Did you know that Turkey became the sixth most visited country globally after having welcomed the highest number of tourists in 2019?
Most of these tourists are medical tourists who come for different procedures such as hair transplants. Medical tourist numbers are still on the rise, and this has made Turkey to be considered the hair transplant hotspot of Europe.
But have you ever wondered why Turkey is it 100s of thousands of international patients prefer having a hair transplant in Turkey? Well, you don’t have to make a guess. Here are the seven reasons why people visit Turkey for a hair transplant:
1. No Waiting Lists
Waiting lists for hair transplant surgery in the UK or US can last several months. In the UK or US, you can be on the hair transplant waiting list for months. And this is something that can be frustrating for any patients who are eager to have the transplant.
Fortunately, waiting lists are shorter, if any, when it comes to having a hair transplant in Turkey. This means that you can have a hair transplant exactly at the best moment that really suits you.
2. A Quick Recovery
Turkish hair specialists use innovative devices that allow them to perform a minimally-invasive hair transplant procedure. And this means that patients can resume their daily activities in less than a week post-treatment.
Although the results can be seen after 12 months, the recovery period is swift and mild. But it’s important to note that the recovery process can vary from one patient to another.
3. Great Places to Stay and Visit
The best thing about visiting Turkey is you can get your treatment and also get to visit some of the country’s historical landmarks. That’s like striking two birds using one stone. Considering that there’s little to no discomfort during the hair transplant recovery process, you can take a chance to visit some amazing historical sites in Turkey.
4. Affordable Hair transplant prices
If you were to compare the prices of hair transplant in Turkey, Germany, the UK, and the US, you’d be surprised by the difference. The average price of a hair transplant in Turkey is €1.800. The cost of a hair transplant in the US is highly variable and typically ranges anywhere from $4,000 to $15,000. Looking at the price difference, it makes for Americans to travel all the way to Turkey for a hair transplant as this can help them save about 60% of the US’s asking price.
5. Patient-Orientated Clinics and Hospitals
Turkish clinics and hospitals are patient-oriented and they offer quality healthcare services to all patients regardless of one’s race or nationality. Hundreds of thousands of hair transplant procedures are performed every year at Turkish hair clinics and most of the patients are international patients of different nationalities.
If you're to look for patient reviews on the most trusted sites, you will come across a myriad of patients showering praises not only to the doctors, or the services they receive but also for the outcome of the procedures. Much emphasis is given to the high-end technological equipment used at the clinics.
6. Internationally-Accredited Surgeons
What makes a clinic or hospital to be considered as the best is not only the sky-high success rate, the quality of the facility, or the services rendered. The expertise of the staff also speaks volumes.
Most of the Turkish doctors who perform the hair transplant procedure are certified by international institutions and they have been in the industry for more than a decade. Since they are mostly trained at international institutions, in and outside Turkey, most doctors are bilingual and a huge chunk of them are foreigners themselves.
7. Development and Innovation in Hair Transplantation
Despite having introduced some of the widely used techniques in hair transplantation, Turkish doctors closely follow the latest developments in the field of baldness treatment. This is the reason why they were among the first surgeons to perform a hair transplant using the FUE technique. This technique is the latest development in the field, and it helps doctors minimize the risk of scarring –which is something that terrifies most patients.
8. Full package service
Of the things that entice foreign patients to prefer having hair transplant surgery in Turkey are the service packages that are offered in most of the country's clinics and hospitals.
These packages often sweep aside all the hassles that come with visiting a foreign country. Included in the service packages are the procedure cost, accommodation fee, medication fee, and free transportation.
To put it more succinctly, you will be picked from the airport to your hotel, from the hotel to the clinic, from the clinic to your hotel, and from your to the airport at no cost. Depending on the arrangement with the clinic or the Medical Travel Agency, you can have a few days to tour the city of Istanbul –the only city that sits on two continents.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in January 2021.