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Do Not Be Out of Your Hair When Having a Hair transplant! Risks and Unknowns of the Operation

Turkey Medicals – Companies engaged in medical tourism for cosmetic surgery and hair transplant in particular, are trying to attract patients to the centers and countries where they make agreements by promising cheap and excellent surgical results to patients in their advertisements abroad. Of course, when money comes into the business, health with tourism sauce can remain in the second plan. We all get sensations that technicians, nurses, even subcontracted cleaning workers are doing hair transplant in unsafe, unhygienic and illegal places, not doctors. Even on this subject, ISHRS (international hair transplant/ restoration surgery) association is currently warning patients in Europe and America with the articles it publishes; informing people about serious undesirable consequences and patients’ grievances.

So what are consequences when these operations are performed in hands of untrained people?

There are 2 important risks: the first of them is the destruction of the scalp and permanent hair damage due to excessive root removal attempts in the donor (donor/hair follicles were taken) area during the patient’s hair removal. In other words, the patient “dimyata gets bulgur at home when she goes to rice” and the nape of her neck is plucked out, patch by patch, as if it were a hairbreaker, it remains hollow. The second important risk is that the roots of the hair taken cannot be removed and, as a result, hair growth will never occur. Hair removal should be performed by plastic surgeons who are specialists in the business, and hair transplant should be performed after the roots are removed intact. On the other hand, the work done is no different from planting a lifeless piece of dry twig in the ground instead of a live seedling with a root.

In this context, the most important point that our people miss is this: hair transplant is seen as a small surgical procedure and perceived as insignificant. But it cannot be said that “minor” cosmetic surgery procedures are not “surgical”, it is indefensible. As with all plastic transplant surgery procedures, it is very important for the plastic surgeon to examine the patient and to make careful planning by taking his/her history.

Unfortunately, in our country, where medical tourism and hair transplant are widespread, patients are left alone after being brought to the centers with the “doctor’s assurance”. While looking at the doctor, their operations are performed from start to finish by nurses, technicians, patient caregivers and even subcontractor cleaning staff who are not authorized to perform surgical operations, and the patient is clearly being scammed. This puts patients at serious risk.

Unfortunately, the fact that hair transplants are performed in hospitals does not change this situation. A patient who trusts the name, brand and conditions of the hospital can be sent home by having his hair transplanted by non-competent technicians without even seeing the doctor’s face.

I recently saw that a patient who came to me had written about 5 times the daily dose in the prescription given at a hair transplant center in the hand. Surprised, when I asked, “who prescribed this medicine to you,” he said, “I don’t know, but I think he was a doctor.“ The white paper on which the medicines were written was not prescription paper; it bore neither the doctor’s name nor his signature, nor did it have a diploma number and stamp on it… Obviously, it was a so-called “prescription “ given to the patient by someone who worked there.

Permanent donor area destruction after hair transplant

Another transplant trick performed to market hair transplant, which has become the locomotive of health tourism in our country, is to give the air that hair transplantation is being performed with different techniques. transplant transplant transplant transplant transplant “Direct Hair Transplant” technique, “Organic” hair transplant (with oil injection), “Percutaneous” hair transplant, “Golden Tip” Hair Transplant, “micro FUE” technique, Hair Transplant by keeping in “IceGraft” solution, Hair transplant with “personalized” technique … such made-up techniques are just word salads used to paint people’s eyes and mislead them. The aim here is to increase the current demand or increase the price. There are only 2 accepted techniques in the world, and all of these nonsense, made-up techniques are Istanbul and Antalya FUE techniques themselves. What makes a hair transplant superior to others is that the plastic surgeon removes the hair follicles without damaging them, grafts are transplanted in the most serial way, frequently and in accordance with the natural hair output. When the name of the technique changes, the result does not change.

In this way, overshadowing hair restoration surgery with marketing methods that do not reflect the truth is also inconvenient for Turkey’s reliability and image abroad.

For these reasons, your doctor should definitely take part in the operation personally and keep the patient under supervision until the end of the operation. Please do not be out of your health for the sake of regaining your hair.

Stay with love.

Op. Dr.
Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Specialist


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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