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Beard Transplant in Turkey

A beard transplant is a hair transplant technique to treat hair loss and bald patches in a man’s beard. Bald patches and rapid facial hair loss occur due to various reasons. The most common causes of beard hair loss are alopecia areata, low testosterone, disease, stress, nutritional deficiencies, and an aggressive grooming routine. Beard hair loss can be a source of low self-confidence in men as many consider it an important part of their personality. A beard transplant is a permanent solution for hair loss that helps men look mature and masculine.

Global research shows that 2 in every 100 people develop alopecia at some point in their lives. About 6.8 million people in the US and 147 people worldwide are affected by alopecia. Most of the affected are men and the biggest symptom they face is beard hair loss. A report by Allied Market Research suggests that the global beard transplant industry made around $189 million in 2021. The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery reveals that beard transplants account for 5% of all hair restoration procedures. The most popular beard trends in 2020 were strong goatee and strong cheek beards as per ISHRS. Over 500,000 non-surgical skin and hair procedures are performed in Turkey every year. More than 2 million foreigners visit Turkey for different aesthetic treatments every year.  

A hair transplant for restoring facial hair in men is known as a beard transplant. It is a minor surgery that involves extracting follicles from hair-dense regions and transplanting them into the hairless or patchy parts of the beard. The follicles are usually sourced from the back or sides of the head. The length and severity of the surgery depend on the level of hair loss. Some men experience patchy growth whereas some men cannot grow any facial hair at all. It is a customizable procedure and allows men to design a beard that suits their face and personality.

A beard is an important facial feature for men and their appearance. Patchy hair growth or lack of beard hair gives a baby face to many men. Here are some important benefits of a beard transplant:

Fuller and Thick beard

The biggest benefit of a beard transplant is hair growth in the patchy or bald parts of the beard. It gives you a full and thick beard that compliments your face and personality.

Bye-bye to that Baby Face

Many men are unable to grow any facial hair due to genetics, nutritional deficiencies, or an illness. They often hear comments such as ‘baby face’ or a ‘boyish face’. Many men want their faces to look masculine and mature. A beard transplant improves beard growth and density, giving men a mature facial appearance.

Well-groomed face

A full beard allows men to experiment with their looks. A beard transplant helps them groom their face according to what suits them the best. A well-groomed face adds to their confidence and self-esteem.

A beard transplant follows the same procedure as any hair transplant procedure. It is a mildly invasive procedure and takes 2-3 hours. Here’s how surgeons perform the surgery step-by-step:

Anesthesia: First and foremost, the doctor applies local anesthetic creams to numb the surgical sites. The doctor then shaves the area from where follicles will be extracted for the transplant.

Follicle Harvesting: The doctor extracts follicular units from the back or the sides of the head. Meanwhile, the recipient area is prepared for the transplantation process.

Follicle grafting: The surgeon may or may not make incisions for the grafting process. If the doctor uses the FUE technique, they make tiny incisions on the cheeks or chin. On the contrary, if they use the DHI method, there is no need for incisions. They use a patented implanter device for grafting in the DHI technique.

Closure: The incisions or grafts are covered by a bandage and dressing to protect the operated areas. The doctor gives instructions regarding how to take care of the operated area at home.

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Who is suitable for beard transplantation?

A beard transplant is a minor surgery but requires a thorough evaluation to check if the patient is eligible for it. Here are the general requirements for a beard transplant:

  1. You are over 20 years of age.
  2. You have a patchy or thin hair growth
  3. You cannot grow facial hair due to medical issues.
  4. You were diagnosed with alopecia areata or androgenetic alopecia.
  5. You have good and healthy hair growth in donor areas.
  6. You are healthy and do not have any serious medical conditions.
  7. You went through an injury or trauma that damaged your hair follicles.
  8. You have realistic expectations from the surgery and do not expect results overnight.
  9. You can commit to following your doctor’s guidelines.
  10. If you are a smoker, you can discontinue use before, during, and after the treatment.

What is the cost of a beard transplant?

Doctors charge for a beard transplant according to the intensity and level of hair loss. The cost also varies according to the transplant technique.

DHI is the most expensive hair transplant technique. The average cost of a beard transplant is roughly between $6000 and $12,000 in the US and the UK. The cost per graft is $15 to $20 and the total cost depends on how many grafts the patient needs.

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hair transplant for women

We also perform hair transplantation for women

Hair transplant is an effective treatment for women who suffer from female pattern baldness or alopecia. Female pattern baldness usually occurs due to aging, hormones, and genetics.

Sometimes due to extreme hair loss, women are left with no choice but to undergo a hair transplant. Female hair restoration is a specialized procedure that focuses on restoring hair on the overall scalp.

Beard Transplant in Turkey: What are the benefits and perks?

Turkey holds an eminent position in aesthetic treatment worldwide, most importantly hair & skin treatments. There are various perks and benefits of coming to Turkey for medical treatments if you are a foreigner. Here are some of the lesser-known reasons why Turkey is a good catch for beard transplants and other treatments:

Turkey attracts thousands of foreigners for hair restoration treatments. Plastic surgeons in the industry are board-certified and highly experienced. They are well-trained and go through multiple evaluation tests before they join the industry. The most well-known hospitals for hair treatments in Turkey include Avicenna Hospital, Memorial Hospital, Medical Park Hospital, etc.

One of the benefits of coming to Turkey for medical treatment is that you do not have to deal with long visa queues. Most foreigners, particularly Europeans can enter Turkey without a visa and just with a valid ID card. It saves a lot of time and you can plan your trip without any hassle and worries.

The Turkish Health Ministry announced VAT exemption for foreigners who visit Turkey for medical treatment in 2018. It is a state incentive to boost medical tourism in Turkey and to provide convenience to foreign patients. Therefore, medical treatments are free of tax if you are a foreigner coming to Turkey for medical treatment.

Turkey offers a well-established medical tourism sector that thrives due to a web of hospitals, clinics, and agencies that meticulously plan every aspect of your journey. Travel packages for medical tourism cover everything from hotel reservations to airport transfers, hospital transfers, and other important aspects. In 2023, around 7,46,290 people have already chosen Turkey as their medical destination. The total profit earned so far in 2023 by the medical tourism sector in Turkey is $1,033,942.

Another perk of coming to Turkey is that you don’t have to wait for months or years for your appointment. Despite receiving hundreds and thousands of patients every season, every patient is given the same level of attention and care. The appointment process is fast and hassle-free.

Istanbul is Turkey’s biggest metropolitan city that hosts a huge number of transit flights every day. It is convenient to find flight connections to almost anywhere in the world from Istanbul. Furthermore, most flights from European countries to Istanbul are only 3 hours long. Therefore, foreigners can find a sense of ease in traveling to Turkey because of easy flight accessibility.

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Dixi Health perform beard transplant in Istanbul.

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How to visit Turkey for beard transplantation?

If you are considering Turkey for beard transplantation, here is the process of booking an appointment for your treatment. The process is as follows:

Step 1: Get in touch with our representative and share your details

The first primary step to start the process is reaching out to us and sharing your information. One of our team members will take down your details including your contact details and medical history. Here are the tests our representative will ask you to share with them via WhatsApp or email:
  1. CBC (Complete Blood Count)
  2. Coagulation tests
  3. BMP (Basic Metabolic Panel)
  4. Random blood sugar
  5. HIV test

Step 2: Travelling to Turkey and Hospitalization

Once our doctors are satisfied with your test results, we will help you sort out your flight to Turkey and your itinerary. It doesn’t matter which airport you land at we will be there to pick you up and take you to the hotel. We will arrange your hotel transfers as well to make sure you are sorted throughout your trip.

Step 3: Pre-surgery Check-up

Once you arrive at the hotel, our doctors will welcome you and prepare you for certain tests. Although we have asked you for certain tests before, our doctors run another set of tests to be safe. The following tests will be performed before the surgery:
  1. Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  2. ECG Test
  3. Coagulation test
  4. EKG (Electrocardiogram)
  5. Blood sugar test

Step 4: Surgery

If the doctors are satisfied with your test results, they prepare you for the surgery. On the day of the surgery, you are transferred to the hospital and welcomed by the staff at the hospital.

Step 5: Recovery

After the surgery, you may have to stay in the hospital for a short while for doctors to monitor your condition. This is just a preventative step to make sure you are recovering fine. You may have to revisit after a few days for a follow-up appointment with the doctor.

What services do our packages include?

Here is a complete list of services our treatment package includes:
  1. Preliminary Tests
  2. Anesthesia Examination
  3. Initial Examination
  4. Hair PRP procedure
  5. Post procedure Examinations
  6. Post-surgery hospital stay (if needed)
  7. VIP hotel and hospital transfers
  8. Hotel accommodation

How long is the recovery period after a beard transplant?

On average, the recovery period lasts from 3 weeks to 6 months to a year sometimes. Recovery time varies from patient to patient, according to their health, genetics, and lifestyle. Here is what you can expect in the weeks after the surgery:

  1. Week 1-2: Slight discomfort with swelling and inflammation is normal right after the surgery. Doctors prescribe antibiotic creams and medications to lessen the chances of infections. You will be advised to stay away from high-intensity exercise, smoking, and alcohol. It would help if you also avoided the urge to scratch your beard for a stable and healthy recovery. Avoid direct exposure to sunlight and do not visit saunas or swimming pools.

  2. Week 2-3: By week 2, you can go back to work and other routine activities. In the third week, you may notice hair shedding but it is not a cause for alarm. It means the hair growth cycle has begun. Make sure you keep the surgical sites clean to avoid infections or folliculitis.

  3. Week 3-4: By this time the scabs are gone and new hair growth can be seen. Swelling and redness subside completely and you can see signs of fullness in your beard. This means you are recovering fine and closer to your goal of a fuller and thicker beard.

  4. Long-term recovery (3-6 months): After 3 months, you will see significant hair growth. Your beard is most likely to look a lot fuller and prominent. If your doctor gives the go-ahead, you can even shave your beard after 3 months.

What are the risks and complications of beard transplantation?

Complications during or after a beard transplant are rare unless there is a lack of expertise or proper post-op care. These are the complications or risks associated with a beard transplant:

  1. Continuous bleeding from the beard area.
  2. Severe itching and inflammation
  3. Pain and swelling that lasts more than a week.
  4. Scarring
  5. Nerve damage
  6. Folliculitis
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FAQs Beard Transplantation

Here are common queries we receive regarding beard transplantations:

Beard transplants are less likely to leave scars because tiny incisions are made in the procedure.

Beard transplants give a very natural and realistic look to your beard.

A beard transplant is a minor procedure and does not cause pain. Typically, surgeons use anesthetic creams to numb the beard area so patients do not feel anything during the surgery.

Beard transplants are completely safe and one of the most popular hair restoration procedures in the world.

That’s something a doctor can only answer. Minoxidil helps with hair growth but it does not suit everyone so it is better to consult your doctor first. Moreover, Minoxidil results last only for a limited time whereas a transplant is a permanent solution and provides remarkable results.

The success rate of beard transplants is over 90 to 95% and it is now an accepted treatment for beard hair loss worldwide. The success of a beard transplant depends on several factors such as the doctor’s experience, the patient’s health, and post-surgery care. There are fewer chances of complications after a beard transplant because the patient’s hair follicles are used for transplant. Since no artificial substances are used in the process, adverse reactions are a lot less common.


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