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Hair Transplant in Turkey? Consider the Risks!

Are you aware of  the increased popularity of individuals getting a hair transplant in Turkey?  Turkey’s competitive prices may be a key factor driving this trend. However, another reason is the lack of awareness regarding the essential components required for a successful hair transplant.

If you have considered a hair transplant in Turkey, we urge you to do your research. Weigh all the potential risks before making such an important decision about your appearance.

Is a Hair Transplant in Turkey Safe?

We’ve all heard nightmare stories on social media or in the news about botched cosmetic surgeries in other countries such as Turkey. Numerous complications, even high-risk situations can and do occur.  At our clinic, this is evidenced by an increase in requests for corrective hair transplants.  

One of the primary concerns is the varying quality of clinics. While some Turkey hair transplant clinics maintain high standards, others may lack the necessary expertise and equipment. Discerning the difference can be a challenge.

Despite the affordability of a hair transplant in Turkey, the potential long-term damage may outweigh the financial savings for patients. Unlike other forms of cosmetic surgery, a failed hair transplant is particularly harmful as it exhausts the patient’s finite donor hair. In many cases, if the patient’s donor hair has been completely depleted due to a bad surgery, there are no options for future procedures or repair.

A renowned US based hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Sam Lam, has achieved recognition and notoriety through teaching as well as publishing four authoritative hair restoration books.  In this video about getting a hair transplant in Turkey, Dr. Lam points out that over-harvesting is a common issue and patient donor hair is often completely gone after a botched surgery.

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Furthermore, he explains that although an over-harvested strip procedure can frequently be fixed, an over-harvested FUE procedure cannot be fixed. Although patients have the mistaken impression that there is no risk, the damage due to the large number of small circular scars over a large area can be extensive.  

Performing transplants on patients with insufficient donor hair or over-harvesting their donor hair is careless, unethical, and greedy.   

Dr. Lam also points out that countries with lower healthcare standards can face challenges with cross-contamination and sterilization issues due to overcrowded surgical centers and limited resources. When patients are grouped together in a shared space, the likelihood of an increased incidence of blood-transmitted diseases like Hepatitis rises significantly.

Another huge concern is outdated hair transplant techniques.  A quick search on the internet uncovers the continued use of obsolete surgical techniques (like flap surgery). Just because some procedures have been obsolete for decades, doesn’t mean there are regulations to protect unknowing consumers from the worst case scenario.  It’s essential to thoroughly research and choose a reputable clinic with a proven track record to guarantee the likelihood of a successful hair transplant procedure.

Are Hair Transplant Surgeons in Turkey Experienced and Qualified?

The expertise of the surgeon performing the transplant is paramount. In some cases, patients may find that clinics in Turkey don’t always use board-certified, experienced surgeons.  As a result, it is not surprising that inferior medical equipment, unsanitary conditions, and unqualified medical team members contribute to unsightly scars, infections, disease, and other serious complications.

It’s even getting more common in the United States for hair transplant clinics to perform surgeries without a licensed, certified hair transplant surgeon present. 

In many states, such as Tennessee, this is considered practicing medicine without a license, which is illegal. To achieve optimal results, it’s crucial that the medical professionals performing and overseeing the procedure are qualified and skilled.  Verifying credentials can become challenging when opting for a hair transplant outside the country.

Does Turkey Adhere to Medical and Ethical Regulations?

Medical regulations differ from country to country. While there are regulatory standards in most countries, the enforcement and adherence to these standards can vary. Patients should carefully assess the regulatory landscape and ensure that the clinic follows ethical and legal practices.

Patients undergoing hair transplant procedures in the United States are protected by legal frameworks and regulations that uphold their rights and ensure ethical practices within the healthcare industry.

PAI Medical Group’s Clinic Director, Michael Ramsey, reminds patients that there are many people who are not candidates for hair restoration surgery.  They may have diffused alopecia, poor donor density, or other circumstances that “should” prevent them from pursuing surgical hair restoration altogether.  A hair surgery under these circumstances would be unethical.   

Michael continues, “One of the advantages of having a procedure in the US is there is legal recourse in the event something doesn’t go as expected. There are the FDA, AMA, state medical boards, and other government and licensing bodies in the United States that are in place to protect consumers from bad medical practices.“

Communication, “Can you Repeat That?”

Feeling comfortable and effectively communicating with your doctor is essential in any medical procedure. In Turkey, English is not as widely spoken as Turkish. In major cities, tourist destinations, and business environments, you may find people who can communicate in English, but language barriers may pose challenges for patients seeking clarification on procedures, post-operative care, or potential complications. Misunderstandings could lead to dissatisfaction or even adverse outcomes.

Will Follow-up Care be a Problem?

A hair transplant is typically a simple outpatient procedure. However, the availability of post-operative care is a critical component of the hair transplant process. Local patients may experience routine follow-up care.  For out-of-town patients, it might be more of a challenge, and for patients who are out of the country, satisfactory follow-up care might be virtually impossible. Opting for a reputable hair transplant clinic in the United States has a clear advantage.  Even out-of-town patients have access to a network of affiliated surgical centers available to help in the event of complications.

Promises and Expectations

Some clinics may make unrealistic promises regarding the outcomes of the procedure. The greater the distance, the more challenging it becomes to verify extravagant claims. It’s important for patients to approach such assertions with skepticism. One benefit of opting for a nearby medical facility is the opportunity to meet patients face-to-face.

If you are relying on pictures and videos to narrow your decision, make sure the pictures are really their photos!  A simple search on google images can help with hints about the origin of the pictures.   Also find out how many procedures it took to achieve the results in the picture.  Did it take one procedure to achieve the desired result or was it 3 procedures?  Each procedure dramatically adds to the bottom line so it’s important to understand what you are really getting for your investment.

Travel, Accommodation and Convenience

If cost is your primary reason for considering a hair transplant in Turkey, remember to include travel and accommodation costs in your budget, as well as the potential inconvenience. For numerous individuals, the prospect of a 12-hour flight immediately following a cosmetic procedure may not be very appealing. Extending your stay to allow for rest and recovery will inevitably lead to higher travel expenses.  Seeking a cheaper option outside of the country might not be worth the hassle and risks involved.

In summary, you should carefully consider all the risks associated with getting a hair transplant in Turkey before making a final decision.  Your best option may be to get a hair transplant in the United States where patients have access to high-quality care, experienced surgeons, advanced technology, comprehensive consultations, transparent pricing, legal protections, and convenience. These factors contribute to a positive patient experience and optimal outcomes in hair restoration.

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