UK and Turkish Medical Associations Unite to Issue Minimum Guidelines for Hair Transplant Surgery

With the significant rise in the number of people travelling abroad for hair transplant surgery, Crown Clinic are pleased that the BAHRS, BAAPS, BAPRAS and TSPRAS (Turkish Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) have made a joint statement, giving guidance to those leaving the UK to stay safe and informed when getting a hair transplant overseas.

You can find the original press releases here and here, or read the guidance below along with a quote from President of the BAHRS Chris D’Souza.


President of the BAHRS Chris D’Souza said: “Whilst in the United Kingdom patients can report suboptimal care by doctors (including inappropriate delegation of surgery) to the General Medical Council and unregistered clinics to the CQC (or the equivalent regulatory bodies in the devolved nations), this is not always the case in other countries.”

“The BAHRS, BAAPS, BAPRAS and TSPRAS have come together to offer advice and guidance for patients seeking hair transplant surgery in Türkiye (Turkey), which has a large hair transplant surgery tourism industry. The aim of this guidance is to help to protect patients from harm and ensure that they are aware of the standards of care (both before and after surgery) that they should expect as a minimum.”

The four organisations strongly urge anyone from the UK considering travelling to Türkiye for hair transplant surgery to consider the following points:

  • Patients should have a consultation with the doctor who will be performing the surgery and who will make the recommendation on donor hair harvesting method, number of follicular units/hairs required, and hairline/transplant design.
  • Patients should be given two weeks to consider the doctor’s recommendation and the proposed consent form before making any form of payment for surgery.
  • Patients should be explicitly informed at the initial consultation if it will not be a doctor operating on them by making skin incisions to harvest the donor hair or implant it, including whether this will be a technician.
  • The interim progress and final result of the hair transplant should be assessed by the doctor who performed the surgery and patients should have the opportunity to voice any grievances they have as well as a clear process for complaints.
  • Systems should be in place for complications to be dealt with by the clinic during and outside of working hours, such as assessing skin necrosis, infection, cysts, dysaesthesia, and supplying antibiotics.

Hair transplants with Crown Clinic

For anyone not wanting to take the extra risk of leaving the UK for a hair transplant, Crown Clinic have you covered. We offer the highest-quality FUT and FUE transplants available in the UK, as well as SMP and PRP procedures, which are alternative treatments. 

Arrange a consultation with our expert team to find out just what procedure is best for you. We’ll talk you through the whole process and book you in for a time that best suits you.