What to Expect from a Hair Transplant in Turkey

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Hair Transplants in the UK vs Turkey – What to Expect 

 

Turkey has fast become a go to place for hair transplants with increasing numbers of locals and tourists undergoing the procedure there in recent years. Hair transplants have become one of the country’s fastest growing industries and despite decreasing numbers of tourists visiting Turkey year-on-year, health tourism continues to go from strength to strength.

The main attraction to Turkey is low prices – a hair transplant in the UK could cost up to £15k, in Turkey they start as low as £600. There are also factors such as short waiting lists and package deals that include hotels which offer aftercare. As attractive as it may all sound, there’s still some serious questions around the quality and standard of practise in the country. 

 

The Dangers of Poor Hair Transplants
 

There is usually a reason why something is cheap. This has proved to be the case as far as hair transplants go. As it’s become more common to venture abroad for a cheaper hair transplant the risks associated have become more evident. Stories suggest that transplants are being carried out by rookie surgeons and technicians to keep costs low and profits high.

Naturally, this is leaving visitors with less than desirable results and in the worst cases, irreversible damage to their scalp. Before visiting a different country for a transplant it’s essential to investigate online. Ensure your chosen clinic is licensed by a legitimate governing body and that there are solid testimonials from former patients.

In many developing countries, FUE procedures are being performed by technicians, not qualified medical doctors. This is a cause for concern and something anyone considering a procedure abroad should research adamantly beforehand.

 

Which Other Countries Should I Avoid?
 

As well as Turkey there are now several countries boasting a burgeoning hair tourism industry. Below is a list of some those becoming more popular;

HungaryHungary has several licensed clinics offering hair transplants, however, there are a lot of unlicensed practices – so do your research!

IndiaIndia has a fast-growing hair tourism industry – but be careful – it is poorly regulated and there are plenty of unlicensed practices taking advantage of the situation.

Mexico This is an increasingly popular destination for hair transplants, particularly with US patients. The dangers here are not as high as other countries but it’s essential to do research before visiting or booking.

Thailand Thailand is home to a lot of cutting-edge hair transplant surgeons, but the actual procedures are reported to be done by under-qualified and inexperienced practitioners.

 

What is Deemed a Successful Hair Transplant?
 

A high-quality hair transplant is set around several key factors; the number of hair follicles available for transplant, the accessibility of those hair follicles, the skill and experience of the surgeon and how and where the hair grafts are placed.

The strongest indicators of a healthy transplant become visible a year later when the hair has grown successfully. It should no longer be the case that the patient constantly worries about their hair. The hair transplant should not be remarked on by family, friends and colleagues and the patient’s self-esteem has improved.

 

Is a Hair Transplant Permanent?
 

hair transplant is can last a lifetime if the hairs have been harvested correctly from the ‘safe donor zone’.

This is perhaps the most common question asked by patients as it is a major concern that after their surgery their hair will begin to fall out and they will be back where they started, having spent a large sum of money.

This is emphasised in the initial stages after the transplant. This period can be disappointing. as instead of the hair growing and becoming thicker there is often a ‘fall’ first.

This process is widely recognised, it’s known as shedding and is completely normal after transplantation. The transplanted hairs fall out after 2-3 weeks. The new growth starts to appear after 3-4 months.

For more info:

The NHS has compiled a guide to hair transplants which discusses many of the key issues surrounding the topic. You can also visit our blog for articles and advice.

When is the best time to have a hair transplant?

6 things to consider before a hair transplant

8 things to consider when choosing a surgeon

Crown Clinic guide to hair transplants

Our Surgeon

Dr. Asim Shahmalak

Dr Asim Shahmalak is a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon who performed the UK’s first eyelash transplant in 2009. He runs Crown Clinic – one of Britain’s most successful and best known hair transplant clinics. He has treated a number of high-profile industry leaders and celebrities including the medical broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen, best known for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

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When the sun comes out, we know that we need to apply sunscreen to protect our skin, but many people forget to pay the same care to protecting their hair. Between the sun, sea and swimming pools, many of our favourite summer activities can significantly damage our hair – so the next time you go out to enjoy the sunshine, find out what you can do to protect it.

 

Why does sun damage the hair?

 

Sun damage to the hair is caused by the harmful UVA and UVB rays, which damage the outermost layer of the layer – the cuticle – and weaken the protein structure of the hair, making it dry, brittle and more prone to breaking. Some people find that their hair lightens in the sun, as the rays act in a similar fashion to bleach, stripping the melanin from the hair.

 

Protecting your hair from the sun

 

Wearing a hat is an easy way to protect your hair and scalp from the sun, especially if you’re outside when the sun is at its strongest. Hair SPF is also an option, which can usually be bought as a spray to be misted over the hair. Pay extra attention to the scalp – many people forget that the scalp can burn just as easily as the rest of the skin, ending up with an itchy, flaky, burnt scalp. If you do burn your scalp, rinse your hair in cool water and apply aloe vera to the affected areas, and make sure to keep your head covered when going outdoors.

If your hair is looking dry, try a deep conditioning treatment to restore some of the lost moisture to the hair, and avoid wearing your hair in any tight styles that may pull on the scalp. Summer is also a good time to temporarily stop using hairdryers, straighteners and any other hot tools to avoid adding to the sun damage.

 

Protecting your hair from the sea

 

Salt water is notorious for drying out the hair. It leaches moisture out of it, making it incredibly brittle and tangled, which can cause significant breakage. Before you go swimming, saturate your hair with clean water to prevent it from absorbing as much salt water, and don’t let it sit in your hair – rinse it thoroughly as soon as you get out of the sea. Deep conditioners and hair masks will also help replenish the moisture.

 

Protecting your hair in a swimming pool

 

Just like salt water, chlorinated water is very harsh and drying on the hair, so you can take similar precautions to swim in the sea. You could also try a swimming cap, as this not only prevents the chlorine from damaging your hair, but it will also protect your scalp from sunburn. If you have highlighted or blonde hair, be especially careful when in a swimming pool, as the copper and chlorine in the water have been known to form a film that sticks to the proteins in hair, turning it a green shade. Thankfully, this isn’t permanent, but make sure to enter the pool with wet hair and rinse it as soon as you get out.

However you are spending your summer, if you have any questions or queries about your hair, take a look at our hair advice or give our team a call.

Over the past few months, there have been a significant number of reports in the news of people experiencing hair loss after being diagnosed with COVID-19. As a result, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed hair loss as a possible long-term effect of the illness, along with symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness and joint pain. 

A study published by the medical journal The Lancet reported that 22% of the patients it had observed suffered from some degree of hair loss six months after falling ill, with women being more affected than men. 

 

Why does COVID-19 cause hair loss? 

 

Although there are several studies linking coronavirus and hair loss, many of the reports we hear about are anecdotal – at the moment, it’s too soon for scientists to officially establish a link between the two. 

However, the type of hair loss that COVID-19 sufferers are reporting seems to be consistent with telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium occurs when more hairs than usual suddenly enter the shedding phase of the hair growth cycle at once, causing a more noticeable amount of hair to shed at once. It’s normal to lose up to 150 hairs per day, but if you spot that you’re losing much more than that – such as clumps coming out when you’re brushing or washing your hair – it could be telogen effluvium. 

Due to the length of the hair cycle, telogen effluvium typically occurs two or three months after a period of significant stress, which can include illnesses such as COVID-19. When undergoing stressful situations, the body puts all its resources into maintaining essential functions only – which, unsurprisingly, does not include hair growth. As a result, you end up with hair loss. 

However, several other conditions can cause hair loss – such as thyroid issues or nutritional deficiencies – so if you are concerned, visit your GP, who can rule out other underlying causes with a simple blood test. 

 

Will my hair grow back after having COVID? 

 

If the hair loss is the result of telogen effluvium, most people will find that the hair will eventually grow back without the need for treatment. Typically, once the trigger or stressor is removed, the hair will grow back on its own. 

If you notice that the hair loss is persisting, there are a number of medical, cosmetic and hair transplant treatments available to help – Crown Clinic offers a range of options to support those struggling with hair loss, so don’t hesitate to get in touch

When performed by a qualified, experienced hair transplant surgeon, hair transplants are a very safe procedure. Hair restoration is a minimally invasive treatment that allows patients to return home the same day, with the procedure only requiring local anaesthetic. 

However, if you undergo a hair transplant abroad – such as in Turkey – the risk attached is much higher. 

 

Risks of hair transplants in Turkey 

 

It’s no secret that undergoing hair transplant surgery in countries such as Turkey is a gamble. Every year, countless patients are reeled in by the low prices and package deals offered by overseas clinics. Many of the clinics boast ‘five-star’ ratings and an active social media presence, duping unsuspecting patients into thinking they are visiting a reputable clinic. Although, when you dig a little deeper, you may discover the reviews are faked and the ‘after’ pictures are heavily edited or taken from other clinics. 

Another trick that patients fall for is believing that a surgeon will be carrying out the procedure, as many of the clinics advertise that a surgeon leads them to convince patients that they are legitimate. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean a surgeon will be carrying out the hair transplant itself. In fact, many clinics hire under-qualified technicians with little training to keep the costs down, only seeking the supervision of a surgeon if the procedure goes wrong. 

Over the years, Crown Clinic has fixed countless botched hair transplants, mainly from overseas clinics. The most common problems that we see are unnatural-looking hairlines and unsightly scarring as the result of the surgery being carried out by unlicensed practitioners. Other risks are infections, as sanitation is often extremely poor at the clinics and damage to the scalp due to the result of the incorrect tools being used to carry out the surgery. 

 

Are there any side effects to having a hair transplant? 

 

If you choose to have a hair transplant in the UK with a reputable surgeon, side effects will be minimal. The hygiene standards will be incredibly high, meaning the risk of infection is negligible, and you will be given clear instructions on how to take care of your scalp after the procedure. Crown Clinic has an excellent aftercare service, offering a day-by-day guide to ensure optimum healing and results.  

Unlike at overseas clinics, where it can be impossible to follow up after the procedure to discuss any concerns related to your hair transplant, Crown Clinic is more than happy to answer any questions you may have during this phase.