The problem with cheap Turkey hair transplants
While there’s nothing inherently wrong with offering competitive prices, the cheap rates in Turkey lead to a number of concerns that many people won’t consider when choosing the location of their surgery.
Needing to travel to another city in the UK for a specialist medical procedure isn’t something you’d usually be too concerned with. Travelling overseas, on the other hand, is another matter.
Some Turkish hair transplant clinics try to entice UK patients by including flights and hotels in a package deal. While this may save you some booking time, you’ll still need to deal with the hassle of international travel — something that will certainly not be pleasant post-surgery.
Worse still, the aftercare phase of your transplant — arguably the most important element to ensure a successful transplant — is almost nonexistent. Once you’re back in the UK, you’re no longer a priority, which can be disastrous if you come down with an infection or need support from your surgeon.
We hear of patients all too often who travel abroad after a virtual consultation and, arriving on the day of treatment, sadly find everything they have been promised has to be renegotiated. This leaves you in a catch 22 position: you feel there’s no other way now, especially considering the lengths you’ve already gone to. It’s exploitation, and it’s deeply unfair.
Although your surgeon will most likely speak English, it’s doubtful that the rest of their support staff will. Hair transplant surgeons require a team of transplant technicians to work alongside them. This can naturally feel overwhelming if you have a number of people working on your procedure without the ability to communicate to you exactly what is happening at any given time.
Production line procedures
Due to the fiercely competitive nature of Turkish hair transplant clinics, many need to maximise on booking as many patients as possible to stay ahead of the competition. It's not uncommon for you to share the same surgeon with 5-10 other patients that same day — ask yourself: how is it feasible that your surgeon will give you their undivided attention? This has resulted in a culture of rushed procedures and the temptation to cut corners to finish as many transplants as possible.
This leads to the unfortunate situation that many who undertake hair transplants in Turkey find themselves in; left with results that don’t meet your expectations. In this scenario, you’ll then end up paying more to repair your hairline (if still possible at this stage) than if you’d looked for a reputable UK-based hair transplant clinic.
Look for more than just a price tag
Like any service, the cost will unsurprisingly play a factor in your decision-making and will influence your purchase when looking for a clinic. However, a hair transplant is a surgical procedure and should be treated as seriously as you would any other.
Price is, of course, important; but there are a number of crucial things to keep in mind when choosing a clinic to perform your hair transplant surgery:
- Experience – It’s vital that you screen your surgeon and check that 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 online should give you an idea of the quality of care and services the hospital offers. There is no better feedback than first-hand 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. Sadly, it’s surprisingly easy for unqualified surgeons to fabricate their certificates, especially since most patients lack the resources needed to check their legitimacy.