abroad. The truth is, when we compare the quality of cheap hair transplant UK and the quality of cheap hair transplant in Turkey, the procedure in Turkey is performed in much better conditions, by a renowned and respected surgeon, and the general standard and prestige of the Turkish clinic is much better. The cheapest hair transplant in the UK would be still more expensive than in Turkey, so it is pointless to choose this option as there is a chance of getting an even more affordable hair transplant abroad performed by an experienced, certified hair transplant specialist. But why is Turkey so cheap? It is not a complicated point. The low price stems from the low cost of living in Turkey – the surgeons’ salaries, the maintenance of the clinics, daily expenses, etc are just very low when compared to people using Dollars, Pounds or Euro currencies.
Price is undoubtedly the most frequent reason why people perceive Turkey as the best country for a hair transplant. However, it is not the only one. Turkey has other assets which make it the best place for hair transplant. Below, we present the advantages of Turkey over other countries in this regard.
The best thing about coming to Turkey, which is often undermined, is the opportunity to choose the top hair transplant clinic and the most experienced specialists. The low cost of the procedure allows for opting for the best hair transplant in Turkey, which in such countries as the UK, the USA, Ireland, or Germany would exceed many people’s budgets. There are numerous opinions from the former patients saying that Turkey is “the best country for hair transplant”, or there, they got “the best hair transplant in the world”. Of course, we are not in a position to say whether you will get the best hair transplant in Turkey or not, yet such opinions are really positive and prove that patients can really expect getting the top hair transplant in Turkey at a very low cost.
Generally, all clinics in Turkey share the Turkey hair transplant results of their patients. The before-after photos are the best advertisement and a showcase of a clinic and a surgeon, so patients can easily find such illustrations of the results on clinics websites. In general, the hair transplant success rate is over 99% in FUE and DHI methods. The body hair transplant success rate may be slightly lower, yet it is still very high. So, the success of hair transplant is a certainty, and the photos show the scale of the results that can be expected in specific procedures. We cannot guarantee the hair transplant success for experimental or relatively new methods, yet the success rate of hair transplant standard procedures is guaranteed by the Turkish clinics.
Are there any good hair transplant doctors in Turkey? There are hundreds of great specialists in hair transplant there. Generally, top hair transplant surgeons in Turkey had come a long way of education and training before they got all the necessary qualifications, skills and experience. Turkey is a country where hair transplant is advanced and developed to the greatest extent, there are many symposia and courses organised by the best hair transplant surgeon in Turkey – and these are Turkish doctors who often teach surgeons from other countries. Of course, patients who are looking for hair transplant doctors in Turkey should always make sure that the surgeon has necessary qualifications and is experienced in a chosen hair transplant method. Before-after photos may be helpful here as they illustrate the surgeon’s skills and show the results that can be expected. We also advise that patients check all the certificates and courses that a surgeon has completed – if they are not available on the clinic’s or surgeon’s website, patients should ask whether they can share them.
All the clinics in Turkey are supervised by the Turkish ministry of Health and Independent Medical Associations, as a result of which any hair transplant center Turkey must follow the set standards and safety regulations. In addition, there are accreditations which are given to a clinic for a specific period of time and are prolonged only when the clinic standard remains at the same, high level. The approved certifications include ISO, JCAHO and JCI accreditations. The best would be if a clinic has JCI accreditation because it guarantees excellent care and high standards. Each best hair transplant clinic in Turkey prides itself on having it. In general, a hair transplant clinic Turkey offering hair transplants to foreign patients follows all the international standards and maintains the best quality of the treatment and medical care. Clinic Hunter helps each patient find the best hair transplant clinic Turkey on the basis of a patient’s expectations, preferences and needs.
It is a common trend that medical tourists combine hair transplants with holidays in Turkey. In fact, it is a great idea because many clinics offer hair transplant Turkey package including the treatment and stay in a preferred location. Such hair transplant deals often include accommodation in a luxury hotel with easy access to many tourist attractions e.g. the beach, city centre, museums or parks, airport pick up, transfers between the clinic and the hotel, and local trips. When people decide for the treatment in Turkey, they can be sure that hair transplant holiday Turkey would be perfectly organised by the clinics or agencies that they cooperate with. Thanks to its location and touristic value, having a hair transplant holiday in Turkey is a very attractive option for medical travellers.
Each person may have a different city in mind when speaking about the best place to do hair transplant in Turkey. Generally, the most popular destinations are Istanbul, Antalya, Alanya and Izmir. However, each patient should think about the important factors and determinants for choosing a hair transplant place. The following aspects should be considered:
So, the “best place for hair transplant” is a very subjective thing which depends on the point of view. Below, we present two cities which are the most popular destinations for hair transplant in Turkey.
Hair transplant Turkey Istanbul is the most frequent choice made by medical tourists. The quality of Istanbul hair transplant is more than excellent because there are the most progressive, luxury, and exclusive clinics – many people admit that it is really effortless to get the best hair transplant in Istanbul. There are dozens of clinics offering high-quality hair transplant in Turkey Istanbul. Besides, this city is a unique place with deeply-rooted traditions, rich history and great cultural heritage. It is located on the verge of Europe and Asia and is a great destination for tourists from all over the world. The price for hair transplant in Turkey Istanbul is also very competitive. Thanks to so many clinics that are situated there, the prices are really affordable for local and foreign patients.
Antalya hair transplant is the most popular choice for people looking for hair transplant done during summer holidays. Antalya is a prominent holiday resort located by the Mediterranean Sea, it is one of the best places in Turkey to spend holidays. The city is visited by millions of people every year and is well-prepared for welcoming international travellers. There are numerous hotels in all preferred locations – by the sea, in a city centre, in quiet areas, or in districts where a nightlife prevails – all tourists will find the suitable hotel, area and attractions that will meet their expectations. What is also worth knowing, people choosing hair transplant Antalya Turkey have the greatest chance to communicate in English not only with medical personnel and doctors but also with local community especially working in places visited by tourists – citizens in Antalya have made great effort to learn English so that tourists feel no language barriers while visiting the city.
Doubtlessly, it is Turkey which gathers the greatest numbers of medical tourists for hair transplant. However, the medical tourism map offers many other locations which may be also very attractive. Regarding hair transplant Europe, the popular destinations include:
Poland hair transplant is the second most popular destination just after Turkey. The hair transplant Poland review and opinions are all positive and the standard of hair transplant clinics is the highest that is possible. Despite the fact that the prices for hair transplant in Poland are slightly higher than in Turkey, the main asset of Poland is the quality and great world-class surgeons. In fact, Poland and Turkey are the top destinations for medical tourists from Europe and North America. Asians, on the other hand, also choose hair transplant Pakistan, hair transplant India, hair transplant Thailand or hair transplant in Dubai. Anyone opting for hair transplant in Pakistan or hair transplant in India should be very careful about choosing the clinic, as not every clinic is reliable and finding the top quality clinic might be more difficult than in Turkey or Poland.
Patients should always check the Turkey hair transplant reviews or hair transplant Turkey forum to get the valuable information and feedback about the hair transplant. Also, hair transplant Turkey before and after photos are very informative. Each reliable clinic builds the trust by putting their FUE hair transplant Turkey reviews and Turkey hair transplant before and after photos on its website. There are also more and more hair transplant abroad forum groups on social media where patients share their experiences. Doing such research about a considered clinic helps patients make sure that they’ve made a good decision about the hair transplant destination.
Hair transplant in Turkey is a popular procedure done by male patients from all over the world. Turkey is a highly attractive country in terms of the price – there is no other place in the world which offers such a high standard and top quality of hair transplant which is so affordable at the same time. The minimum duration of a trip for hair transplant is 4 days, however many people come for a longer time, usually a week, just to benefit from the touristic offer of the country. Clinic Hunter offers help to patients from all over the world in finding the best clinic and organizing hair transplant in Turkey, so if you consider getting this procedure abroad, contact us for more details.
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