Hair loss. Mostly caused by genetic factors, also called pattern baldness, baldness is a popular problem especially among men. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, more than fifty percent of all men will be affected by pattern baldness. If we add the hair loss that is caused by other factors, the number goes up to almost every three men of four will experience baldness over age fifty. And in recent years there is a solution for that problem. Hair transplantation. It is a treatment made by taking your own body hairs, especially from the neck area, and uses it in the areas of hair loss. These hairs are resilient against the hormones that cause your hair loss.
Over time this procedure became so popular, clinics that applied this procedure grew very high in numbers. This quick rise brings quick developments too. That’s why we are going to explain some of the important parts.
Hair Implantation in Istanbul
Istanbul is one of the best destinations for hair implantation. Especially in the last two-three years, people come from even the farthest countries. The main reason for this huge attention is medical quality in the country. Türkiye has been the best choice for some time for the people from the Middle East, and Europe. Geographically, Istanbul has a big potential. Being a megacity attracts the best workers of all jobs. And the best surgeons, who do their jobs at Istanbul, make a solid background over the years for their works. Tourists mostly come for hair implantation and mostly hear this marvellous medical work from their acquaintances. The rest of the patients find the best clinics on the internet. This is no ‘try and find out’ kind of thing. Of course, this procedure contains almost no risk to human health, not a dangerous surgery like the heart or brain-based surgeries. But no one wants to travel all the way and pay money for a ‘chance’ of success. And doctors in Istanbul know this very well.
Recently, apart from medical quality some of the clinics in Istanbul started to give some other services as well. They give transportation, accommodation and touristic trip services. They usually assign people who speak the patients’ native languages to keep them from feeling like a stranger. These services, the industry’s pioneers surgeons and a chance to see cultural treasures of Istanbul make a valid point for how this city became best in this.
The Things That Must Be Considered Before and After Transplantation
You have decided to get a hair transplant. But where to begin? The most important thing to do before hair transplantation is research. The more expert clinic you find the best results you get. The best surgeons will always give information about the pre and post-procedure preparations. An expert doctor will prepare a personal list for you. These factors include medication treatments you are on, chronic diseases you have and food diet.
Full recovery after this procedure is around two and a half to four months. The most important time is the first fifteen days. First two days, the treated area should not be touched with anything. This includes taking a shower. In the first two weeks, any kind of sport activity is forbidden. Along with activities like sauna, spa or solarium. Any kind of blood thinner supplements or medicines are considered risky in this process. And using clothes with zippers or buttons are advised to prevent any contact with the treated area. Only scissors are allowed for use for hair cut after the two weeks. After forty-five weeks, any kind of hair care can be administered. After a successful operation, after four months your hair will grow normally as it recovers fully.
As we said before, hair transplantation in Istanbul has other perks. And as other perks, we mean touristic trips. Almost everyone who comes to Istanbul for hair transplantation stays a couple of extra days just for sightseeing. It is no surprise they do that, Istanbul is a city that mesmerizes everyone. Since people visiting Istanbul get a chance to see places like Hagia Sophia. This alone transforms a medical trip into an adventure. For you who want to see the riches of this city, here is a list of places you can visit.
1. Hagia Sophia
Before you visit this place you must know these few facts. It was a cathedral for almost nine hundred years until the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople. The ruling sultan converted it to a mosque. After that, it served almost five hundred years as a mosque. For nearly ninety years, it was a museum. Its history counted as the most solid proof for the harmony of religions and peoples. It is considered as a bridge over the cultures. Muslims and Christians come from all over the world to see this marvellous building, as the historic culture and architecture fans.
Hagia Sophia became a mosque again in 2020 with the Presidential decree. On 24th of July, 2020, Friday prayers were performed again after 86 years. Visitors wish to see the Hagia Sophia can enter without an entrance fee from now on. Please keep in mind that there are five prayer times for a day, you might want to visit the Hagia Sophia besides these times. Don’t forget that know it’s a mosque again women and men have to wear according to Islamic rules. For men and women, legs and arms need to be covered, no shorts or skirts above the ankle. Also, your clothes should not be tight fitting. And women have to cover their heads.
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2. Topkapı Sarayı
Topkapı Palace was the main palace for almost four hundred years for Ottoman sultans. It was constructed deliberately close to the Grand Bazaar. This way when the ruling sultan arrived or left the city he would use the road inside Grand Bazaar. And one of the world’s biggest markets in its time and the economic hearth of the empire could keep close to the palace. It was considered as the ‘Brain’ of the empire, as it housed almost four hundred royal workers and advisors. It had a collection of treasures from all over the world, which still contains some of them. And right now most of the palace is open for visitors.
Open Hours: Winter Season 09:00 – 16:45, Summer Season 09: 00 – 18: 45 Closed on Tuesday
Location: View on Google Maps
Phone Number: (0212) 512 04 80
3. Basilica Cistern
Containing 336 pillars, and two Medusa heads at the base of two of the pillars, Basilica Cistern is a very popular construction. Basilica Cistern is a touristic spot you should definitely see. It was built in the sixth century, by order of the Byzantium emperor, for the purpose of providing water to the great palace mainly. It was constantly put in a restoration period during Ottoman reign. It was publicly opened in 1987 and is a historical landmark of Istanbul.
4. Dolmabahce Palace
The last official palace for the ruling sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Dolmabahce Palace has importance in more than one perspective. It was built during the last period of the Ottoman Empire, and ruling sultans resided here instead of Topkapı Palace. It was one of the most important buildings designed by the effects of the western style. It is said that Dolmabahce Palace has no official style of architecture. It contains multiple styles in it. It was a house to the six sultans. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, it was used by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and first President of the Republic of Türkiye. Ataturk used this palace as a presidential residence during the summers and enacted many of his important works here. Lastly, Ataturk died here as he was administered medical treatment on the last of his days, in Dolmabahce Palace.
5. Sultan Ahmed / Blue Mosque
As a historic mosque over five hundred years old, Sultan Ahmed Mosque or the other name Blue Mosque is still a functioning mosque. It is an extraordinary thing that we can visit an imperial mosque that is still operational. It was built in front of the Hagia Sophia and the hippodrome of Constantinople (now Sultanahmet Square). Right now, it brings attention mainly with its hand-painted blue tiles that adorn the interior walls. At night the mosque is bathed in blue as the lights frame thirteen domes and six minarets. Over twenty thousand handmade İznik style ceramic tiles lined in the interior walls. And over two hundred stained glass windows with exquisite designs admits natural light. Day or night, in both parts of the day Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a spectacular great mosque to see.
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