The young man, who preferred to remain anonymous, said he came to Turkey upon an advice of his friend who underwent the same treatment in Istanbul with full satisfaction.
“I just heard good things about Turkey, especially for Istanbul. My friend has also been in the city and I decided to come here when I saw the results,” said the man in his 20s in a private aesthetics clinic.
He expressed the quality of the service in Turkey to Anadolu Agency: “It’s amazing. It is like VIP treatment. It’s really good. Very very much. I did not expect this kind of treatment.”
Additionally, Emirali Hamiloğlu, a plastic surgeon at Estecenter Plastic Surgery Center in Istanbul, estimated that nearly 1,500 hair transplantation surgeries are performed across the country every day.
Affordable prices, high quality service
On a question whether people choose Turkey for the low cost, Hamiloglu said that apart from relatively cheap prices, the country provides the best quality in service.
“There are several reasons. The affordable prices are not the only reason. Turkey has a lot of experience in this sector,” he said.
The advantage of the technique is that the scar is avoided in the donor site, while FUT technic put a permanent scar on the donor and recipient sites.
“The average grafts in hair transplantation with FUE technique was around 1,500-2,000 in Europe and the U.S. while it is around 4,000 in Turkey. That means we are planting an average of 8,000 hairs per patient. The figure is quite above Europe and the U.S. average,” said Hamiloglu.
“This enable us to have better and more natural results,” he added.
Canan Melike Köksüz, medical aesthetics specialist at NHC Istanbul clinic, echoed Hamiloğlu while saying quality and affordable price besides experienced surgeons makes Turkey to stand out as a popular destination.
“As long as we can continue to offer a qualified and low-price service, the demand in Turkish hair transplantation market would increase.”
Meanwhile, she warned against unauthorized hair transplantation centers across the city.
Attention against illegal hair transplantation activities
“These places are very dangerous and risky. They don’t abide by the rules and regulations. They even don’t have authorized doctors and nurses to follow up the treatment,” Köksüz said.
Advising the patients, she urged them to check the registration numbers and license documents of the clinics and hospitals they apply for.
She also called on the Turkish Health Ministry to implement strict regulations and a monitoring mechanism to prevent illegal hair transplantation activities.
Köksüz has been working in the aesthetics sector and performed over 5,000 hairtransplantation operations.
Located at the middle of Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa, Turkey, she said, reserves a huge potential to boost the market with its geographically significant location.
The references of patients bring most of the others for hair transplantation in the clinic.
Patients seek ‘better look’ in hair transplantation
Bozdemir sought hair transplantation “to have a better outlook”.
“My cousin received a treatment from Koksuz. He suggested that I should visit her,” he said.
Content with the feedbacks of her patients, Koksuz said: “My patients are the biggest advertisement for me.”
A doctor, along with three experienced nurses or technicians can conduct 3-4 operations a day depending on the amount of hair grafts required for the patient, she said.
“This is not a simple beauty treatment, rather microsurgery,” Koksuz said. “The whole transplantation process should be monitored by a health personnel.”
The patients are required to wait 48 hours before washing the hair after the transplantation.
The first washing was given in the clinic and the staff feed the patient with necessary information to follow, she said.
The ultimate result becomes visible within one year, Koksuz said, adding that nearly 100 percent of their patients got positive results.