Istanbul, in the huge Turkish metropolis, in the midst of crowds and tourists, they stand out. Bandage on the back of the head, it is the hair transplant men. Three friends arrive together from the north of France. David and Julie are in a relationship, and both do not like the young man’s baldness. It was she who convinced him to come to Türkiye. “It changes a person a lot, the fact of losing hair, and then it gets old”, says the young woman. They bought a fixed price, hotel room with swimming pool, taxi and operation, five days which cost twice less than in France. “It’s 2,900 euros the intervention for me, and I had 200 euros off because we came as a group“, says David.
Shaving of the skull and tracing of the contour of the implants
Before the transplant, half-day of relaxation and visits in the historic heart of Istanbul. The French-speaking guide works for the clinic, and at the Blue Mosque, they still talk about hair with her. The next day is the discovery of the clinic. The director is French, they chose the operation on the internet. The operation begins. Shaving of the skull and tracing of the contour of the implants carried out by Turkish nurses. The patient always has a translator at his side. Then for four hours, the nurses take, under anesthesia, hair grafts from the back of the skull. And for another four hours, three of them implant these grafts one by one, on the bald area. A Turkish workforce, nurses and doctors, much cheaper than in France.