Istanbul Medical Tourism

What are the main attractions of this hair replacement capital?

Istanbul is an enchanting city which bridges the gap between Europe and Asia. The largest city in Turkey, Istanbul combines stunning scenery and natural beauty with a centuries-old cultural heritage and modern, cutting-edge hospitals. Istanbul’s medical facilities and wellness services have made it a huge focal point for medical tourists from Europe, the Middle East and North America, leading Istanbul to be known as the global hair transplant capital.

A doctor showing a stethoscope with Turkish flag.

Istanbul has rapidly become a favourite destination for hair transplantation.

What Makes Istanbul a Leading Destination for Hair Transplant Tourism?

Istanbul is now the world’s leading destination for hair replacement procedures, accounting for the vast majority of the 200-plus hair transplants which take place every day in Turkey, according to the Turkish Ministry of Health figures. Many international patients from the Gulf countries and Europe travel to Turkey for hair restoration treatments after unsuccessful surgeries at inferior clinics. Turkish doctors and trichologists have earned an excellent name in hair transplant operations, and in licensed clinics the cost of this type of operation can start from 1,500 USD.

About 5,000 international patients come to Turkey for a hair transplant every month. The majority of these patients are male, but some female patients also come for hair or eyebrow implants. A hair or eyebrow transplant is a one-day outpatient procedure, but it can take eight to twelve months for the full results to become apparent.

What are the Main Attractions in Istanbul?

The following attractions are highly recommended for all visitors:

Hagia Sophia Museum

The Byzantine Emperor Justinian ordered the construction of this structure in 537AD, and it served as a church for almost a millennium. After conquistation, it was transformed into a mosque and it remained as such for 481 years. Later, in 1935, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – the first President of Turkey – converted it into a museum.

Blue Mosque

The interior of this building boasts thousands of blue Iznik tiles, lending it the name ‘Blue Mosque’. The Blue Mosque structure dates back to the early 1600s and consists of 6 minarets and numerous domes. The building was designed to rival the Hagia Sophia, which is located just across the road. You can now visit the mosque at any time, apart from prayer times.

Dolmabahce Palace

This palace sits on the shores of the Bosphorus. The throne room boasts a 4.5-ton chandelier, making it one of the largest in Europe.

The Galata Bridge

The Galata Bridge, which crosses the beautiful Golden Horn waterway, offers spectacular views of Istanbul. Today’s bridge is the fifth version of one which had been in use since 500AD. These days, pedestrians, cars and even trams are free to cross the Galata Bridge.

The Basilica Cistern

The huge Basilica Cistern lies opposite the Hagia Sophia. The Medusa pillars in particular are one of the most striking attractions in this cistern. The Roman building was constructed in 532 AD and it features many columns which were reused from pagan temples, plus a variety of column heads. If you love old, mysterious buildings, this structure will certainly be to your liking.

Topkapı Palace

This splendid palace served as the Ottoman Sultans’ imperial residence for around four hundred years. Much of the palace is off-limits to visitors, but it is still possible to enjoy the everyday tours of the Harem. The palace is open to visitors from Mondays to Wednesdays and from Fridays to Sundays, from 09:00 in the morning to 19:00 in the evening.

Spice Bazaar

This is a unique Egyptian Bazaar where you can check out an intoxicating combination of colourful herbs and spices, and enjoy their characteristic aroma.