Some of our readers have requested that we do an article on hair transplants in Turkey because apparently there’s a growing interest, even amongst is seniors! So the team decided to put together this piece for you guys…enjoy 🙂

According to 2 leading newspapers, The Independent and the Washington Post, a growing number of men are quietly flying out to Turkey to have their hair transplants performed. Turkey as a country is currently experiencing more than a handful of security problems. Take the Ata Turk airport bombing or the recent troubles in downtown Istanbul. All the security threats haven’t really deterred many men and women for that matter from travelling to the country for their cosmetic procedures.

So what’s behind this surge? Well it boils to down simple economics.  A hair transplant in Turkey costs around a fifth the price a European would pay in Europe or an American would pay at home.

So what about the standard of work? According to Dave Allen, a 40 year father of 2 from Wisconsin, he made the best decision of his life when he decided to fly out to Turkey to salvage a previous  transplant he had performed at home in the States. “It would have cost me anything from $5k upwards to get my hair right in America”, he explains.

He ended up paying under $2k to get the work done in Istanbul and according to him; the standard of work is on par with the Europe and the States if not better. “So why would I pay 5 times as much to get it done at home” Dave asks.

Dave had the latest FUE procedure done (follicular unit extraction) which instead of tearing a strip of skin out of the back of the head, involves taking individual hairs from the back of the head using a specialized “punch” device. The hair is moved/transplanted to the thinning areas. The whole procedure lasted around 6 hours.

Hair transplants in Turkey have seen a sharp rise in the last 5 to 6 years. The surgeons can simply afford to undercut their European and American counterparts because the comparative running  costs are a fraction of the price.

According to Dr. Bulen, a leading cosmetic surgeon are a leading Istanbul clinic, the majority of their trade is with rich gulf Arabs, who apparently arrive in flocks for the procedures.  “Because of the recent terrorist attacks, European and Americans are a bit apprehensive about coming. I expect the lull to be temporary” explains Dr. Bulen.  So Turkey is seeing an unexpected boom in an industry that really wasn’t expecting such demand. As a result, new clinics are popping up across both sides of Istanbul.

If you are thinking about getting a hair transplant, you will typically be presented with 2 options: FUT and FUE. FUT involves tearing a strip out of the back of the head. Hair follicles are then individually dissected and replanted in thinning areas. This procedure is known to be painful and can involve stitching. FUT usually leaves a horseshoe shaped scar running along the back and sides of the head.

FUE on the other hand involves individual hair taken out of the back and sides of the head and replanted in the thinning areas. FUE is relatively pain free and there’s no visible scar at the end.

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