Istanbul is home to several world-class hospitals, clinics, leading doctors, surgical experts and it is the favored destination of millions of foreign patients. There are various, if not all, plastic surgery procedures performed with excellence in most of the city’s hospitals.
Hair transplant tops the list of the most performed cosmetic surgeries in Turkey, this has made the country a hair transplant hotspot in the whole region.
Estepalace is one hair transplant clinic that often stands out when it comes to cutting edge facilities and excellent patient care treatment. This article will have a discussion around this particular clinic and reveal all the treatments offered at this clinic.
Estepalace Hair Transplant Clinic
Having 7 years of being in operation, Estepalace is an award-winning clinic located in the center of Istanbul, Turkey. The clinic is known for its reputation for producing satisfactory results with the use of technologically advanced equipment and a staff that has over 15 years of experience in performing hair transplants.
Estepalace boasts of being the only clinic that performs hair transplantation successfully just by harvesting hair follicles from the beard. The success rate of the clinic is close to 100% and the results achieved are as natural as they come.
Most of the clinic’s foreign patients are from the UK, Belgium, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Greece, Austria, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, and Russia. Year in year out, these foreign patients flock to the Estepalace, therefore, the clinic helps patients with hotel reservations, transfers between airports and hotels. Different languages are used at the clinic, the most common ones are: English, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, French, and German.
Beard and Mustache Transplant
Estepalace also performs beard and mustache transplant so as to carefully cover weak spots, increase the density of the beard, cover scars around the chin or cheek, or to cover marks of skin disease.
Steps taken during this procedure are similar to the hair transplant procedure. When the number of grafts is more than 2000, the procedure is done in two sessions in two days. It takes a week or ten days to recover from the procedure —during the recovery procedure, the patient is recommended to follow the instructions.
A hair transplant is a cosmetic surgery that is designed to combat the problem of hair loss. It involves moving hair follicles from an area with sufficient hair growth to an area that is bald. At Estepalace, all the hair transplant procedures are performed using the PRP method.
Not every person is an eligible candidate for a hair transplant procedure, one has to first have a donor area in any part of his/her body. People who usually form keloids scars after an incision may have some complications that may negatively affect the surgery results.
Here are the steps that are taken to perform this surgery at Estepalace:
Step 1. The doctor begins by marking the patient’s donor and bald areas. When doing this, the doctor considers that one might lose the hair in the future, so, the idea here is to make sure that the hair lasts for several years and that the procedure results are as natural as they come.
Step 2. In this step, the doctor gives the patient a local anesthetic on donor areas then harvests hair grafts using a micro motor machine. The harvested hair follicles are then collected carefully, placed in serum with cold temperature until the process of implantation.
If the donor area has a perfect hair density, 4500 to 5000 hair grafts are harvested and in such a case, the patient has to expect the desired results after 8 to 12 months. In cases where the patient has a big bald area, we prefer to make the operation in two or three stages —each stage will have a difference of 6 months.
Step 3. Channels are opened in the area where the hair will be implanted. The experienced Dr. Nagihan Yalçunkaya usually takes a leading role in this step. This step is done carefully because it also determines the outcome of the result. Channels are opened in the same direction of the original hair so as to allow hair to grow up in 45 degrees on the scalp.
Step 4. The transplantation process begins. Depending on the technique used, specialist medical staff will plant each graft in the specific area of the scalp. This will take a few hours, and the patient will not be feeling any sort of discomfort or pain.
Once this procedure is done, the donor area is covered using medical bandages, while the recipient area is left uncovered so as to promote hair growth. The doctor will give you some instructions on how to care for your head when you are home. How you follow the given instructions determines the success of the surgery —this means that you should carefully read and follow them.
Over the years, the quest for fuller brows has made eyebrows transplant popular. Technically, there is not much difference between an eyebrow transplant and a hair transplant. The concept is the same. Eyebrows transplant requires more attention, even though the hair follicles being transplanted are less.
The surgery is performed by an experienced doctor who knows how to coordinate and harmonize the growth direction of all transplanted hair grafts. The hair grafts used are harvested from the neck and they will continue to grow in length, so they have to be trimmed regularly. This is one thing that should be taken into consideration by anyone who intends to have this surgery. The surgery is performed and completed in one day.
Meet the Specialist Doctor
Dr. Nagihan Yalçunkaya is one of the best-known doctors of hair transplant in Istanbul. She is a certified-hair transplant doctor who has helped restore hair, beards, and eyebrows of thousands of patients who come from different parts of the world. She also, the co-founder and head of hair transplant surgery at the Estepalace clinic. Dr. Yalçunkaya has been performing hair transplant surgery for a decade and a half.
Istanbul as a Travel Destination
The most distinct thing about Istanbul is that it sits on two continents: Europe and Asia. Because of this strategic location, two sections of the city are separated by the Bosporus strait. Istanbul used to shelter history's most famous Empires such as the Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman. Upon visiting Istanbul, tourists are also fascinated by the city's enigmatic culture, which is a mixture of modern and ancient. Be prepared to be amazed by the city's mouthwatering architectural designs of vibrant bazaars, palaces, ruins, and elegant mosques.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in October 2019.