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How Will COVID-19 Affect Hair Transplants in Turkey

POSTED: 03 September 2020

There are always risks having a hair transplant procedure abroad, like with any surgical or medical treatment. Crown Clinic and other medical specialists in the UK will advise against going abroad for surgery, particularly if you’re tempted to have a hair transplant in Turkey. 

We understand the temptation to have a hair transplant in Turkey, but often or not, the procedure hasn’t been performed correctly or professionally. Crown Clinic frequently has to repair poor hair transplants that have been performed abroad or by inexperienced physicians. 

It’s even more critical that you have your hair transplant in the UK following COVID-19, as not only are you at risk to a dodgy procedure abroad, but you’re also at risk to coming into contact with the virus. Crown Clinic is a COVID-Protected clinic and has introduced strict guidelines to protect our staff, patients, and their loved ones. Click here for more information.  


The Dangers of Having A Hair Transplant In Turkey 


Choosing to have a hair transplant in turkey isn’t a holiday and shouldn’t be sold as a package deal. Recovery time after having the procedure, whether you opt for FUT or FUE, is critical. So, don’t think you can leave the clinic and sit on the beach with a cocktail in your hand! 

The low price tag attached to having a hair transplant in Turkey or other countries, often reflects the quality of the procedure, damaging effects, and weak hair regrowth – if any. Not all, but a large proportion of these ‘cheap’ hair transplants are performed by unqualified and unlicensed people who are not doctors, they are technicians, unlike at Crown Clinic. A poor hair transplant can also result in infections.  

Unfortunately, not all insurance companies will cover the cost of having a medical procedure outside of the UK; you could be losing even more money. If something were to go wrong, you must consider how quickly you’ll be able to travel back to the UK to resolve the issue and how any delays will further impact you post-surgery. 

It is critical that you thoroughly research the surgeon, the clinic, and the dangers of having a hair transplant procedure in Turkey. If there are any doubts, don’t go.  

While having hair restoration treatment in the UK seems costly, consider adding up the cost of the procedure, flights, accommodation, and spending money, plus the strong possibility of having your hair restoration treatment redone. A hair transplant in the UK doesn’t seem too bad after all, plus you have the luxury of returning home shortly after for recovery, with your chosen clinic on hand if you have any concerns.  

Once you leave countries like Turkey, it might be more challenging to speak with the physician.  


Hair Transplant in Turkey: COVID-19


With the above considerations, add COVID-19 to the list of dangers and 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? 

There are multiple considerations to having a hair transplant in Turkey, especially with COVID-19 being on the radar. 

No one fully knows when this pandemic will end or be manageable until there is a clinically approved vaccination, so travelling abroad should be at the bottom of your list of priorities, specifically for hair restoration treatment. This is another reason why you should have your hair transplant procedure in the UK, at a clinic that is COVID-19 protected.


Common Signs Your Hair Transplant Has Gone Wrong 


Like with all surgical procedures, whether you’re under local or general anaesthetic, you will experience some discomfort; however, this will be discussed with you by your surgeon during your consultation appointments, the day of the surgery and after. A care package is generally put in place.  

It’s essential to ask the physician questions about the side-effects and what to expect, and the risks, if any, so you can prepare for recovery. Please call your doctor or clinic if you have any concerns or experiencing unknown side-effects.  

Below is a list of common signs that your hair transplant hasn’t gone to plan.  

  • Excessive pain – you will experience some pain and discomfort following a hair transplant, but the physician will prescribe you with appropriate medication to control it, and it’s generally short-term. If the prescribed medication isn’t working or becomes unbearable, seek medical advice urgently.  
  • Swelling  
  • Asymmetry 
  • Haemorrhage Bleeding 
  • Visible Scarring 
  • Folliculitis  
  • Crusting 
  • Long-Term Damage to the Donor 
  • Poorly Placed Grafts 

If you experience any of the above or additional symptoms that have not been discussed, please call your doctor immediately.


Other Countries To Avoid For Hair Restoration


Aside from Turkey, what other countries should you avoid if you’re considering a hair transplant abroad? 

The below countries are becoming famous for hair restoration treatments, but their reputation is worrying, and unskilled surgeons are performing many procedures. 

  • Hungary – while the European country has several licensed hair restoration clinics, there are still many unlicensed practices performing these technical procedures.  
  • India – hair tourism is rapidly growing in India, but you must be cautious and go at your own risk. The country is poorly regulated, and there are too many unlicensed hair transplant clinics taking advantage to make money.  
  • Mexico – while the risks are lower in Mexico and popular amongst American patients, it’s still essential to you do your research and ask as many questions as possible. If you’re not getting the answers you want or sense a bad feeling, don’t go. 
  • Thailand – although Thailand has cutting-edge hair transplant surgeons, it’s been reported that under-qualified and inexperienced practitioners perform the procedures.


Before planning your trip to Turkey, or another country for a hair transplant treatment, consider your options, do your research, and look at the long-term impact it could have on your health, finances, and well-being, particularly with COVID-19. 

Crown Clinic is a licensed practice for performing successful hair transplants in the UK. Dr Shahmalak is recognised for his work, with a global reputation and a high profile, established figure within the industry.  

For more information about hair restoration, book a consultation at Crown Clinic today. 

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