Hair Transplants in Turkey


Turkey has a rich history and culture with its blend of the Byzantine and Ottoman traditions and legacies. Religion plays an important part in Turkish culture and is fascinating for the Western outsider to observe and study. More recently Turkey has become more and more influenced by the West, seen especially in Istanbul, particularly in the architecture. Turkey is also a frequent choice for beach and package holidays, with many resorts around the country.

How to get to Turkey

Flights from London to Turkey start from 4 hours’ duration, for example for Istanbul. If your destination is further east than Istanbul then it may take closer to 5 hours to get there.

It is possible to get a coach, for example the Turkish company Varan Turizm run buses to Turkey. However it is a very long trip and you may well be able to get a flight more cheaply.

Either way, you will need to purchase a visa upon entry to continue into Turkey.

Accommodation in Turkey

There are many budget hostels and hotels available in Turkey, particularly in the major cities. Book ahead especially during peak season to ensure you get a room. However, rooms are usually easy to get without a booking in local hostels if there is a problem with your booking or if you prefer to wing it.

On the coast especially there are also many resorts which can be booked online or through travel agencies. These will usually be available as a package deal including flights and possibly half or full-board. Shop around for the best deals.

Travelling around Turkey

Getting around by taxi can be useful, however expect to have to barter and to make sure the driver runs the meter fairly. Ask for an estimate for your journey before getting in the taxi.

Turkey’s bus system is usually cheap and reliable. Bear in mind that you will probably be expected to buy your ticket beforehand at the terminal or some newsagent-style shops. There are both private and municipal buses that run.

The larger cities have a tram network which is cheap and quite convenient. The tram service is usually a quick and efficient way of getting around Turkey’s cities.

Other considerations

Turkey is over a four hour flight away and therefore can be a bit more inconvenient than travelling to Western European countries from the UK. The good news is that, especially if you fly with budget airlines, it should still be fairly cheap to fly there depending on your destination city.

Due to the strict religious background of Turkey, the expected dress code differs from ours. Depending upon which area you are staying in and whether you are in a resort town or complex these rules may be more relaxed. However, particularly when entering religious buildings, you will be expected to keep at least your shoulders, upper arms and legs covered. It is also more respectful to wear loose rather than tight-fitting clothes.

Women sometimes complain of unwanted attention, particularly if they are light-haired, however if women are with a male companion this should be significantly minimised.

Hair Transplant Techniques used in Turkey

Strip Treatment

FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant), often referred to as strip treatment, is frequently regarded as the most common hair loss treatment technique, being particularly effective for patients whose hair loss is characterised by advanced thinning. Strip treatment is relatively convenient and should facilitate the maximum amount of hair coverage. The procedure works by a thin strip of hair being removed from the back and sides of your head. Although this treatment will leave some scarring, it should be covered by the remaining hair, although this may not be the case if your hair is shaved very close. The follicles from the strips that have been removed are then transferred to the areas that you want the treatment.


FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a popular choice for patients whose hair loss is characterised by only minimal thinning. It is also a good option if you have already had some hair transplant surgery (probably strip treatment) and your donor is impaired as a result. FUE is particularly useful in the latter case as it allows hair to be removed from areas that Follicular Unit Transplant treatment does not. FUE works by very carefully removing tiny groups of hair of roughly between 1 and 4 hairs. Because of the precise nature of the extraction, it is often possible to complete this procedure without any evidence of scarring. To facilitate this precision, it is likely that you will have to have your head completely shaved.

Combination Treatments

If you require either a repair procedure or Body Hair Follicular Unit Extraction (BHFUE) then a combination of these treatments may be the most effective option for you. A repair procedure may be required should you have had hair transplant surgery that has gone wrong, or has not been as successful as you might have hoped. The time this will take and any scarring caused will vary depending upon your individual procedure.


It is very important that you speak to your specialist about the precautions to take regarding after-care to make sure that you are happy with the results of your treatment.

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