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Hair Transplant Turkey: The Complete Guide From A to Z

Hair Transplant Turkey: The Complete Guide From A to Z

Hair transplant is growing in popularity and gaining a lot of attention. The Vera Clinic prepared the following comprehensive guide to help you learn the risks, the techniques, and alternatives to hair transplant in Turkey. Everything you need to know about the process you will find below.

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The medical field of hair transplant in Turkey is growing rapidly making it surpass its competitors, in Europe and the US. Hair transplant In turkey claims the number 1 spot as the world’s leading country for hair transplants.

The average number of health tourists flooding into the country for hair transplant alone verges around 5000 patients per month with a vast majority of those tourists coming from Europe and the Middle East. And the numbers are to exponentially grow in the coming years.

What Is A Hair Transplant?

A hair transplant is a surgery that restores hair growth after hair loss. The procedure moves hair from areas of growth to areas of hair loss to reverse balding. The results are permanent and depending on the technique, very natural looking. Because hair transplants have been around since the 1930s, originating from Japan, they have been subject to various modifications. As a result, there are numerous methods for hair transplants. Hair transplants in Turkey mostly use the most recent technologies.

How Does Hair Transplant Work

All hair transplant techniques follow a similar series of events that includes 7 basic steps starting with drawing the hairline, followed by shaving, applying local anesthetic, extracting hair follicles, separating follicular units, creating channels, and ending with implanting hair follicles in the incisions.

Hairline Design

All hair transplants begin with hairline design during which nurses will ask you to change into a gown. Your doctor will then use a marking pen with an alcohol-based ink to draw the borders of the hairline. Once you approve of the drawn-on hairline, the procedure begins.


Shaving is not necessary in every hair transplant procedure, it depends on the technique you opt for. But in FUT the surgeon will shave the entire donor strip to prepare it for surgical extraction.

In FUE or variants of this technique such as sapphire FUE and DHI Choi FUE, shaving is not always necessary and your surgeon will determine it upon clinical scanning. But, it is better to shave the site of donor region to reduce the risk of infection.

Injecting Local Anesthetic

Hair transplants happen under local anesthesia. Your surgeon will inject the anesthetic on both the donor region and recipient site. In other words, on the operation sites.

Graft Extraction

This phase is about extracting the hair from its initial location. Likewise, the process differs between the techniques. Every technique has its own method of graft extraction. For instance in some it could be very invasive. Whereas in others its more convenient and has less scars.

Preserving Follicular Units

Hair Transplant Grafts

After extracting the hairs it is important to store them in the right conditions until using them later. Such environment is hypothermosol solution. At the Vera Clinic, and in other accomplished hospitals, surgeons separate the grafts depending on the number of grafts they contain. For instance, grafts with 1-2 to hairs are more suitable for the hair line. Whereas grafts with more hair are more suitable for the crown. It is small details like this that ensures a natural finish.

Opening Channels

Your surgeon will make very tiny holes on your scalp using micro scalpels. These wounds will then host the extracted grafts. Opening channels varies between the techniques.

Implanting Follicular Units

Your surgeon will implant the grafts in the channels on your scalp. Likewise, the technique of implantation varies between the techniques.

Hair Transplant Techniques

FUE and FUT are the only standard methods for hair transplant. Other techniques such as sapphire FUE and DHI Choi are variants of the standard FUE method.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

  • FUE hair transplant in Turkey is a prevalent minimally invasive hair restoration procedure.
  • An FUE hair transplant occurs under the use of local anesthesia.
  • Your surgeon will begin by extracting individual hair follicles via a punch specifically designed to isolate the hairs.
  • The micro size of the punch leaves behind very small scarring on the donor region.
  • Once the hair follicles are extracted, they are placed in a petri dish containing a solution of HypoThermosol.
  • To prepare the recipient area for implanting, a steel micro-sized scalpel blade or gauge needle is used to create several punctures on the surface of the scalp.
  • Once enough punctures have been made, you surgeon will insert the hair follicles in the incisions in the direction of natural hair growth via right-angled forceps.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)  Hair Transplant Advantages

  • No scarring in the donor or recipient sites.
  • Minimally invasive surgical procedures that are not traumatic to the skin.
  • Permanent natural-looking results.
  • Body hair can be used as donor region if head hair donor density is insufficient.
  • Rapid recovery rates.
  • Negligible pain or discomfort after hair transplant surgery.

Who Is Fit For Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)


  • Looking to reverse hair loss
  •  Looking to restore or transplant hair on the eyebrows and beard.
  • Who can’t grow hair due to keloid scars from burns or other injuries.
  • Who have undergone failed FUT hair transplant surgeries and are no longer eligible for FUT hair transplant dur the car tissues formed.
  • With busy schedules and in need of surgery with rapid healing and recovery rates.
  • looking for minimally invasive surgery to restore lost hair.

Sapphire Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

  • Sapphire FUE is a variant of FUE that consists of the same steps as the standard FUE .
  • The only difference between the two methods is the surgical equipment in Sapphire FUE and its consequent impact on the results.
  • Sapphire FUE uses blades made from sapphire gemstones as opposed to the regular steel blades used in the standard FUE method.
  • The characteristics of this gemstone allow for the scalpel blade to be made in such a way that the endpoint is V-shaped compared to the U-shaped steel scalpel utilized in a standard FUE.
  • The V-shaped end allows for more specific and immaculate minuscule punctures without inflicting damage on healthy follicles in the vicinity of the recipient area.

Sapphire Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplant Advantages

  • Permanent natural-looking results.
  • No scarring.
  • No damage inflicted on neighbour follicles.
  • Rapid recovery rates.
  • More number of grafts transplanted
  • Negligible pain or discomfort during and after the surgery.

Who Is Fit For Sapphire Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)


  • With fairly thick hair looking to increase their hair density without damaging neighbour hairs and surrounding tissue.
  • Who suffer from advanced hair loss.
  • With busy schedules and in need of a procedure with rapid healing and recovery rates.
  • Looking for minimally invasive hair transplant.

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)

  • Follicular unit transplant is a surgical hair restoration method that includes the basic hair transplant steps.
  • The procedure is fairly similar to the follicular unit extraction hair transplant method except for one major difference in the process of collecting donor hair.
  • In FUT hair transplant, surgeons do not extract hair individually. Rather they excise the donor region or strip entirely from the scalp at a depth of 5-7 mm.
  • Your surgeon will then stitch the scalp and this creates a linear scar that is very visible. And nurses will dissect the strip under a microscope.
  • Next comes the process of creating incisions on the scalp using steel scalpel blades. Lastly, comes the process of implanting hair follicles in the incisions.

Follicular Unit Transportation (FUT) Advantages

  • Surgeons can extract significantly more hair follicles per session in comparison to FUE.
  • Permanent results.
  • Fairly lower in price in comparison to other hair transplant methods.

Who Is A Fit Candidate For Follicular Unit Transportation (FUT)


  • Who do not mind having a linear scar as a result of the invasive nature of this surgery.
  • With low donor hair regions.
  • Who are comfortable with relatively longer recovery rates compared to other treatments.

Direct Hair Implant (DHI) Choi Pen

  • Direct hair transplant using Choi pens is a relatively modern hair transplant technique similar to FUE.
  • Every hair transplant procedure follows the same basic steps.
  • Applying anesthesia, extracting donor hairs, separating follicular units, opening channels, and finally implantation.
  • As a matter of fact, DHI follows the same procedure as the standard FUE up until the incision and implantation steps.
  • The difference, however, relies on the equipment used.
  • DHI hair transplant employs a pen-like hollow needle referred to as Choi implantation pen.
  • When usingthe Choi pen the two steps of channel opening and implantation are combined in one step.
  • The Choi pen is firstly loaded with individual extracted grafted hairs at a time, the pen will then simultaneously open channels and implant the hair follicles by loading them in as the incisions are being made.

Direct Hair Implant (DHI) Choi Pen Advantages

  • Permanent natural-looking results.
  • Trivial scarring that can not be seen with the naked eye.
  • A minimally invasive surgical procedure that is not traumatic on the skin.
  • No damage inflicted on neighbor follicles.
  • Rapid recovery rates.
  • Negligible pain or discomfort during and after the surgery.

Who Is Fit For Direct Hair Implant (DHI) Choi Pen


  • Who can afford it. Seeing as DHI Choi hair transplant is a state-of-the-art technique, it costs more than other methods of hair restoration.
  • With busy schedules and in need of a procedure with rapid healing and recovery rates.
  • Who do not mind a slightly longer procedure.
  • Looking for minimally invasive surgery to restore hair transplant.

Hair Transplant Technique

Who Is A Good Candidate For Hair Transplant In Turkey?

Due to the global rise in the popularity of hair transplants in Turkey,  it is very common for patients to undermine the procedure.  If you are looking to opt for  hair transplant in Turkey, you must look out for the tips below. These tips will ensure your safety to guarantee a rewarding trip.

Conditions most likely to affect the decision include the following:

Cause Of Hair Loss

  • If the cause of hair loss or baldness in your case stems from trauma (scarring or burns), androgenic alopecia, traction alopecia, or alopecia marginalis, you are not suitable for hair transplant in Turkey or other countries.
  • If you are suffering from hair loss from an autoimmune disorder, full androgenic baldness, alopecia universalis, alopecia totalis,  you are not suitable for hair transplant in Turkey or other countries.

Sufficient Donor Hair Destiny

  • Having abundant donor hair is important to be suitable for hair transplant. Because the quality of your donor region can impact the results of hair transplant.
  • Patients who do not have sufficient donor hair density are not suitable for hair transplant in Turkey or other countries.


  • Age is not a very important factor when it comes to hair transplant in Turkey.
  • However, being above 23 years of age makes you more suitable for hair transplant. Because it is likely that hair loss patterns would stabilize after the age of 23, undergoing hair transplant surgery before hair is not recommended.

Medical Conditions

  • If you are suffering from metabolic syndromes and homeostatic imbalances such as diabetes or hypertension,you need to under medication for the conditions and in stable state health-wise. Otherwise you will not be suitable for hair transplant in Turkey.
  • If you suffer from other chronic disorders or health issues need to consult their doctor and notify their hair transplant surgeon before surgery.
  • If you suffer from blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis D, HIV, etc. you are not suitable for hair transplant surgery in Turkey. You might be eligible for a hair transplant in other countries.

good candidates for hair transplant

Cost Of Hair Transplant Turkey

Hair transplant Turkey cost depends on many factors. The most influential would be the technique you choose. For instance Sapphire FUE and DHI choi would cost more than traditional FUE. On the other hand, you have the hospital you operate at. The more poor the quality is, the more the cost would sway from the average. In general, hair transplant Turkey would be around 2500-3000 dollars for a high qaulity treatment.

How To Choose The Right Hair Transplant Technique

There is no definite way to choose the right hair transplant technique. Consider various factors while making the decision. For instance, your budget, your tolerance for big scars, and time you have for healing.


FUT hair transplant is the only method that leaves a large visible scar on the scalp after treatment. FUE and its variants are modern techniques that do not leave any visible scars. Most patients find the scar to be an inconvenience and limits their hair style options.

Recovery Time

The recovery time varies slightly between the techniques. Usually FUT has the longest period due to the size of the scar.


Budget is the biggest factor in the equations. Despite FUT being the most inconvenient, most patients choose it because it is the cheapest. But the way to get around this is medical tourism. This is the reason why hair transplant in Turkey is very popular. Hair transplant in Turkey allows patients to choose the most recent technologies for affordable prices.

How To Prepare For Hair Transplant

before hair transplant surgery instructions

How to prepare for hair transplant 1-2 weeks before surgery:

  • Abandon the use of blood thinners and anti-inflammatory drugs two weeks before surgery.
  • Do not use vitamin supplements two weeks before surgery.
  • Stop smoking and do not drink a week before surgery.
  • Massage the scalp for 10-30 minutes per day to improve blood circulation in the scalp a week before hair transplant.

How to prepare for surgery 24 hours before hair transplant:

  • Wash your hair with shampoo.
  • Do not cut your hair.
  • Sleep and rest well before hair transplant.

How to prepare for surgery on the day of hair transplant”

  • Have a light breakfast.
  • Do not consume coffee or caffeinated foods and beverages.
  • Do not use hair products and keep the scalp clean.
  • Wear clothes with wide collars.

Hair Transplant Recovery & Aftercare

The Vera Clinic will provide you with aftercare instructions, which will reduce pain and swelling to a zero in the first week after hair transplant. Patients are able to continue normal daily activity right after a hair transplant.

After Hair Transplant Instructions:

after hair transplant surgery instructions

  • Do not drink alcohol, smoke, use caffeinated products, or use anti-inflammatory medicines for the first 7 days
  • Sleep at an inclined angle of 45 degrees for a week after hair transplant to reduce swelling.
  • Do not shower after the first 2 days from hair transplant. Read more about how to shower after hair transplants here.
  • Patients should request sterile saline spray to apply daily on the scalp using gauze for around 3-4 days after a hair transplant.
  • Cease the use of a blow drier or application of heat on the scalp.
  • Avoid direct sun rays for a week after hair transplant, we advise you to protect the scalp with a cap or a light cloth against the sun.

2-4 Weeks After Hair Transplant Surgery

  • During this period patients must continue protecting their scalp from direct sun rays.
  • It is safe for patients to have their hair trimmed or cut during this period.

Dealing With Symptoms

Bleeding In Hair Transplant

Spotting and mild bleeding can occur during the first few days after a hair transplant. You can stop the bleeding by putting a sterile gauze on the bleeding area. If bleeding does not stop within a week, seek professional help.

Itching In Hair Transplant

Itching occurs when wounds are healing. But as tempting as it is, try not to itch your scalp. Also, gentle washing of donor regions and recipient site after a hair transplant stop itching sooner. You can ask for antibacterial serums from your surgeon if the itching becomes unbearable.

Pain in Hair Transplant

Your doctor will give you pain killers for you after a hair transplant. Take your medicine as your surgeon instructs. The medication alone should be enough to keep the pain under control.

Alternatives To Hair Transplant

Minoxidil (Rogaine)

Minoxidil is one of two treatments the FDA approves for hair loss in both men and women. This treatment comes in liquid form. You should rub the solution on the scalp daily for a minimum period of 6 months for hair loss to stop and regrowth to appear. This treatment is long term, and you and need to continuously apply it to maintain hair growth.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

The FDA has not approved PRP therapy for hair loss. However, it has gained popularity in recent years as both a separate treatment for hair loss and complementary treatment to a hair transplant.

This treatment collects platelet-rich plasma from the patient’s blood by centrifuging it. The plasma extract, which contains growth factors, is the solution surgeons inject into the scalp. Growth factors trigger growth in the scalp. We recommend multiple monthly sessions over a period of 6 months to a year to observe progress.

How To Choose A Hospital For Hair Transplant In Turkey

The results of a hair transplant treatment depend on the skill and experience of the surgeon just as much as the method of hair transplant treatment. Even though Turkey practices regulations taking the right measurements to check the credibility of the hospitals is still a precaution that you should practice.

The following tips will highlight the important key points you should consider when looking for a hair transplant hospital in Turkey.

  • Check for accreditation from international medical associations such as JCI or ISHRS. This will be a telling sign of how well a hair transplant hospital follows medical guidelines.
  • Make sure the hospital offers a free consultation session to diagnose your case.
  • Check if the surgeons are government certified and have ample experience in the field of hair transplant.
  • Before and after pictures are the most accurate indicators of the skill of the surgeons. Check them out.
  • Check the reputation of the hair transplant center by reading reviews from previous patients on google.
  • Google star ratings are another factor to consider. You can check our reviews on Google Business.
  • Since hair transplant surgery results are not instantaneous, make sure your hospital offers follow up services to track your recovery until the end.
  • Make sure hospital prices are within the average. Because very low prices can indicate low standards and unqualified surgeons.
  • Make sure the surgery takes place in an operation room. A fully equipped operation room.

Hair Transplant Results

1-3 Months After Hair Transplant

As time progresses changes will become more evident. But in 3 months, you will most likely experience acne on your scalp. The acne fades but you can treat it with oral or serum antibiotics that contain Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid. Also running warm showers can help.

4-5 Months After Hair Transplant

After 4 to 5 months mark, you will be able to predict the final results. But with time the hairs will gradually start growing stronger and darker.

8-12 Months After Hair Transplant

Between 8-12 months, major changes will occur. Both density and pattern of hair growth will be better. Also, by then you can treat your hair fully like natural hair: wash, comb, trim, or even dye it.

Hair Transplant Adjunct Treatments

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss as a complementary treatment can further stimulate and activate growth factors in the implanted grafts.
  • Shampoos or lotions containing Minoxidil can strengthen the hairs.
  • Hair supplements are essential for overall hair strength. Hair vitamin supplements are good during this period to strengthen the hairs.
  • OxyCure treatment which is the most recent adjunct treatment saves around 98% of the hair. Whereas traditional treatments save 70%.

Infections After Hair Transplant

Because hair transplants include making cuts in the skin, there is a natural risk of infection. According to statistics, only 1% of hair transplant patients suffer serious infection. But you can eliminate these risks with the right practices.

Symptoms Of Infection After Hair Transplant Surgery

Look out for bleeding, itching, swelling, redness, discomfort, or burning sensation in the scalp that persists and/or aggravates, in which case patients should seek professional help.

How To Avoid Infections After Hair Transplant

  • Try not to touch your scalp.
  • Do not pick the scabs around the healing follicles.
  • We recommend that patients use the prescribed or recommended shampoo and lotion for the first 14 days after hair transplant.
  • Follow the aftercare instructions your surgeon gives you.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol during the first week after a hair transplant.

Wound Care After Hair Transplant

  • Spray saline solution on a gauze and gently tap it around your scalp. Repeat twice a day for 30 minutes during the first 3 days.
  • Put antibiotic ointments such as Polysporin, Bacitracin or Aquaphor twice per day to prevent infection on the donor region. You may also use the ointments above to reduce drying and crusting.

How To Start A Hair Transplant In Turkey

Step 1: Free Hair Transplant Consultation

Book a free hair transplant consultation session with your hospital. During this session, you will have to send recent pictures of your scalp, hair loss regions, and donor regions. Hair transplant doctors and surgeons will evaluate the pictures to determine if you are eligible for a hair transplant.

Step 2: Flight Arrangements

If it is clear that you’re eligible for a hair transplant, you’ll book an appointment for surgery. We will cover all your travel arrangements. A representative of the hospital and a driver will greet you from the airport. Also the Vera Clinic we will secure your accommodation in 5 star hotels, transportation services, and translation services.

Step 3: In-Person Consultation

We will escort you to your in-person consultation, the doctor will request to run blood screening tests and medically scan your scalp donor hair density to confirm the your candidacy.

Step 4: The Surgery

If there is time, you can go for surgery after your consultation. Otherwise, it will be scheduled for the following day.

Step 5: Clinical Washing

The following day we will escort you to the hospital again for your clinical washing. During this session nurses will begin by gently rinsing your scalp and then apply products to remove blood clots very gently.

Hair Transplant FAQ

How Long Is A Hair Transplant?

Hair transplant surgery is a multi-step procedure with a total duration of 6-8 hours. The time range depends on the technique you opt for and the number of grafts you need.

Are Hair Transplant Results Permanent?

Yes, the results of hair transplant surgery are permanent. The grafts come from safe donor regions that are hair loss resistible.

Does The Transplanted Hair Fall Out?

Around 3 weeks after surgery hair will begin to shed. But, you should note that its the hair falling out and not the follicular unit. But if your follicular units fall out, do not attempt to put them back on.

How Many Grafts Would You Need?

The graft number needed depends entirely on your bald areas. But, the following table includes several classes of hair loss and the average graft number they need. Also keep in mind that Over grafting will not give you natural-looking results, because the average hair density per cm square is between 60-85 follicular units.

The Norwood Scale The Norwood Scale

Are There Scars After A Hair Transplant?

Scarring is only visible if the patient opts for a FUT instead of an FUE hair transplant or its variants.

Will I Feel Pain During Or After Hair Transplant?

No, the procedure happens under local anesthesia. And after surgery, your surgeon will put you on painkillers. Therefore you will not feel any pain during or after surgery. The first is via the traditional needle technique. In this case, you will only experience the initial sting before numbness spreads.

When Can I Get Back To Work After Hair Transplant?

You can resume normal activity almost instantly after hair transplant. But we recommend you rest a few days before going back to work.

What Do I Need To Consider Before Getting A Hair Transplant In Turkey?

Do your research about the topic, knowledge is power, the more you know the less the risk of disappointment is. Choose HOSPITALS and not clinics. Read reviews  on google and check google rating as well.

Will I Need Another Hair Transplant?

Unless you had your first surgery in a non-professional hospital by unskillful surgeons, you won’t need a second hair transplant. So wait until 12 months before considering a second surgery. Also if you have a hair transplant before your hair loss stabilizes you might need another surgery.

Can Women Undergo Hair Transplant Surgery In Turkey?

Yes women are eligible for hair transplant in Turkey. But as is the case with men, not all women are good candidates. Book an online consultation to find out if your case is suitable for hair transplant in Turkey.

What Is The Difference Between The Number Of Grafts, Follicular Units, And Number Of Hairs?

The medical definition of graft is any living tissue on the body that has been removed from its original place and translocated to another region on the body to substitute a damaged tissue. In a hair transplant, surgeons extract follicular units from their original place in the donor region. Later, surgeons transplant the follicular units to areas of hair loss. Hence the terms follicular units and grafts are interchangeable. The number of follicular units often varies from the number of hairs, that is because a follicular unit can contain anywhere from 1 to 5 hairs.

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This Post Has 5 Comments
  1. Who is performing hair transplant? Doctors or trichologist? Is a trichologist medically qualified to do a hair transplant operation?

  2. How do I know if my mother is a suitable candidate for hair transplant.
    The top of he head is completely bald, and shiny ?

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