The hair transplant surgery industry in Turkey has undergone remarkable growth. The competitive rates for the procedure offered by Turkish hair transplant clinics have made the country a hot spot for hair transplant tourism.
It is estimated that 5,000 people travel to turkey each year for a hair transplant procedure.
Many men from the UK travel to Turkey for a hair transplant, but why?
The issue of Hair loss is something that generally affects men, though it does affect some women to varying degrees. The condition of hair loss is largely determined by genetics and is not harmful to health. Many men opt for a hair transplant for aesthetic purposes. While Hair loss is something that affects men across the world, it does appear to have a higher prevalence in certain regions. Europe (including the UK) has the largest number of balding men with the highest rates found in the Czech Republic, followed by Spain, Germany and France, and the UK in fifth place- where it is estimated 40% of men will experience some hair loss.
When you consider this the answer to why many men opt for hair transplants becomes clearer. But why Turkey?
The hair transplant surgery industry in Turkey has undergone remarkable growth. The competitive rates for the procedure offered by Turkish hair transplant clinics have made the country a hot spot for hair transplant tourism. It is estimated that 5,000 people travel to turkey each year for a hair transplant procedure.
While the UK does provide a lot of high-quality hair transplants, they can be rather expensive. In the UK prices range from between £1,000 and £30,000 GBP for a hair transplant procedure. The amount will depend on factors such as the clinic it is performed in, the type of hair transplant requested and also on the degree of baldness of the patient- this affects the number of grafts that need to be extracted and implanted.
In Turkey the prices are much more competitive. Cosmedica is one of Turkeys most established hair transplant clinics, the cost of a 3,500 graft Sapphire FUE method (Follicular Unit Extraction) operation starts from as low as £1800. A VIP package with the Micro Sapphire DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) technique costs £3350. Long operations (up to 5,550 hair grafts) have an added fixed supplement of around £600. This still leaves the total price at far under £5000.
Considering the advanced technologies and attractive pricing, it is little wonder that British people are opting to travel to Istanbul for a hair transplant. The prices are fixed price packages which are inclusive of hotel accommodation, transport, aftercare, and some other potential features. Many also opt to combine their procedure with a holiday in Istanbul.
The fact that the prices are far more affordable in Turkey does not mean the quality is poor. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Hair clinics in Istanbul have pioneered some of the best methods of modern hair restoration. The FUE procedure (Follicular Unit Extraction) is the most popular technique for a hair transplant in the world. The technique was refined in Turkey to allow for the use of sapphire operating tools which make for finer incisions and in turn a faster healing process and less damage to the hair root.
Due to the boom in medical tourism and demand for hair transplants, there are now hundreds of hair clinics in Turkey. While the bottom end focuses entirely on low prices, the more exclusive clinics in Istanbul boast a quality that can compete with the best in the world.