Dr. Mehmet Erdoğan is a specialist in hair transplant, a cofounder of Smile Hair Clinic.

Smile Hair Clinic is a hair transplant center in Istanbul which receives patients from the UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, the UAE.

In his interview, doctor Erdogan tells about approaches, prices and own experience of hair transplants.

What is your work experience?

We have been working for 8 years already.

How many hair transplants have you already performed?

We have performed around 5,000 hair transplants so far.

What is the average success rate of hair transplant?

The average success of a hair transplant in Smile Hair Clinic is 90-95%. The rate depends from different factors.

Smile Hair Clinic | Hair Transplant In Turkey
Turkey, Istanbul
97% patients recommend

Smile Hair Clinic is a specialized hair transplant center in Turkey, Istanbul offering FUE hair transplantation procedure. Founded in 2018 by Dr. M. Erdogan and Dr. G. Bilgin, the clinic has served over 10,000+ gentlemen with the Micro FUE method. Patients from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the UAE choose Smile Hair Clinic for its reputation and best-in-class medical hair transplantation services. The team uses the Micro FUE method for hair transplantation of 4,000 grafts without any scars on the skin. Patients have praised their experience for the amazing staff, attention paid, impeccable organization, and the expertise of Dr. Erdogan. The clinic offers the Sapphire FUE Hair Transplantation Program with an exclusive package.

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Hospital certificates and accreditation of quality

Turkish Medical Association certificate for Smile Hair Clinic | Hair Transplant In Turkey International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery certificate for Smile Hair Clinic | Hair Transplant In Turkey

Latest review

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Smile was great happy I went there. I know I was super nervous because it was my first time in a new country all the time zones were you know seven hours or eight hours difference from where I live Michigan and I knew it was gonna be a little bit painful but I had no idea what to expect and what they say you know it’s a little cheaper if you pay cash but I wasn’t willing to take that much cash with me because I didn’t know what to expect so I paid the extra 10% with my card but I’m really happy I went to the specific clinic it was very professional and they take your blood they put in a little IV thing in your arm they test you for HIV hepatitis B and hepatitis see and as long as you’re clean and good to go you get the procedure when they administer the Novocain in the back of the head it was fucking painful painful as fuck like on a scale of one to 210 it was 10 on a scale of one to 10 pain scale it was probably a 9 1/2 but it only lasts you squirm you know like I flexed my arms and I sat there and I just just took it you know like they did it quick and before you know it your endorphins are kicking in and your your your head is numb completely numb and as soon as your head is completely numb the they pump in a little bit of saline to swell it up a little bit I think that’s what they were doing I don’t know I took a video while they were doing it but I couldn’t even feel what they were doing that point it was completely numb and then there’s like five or 10 minutes of pain in the beginning after that it’s you feeling you can just hear like will you be be be like these little noises cutting into your scalp but it doesn’t hurt it is it was actually quite relaxing and they gave me some kind of anti-anxiety which was great and then after the extraction part of the procedure was done you roll over and lay on your backThen they gave me some intravenous painkillers but almost just put me to sleep basically but it was kind of enjoyable and you know before all that we went back-and-forth a few times on what I wanted to hairline to be they wanted it to be a little more conservative than I wanted it to be a little more aggressive on and we kind of met in the middle we decided on a hairline that would’ve been good that was good I mean anyway they weren’t as for going to the hotel I recommend getting the five get the five star hotel pay the extra money for her four-star hotel was just like any other hotel I could’ve been in it was I didn’t like it and so I actually transitioned over to the five star hotel which was fantastic fantastic it had just those huge buffet the breakfast potatoes amazing the dish the whole house the hotel experience was great go with a five star hotel pay the extra money get the premium package and if they had any issues I just text them over WhatsApp and they were great at communicating sometimes it took like an hour or so to communicate so you know make sure you do you know let them know in advance if you need to change anything sorry I just give them a little bit of a heads up before you change anything I changed my flights a few different times on the way home because there was an issue with the Turkish airline and so I went with Lusitania I’m doing speech to text so there’s probably a bunch of weird little typos in here but you get the gist of it anyway yeah I know I am I got to the airport at like 5 o’clock took me like an hour to kind of navigate how to get out of the airport him and then at the soon as you get out of the airport there’s a little spot like with a number mine was number 35 and you walk over there andAnd they have a list of names on it and you just show them and tell them your name and they bring you a walk you to the van and there was one other guy from the hair clinic I’m waiting in the van and then the traffic was kind of crazy took us like two hours to get to the hotel or at least that was the first hotel and once I saw the first hotel which was a five star one I knew that was the one I wanted to stay in fired up calling and making a reservation there the next day and then I told the hair clinic that I wanted that bad place because I felt more comfortable there when they were cool they just added it into the price of my procedure because I was already paying for extra hotel days if I was gonna stay an extra day so they just gave me that five star hotel for free and you know the day they pick me up at the airport we went in we had our consultation which was pretty quick it was more just like test to make sure you don’t have any disease figure out your hairline and then start All in all I’m really glad I went to smile hair clinic I’ve got good recommendation so far I’ve it’s only been a week since I’ve had my procedure and I could barely tell that I had it done I mean except where the hairline is all new and there’s some scabs but yeah very professional but yeah very professional gosh darn speech to text doesn’t pick up all the words and I’m too lazy to text them all right now so you’re getting the little bit of a scramble text version but yeah great clinic I would recommend it to more people and if I could redo everything and start over I would probably still choose the same path I would just get the five star hotel right away and an extra night because it’s nice to spend an extra night
— Chad K
United States of America, Nov 5, 2022
Nov 5, 2022 • Verified review.
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How long should a patient stay in the country before and after the procedure?

In order to go through all the procedure with successful outcome, the patient should stay in Istanbul for 2-3 days.

Do PRP injections improve the result of hair transplant?

Yes, PRP treatment is a very important step during the hair transplant and of course it boosts cytokines release and improves a growth factor.

How a patient can be sure of the hair transplant procedure result and safety?

We do provide all the required files with the results of the previous operations that we have done so he can be sure in the quality of our work. When a patient comes to the clinic, he re

Do you provide warranty?

Yes, the warranty is included.

Which hair transplant option do you usually apply?

Depending on the patient's hair situation, there are many methods that can be used for a better result:

FUE Sapphire and DHI are used for hair transplant, beard transplant and body extraction is a method used to achieve the best number of grafts.

Bookimed note:
  • FUE hair transplant is a technique of one by one follicular transfer from the donor area into the recipient one with a micro-needle. The grafts are implanted in previously made holes. Leaves no scars. Allows returning to work in around 6 days.
  • DHI is a FUE method when the transplant is performed with implanter pen which has more control of the implant depth and angle than in FUE. Leaves no scars. Allows returning to work the same day.
  • FUE Sapphire is the same FUE method but performed with a sapphire knife which has a thinner blade and makes a smaller and cleaner cut than a traditional one.

What factors should a patient pay attention to choosing a doctor?

Pay attention to professionality service starting from the consultation and the treatment way, the information provided and the previous results to find a good doctor.

What areas do you usually use as donor ones?

We use the back part of the head, the beard, the chest as donor areas.

What is a maximum number of grafts you transplant during 1 operation?

In order to provide a good supply circulation we don’t exceed 5,000 grafts in one session.

What affects the cost of hair transplant?

We offer the package program with a fixed price. We don’t change price from patient to patient or for the same patient we don’t give different offers. By the time that the patient does the reservation, we send an email confirmation with all the details and the price included. That price doesn’t change. Unless the patient asks for body extraction of graphts, which costs of extra 300 €.

Do you perform hair transplant for women?

Yes, we do perform hair transplant for women too. It is indicated every time when the hair loss is advanced.

How long will the result last?

The results change from person to person. In general, the patient can see 80% of the result in 12 months and the final result in 18 months.

Before and after the hair transplant the doctors provide patients with consultations in order to give all the recommendations.

What is the difference between FUE and DHI hair transplant processes?

The difference is that FUE Method allows transplanting a bigger number of grafts as allows to do a dense hair transplant. And if the patient has a big receiving area, FUE technique is the best option.

Which option is more effective?

FUE Hair Transplant is more effective as it can be used for receiving a better result.

Is DHI less painful than FUE?

No, because both processes are been realized under anesthesia and then the patient takes painkillers to feel comfortable.

Which option is more preferable among patients?

FUE technique is more preferable as it gives the possibility to cover more spaces as sometimes DHI has a limited number of grafts that can be extracted and implanted.

What method do you usually recommend?

For the mentioned reason, we do recommend the Sapphire FUE method that allows having a very successful results without scars.

What anesthesia type is usually applied during hair transplant?

Local anesthesia: needle-free jet injection (diffusion with high pressure) and by the traditional injection technique.

Which one — FUE or DHI — is more expensive and why?

DHI is more expensive as it takes a longer time to process, the technique is different and the doctors are specialized for this kind of process.

From the experience we can say that the most favorable and chosen technique is Sapphire FUE technique.

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