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Mustache Transplant in Turkey

Mustache hair loss is nowadays a common issue among men of all ages but mostly young adults. It is a surgical procedure to grow new hairs in patchy areas of the mustache for it to look fuller and more noticeable.

A mustache transplant can be performed with a beard transplant or separately. The most common causes of mustache hair loss are Alopecia Areata, hormonal imbalance, genetics, nutritional deficiencies, stress, and low testosterone. Lowering stress and leading a healthy lifestyle are sometimes not enough to stimulate facial hair growth. A mustache transplant is a viable option if you are someone who tried everything else for mustache fullness but got nowhere. The most common cause of mustache hair loss is Alopecia Areata, which is a genetic and hormone-related condition.

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery reveals that beard and mustache transplants account for 5% of all hair restoration procedures. 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.

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. The most affected are men and the biggest symptom they face is beard and mustache hair loss. A report by Allied Market Research suggests that the global beard and mustache transplant industry made around $189 million in 2021.

A hair transplant procedure is for hair growth in the mustache area if it is patchy or thinning. The procedure is the same as any other hair transplant procedure but it aims to thicken and densify the mustache only. The surgical procedure involves extracting hair follicles from donor areas (back or sides of the head) and implanting them into the thinning or empty areas of the mustache. The procedure is for hair growth and better hair density in the area. It allows men to be more self-confident and self-assured in their looks.

A Mustache Transplant entails the same procedure as any hair transplant procedure but only focuses on the mustache area. 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 only the donor area for the collection of hair follicles from the back or sides of the head.

Follicle Harvesting: The doctor extracts follicular units from the back or the sides of the head. The recipient area is then 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 mustache area. 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 area. Your doctor will guide you regarding how to take care of the surgical area at home.

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Who should get a Mustache Transplant?

A beard transplant is a minor surgery but requires a thorough evaluation by a qualified doctor to determine your eligibility. 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 in the mustache area.
  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 (back or sides of the head).
  6. You have a sparse and uneven mustache that affects your confidence.
  7. You are healthy and do not have any serious medical conditions.
  8. You went through an injury or trauma that damaged your hair follicles and affected the facial hair growth.
  9. You have realistic expectations from the surgery and you do not expect results overnight.
  10. You can commit to following your doctor’s guidelines.
  11. If you are a smoker, you can discontinue use during the treatment.

How much does a Mustache transplant cost?

Doctors charge for a beard transplant according to the amount 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 mustache 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.

If you are looking for a budget-friendly option, you can look into visiting Turkey for the treatment. The costs of aesthetic treatments in Turkey are 60% to 70% lower than in other countries. The average cost of a mustache transplant in Turkey is between $2000 and $4000. It varies from patient to patient according to the number of grafts they need.

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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.

What can you expect  mustache transplant in Turkey?

Turkey holds an eminent position in aesthetic treatment worldwide, most importantly hair & skin cosmetic treatments. There are various perks and benefits of coming to Turkey for medical treatments because of its strong and well-established medical tourism sector. Here are the top reasons why Turkey is a good catch for beard transplants and other treatments.

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 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.

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.

No waiting for an Appointment: 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.

Transit Hub: 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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How to visit Turkey for mustache transplantation treatment?

If you are considering Turkey for mustache 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

What are Mustache Transplant risks and side effects?

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 mustache 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 mustache. This means you are recovering fine and closer to your goal of a fuller and thicker mustache.

  4. Long-term recovery (3-6 months): After 3 months, you will see significant hair growth. Your mustache 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.

How is a Mustache transplant before and after?

What changes can I expect in my appearance? A mustache transplant gives men a full and prominent mustache that allows them to be more confident in their appearance.

Who performs a mustache transplant?

A qualified dermatologist with expertise in hair transplant is authorized to perform a mustache transplant.

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FAQs mustache transplants

Here are common queries we receive regarding mustache transplantations:

Mustache transplants are not that invasive so it is unlikely that they will leave a scar. In certain cases, it is possible due to incisions.

It is important to consult your doctor first but generally, patients can shave after a few weeks when hair growth begins.

The success rate of mustache transplants is 90 to 95% with a high percentage of patient satisfaction.

On average, the mustache starts to grow within a month of the surgery. The hair growth continues for 6 months to a year.

Mustache transplant is one of the least invasive procedures so it does not cause pain. Doctors apply anesthetic creams to numb the mustache area for the patient to be comfortable during the process.

You can choose either one but DHI is a less invasive technique among the two.

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