I would highly recommend anyone to choose gethair as their choice of company to go forward with a hair transplant procedure. With thousands of websites advertising the procedure, I was particularly interested in Gethair because their website was not full of promotions and unverifiable testimonials, but instead offered transparency throughout.
By offering a typical average price, and explanation of why the price is such compared to other countries, it encouraged me to research how accurate their account was, only to take confidence in their accuracy. On the website they also detail the hospital and hotel, both of which can be verified by researching away from their site; and as they have a UK base which can be traced as being not just a virtual business, I was further at ease knowing that Gethair as a company was “above board”. As they also have a good number of YouTube videos offering accounts of patients’ experiences at all stages, it was reassuring to see real people coming to Gethair for their procedures.
After making my initial enquiry, I was asked to submit photos of my hair from several angles. I submitted these to Gethair and within a few days I received a detailed report from Dr Tayfun, specific to myself, explaining what work would be carried out, and with a final quote which was almost the same as the generic cost shown online, and at no point did I feel any pressure to make any financial commitment to the procedure.
It’s worth noting that the quote includes virtually everything, and it makes the experience even better value than imaginable. The quote includes the driver taking you to and from the airport in Istanbul, to and from the hotel and the hospital, breakfast and accommodation in a very comfortable and high standard hotel - and of course the hair transplant procedure itself. Return flights, evening dinner and room minibar (soft drinks only of course), are your only additional expenses. Dinner in the hotel is very good quality and value, with room service available and in spoken English.
I couldn’t have felt more at ease on operation day itself. As advised I had a good breakfast (I definitely recommend Turkish eggs), and the driver arrived on time to take me to the hospital just a short drive away from the hotel. Staff were very welcoming, the hospital immaculate, and there was a clear high standard. As the procedure was underway and following anaesthetic, the operating staff regularly ask if you are experiencing any pain to make sure you’re always comfortable, and if any anaesthetic wears off or not enough is administered, they will stop and ensure you’re comfortable before carrying on. Most staff speak some English, but fully fluent staff are available at any time if needed for more complex English conversations.
What’s it actually like having the procedure? Easy, simple, nothing to it, sit back and relax. It’s very much like having a filling replaced at the dentist except the procedure is to the scalp not gums; in other words, it’s really not a big deal at all. You’re lying back on a dentist like chair, it’s not particularly invasive, you’re conscious throughout (though I took a nap for a while), and staff keep you comfortable and informed throughout. With a lunch break at the halfway stage, my procedure of 3,400 grafts lasted around 6.5 hours from start to finish, with very good aftercare given both on the day and for the morning follow-up.
From the moment I arrived in Istanbul to the time I left, I felt relaxed, under no pressure, and all I had to do was turn up for my driver when required.
Interestingly on my plane home from Istanbul to Heathrow, on a plane with nearly 200 passengers, I noticed around ten other men on the plane who had had the same procedure carried out elsewhere across the city. What I noticed especially was that for several of these men, their operations looked to be of quite poor quality, sparsely transplanted, even half-done jobs where only the front of the scalp was operated on leaving a bald or thin crown untouched, and for some, not particularly protected for the journey afterwards. No headbands, but taped up instead. Speaking to one who had a half-unfinished scalp, when he asked how much I’d paid for full coverage of my scalp, he was quite taken aback as he’d paid much more for a much poorer looking job done.
Having seen what other people’s experiences have involved, I definitely take great confidence that Gethair and Dr Tayfun are great value for money, have given me a great looking head and I’m quite excited going forward to seeing my hairgrowing; and most importantly, a very reassuring choice. I’d recommend nowhere else.