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Hair transplants are surging in popularity and for a good reason. In addition to many natural causes, COVID-19 is now another significant contributor to hair loss. According to research, around 22% of COVID-19 patients suffer temporary hair loss.

If you’ve been experiencing hair loss due to COVID-19 or some other reason, you have probably heard about hair transplant clinics in Turkey. Over the last couple of years, Turkish health centers and doctors specializing in this issue have become a global phenomenon.

Here’s why Turkey is such a popular choice for hair transplant operations:

Years of Field Experience and Perfectionism

Smile Hair Clinic was established in 2018 by Dr. M. Erdogan and Dr. G. Bilgin.
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Smile Hair Clinic was established in 2018 by Dr. M. Erdogan and Dr. G. Bilgin.

To better understand the Turkish hair restoration industry, we’ve visited one of the best-rated clinics in the Turkish capital, Istanbul. Smile Hair Clinic, as it says on the clinic’s official website, is a “global benchmark for best-in-class medical hair transplant clinics in the region."

Smile Hair Clinic was established in 2018 by Dr. M. Erdogan and Dr. G. Bilgin. The two doctors, both hair transplant specialists, are training their medical staff according to the principles of True Philosophy, developed and licensed by Erdogan and Bilgin.

If we have to guess the reason for Turks’worldwide success in this field, this would be it. Like Erdogan and Bilgin, Turkish doctors aim for perfection in every single aspect of healthcare. Smile Hair Clinic is a good example of what happens when you pair top-notch service with impeccable results.

Turkish Clinics Offer Affordable Excellence

For Erdogan and Bilgin, the hair transplant industry is not solely about medical prowess. Before and after the operation, patients are pampered with hospitality. And this is why so many people travel to Turkey to grow hair - the experience is painless and 100% successful, but also enjoyable.

In creating this lavish medical hospitality experience, Turks have managed to set a new standard for how hair replacement operations should be conducted. Smile Hair Clinic is not only meticulously clean and equipped with cutting-edge technology. It’s also comfortable and gorgeous, like a five-star hotel.

But Turkish hair transplant clinics are famous for one more reason - affordable prices.

Despite their superior medical service and attractive hospitality package, Turkish clinics such as Smile Hair keep their prices surprisingly low. An all-inclusive hair transplant treatment in Turkey can cost up to three times less than the same procedure, minus pampering, in the US, UK, and most of Europe.

What Does the All-Inclusive Package Include?

The all-inclusive package at the Smile Hair Clinic includes the following:

● A luxurious 4-star or 5-star hotel accommodation.

● Transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to the clinic.

● Medications for before, during, and after surgery.

● Real-time translator speaking your native language.

● Remote online consultation and post-op care.

The average cost for the all-inclusive hair transplant package in Turkey is€2,300. The price can vary from clinic to clinic, as some charge for the number of hair grafts involved in an operation, while others charge solely for the technique. In either case, pricing is always transparent.

Should you decide to undergo hair transplant surgery in Turkey, you’ll receive an official estimate before you make the arrangements and board the plane. There is no fine print or hidden cost.

What are the services of the Smile Hair Clinic?

There are a number of hair transplant techniques that Turkish clinics use, some slightly more expensive than others. While a fuller head of hair is the ultimate result of all these techniques, they involve different instruments and methods. The recovery time can vary as well.

At Smile Hair Clinic, patients can choose between Sapphire and DHI hair transplant techniques. In both cases, the patient receives holistic health care from the first consultation with the doctor. The pre-op phase involves planning a personalized procedure and approach for every patient.

Hair Transplant Procedure

What follows is the actual hair transplant procedure, which can take between six and eight hours. The surgeon takes healthy hairs from the donor area during the Sapphire hair transplantation. Individual hair follicles are then planted in open canals on the bald areas of the scalp.

FUE and DHI Techniques

The Sapphire technique is a variant of follicular unit extraction or FUE method. FUE is an excellent option if you have a sizable bold area that you want to cover. On the other hand, the DHI method is more suitable if your hair is thickening and you want to achieve a natural, dense look.

Hair Transplant Under Anesthesia

At Smile Hair Clinic, patients receive local anesthesia two times during the operation. This is to make sure that there is no pain or discomfort whatsoever. Patients can choose to receive a classical injection or, if they are afraid of needles, receive anesthesia with a needle-free device.

Post-Operative Recovery

The recovery process depends on a few factors, but most patients return to work within a week or two. Normal hair growth starts again six months after the procedure. By the end of the first year, the results are already clearly visible. It takes around two years for hair to regain its normal appearance.


Turkish medical clinics are at the forefront of advanced healthcare in many different fields, but hair transplantation feels especially progressive. Smile Hair Clinic alone has more than 10.000 satisfied patients from around the world. When asked why they chose Turkey for this, they cite two deciding factors - the impeccable quality and affordable prices.

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