How does recovery work?
Aftercare is the most important part of the process. Following the surgery, I had to take 14 days off work, and was advised to not exercise or use public transport during this period. From the moment I got home, I had to spray the recipient area with a saline solution every half hour. I washed my head twice a day with baby shampoo and took medication a few times a day. Sleeping was difficult as I was advised to sleep upright or on one side. Insider tip: invest in a travel pillow!
From day one I saw instant results. The donor hair did shed after one month – but this is actually a good sign that the new hair is coming through and pushing out the donor hair. It’s important to remember, that it’s actually the root that has been transplanted, not the hair.
How will the hair grow over the next year?
Over the next two-to-six months my new hair will start slowly growing through. By the end of 2017, I will see the full results. I’ll be documenting the rest of my journey through a series of vlogs and posts.
MEDICAL TOURISM: CUT-PRICE HAIR TRANSPLANTS DELIVER $1BN TO TURKISH ECONOMY
Hundreds of Britons are travelling there in a bid to regain a fulsome quiff or lustrous crown as well as for other types of cosmetic surgery. Laura Pitel meets one of them in Istanbul
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● Tuesday 26 January 2016 19:00
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As he waits for an operation in a suburb of Istanbul, Ibrahim – a dentist from London – admits to some nerves.
Sitting in a medical gown and with a thick pen line drawn across the top of his bare head, he says: “Naturally you have anxiety.”
However, the allure of a new head of hair at a bargain price was enough for the 30-year-old to set aside any misgivings. “I was having hair loss since I was about 16 or 17 years old. I was putting oil in my hair but it was getting thinner and thinner,” he says. “In the UK, the places
are very expensive. So I looked abroad, did a bit of research and this place looked the best.”
Ibrahim (surname withheld) is one of thousands of people flying to Turkey as part of its booming medical tourism industry, worth an annual $1bn (£700m). In December the country’s health ministry said that over 200 hair transplants were carried out each day in Turkey, mostly on foreign visitors.
Drawn by geographical convenience and low prices, most patients come from the Gulf states, Egypt and Libya. But increasing numbers are European. In November, a balding French jihadist was arrested after stopping off for a quick transplant in the Turkish city of Izmir, having returned from fighting with Isis in Syria.