Many years ago the first signs of going bald were enough to strike fear into anyone.

These days it's less of a worry with so many different treatment options out there and available to the masses.

But how can you know which one is right for you?

The stylish clinic has been operating in Istanbul for more than 15 years and is a leading clinic for hair transplant in Turkey

No longer are receding hairlines and baldness out of the ordinary.

In fact, Yeliz Acar, the general director of Estepera, highlights the fact that hair loss has become part of our daily life.

She said: "We lose our hair all the time, sometimes while having a shower or sometimes while sleeping.

"Hair follicles of lost hair sometimes become inactive. These inactive follicles may go active again, and new hair grows out of them.

"This is how the natural process works in normal conditions. Therefore, hair loss is a condition that we are familiar with.

"We know that something is wrong when the rate of hair loss increases. At this point, it is critical to consult an expert."

Estepera prides itself on the quality of the treatments it offers as well as its experienced and highly qualified team.

Why choose Estepera?

Estepera Hair Transplant Clinic has a large and highly skilled team
Estepera Hair Transplant Clinic has a large and highly skilled team

Having served clients in Instanbul for the last 15 years, Estepera Hair Transplant offers next generation hair transplant methods.

The highly experienced and qualified team not only provides hair transplants but also carries out various projects to raise awareness about hair loss.

Estepera offers exclusive service packages to patients visiting Turkey for hair transplantation which includes airport transfer, hotel accommodation, and a city tour for up to one week, just like a mini-vacation package.

Estepera also contributes significantly to health tourism in Turkey, with a number of international patients travelling each year.

Yeliz Acar knows that Turkey is a leader in the next-generation hair transplantation methods.

She said: "We used to cut these units out as a line from the back of the head with the FUT (Follicular Unit Transfer) method.

"Now, we use the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method to remove the units one by one and transplant every single one of them separately.

"Essentially, the most common and applicable method in hair transplantation is the FUE method both in Turkey and abroad.

"With this method, considered as a prominent revolution, we can treat the growing direction of hair strands and the angle and distance between any two follicles, which allows us to get better results.

"As the microsurgery technology developed significantly, and we, as Estepera, use this technology on all our patients, it lets us advance in hair transplant at an incredible pace."

There's a three step planning process

Yeliz Acar explains that once the patient decides to get a hair transplant in Turkey, Estepera can plan the process in three steps.

She said: "Once patients fill in the contact form on our website, we reach out to each of them individually and we act on a few important goals at this stage.

"The first one is to understand if the patient is eligible for hair transplantation which is an important step for us.

"The reasons behind hair loss, the patient's age, and the stability of hair loss are among the questions that we try to answer.

"If the patient has lost his/her hair due to stress, any kind of hormonal disorder, or genetic factors and the severe hair loss period has passed, which means that the baldness is stabilised, then we are lucky.

"Once you are deemed eligible for hair transplantation, we schedule an appointment for your operation based on your travel plan to Turkey.

"We pick up our patients from the airport and they see our doctor face to face in our clinic on the same day or the day after.

"Once the hair transplantation method and the number of grafts to be transplanted are determined, we prepare our patient for the operation."

Why Turkey?

Turkey has been visited by 1.4 million international patients in total from 130 different countries

Hair transplantation is one of the fields where Turkey has started to get ahead in recent years.

Turkey not only improved its health infrastructure rapidly since the 2000s with newly-opened health centres and large investments made in the health industry.

The increase in the number of physicians specialising in different fields after the modernisation of medical education contributed significantly to Turkey's level of specialisation in various fields, from hair transplantation to aesthetics and cardiology.

As a result of these dramatic changes in the health industry, Turkey has been visited by 1.4 million international patients in total from 130 different countries for health-related or medical reasons in the last two years.

Does it hurt?

The procedure is quick and painless

According to Yeliz, one of the questions people mostly wonder is whether people feel pain during hair transplantation.

She said: "You don't feel pain during hair transplantation.

"It does not matter whether it is FUE or DHI because both kinds of operations are performed after local anesthesia.

"The only pain you will feel during hair transplantation is the pain of the anesthesia injection. Patients can return to their daily lives the day after the hair transplant operation.

"The first one to three months is the healing period. Your hair recovers to achieve the result aimed with hair transplant in six months to one year."

To find out more about how Estepera can help you visit their website here.