A hair transplant is the only permanent solution to hair loss. However, the big question for those considering hair transplant surgery is this: which country is the best for a hair transplant?
The costs for such an operation are usually much lower abroad. On the other hand, there have been scare stories in the media about hair transplant operations that have taken place under unsafe conditions. How can you tell a reputable clinic from a dubious provider?
A hair transplant in the UK vs a hair transplant abroad
A hair restoration operation in the UK is associated with higher costs compared to other European countries. This is due to the high wage costs and the high rents that have to be paid in the UK.
A typical cost per hair graft in an FUE hair transplant (Follicular Unit Extraction) in the UK is around £3, so the cost of a hair transplant of around 3,500 grafts – a standard number of grafts in hair transplant surgery – will be something in the region of £10,500.
Many cosmetic surgeons in the UK also still work with the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) method, in which a narrow strip of skin is removed from the back of the head, from which the grafts are then extracted. The wound that is created is then sutured so that only a narrow scar remains.
The much more modern FUE technique, in which there is no scarring, has meanwhile also arrived in Germany. The latest hair transplant techniques – such as the Sapphire FUE method or the Micro Sapphire DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) method – are very rare.
Of course, in the UK safety standards are extremely high.
Hair transplants abroad
Those who have decided to have a hair transplant abroad are spoilt for choice. Countries like Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey attract patients with lower prices for hair transplant procedures compared to the UK.
Of course, you can also find beauty clinics in Germany or Switzerland that offer high quality hair transplant procedures. However, costs there are even higher than in the UK.
Why are prices cheaper abroad than in the UK?
Lower costs can best be explained by the example of Turkey. Cost of living is much lower there than in the UK, which is why labour costs are also lower.
On the other hand, medical tourism is an enormous industry. This means a lot of competition among the clinics, which in turn has an effect on pricing.
How can I tell a reputable provider from a dubious one?
If you decide to have a hair transplant abroad, you should not always choose the provider with the lowest prices. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
When looking for reputable clinics offering hair transplants at affordable prices, the internet is extremely helpful. For example, you should read the reviews – although these are of course only a snapshot. The homepage can also be a good guide. The reputable clinics, for example, inform you exactly how the procedure will take place. In addition, you can also find the various certifications on such pages.
Why a hair transplant in Turkey?
When hair transplants first came into fashion, Turkish clinics were the pioneers of the technology.
That is why the best clinics with the most experienced doctors can be found in cities such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.
There is also no need to worry about possible language barriers. All clinics have interpreters who assist the patient before, during and after the procedure.
Most patients prefer to opt for a doctor who speaks fluent English, such as Dr. Levent Acar at Cosmedica Clinic.
Turkish clinics consider the FUT method, which as already mentioned is still used relatively often in the UK, as outdated thanks to the scar which it often leaves.
Another argument in favour of a hair transplant procedure in Turkey is the all-inclusive packages. The incomparable service is also helps patients remember their procedure fondly. Not for nothing is Turkey considered one of the most hospitable countries in the world.
Cosmedica Clinic in Istanbul offers transplants at the cutting edge of hair transplant technology. Dr. Levent Acar and his team have decades of experience between them, and all speak perfect English.