Legal Hair Transplant Clinics

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Legal Hair Transplant Clinics

Differences between legal and illegal hair transplant clinics in Istanbul

Legal Hair Transplant Clinics – Turkey is currently the world’s leading destination for hair transplant tourism. In fact, over one hundred thousand people visit the country every year for hair transplants. This booming industry is worth nearly $250 million a year. As a proportion of the world’s global industry, it is equivalent to $1 billion.

In Istanbul alone, there are currently over 250 clinics and private practices. These places compete for clients who seek to cover the balding areas of their head or create a more masculine image with thick beards or moustaches.

One of the best clinics is SHIFT Hair Transplant, one of the most dependable hair transplant clinics in Turkey. Here, the quality is high while the price is low in comparison with many other countries: often less than $2,500. This modest figure is quite a steal in comparison with prices in the UK or the USA, where the cost of such procedures can reach up to $25,000. In fact, hair transplants in Turkey are even better value than in Greece, the main competitor in this sector. Legal Hair Transplant Clinics

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Clearly, illegal hair transplant clinics only accept cash.

Illegal clinics can destroy the good reputation of the business

A rapid surge in popularity can create problems in the industry. A lot of illegal clinics, most of which do not have licenses for hair transplant procedures, are seeking to attract new patients with the potential for profit in mind. This situation has caused a rivalry to emerge between legal and illegal hair transplant clinics in Istanbul. An increasing number of such clinics make money from international patients, many of whom are from Arab countries. The majority of these patients are unaware that illicit and very often dangerous surgeons perform the procedures.Agencies as intermediaries

The differences between legal and illegal hair transplant clinics in Istanbul are not always easy to spot. Usually, tourist agencies in Istanbul will work with a list of customers and documents from a middleman. The agency introduces a patient to a clinic and receives an amount from the commission of every visitor. When patients book a hair transplant treatment, they receive an all-inclusive package which includes a welcome at the airport and transfers with luxury cars. These transfers will take patients to the hotel or apartment that has been reserved for them and, after the treatment, back to the airport again. Legal Hair Transplant Clinics

How do illegal clinics operate?

The majority of the patients at illegal clinics travel from Gulf countries. These patients are often tempted by the low price and geographic proximity. In the battle between legal and illegal hair transplant clinics in Istanbul, there is an effort to lure patients in using new trends such as moustache transplants. These trends aim to attract men who are inspired by popular actors from Turkish soap operas. Many of the patients bring a photo of their favourite soap opera star or singer and ask to be made to look like just like him.

Fake clinics promise patient 100% satisfaction with the appearance of their dreams, but most of the treatments end in frustration. Legal Turkish surgeons have been working to build an excellent reputation throughout the years. However, they now find themselves up against a proliferation of illegal clinics. Such clinics are causing significant damage to the overall image of Turkey in the hair transplant industry. They are furthermore harming tourism to the country.

A considerable decline in the proportion of legal clinics

In the golden era of the hair transplant industry in Turkey, there had been more legal than illegal clinics. However, patients should be aware that in Istanbul at least six out of ten clinics are currently operating illegally. Legal Hair Transplant Clinics

Unlicensed clinics put lives in danger

Legal and professional clinics such as SHIFT Hair Transplant perform safe, high-quality hair transplant procedures in Turkey. They also warn that unlicensed rivals put patients’ lives at risk. However, illegal clinics continue to try to steal patients from their legal, licensed counterparts.

The main difference between legal and illegal hair transplant clinics in Istanbul is that in legal clinics only a qualified surgeon, doctor, dermatologist or experienced trichologist will perform the operation. The clinic must also provide clear records about the hair transplant procedure, emergency unit and operating room in the facility as well as all of their relevant documents. These documents will prove their registration with the national care system and compliance with existing Turkish legislation.

Another significant difference between legal and illegal hair transplant clinics in Istanbul is that surgeons in the illegal clinics normally leave the work to nurses, inexperienced students and even untrained staff members. This leads to the potential for disappointing results and post-operative infection, as well as a potential risk to the life of the patient.

Hair transplant procedures are not as simple as the black-market clinics claim. If patients suffer from heart conditions, they can be at risk of serious injury and potentially even death. Legal Hair Transplant Clinics




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Your relationship with SHIFT Hair Transplant is governed by the following Terms and Conditions. Our office is located at Gayrettepe Mah. Yıldız Posta Cad. No: 6 Beşiktaş 34349, Istanbul, Turkey with Registration Number: 77990-5. These Terms and Conditions are applicable to all our Treatment Packages. Please take your time to read through it before accepting because there are legal implications associated with it.


The use of the information and services offered by this website (https://shifthairtransplant.com/) depends on your acceptance of its terms without any modification. SHIFT has the sole right to permanently or temporarily make changes to these terms and conditions, and cannot be held responsible for any damage that may be caused by such modifications, suspension or discontinuation to any third party or user.


“Agreement” – This Agreement.

“Terms and Conditions” – These Terms and Conditions.

“Schedule” – A document that gives a detailed description of the particular Treatment Package you intend to buy.

“We” – SHIFT Hair Transplant, incorporated as a medical tourism company at Gayrettepe Mah. Yıldız Posta Cad. No: 6/20 Beşiktaş 34349, Istanbul, Turkey (Registration Number: 77990-5).

“Trading Name” – SHIFT.

“Service Provider” – The medical expert that provides consultation, examination, medical procedure as well as care and aftercare.

“Destination” – Istanbul – Turkey.

“Treatment Package” – The list of all services including operation, private transfers, accommodation, host and pre-operative tests (if needed) that you have chosen to buy from SHIFT.

“Procedure” – The medical surgery or treatment you have decided to undertake.


1.1. Based on your service preferences, the cost of your Treatment Package will include the costs of one or more of the services given below:

a) Operation.

b) Private transfers.

c) Accommodation.

d) Any pre-operative tests recommended for you.

e) Host.


2.1. The information (I.e. test results, pictures, prescriptions, etc.) provided by you through email exchanges, video consultations or telephone conversations will be reviewed by the service provider (SHIFT) before treatment plans are offered. Thus, changes may be made to your treatment plan after you have been examined by the Service Provider before your Procedure.

2.2. You are at liberty to choose whether to go ahead if such changes occur. In cases like this, you are entitled to get a refund for tests, consultations and other services for which payment has been made. However, we are not responsible for refunding your travel, accommodation and transfer costs as such services are handled by third party providers who are not under the control of SHIFT.


3.1. Schedules containing relevant information will be provided to you as part of this contract. Information contained in these schedules are listed below:

a) Detailed information about the costs of your package

b) Detailed Information about your package

c) Information about health formalities required for the journey and the stay

d) Detailed information about visa and passport requirements which can also be obtained from https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

3.2. You will be provided with information about your journey before embarking on it. This information will be made available to you in good time and will include the following:

a) The name, address and telephone number of an agency in that locality that can provide assistance to you.

b) The times and places of intermediate stops and transport connections.

3.3 The Schedules containing the above information, which we will provide to you, form an important part of this contract, and as such, it should be read together with it.


Reading our literature

4.1. Before accepting this agreement, you will read the literature given to you, including information contained on our website in relation to matters highlighted in paragraph 3.1. By accepting this agreement, it means that you have read and understood the information provided to you.

Travel information, passports, Visas and documentation

4.2. It is your responsibility to make provision for the following:

a) A valid, acceptable passport.

b) A visa, if necessary.

c) Other documentation.

4.3. It is your responsibility to submit passenger information to your airline in advance of travel if required.

4.4. All entry requirements for both your final destinations and any stop-off point must be met by you.

4.5. By failing to satisfy the requirements stipulated in paragraphs 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3, or providing incorrect information or documents, you accept that you may be denied carriage and entry to the country you are visiting. In such cases, you accept and acknowledge that you will be solely responsible for all resultant losses, and SHIFT will accept no responsibility or liability thereof.

4.6. You are fully responsible for any fines or costs (including the costs of an immediate return flight) you accrue due to your failure to travel with the required passport, visa or other documentation. In such situations, SHIFT accepts no liability as no compensation, expenses, refund or other sum will be paid.

4.7. SHIFT bears no responsibility for you missing your flight, including your connections. It is your responsibility to provide all necessary documents, including passports and visas.

Health precautions

4.8. You will be given health advice about your specific needs, or any required or recommended vaccinations well enough before travel. This information can be obtained from many local websites.

4.9. You are also required to seek advice from your local GP.


4.10. You are required to take out insurance with an approved insurer before purchasing a Treatment Package from us. The essence of this is to indemnify you for any losses that you may suffer due to insolvency, travel problems or medical issues. By accepting these Terms and Conditions, it implies you have accepted this obligation.


5.1. Details of your medical history must be submitted to SHIFT before beginning your journey, so as to help determine your suitability for the planned surgery. Your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions means that you agree that the details of your medical history, including your test results, pictures, prescriptions, will be shared with your Service Provider. We cannot be held responsible if the medical history form has not been thoroughly or honestly completed, or if any information is withheld.

5.2. Your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions implies giving us permission to obtain your patient file (including your examination and treatment results, treatment plan as well as before and after pictures) for our records. Be rest assured that we shall not sell or otherwise transfer your personal information to any party other than to deliver the services requested by you.


6.1. You may decide to cancel your booking at any time by notifying us in writing. The cancellation takes effect from the day on which the written notification of cancellation gets to us. The time at which the notification of cancellation is received will determine the scale of charges payable. However, the cancellation charge is always confined to actual expenses incurred and disbursements made.


7.1. The confidentiality of your personal details is of utmost priority to us. We are not going to disclose your data, records or information without your consent and will only be shared with those involved with your treatment.


8.1 SHIFT maintains all patient information in accordance with Turkish laws pertaining to the release and disclosure of personal health information in order to ensure your privacy. The before and after pictures of patients might be used for illustrative purposes, especially to show possible results from various procedures. We hereby undertake that these pictures will not be edited or enhanced in any way to change the appearance of procedure or treatment. Your personal information will not be sold or rented to third parties. Your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions implies that you agree that SHIFT can use your before and after pictures in order to operate and enhance its website, to provide customer service, to process your transactions, to carry out research and analysis targeted at enhancing its products, services and technologies as well as to display personalised content to your interests and preferences.


9.1. This Agreement is under the law of the Republic of Turkey and is within the jurisdiction of the courts of Istanbul.



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