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Old 04-08-2017, 09:05 PM
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Talking Dr. Emrah Cinik - 2500 Grafts - USA to ISTANBUL

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I'm from Los Angeles California, 36 years old, and just traveled to Istanbul Turkey for a FUE 2,500 grafts operation with Dr. Emrah Cinik and his amazing team. I'm sharing my story because I feel like I might save some nice people just looking for help a SHIT ton of money.

SIDE NOTE: Dr. Cinik and his team don't know I'm writing this. I just remember how I felt a few months ago... clueless - but I had finally decided I wanted to go under the knife. I had no idea who to choose. If you're looking to get a HT, hopefully my story will help.

In southern California. FUE operations roughly cost $8 a graft. That means my operation would have cost $20,000 plus tax in LA. I was quoted prices ranging from $12,000 - $20,000. I understand that price isn't everything, but please... it's obviously VERY important. My thoughts on it are if some whack doctor is peddling $5 street corner hair transplants, odds are they aren't going to stay reputable and people would warn others to STAY AWAY. No one would willingly pay to get their head messed up even for free. Shaving your head and going bald is a much better alternative to a bad HT.

From what I've read, Dr. Cinik has been doing this over ten years with ZERO bad reviews. I couldn't find a single one. I talked with many reputable doctors in the US, Europe, Turkey, and India - but after reading dozens of positive reviews and seeing Dr. Cinik's work all over these kind of forums, I chose him. The dude seems like a legend.

Like many others, I thought it was too good to be true. But that's why I'm here. I did it and I couldn't be happier I did. I paid $2,150 cash (1,990 euro) plus a $930 flight. That's IT. $3,080 total. Ground transportation + 3 night hotel was taken care of. Long story short, if you're from the USA and want to save about $17,000, get your ass to Istanbul.

I'll post my pre-operation pictures here first. The first short hair pictures are from early 2016 before I started using Rogaine daily again and began finasteride (zero side effects from either btw). Those drugs helped a TON and I grew my hair out for a year. Realizing that's the best I could do on those drugs, I finally decided I wanted to get a transplant to fill in my receding hairline. The long hair pictures were taken before my flight to Istanbul.

I'll respond to this thread with my post op pictures and comment on HT experience while I was there.
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Old 04-08-2017, 10:21 PM
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Default Day of the operation

Okay so I'll talk a little about the operation in this section.

After I decided on Dr. Cinik, I worked with a wonderful woman named Ozlem. She helped me through all the finer details about my trip. We set a date for April 4th, I used skyscanner to find plane tickets that cost me $930 instead of the typical $1,500-$2,000 I would have paid for tickets on such short notice. Bought them March 22nd for a April 2nd flight Skyscanner for flights is awesome if your dates are flexible btw. 13 hour flight to Moscow from LA, 7 hour layover, and a 4 hour flight to Istanbul. That much traveling SUCKED but reminded myself again I'm saving $17,000. WORTH.

Ozlem had set up ground transportation from the airport to the hotel that I was staying at (literally 2 minutes from the hospital). She gave me directions for everything. The hotel is VERY nice and there are bunch of men walking around with a bandage on they back of their heads lol. Seemed like half the hotel was there to get the operation. I slept for 4 hours, woke up, got a call from the front desk saying my English speaking driver had arrived at 7:30am, we drove 2 minutes to the hospital, and that's when I met Sara.

Sara is basically there as a translator / guide for Dr. Cinik. She's great and honestly made me feel better about everything. A lot of the doctors didn't understand English, (which I expected) but as long as she was there, I felt a little safer in case something happened. She introduced me to Dr. Cinik who also spoke great English. He looked over my head, drew some lines which I trusted him making. He obviously is the expert, and I know there are limitations to a HT (pretty much impossible to gain ALL of your hairline back), so I decided to just trust him on everything.

I was then taken to a room to get my blood drawn for PRP. PRP is said to help with post OP recovery and they were giving it to me for free.... (it's $1,000 in the USA) so I was like yeah okay do it. Next, upstairs for the operation. They shaved my head and then I had to lay face down onto a medical table. They gave me local anesthetic which hurt pretty fucking bad...

Not gonna lie, I was expecting it to hurt, but something about getting large needles jammed into your head was not sitting well with me. My heart was beating fast, but I laid there in silence getting super sweaty, but next thing I knew, my head was solid as a rock and couldn't feel a thing. Zero pain after about 5 minutes of agony. I hated it but it's doable. If you're worried about pain, you can do it, just know it's gonna hurt like a bitch for a sec!

Not much to say about the operation because you honestly cannot feel a thing. I even fell asleep for part of it hah! It lasted 8 hours and I slept for about half. One time, I woke up by surprise and grabbed at the eye covering they had on me! Luckily the nurses stopped me before I did any damage to myself. Dr. Cinik personally crafted my hairline, then the nurses filled everything in with the grafts from my donor area.

On a side note, I think that's why they're able to charge such a small price... Dr. Cinik only does the super technical parts 6 times a day. 3 patients in the morning, 3 in the afternoon. (that's 6 x $2,000 so $12,000 a day, 6 days a week) Some doctors in LA were saying they only do 1 operation a day to give you special attention... but honestly? I'd rather go with the guy that has been doing this 6 times a day for 6 days week for 10 years. Think about it seriously, Dr. Cinik has to be a master after that many transplants.

They finished, wrapped me up, and Sara called for my car to bring me back to the hotel. When I was getting into the cab... they told me to watch my head, but I stupidly didn't and bumped my head (you can see the splat on the back of my head) - luckily it ended up being nothing, and I didn't feel it when it happened (papa bless the anesthetics), so that was good!

Got back to the hotel, and tried my best to fall asleep on the inflatable neck pillow they gave me so my donor area wasn't squashed by my head all night. I was tired enough that I was able to sleep a few more hours before they picked me up the next morning.

Okay that's all for now. Thanks for reading. I'l respond again with the rest and my day 1-6 pictures soon!
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Old 04-09-2017, 12:05 AM
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Looks good, the other guy I was with also bumped his head in the car on the way back geez. I was just about crouching to ensure I didn't bump my head.

The anaesthetic injections aren't that bad, just the one at the bottom of the neck. hahh
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What's going on in the crown? Looks like he only put a few grafts there. Being that they charge 1990 for up 5000 grafts, I wonder why they barely put anything back there. You traveled all that way, I would want them to as much as possible. What they put won't make any difference. I was considering this doctor, but your crown situation and the fact they do 6 people a day has me a bit turned off.

What was his explanation about the crown?
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:12 AM
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Hey great to see your story thanks for sharing I have been looking at this doctor myself after you made contact with dr cinik was it long before they got back to you ?? I made an enquiry twice this week still no reply. I did it through the dr cinik website his own one or is there a different way to contact him ? Thanks any help would be greatful thanks .
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Old 04-09-2017, 11:35 AM
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What's going on in the crown? Looks like he only put a few grafts there. Being that they charge 1990 for up 5000 grafts, I wonder why they barely put anything back there. You traveled all that way, I would want them to as much as possible. What they put won't make any difference. I was considering this doctor, but your crown situation and the fact they do 6 people a day has me a bit turned off.

What was his explanation about the crown?
They wanted to pack as much as they could up on the frontal hairline and temple area, and then use whatever they had left of the 2500 on the crown. He said I didn't really need any on the crown as I already have decent coverage there (look at pre-op long hair pictures), but I told him to use whatever he had left on the crown. I agree the grafts look spares, but they're surrounded by my natural hair there anyways.

And as far as the the 6 operations a day, all I can say is you pay for the time you get with the doctor.. In the USA, yes you could book a doctor for the whole day at $12k-$20k plus tax... I decided on $3k to have him and his team do my operation split with others. Dr. Cinik did the most technical work on my hairline, and deligated the grunt harvesting work to his team of 8-10 nurses that were there (I had 2 nurses working on me the whole day) I understand why you'd be hesitant, but personally I believe it was worth it. ~$1 a graft vs ~$8 a graft in the USA.
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Looks good, the other guy I was with also bumped his head in the car on the way back geez. I was just about crouching to ensure I didn't bump my head.

The anaesthetic injections aren't that bad, just the one at the bottom of the neck. hahh
Yeah after that first bump on my head, I was *EXTRA* careful not to do it again.

And yeah I was being a little baby about the injections lol. Knew it was gonna hurt, but it was just more pain than I thought it'd be so thought mention it
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Hey great to see your story thanks for sharing I have been looking at this doctor myself after you made contact with dr cinik was it long before they got back to you ?? I made an enquiry twice this week still no reply. I did it through the dr cinik website his own one or is there a different way to contact him ? Thanks any help would be greatful thanks .
Hey good luck friend! I know they didn't have a lot of open spots left in April... that's why I booked as soon as they had an opening on April 4th. I talked with Ozlem through this email address: info@emrahcinik.com

Hope that helps!
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Old 04-09-2017, 07:11 PM
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I was always wondering why the cost was so low for this doctor at 1,990 euro no matter how many grafts you received...Now I understand.. Still, at the end of the day the only thing that matters is the final result.. Looking forward to seeing yours Happy growing!
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Good luck! Eager to see the results.
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