Is it Safe to Travel to Turkey for Hair Transplant?
Yes, it is safe to Travel to Turkey for Hair Transplant. This year Turkey has had a rough time dealing with terrorism and political instability. Although the political scene seems unsteady, it is still safe to travel to Turkey for a hair transplant. All economic sectors are still functioning normally. The government is doing everything they can to combat terror. Besides the areas bordering Syria, all other cities are safe.
Ankara is safe and secure. We can confidently assure our patients that they should not be shy to come for the surgery at this point. Our hair transplant patients are still coming in from all over the world for the surgery; none of them has encountered any security issues or limitations. Our clinic is located in a very safe location, close to the EU offices, embassies and the presidential palace. You can confidently walk around the area any time of the day or night with no risk of any attack including petty looting. However as a caution, just as any other big city, we ask our patients to avoid crowded areas and dangerous spots within the city centre. We also assure you that in case there is any form of danger, we will inform you to cancel your travel plans. So, don’t be shy, take this chance to Travel to Turkey for Hair Transplant.
This year, many other countries such as France, Belgium, Germany, USA, UK have been victims of terror on a small or large scale. This means that such unfortunate events can happen anywhere, even in the safest most unexpected places. We just urge everyone to stay safe throughout their travel period until they get back home.
Preparations for Travel to Turkey for Hair Transplant
Contact us for appointment
After free online consultation, once you decide to undertake with the hair restoration surgery with Dr. Ekrem Civas in Turkey, Kindly email or contact us to schedule an appointment for your surgery at least three months before your planned date. This is because appointment dates are very competitive and allocated on a first come first served basis. We are three months full in advance throughout the year. To secure your appointment date, you should book your flight ticket to Esenboğa Airport in Ankara and provide us with your flight details. It is also advantageous to pay 10% deposit through a wire transfer.
Travel to Turkey for Hair Transplant
Once you have been given an appointment for the surgery, you can go ahead and book your flight and submit your flight itinerary by email. Our patient coordinator will book you for 3 nights at a 4-star hotel (Koza Suite Hotel) or any other hotel and arrange for the two-way airport transfers. If you would like a more luxurious hotel at an extra cost, let us know so we can arrange for the reservation. You are assured of a comfortable stay in Turkey.
Flights to Ankara Esenboga ESB Airport
Your flight to Ankara may not be direct. You may have to fly through Istanbul, Munich, Doha or London. The following airlines provide flights to Ankara.
- Turkish Airlines – Worldwide through Istanbul
- Lufthansa – Worldwide through Munich
- Pegasus Airlines – Within Europe through Istanbul
- Qatar Airlines – Worldwide through Doha
- Air Canada – Canada and Americas
- United Airlines – USA through Munich
Precautions to observe before surgery
- Do not take the aspirin a week to the operation
- Do not take antidepressants and blood thinner pills a week to the operation
- Do not smoke one week after the operation
- Do not take any alcohol from 3 days to the operation
- Do not take multivitamins or herbal medication 1 week before the operation
- Wear comfortable clothing on the day of the operation, we recommend you wear a shirt with buttons so that you do not damage the grafts while dressing.
- Kindly let us know if you have any chronic diseases or allergies.
Arrival and Airport Transfers
You can fly directly to Ankara or through Istanbul from any city in the world. Our driver will pick you from Ankara Esenboğa Airport; he will be waiting for you at the International Arrivals holding a sign with your name on it. The driver’s name and mobile number will be emailed to you before your arrival date. Just in case there is a delay or any other inconvenience, keep your mobile phone on so that we can call you. It is advisable for you to arrive a day before your surgery date.
After you have checked into the hotel, you should come for the pre-op face-to-face consultation. Dr. Civas will design your hairline, discuss with you the expected results as per your requirements and inform you of the procedure in detail. You will also be advised by our hospitable staff which interesting places you can visit in Ankara.
Civas Hair Restoration Center is located 400km away from Koza hotel; which is just 6 minutes walk. It is located opposite Migros Supermarket and in the building with Dominos Pizza on the second floor. The directions to the clinic are as shown in the picture below and you can also look from google maps location of Civas Clinic.
You are advised to have a good breakfast at your hotel (inclusive). We expect you at the clinic at 8:15 a.m. on the surgery date. Please wear a buttoned shirt (not a closed shirt or T-Shirt) to avoid brushing over the newly implanted grafts after the surgery while dressing up. The procedure will take 7-9 hours in a fully-equipped, state-of-art operating theatre/room under local anesthesia. Lunch and other breaks will be provided for during the procedure. At the end of the procedure, Dr Civas will instruct you of the post operation care, and a hard copy of the instructions will be given to you.
Post Operation Review
You will be given a follow up appointment the day after the surgery where Dr. Civas will do further check ups and give you further instructions on cleaning and taking care your scalp. The bandage will be removed then we will demonstrate how to shampoo/wash your hair. Procedure related medications (included in the package) will be provided.
You are medically fit to fly back a day after the procedure. Depending on your flight schedule, you will be driven back to the airport and you can have a safe flight back home.
On the 5th – 10th day, 2nd month and 12th month after your hair transplant, we will call or e-mail you to follow up on your treatment. You can see the full results of the hair transplant 8-12 months after the surgery. In the first few weeks, patients have a lot of questions about how to handle the transplanted hair, in case you have any questions, you can email or contact us.