UK Vs Turkey For Your Hair Transplant

UK vs Turkey for your Hair Transplant

  • 13th October 2020
  • 11 min read

Hair Transplants: UK or Turkey?

Are you thinking of getting a hair transplant? You’ve probably read about many celebrities undergoing hair transplant procedures in the UK, and researching into the treatment yourself, looking at the treatment you want, how it works, the aftercare and working out the average cost of a hair transplant. Many people spend a lot of time researching to find the perfect clinic for them and you may have found one close to home in the UK, but then you saw an advert for a hair transplant in Turkey at a much cheaper price. Thousands of people undergo medical tourism and fly around the world for medical procedures in a bid to get them a little bit cheaper, but cheap isn’t always the best option.

Turkey is one of most popular destinations for those considering hair transplant procedures abroad with the cost often being cheaper than the UK and over 500 clinics across the country, you may feel spoiled for choice however hair transplants in Turkey should be approached with caution.

Quality vs Quantity of Treatment

Many Brits traveling out to Turkey for hair transplants often return back home to the UK with results that do not meet their expectations. We understand that cost can be a big part of your decision when looking to undergo a hair transplant procedure but we would highly recommend not to see it as a deciding factor. Many patients undergoing cheap hair transplants in Turkey eventually end up paying more to repair the damage.

There are more than 60,000 hair transplant patients visiting Turkey each year with an average of 150-500 hair transplant procedures being performed every week. With the rise in hair transplant procedures, there is an increase in the amount of safety concerns for certain clinics that may be performing transplant procedures illegally. Just like the UK there are legal requirements for all hair transplant operations that are performed by doctors, but many instead use under-qualified nurses and technicians to perform the procedure in order to cut costs.

It is imperative that quality comes before quantity when choosing a hair transplant procedure. FUE hair transplants need to be performed by an experienced and professionally qualified surgeon otherwise you can risk your newly implanted hair follicles growing in the wrong direction. In some cases the new hair follicles can grow upwards which not only will look very unnatural but it will make it very difficult to style or part your hair in the way that you wish.

Cheap Hair Transplants Turkey?

There are a number of factors when it comes to the cost of hair surgery. In the UK, legislation and wages can make the procedure unaffordable for most people with baldness issues. Whereas hair transplant costs in Turkey are much lower costing between £1,500 and £2,100. Surgery in Turkey is considered cheaper due to two factors, the cost of living in Turkey is extremely lower than the UK, meaning that wages are much lower, allowing clinics to offer more affordable services to foreign visitors without losing quality. The second factor involves health tourism, as thousands of people come to Turkey to receive plastic surgery. This has created a competitive sector where clinics are playing on the prices in order to capture this customer base.

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Hair Transplant Finance Available UK

Hair transplant UK costs are one of the most frequently asked questions and as mentioned above many people travel to Turkey due to the fact transplant procedures are significantly cheaper. However when it comes to determining the price of a treatment like a hair transplant, this involves a number of variables that need to be taken into consideration. This can only be assessed at a professional consultation. Here at FUE Clinics we focus on giving you an accurate account of your individual circumstances and pricing is competitive and fundamentally reflects our commitment to deliver you the result that you want. When it comes to the cost of a hair transplant in the UK at FUE Clinics, we’re the only clinic that operates a transparent fixed fee for surgery, no guesstimates and no ambiguous graft numbers.

At FUE Clinics we offer a finance plan for your hair restorative surgery, partnering with Chrysalis Medical Finance we can provide our patients with flexible and affordable payment options. Whether you wish to take advantage of Interest-Free payments or Longer Term Low Payments, we have a plan to suit.

Turkey Hair Transplants Travel Costs and Complications

Many people are lured to Turkey for hair transplants due to the ‘cheap’ prices and package deals offered that include travel, stay and surgery for costs between €2,000 and €4,000. Don’t be fooled by the price as many of these procedures aren’t performed by qualified doctors or professionals meaning complications are a very common occurrence

Due to sanitary regulations being very poor, hair transplants are very risky, in addition to this a number of Turkish clinics don’t utilise the specialised tools required for a hair transplant as they can be expensive to buy. It is a common recurrence that patients visiting Turkey for a hair transplant often need their treatment corrected by a qualified UK doctor, although in several cases the damage is irreversible. Another high risk of having a transplant procedure in Turkey is that most patients are on a plane and back to their home country within 24 hours of their surgery. Because of this, patients often do not get adequate aftercare, which is critical to prevent complications such as infections.

Clinics in Turkey know that they will likely never see a patient again once they head off, and for this reason, pay little attention to aftercare. If complications do arise returning to the country would mean an increase in expenses and interference with the recovery process. As a patient you should be aware of the importance of the multiple follow up exams after surgery to avoid or treat any complications that may arise and continue with the appropriate aftercare to ensure a successful hair restoration.

It’s also important to remember that when having a hair transplant carried out in Turkey the initial consultation is carried out through a photograph, therefore the procedure isn’t carried out to your set needs for example a patient with a certain type of alopecia could be made worse with hair transplantation.

A hair transplant is a procedure carried out to an individual’s needs and MUST be carried out by a fully qualified professional, as a surgical procedure that requires proper medical criteria to determine who is a candidate for hair transplantation, it is always best to choose quality over quantity.

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Travelling To Turkey for a Hair Transplant? COVID-19 Complications

With the above dangers of having a hair transplant carried out in Turkey, with the current climate it is also important to take into consideration the effects of COVID-19 and travelling to Turkey for a hair transplant, if you are travelling to Turkey it’s important to ask yourself the following questions;

  • Is the clinic COVID-Protected?
  • What safety measures and government guidelines are in place to protect you from COVID-19?
  • Is the clinic following other medical procedures, such as from the ISHRS (International
  • Society of Hair Restoration Surgery)?
  • What happens if you come into contact with COVID-19 abroad?
  • Will you be able to fly home as planned if you tested positive?
  • Will your holiday insurance cover the costs of flying your home at a rescheduled time?
  • Will your medical insurance cover the cost of having a medical procedure outside of the UK and if you test positive for COVID-19?
  • Will you be able to stay in your chosen accommodation if you tested positive?
  • What happens to your family or friends that you travelled with?

With a current global pandemic there are even more risks of travelling to Turkey for a hair transplant, no one really knows if this pandemic will end of be management until there is a clinically approved vaccination. Travelling abroad should be at the bottom of your list of priorities especially for hair transplant surgery, at FUE our clinic is COVID-19 protected your safety and the safety of our medical staff is our priority.

How to Have a Safe Hair Transplant

Whether you are having your transplant carried out in the UK or Turkey, there are three main things to look out for when going in for the procedure, specific precautionary measures need to be considered including…

  • Experience – It’s vital that you screen your surgeon and check if they have adequate experience. The number of surgeries alone is not an indicator of quality. Patients should couple this number with pictures of successful results to make the right judgment.
  • Reviews – Reading reviews on google should give you an idea of the quality of care and services the hospital offers. There is no better feedback than firsthand experience.
  • Certifications – This is the most critical precaution of all. Patients should always check if the hospital of interest is accredited by the government. It is even better if the hospital of choice has the seal of approval from international boards.

Choose FUE Clinics for Hair Transplants

Having been at the forefront of medical hair restoration for so many years, we have revolutionised the way that healthcare providers deliver the continuity of care, precision and results that you as a patient not only expect but depend on. We treat all types of hair conditions from alopecia areata, traction alopecia, androgenic alopecia, female pattern baldness, and male pattern baldness. Additionally, we have the technology and advancements in both technique and instrumentation to restore facial hair i.e. Beards and Eyebrows. If you’re keen to understand your options, and how FUE Clinics can help to restore your hair, improving your appearance and boosting your confidence. Contact us today and make an appointment to visit us for a FREE* impartial and honest consultation. With absolutely no obligation, it’s never been easier to tackle hair loss head-on, confident in the knowledge you’re in safe hands.

At FUE Clinics, we’re home to some of the most qualified and experienced doctors in the UK, so you can trust that you’ve come to the right place. We pride ourselves on being able to offer affordable yet high quality hair transplant procedures, we are internationally accredited for the innovative hair transplant techniques that we offer at our clinic. Some people consider travelling abroad to places like Turkey, for their hair transplants, but there’s no need to, our professional hair transplant Clinic is considered as being one of the best places in the world.

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