Shailesh Sharma 15 Apr 2019

Whether you are looking for a nose job, hair transplant or tooth extraction, Turkey has something for everyone.

Did you know that Turkey ranks among the top countries in the world for hair transplants and ninth for plastic surgery? Not to forget the transcontinental country is also among the top choices for dental procedures, cardiovascular surgery, and assisted reproductive technology (IVF).

It’s no new thing that when it comes to cosmetic procedures, one looks for international standard services that also fit their pocket. Turkey a unique combination of excellent treatment facilities, highly qualified health professionals, and most notably, affordable prices.

In this article, you will learn the services available in Turkey. We will also talk about the factors that make it a top medical tourism destination.

Cosmetic Surgery in Turkey

As the name suggests, cosmetic surgery is used for cosmetic purpose. In other words, cosmetic surgery aims to improve a person’s appearance. It is a type of plastic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery includes various aesthetic procedures that can help:

  • Treat baldness (hair transplant)
  • Reshape buttocks (buttocks contouring)
  • Reshapes nose (nose job)
  • Remove fat from different parts of the body
  • Enlarge or reduce a breast
  • Remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face
  • Lighten up scars and marks

Turkey provides affordable, high-quality cosmetic procedures. You can enjoy your vacation as well as revamp your appearance at the same time. All these special privileges come to you at the prices you could only imagine.

The International of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) reports that nearly 800K cosmetic procedures were carried in Turkey in 2016. This makes Turkey the eighth most visited country for cosmetic procedures.

It is no surprise people from around the globe, especially from developed countries are flocking to Turkey in the quest to achieve their desired look. Each year, nearly 100,000 international patients visit Turkey for aesthetic procedures.

Hair Transplant in Turkey

A receding hairline can be a major stressor for both men and women. Though it commonly occurs in men as they age, some women may also find their hairline forming a V-shaped pattern in the center of the forehead.

Such a pattern of baldness causes significant problems with a person’s confidence, well-being, and self-image. Notably, the emotional consequences of baldness are usually more profound in women than in men. In severe cases, baldness can cause depression and other major psychological issues.

Among various treatments such as medications and alternative therapies, hair transplants are most effective and likely to provide a long-term solution. During a hair transplant, a health professional removes hairs and parts of the scalp from thicker spots on the head and places them in the areas that have the receding hairline.

 Turkey ranks third in hair transplant procedures worldwide. According to experts, approximately 1,500 hair transplants are carried in Turkey each day.

While hair transplants are likely the most suitable long-term solution to a receding hairline, they can be costly. Estimates suggest that the cost of a hair transplant in the US and most European countries can be as high as $15,000.  The cost of hair translate in Turkey is more adorable ranging between $2,000 to $4,000 in Turkey.

Two widely used techniques in hair transplant surgery are Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Among these, the FUE technique is more commonly used in Turkey. The major advantage of FUE over FUT is that the former does not leave scars on the scalp.

Well, it’s not just the cost that makes Turkey a top choice for hair transplants. The country also boasts of a huge network of international-standard facilities and experienced professionals.

Interestingly, the number of grafts used during a hair transplant in Turkey is way above the European and US average. Moreover, all this is done at about one-fifth of the price that you would have to pay in the US.

Nose Job in Turkey

A rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, is a type of surgery used to change the shape of the nose. While some people may choose to get a nose job for improving your appearance, in some cases, your doctor may recommend it to improve your breathing. You may also call it “nose reshaping” or “nose correction”.

During the surgery, a doctor either numbs your nose (local anesthesia) or makes you unconscious (general anesthesia). The choice of anesthesia depends on the complexity of the procedure.

With local anesthesia, you should be able to go back to your house on the day of the surgery. However, if your doctor has used general anesthesia, you may need to stay at the facility for a night.

The cost of a nose job in the US generally ranges from $5,000 to $10,000. However, in Turkey, you can get it done at almost half the cost in the US. That said, the cost also depends on the type of surgery, operating facilities, and aftercare.

In addition to the costs, getting a nose job in Turkey has several other benefits. These include high-quality services and expert consultation from well-qualified doctors. Many treatment centers in Turkey are ISO-certified and have years of experience in performing these surgeries.

Because a nose job does not require a long hospital stay, you have the liberty to spend your time the way you want after the surgery. You may visit nearby historical places, spend some quality time in nature or simply serve your taste buds with mouth-watering local cuisines.


It’s no new thing that Turkey is also a popular dental holiday destination. You can get a range of different dental procedures at exceptionally low costs. These include dental implants, veneers, teeth whitening, root canals, crowns, fillings, and extractions.

Estimates suggest that most dental procedures in Turkey cost less than half the amount that you would have to pay in the US or other developed countries.

Cities including Istanbul and Antalya are popular for delivering high-quality dental procedures. Likewise, popular resort towns such as Marmaris, Kusadasi, and Fethiye have many dental clinics ready to serve you at affordable prices.

Now going beyond costs, let’s talk about the certifications and regulatory bodies that oversee dental practice in the country.

Every dentist who practices in Turkey must have qualifications recognized by the Ministry of Health, Republic of Turkey. Besides, they also need to register with the Turkish Dental Association before they start practicing.

If a dentist is involved in cosmetic dentistry, they may also register with the Turkish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry. While this registration is not mandatory, it surely helps build more trust among the visitors.

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentistry service, it might be better to find one registered with the Turkish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry. This will help ensure your health is in the right hands.

Why Choose Turkey? Beyond the Cost

Experience matters

Turkey has a long history of excellence in medical services. Turkish baths and other historical healing sites still attract thousands of visitors from different parts of the world.

Over the years, the country has rapidly transformed itself into a medical destination powerhouse through its continued efforts in making medical services align with the international standards.

The Ministry of Health audits hospitals twice every year to ensure they meet the regulatory requirements in terms of quality, safety, and service standards.

Many of the health facilities in Turkey are accredited by international organizations. This clearly shows the services they deliver are of the highest quality.

Moreover, the hospitals and regulatory bodies put patient rights, privacy, and safety at the top-most priorities.

World-class hospitals

Currently, Turkey has 32 hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). With JCI accreditation, it is not too far when these hospitals will be considered equal to those in European countries.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Health, many of 560 private hospitals are affiliated to Johns Hopkins University, Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, and The NewYork–Presbyterian.

World-class health professionals

Many Turkish health professionals including plastic surgeons practice in well-known American and Europeans medical facilities. This allows them to widen their knowledge and expose themselves to innovations in treatment.

World-class service

Depending on the package and budget, many Turkish medical centers provide free transfer facilities and accommodation in 5-star hotels. Some of them may also provide language translations without any extra charge.

Tips for Better Experience

If you are ready to board a flight to Turkey for a better medical experience, here are some tips to follow.

  • Visit only those centers that have been accredited by the Turkish Government. 
  • Research the credentials and experience of the surgeon you are visiting. If you have a doubt, check again.
  • Find out if the medical center charges any additional costs.
  • Be sure of your legal rights as a patient in the country.
  • Check reviews of previous visitors. However, be careful, as some of the reviews can be fake or software-generated.
  • Find out any nearby tourist destinations you could visit after the procedure.
  • Learn the risks and limitations of a procedure. Opt for the procedure only when the expected benefits outweigh the risks. Never go under the knife just because someone persuaded. 

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About the Author:
Shailesh Sharma is a registered pharmacist and medical content writer from Nepal. He enjoys digging into latest findings of research and strongly believes in evidence-based health information. He graduated from Pokhara University School of Health and Allied Sciences and was engaged in clinical pharmacy and academia in various regions of Nepal for almost 9 years. Shailesh also serves as Project Manager of Graduate Pharmacists’ Association, Nepal (GPAN).


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