For over a year I researched and consulted various clinics in Turkey, but also clinics in German-speaking countries. Due to my budget and many acquaintances and friends who had their hair done in Turkey, I also decided to go to Turkey.
Sep 07 2021
Many clinics do an incredible amount of advertising and apparently also finance YouTube videos and experience reports, it is difficult to get a clear picture here. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to talk to acquaintances and friends who had already had a hair transplant and, in addition to the online research, I was able to base my decision on their experience reports and results. Finally, I decided to have a treatment with Dr. Sahinoglu decided for the following reasons:
1) Number of grafts is not the only criterion. Many clinics advertise 5,000 or more grafts that can be transplanted in one session. I am in my mid 30s and age-related hair loss can progress until around 40. Thats why Dr. Sahinoglu advised to transplant 2,700 grafts in my case. Existing roots can also be damaged when transplanting, which is why the focus was on bald and thin areas, so a second transplant is also possible in old age, as the donor area is still in tact.
2) Only as much as necessary and as little as possible should be removed from the donor area (at the back of the head). The grafts were removed evenly and after a week the area has healed quite well again, of course the removal area is still red, but the hair is already growing back and covering the red areas. At the airport in Istanbul I saw many other patients whose donor area had been massively harvested from a much smaller area.
3) At Dr. Sahinoglu the treatment was more expensive than at one of the countless clinics. After a long deliberation, I made a conscious decision, because the result can be seen for the first time after about 1 year and ideally you will have the result for the rest of your life. When I researched my friends, the hair transplant that I had from Dr. Sahinoglu looked most natural. The hairline looked natural and not as straight as drawn with a felt pen, the donor area was removed evenly and the treatment was carried out by Dr. Sahinoglu performed himself, only the insertion was done by his medical assistants. In most clinics it is different, there you see the doctor for the preliminary discussion and the drawing of the hairline and the rest of the treatment is carried out almost exclusively by the assistants, removing the grafts, pricking the hair canals and inserting the grafts.
4) The treatment was very pleasant, I had visits to the dentist that were more unpleasant. The treatment was really painless and for the first few days after that I had a little swelling but no pain.
If I had known that the whole procedure is half as wild, I would probably have decided on an appointment earlier.