red flag of Hair Transplant Clinics

I had a terrible hair transplant at XXX clinic in Turkey. The idiots who did my surgery completely destroyed my donor area, and now my hairline looks hugely fake. I can't believe it's been 6 months since the surgery. I'm still in shock. I would NEVER recommend that clinic to anyone. I hope this information helps someone avoid making the same mistake I did. Good luck!

A Review From Who Got Hair Transplant in a Hair Mill Type Hair Transplant Clinic in Turkey. Lack Of Research and Tempting Cheap Prices, Patient Preferred There But Regretted.

Don't Be Victim of Botched Surgeries! Watch Out Red Flags of Hair Mills!

The hair transplant industry is getting increasingly competitive as time goes on. The reason is hair mill transplant clinics using the quantity over quality model are able to market themselves more effectively because they have more financial power. However, smaller but professional surgeon-led clinics that focus on providing a great patient experience and doing high-quality work finding it difficult to compete those hair mills.

Dr. Mehmet Demircioglu

Red Flags of Hair Transplant Clinics

  • Red flag is an expression used to describe something that is a warning sign or indicates a problem. In the context of hair transplant clinics, red flags indicate that a clinic is unsafe or not reputable to prefer.
  • Some are not reputable clinics may also offer less than $3500 for an all-inclusive hair transplant package to entice patients with low prices. It must be considered a red flag.
  • Some clinics that are not reputable may use marketing slogans related to stem cells to lure patients. “Stem Cell + Hair Transplant” and “Organic Hair Transplant” should be warning signs to patients, as Turkey has no stem cell treatment combined with hair transplants.
  • Clinics that do not require a proper consultation before surgery may not be interested in getting to know patients‘ eligibility for surgery and expectations from results, which are vital for a successful hair transplant. It is a big red flag.
  • If you see any of these red flags, it is best to look for another option.

Key Takeaways

  • Hair transplant is a cosmetic surgery that, to be done correctly, necessitates artistic talent. If it’s not performed well, it can cause unhappy patients due to poor growth rates, an unnatural appearance, and abnormal hair growth direction.
  • Depending on the quality of the surgery, hair transplants have a success rate as high as 90%. By contrast, black market hair mills only have a success rate ranging from 30% to 40%.
  • There are two primary causes of unsuccessful hair transplants: technical problems and poor artistry. Achieving favorable results requires sound technique and genuine talent, but black-market hair mills lack these points.
  • Research is fundamental when looking for a good hair transplant clinic in Turkey.

What Are The Consequential Red Flags When Choosing a Hair Transplant Clinic?

  1. Lack of transparency, such as not informing patients of the name and credentials of the doctor performing their surgery, can create mistrust. It’s a red flag.
  2. You should look for whether or not there is a surgeon in the clinic. It is essential because hair transplant surgery is a very invasive procedure. Only a trained surgeon can make incisions in the scalp, as incisions determine the angle, direction, and density of the implanted hair grafts. If you come across a clinic that doesn’t have a surgeon on staff, or if the surgeon isn’t involved in the actual surgery, it’s a big red flag
  3. Ask questions and discuss with the surgeon before undergoing a hair transplant procedure. This allows for transparency and helps to avoid any surprises. If you can’t meet with the doctor performing your surgery before undergoing surgery, it’s a red flag.
  4. Discuss medical therapy with your doctor before surgery. Medical treatments such as finasteride and minoxidil can preserve existing hair and achieve stable results after surgery. If medical treatment isn’t discussed with the surgeon, it’s a red flag.
  5. Before and after photos should be consistent in lighting, angle, and overall appearance to accurately represent the surgery results. Clinics that try harder to have consistency in their photo-taking are likely more reputable and likely to produce better results.
  6. Patients should be wary of clinics that use concealer or powder or photoshop tricks in before and after photos, as this can distort the surgical results. If before and after photos are untrustworthy or too good to be true, it’s a red flag.

What Are The Common Red Flags of Clinics in Turkey To Avoid?

  • “We can get you in tomorrow.”
  1. A legitimate hair transplant clinic isn’t some impersonal “hair mill” where patients are seen as numbers. You want to find a clinic led by surgeons who care about their results and take the time to get to know each patient. That’s why the best clinics have a policy of seeing only one patient per day. That allows the staff to give each person the attention they deserve.
  2. As a result, these high-profile clinics have busy surgery schedules that are booked for the next few months. So if a clinic tells you they can get you in for surgery tomorrow, that should be a significant red flag.
  3. Don’t let any clinic pressure you into deciding before you’re ready. Take your time and choose the right clinic for you.
  • “We’ll offer you a discount.”
  1. Any clinic that offers “too-goodto-be-true” deals should be avoided. These discounts are likely a way for the clinic to compensate for its lack of a good reputation.
  2. If a clinic offers discounts, they know they’re not the best around. Reputable clinics stay afloat without promotions or price cuts because their services are already top-notch.
  • “Our results are the best of the World.”
  1. Any clinic that claims to have the best results is exaggerating. It should be considered a red flag.
  2. When it comes to hair transplants, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Every patient is different and will have different results. So, any clinic that tries to tell you otherwise is not being honest.
  • “We have the latest technology and the best growth rate.”
  1. If a clinic makes extravagant claims about its success rates and devices, it’s almost certainly lying.
  2. Genuine clinics don’t need to offer outrageous promises to acquire clients. Making such claims is likely to do more harm than good, as it will only damage the clinic’s reputation in the long run.
  • “We’ve just had a cancellation.”
  1. It is a common scam used by clinics with low reputations. If a clinic has just had a cancellation, they may try to bait you in by offering you a lower price. Enter with caution if you come across such an offer. It probably means the clinic isn’t reputable.
  2. Regarding your health and beauty, you should never skimp on quality. That’s why it’s always best to choose a clinic that has a good reputation, even if it costs a bit more. Remember, you get what you pay for!
  • “We only do surgery with our doctors.” Who is The Doctor!!
  1. Telling that without sharing the doctor’s name and credentials is a red flag. Most clinics in Turkey do not have a qualified doctor on staff. Instead, they rely on technicians to keep costs low. That may seem like a good deal at first, but it could mean that the clinic is not legitimate.
  2. A good clinic will be upfront about the name and credentials of its surgeon and any memberships in international societies. No surgeon is working there if the clinic is unwilling or unable to share this information. That should be a red flag for anyone considering a hair transplant in Turkey.
  • “We offer guaranteed results” and “We have a money-back guarantee.”

Clinics that offer guaranteed results or a money-back guarantee are often scamming patients. A good clinic does not need to provide these guarantees, as it is confident in the quality of its surgery.

  • “We will give you a Certificate that is a lifetime warranty.”
  1. Certificates and lifetime warranties might sound great, but clinics often use them to scam patients. Any legal authority does not back these certificates and warranties, so they are worthless.
  2. If you come across a clinic that offers a Guarantee Certificate,” it’s best to avoid them. Many reputable clinics don’t need to resort to these kinds of gimmicks.
  1. Two thousand euros for a hair transplant? Turkey seems to be the place to go for that. But be careful! Some illegitimate clinics will lure you in with a low price and add on many extra charges later.
  2. If you’re considering getting a hair transplant in Turkey, research beforehand and make sure you go to a legitimate clinic. Otherwise, you might end up paying more than you negotiated.
  • “We can implant an unlimited number of grafts in one session.”

If a clinic offers to implant an unlimited number of grafts in one session, it’s likely a scam. No reputable clinic would ever offer this kind of surgery. It’s too risky because it may cause complications, such as necrosis on the scalp. So, if you come across a clinic that makes this claim, stay away.

  • “We have been in the business for 20 years.”
  1. Don’t think a clinic is reputable only because it has been around for a while. Many clinics have existed for years but offer low-quality surgery and poor results. So, don’t be fooled by a clinic’s longevity.
  2. Some old-school surgeons who rely on their seniority and experience rather than adjusting to new methods deliver subpar results.

Is It a Red Flag If a Clinic Asks You To Pay Cash Instead of a Credit Card?

No, it is not a red flag. Accepting only cash payments is a common practice in Turkish hair transplant clinics. That’s because of various reasons related to Turkey’s economic situation and currency fundamentals. If you pay with a credit card, a clinic can get the money from the bank 45 days after you pay, and the currency’s value may change significantly during this period.

Is It a Red Flag If a Clinic Has Multiple Hair Transplant Surgeons?

  • Imagine you are researching hair transplant clinics and find one with five surgeons listed on their website. Is this a red flag? Having more than one surgeon can’t be considered a red flag at first glance.
  • Reversely, it may seem cool to impress patients for marketing purposes. However, in some situations, it may cause a red flag. If the clinic is big and has patients from all over the world, having multiple surgeons might make you suspicious.
  • The clinic might try to hide a high daily patient turnover rate by listing many surgeons on its website. With five surgeons, they could seem they’re capable of accepting 20 patients per day. But that doesn’t mean the clinic isn’t a hair mill due to multiple surgeons existence. The clinic may focus less on quality if they are more concerned with quantity.
  • If a clinic has multiple surgeons, ask about their experience and training. If the clinic is new and doesn’t have a long track record of success, having numerous surgeons may signal that it is trying to boost its numbers to appear more successful than it is.
  • Additionally, if the clinic has a high turnover rate for its surgeons, that could indicate that the working conditions are not ideal or that the pay is not competitive.
  • Finally, you must watch out for who will perform your surgery if you go there. The Head Surgeon? A Surgeon Who Joined The Team Recently? A Surgeon Who is In The Training Stage Yet? Does The Head Surgeon Operate Only VIP Package Patients and Celebrities?

How To Understand Fake Promises of Hair Transplant Clinics in Turkey?

  1. Many hair transplant clinics in Turkey take advantage of patients by making false promises. They will offer cheap surgery plans and try to sell you an unrealistic story.
  2. Some clinics might promise you a high number of grafts while your donor area capacity is insufficient. So, they might be unable to deliver on their promise on the operation day.
  3. At Diamond Hair Clinic, we get many online consultation demands from patients who do not have enough donor area capacity for surgery, and we frankly explain the situation. Those patients usually tell us that we are the first clinic that explains their insufficient donor capacity honestly. Unfortunately, hair mills accept those patients only to get their money, although they should not.

What Are the Common False Claims of Incompetent Clinics in Turkey?

  • Dense hair transplants in a single session!

Dense hair transplant in a single session is a false claim by some clinics that want your money. They promise more grafts than a patient’s donor site can support, often resulting in botched transplants, poor results, immense disappointment, and even tissue necrosis. Don’t be fooled by the flashy promises.

  • Hair transplants with zero scarring!

Zero scar is impossible, while hair transplant surgery causes thousands of holes in the scalp. All hair transplants leave scars, though scars are small and barely noticeable to the naked eye.

  • Hair transplants with no pain!

Though some clinics might advertise hair transplants with zero pain, this is impossible. All hair transplant procedures cause discomfort and pain, although minimal and manageable.

  • Natural results that cannot be detected!
  1. There are a lot of myths out there about hair transplants. One of the most common misconceptions is that a hair transplant will give you completely natural results that cannot be detected. It is not possible.
  2. The transplanted hair can not match your existing hair %100. The transplanted hair will be the same color and texture as your existing hair, but it will be thicker or thinner and have a bit different direction of growth.
  3. As a result, it is possible to detect that someone has had a hair transplant. However, only someone very familiar with hair transplants can notice it.
  • No need for a second surgery!
  1. For patients with advanced hair loss stages, such as Norwood 4-5-6, a second surgery is often necessary to achieve the desired coverage and density.
  2. Even for patients who don’t require a second surgery, it’s important to remember that hair loss is a progressive condition. If you don’t take steps to prevent further hair loss, you may eventually need a second transplant.
  3. While a single-session hair transplant can create impressive results, it’s essential to understand that it’s not a cure for hair loss.
  •  %100 Success Rate in Hair Transplant Operations!
  1. Being realistic about your expectations is essential before undergoing a hair transplant operation. The success of the surgery depends on many factors, including the severity of your hair loss, the blood flow of the scalp, extracted hair graft quality, donor area capacity, the surgeon’s skill, and genetics.
  2. While it’s possible to get excellent results from a hair transplant, it’s also possible that you may not get the desired results. Don’t believe anyone who tells you that they can guarantee a perfect outcome.
  • Instantaneous or Quick results in Hair Transplant!
  • Get a Result in 6 Months!
  • Get Rid of Baldness Within 3 Months!

At least 18 months is required to see a %100 results. And it is hard to wait 18 months for impatient people. At precisely this point, online ads abuse prospective patients‘ impatience.

How to Distinguish Professional Hair Transplant Clinics and Hair Mills?

  • Use red flags as a helpful guide to discern which clinics are professional surgeon-led and which are merely hair factories that mass produce with a quantity over quality approach.
  • Hair mill clinics use low-quality materials, which can lead to poor results. Additionally, the staff may not be sufficiently trained, and there may be no surgeon. The clinics may not be licensed or certified by any regulating body.
  • In hair mills, they might introduce a senior technician as a surgeon. You can use Google to search for a person’s name. Ask for the doctor exact name who will be involved in your surgery and check the doctor’s credentials.
  • Watch out! Hair mills have a lot of negative reviews everywhere, but many fake positive reviews of the clinic hide negative reviews, making them almost invisible. So, reading reviews deeply is vital.

Get In Touch With Diamond Hair Clinic!

Diamond Hair Clinic is one of Turkey’s best hair transplant clinics, founded and managed by Dr. Demircioglu. Dr. Mehmet Demircioglu is an experienced and qualified surgeon who has performed many successful Hair Transplant surgeries. The doctor is also a World Fue Institute (WFI) member.

• Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.