This type of tourism is booming, since a few years ago, as tourists travel to this country for “multi-purposes”, ranging from thermal spa treatments, dental care, cardiology, plastic surgery and hair transplantation.
Hair transplantation is fashionable, Turkey is one of the destinations for this type of intervention.
These hospitals are prepared for this type of tourism and have, among their employees, teams of multilingual translators to help them during their stay. Medical professionals with a well-respected and top-quality reputation work in these centers. Foreigners of this type of medical tourism are usually patients from the Middle East, Balkans, Asia, North Africa and Western Europe.
How many get a hair transplant or surgery in Turkey?
This type of medical tourism is driven by the low price of their medical treatments since there is a big price difference between some countries and others. For example, in Europe, plastic surgery ranges between 10,000 and 15,000 euros, while in Turkey it could cost between 3,000 and 6,000 euros.
In 2008 Turkey received 75,000 visits for surgical practices and this figure has been increasing since in 2016, 1 million people traveled to this country as health tourism. It is expected that these figures will grow as the goal of the Turkish government is to reach two million. For this, they are studying the possibility of creating tax-free health zones specifically for foreigners.
Turkey the Mecca of hair transplant
Turkey is the most experienced country in the world in getting dressed. Perhaps this is conditioned by its low cost which is limited by interprofessional salaries much lower than those of other countries and also by the aid granted by the Turkish government to increase this type of tourism.
Low prices are not a symptom of low quality because, as we mentioned before, the professionals who work in this sector are more than guaranteed, especially for their great experience. Only in hair implants, it is estimated that in Turkey there are some 250 accredited clinics and hospitals.
This type of tourism boosted the creation of companies whose objective is to sell “all-inclusive” packs and also offer a greater guarantee and reliability since, despite the professionalism of the sector, there is also the scam in the so-called black market in surgery. hair transplants, which are dedicated to this type of operation, but performed by people who do not have a medical degree.
Sanantur Clinic, a hair transplant with its own name
Sanantur Clinic is an example to follow in this type of companies. It was born out of the own experience of a member of the team, who, looking for a more economic treatment for his Hepatitis C, traveled to Egypt where he achieved a total cure of his illness. Thus began the journey of a company that is dedicated to organizing packs to offer health care in other countries.
The pack we offer at Sanantur Clinic includes:
- Transfers with private driver
- Accommodation for 4 days and 3 nights at the Hilton Hotel or Crown 5 Stars
- Consultations and analytics
- Hair graft with SAFIR FUE method (up to 5000 follicles)
- Painless, Local Hair Anesthesia (ALCI)
- P.R.P. (Platelet Rich Plasma valued at 200 euros)
- Postoperative treatment pack
- 25 year warranty certificate
- Postoperative personalized attention
All this for much less than half of what is worth in Europe.
Sanantur Clinic is based in Malaga (Spain) but has its own hospital in Turkey to perform hair transplants and with an experience of more than 15 years.
How is a hair transplant FUE performed?
Hair transplant with FUE method is the one that guarantees the best results, since in a single session it is possible to repopulate practically the entire depopulated area. It does not leave scars and in 2 weeks there is no visibility of the extraction in the donor area.
After analyzing the follicle meticulously and checking its viability, the hair follicle is extracted (with local anesthesia) from the areas of the lateral and posterior parts of the patient’s scalp. The second part is where the follicles are implanted (this is done taking into account the orientation of hair growth) in the recipient areas, that is, in parts with bald or sparse hair, which will evolve in alopecic areas.
The surgery usually lasts from 5 to 9 hours, depending on the number of follicles to be transplanted
The postoperative period is less painful than with other techniques as well as less invasive, a much more natural appearance and for life as the follicles grow stronger.
Over the months, the grafted hair will grow regularly until it reaches a natural appearance. To accelerate the process, they usually advise additional treatments to improve the quality of the hair.
As in any surgery, the postoperative advice is essential for a good result and is 50% of the success of the hair transplant
The big question is: can the hair fall again?
The answer is no, since the hair follicle is obtained from the posterior and lateral areas of the head and genetically programmed to continue growing for life, since they have hormone receptors that are not affected by the enzymatic action that is responsible for the premature hair loss (alopecia areata).