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Istanbul is an enchanting city which bridges the gap between Europe and Asia. The largest city in Turkey combines stunning scenery and natural beauty with a centuries-old cultural heritage and modern 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.

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Istanbul as the Leading Destination for Hair Transplant

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 travel to Turkey for hair restoration, as the Turkish doctors and trichologists have earned an excellent reputation in hair transplant.

About 6,000 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 clear.

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The Main Attractions of Istanbul

Apart from being the best choice for hair transplant operations in the world, here are a few reasons to visit Istanbul;

Hagia SophiaIstanbul Medical Tourism 4

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

The Blue MosqueIstanbul Medical Tourism 5

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 many 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 PalaceIstanbul Medical Tourism 6

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 BridgeIstanbul Medical Tourism 7

The Galata Bridge crosses the beautiful Golden Horn and offers spectacular views.

Today’s bridge is the fifth version of one which had been in use since 500 AD. These days, pedestrians, cars and even trams are free to cross the Galata Bridge.

The Basilica CisternIstanbul Medical Tourism 8

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 be to your liking.

Topkapi PalaceIstanbul Medical Tourism 9

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 BazaarIstanbul Medical Tourism 10

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

Turkish FoodIstanbul Medical Tourism 11

Cats of IstanbulIstanbul Medical Tourism 12

The Bosphorus BridgeIstanbul Medical Tourism 13