Satolli learned about the surgery earlier while visiting Istanbul earlier this year. He frequently saw men with gauze around their heads and wondered what had happened to them all. A friend told him they were simply getting a good deal on a head of hair. Turkish clinics, he explained, can provide the surgery cheaply because overhead like rent and salaries are so low. They draw thousands of patients each month, many of them from the Gulf region.
“When I realized that Turkey is the top country in the world for hair transplants and most of the patients arrive from Arab countries, I wanted to go deeper and meet these people to understand why so many really care about their physical appearance and in particular their baldness,” Satolli says.
The photographer met with several doctors. Most saw his project as a way to advertise their work, and some even asked patients if they’d be willing to be photographed. Of course, many refused. “It’s not easy to show, especially to the people who know you, that you are not happy about your personal appearance and you want to change it with an operation,” he says.
Satolli worked with four clinics early this summer. He used a Nikon D800 camera with a 35 mm lens, switching to a 24mm for wider shots. His photos are surprisingly intimate, capturing men as they wait to see a doctor, have their hair shampooed by a nurse, and lie sedated on the operating table. Many even take the opportunity to see the city, like the friends Satolli captured taking a night ferry tour of the Bosphorus strait.
For the most part, the operations seem to work. Many of the men return a second, third, or fourth time if their bald area is too large to cover all at once.
The Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Hair Transplants
LONDON – For those with rapidly thinning hair, the emotional strain of knowing you’re losing your locks can be extensive. For those us living our day to day lives at work, hair loss can be devastating and opting for cheap hair transplant in Turkey can be a solution we turn to. With that in mind, add in a healthy dose of being in the public eye and it’s easy to understand why so many celebrities have opted for, or been rumoured to opt for this procedure. Here, we’re taking a look at five celebrities who have had hair transplants, some more openly than others!