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Countless medical tourists travel to Turkey for a hair transplant every year. The country’s popularity among the follicly challenged is mainly due to the low cost of its hair transplant procedures. In the typical Turkish hair restoration clinic, a patient can secure virtually all of the most popular hair transplant procedures for half of what they cost in the Western world. This makes a hair transplant a possibility for everybody and not just Hollywood A-listers and Premier League footballers. Additionally, Turkey is home to some of the most skilled hair restoration specialists in the world, so you can be certain you’re in good hands despite the low price tag. Of course, traveling to Turkey isn’t simply a matter of hopping on a plane. If you’re preparing for a hair transplant in the country, there are a few things you need to know. We’ll be discussing the most important of them in this brief but comprehensive breakdown of the dos and don’ts of getting a hair transplant in Turkey.

The Dos

Research Hair Restoration Procedures

Before you decide to have a hair transplant anywhere in the world, you should dedicate some time to researching the various procedures available to you. The most popular method of hair transplantation is follicular unit extraction, or “FUE”. It promises natural results through a minimally invasive surgery with only about two days of recovery time. Second to FUE is follicular unit transplantation, or “FUT”. FUT also promises natural results, but with a more painful surgery and a longer recovery period than FUE. There are a number of other hair restoration procedures available, as outlined in this article from Healthline. We suggest you study it carefully before deciding which method is right for you.

Consult With Past Patients

The internet is full of stories from people who have traveled to Turkey for a hair transplant. The vast majority of them have nothing but positive things to say about the experience. That being said, you should still go out of your way to read reports from these past patients so you know exactly what to expect from your Turkish hair transplant.

Secure Accommodation ASAP

A surprising number of medical tourists book their hair transplant and then forget about the trip until a week or two beforehand. This is, of course, incredibly ill-advised. You should be sure to secure your accommodation as soon as the date for your hair transplant has been confirmed. When booked far enough in advance, a hotel in Turkey can be more than affordable. Leave it too late, however, and you’ll likely find yourself paying thousands of dollars, nullifying any money you may have saved from your low-cost surgery.

The Don’ts

Book The First Clinic You Find

Turkey is home to hundreds upon hundreds of hair restoration clinics. Some of which are more impressive than others. For that reason, you should never go with the first clinic you find. We encourage you to do some research into the nation’s top hair restoration clinics and find out what each has to offer. Failure to do so may result in you unwittingly going to a subpar clinic for subpar treatment.

Expect Immediate Results

A hair transplant generally takes some time to take effect. Depending on the procedure you choose, you could be waiting anywhere from days to months to see results. Some procedures are designed to produce faster results, such as the sapphire FUE currently being offered by Istanbul’s Vera Clinic. However, even with such an innovative procedure, there is no guarantee that you will have a full head of hair within a few weeks of transplantation. That being said, with the quality of Turkey’s most popular hair restoration clinics, you can be virtually certain that once the effects of your hair transplant take hold, they will not subside!