Im going on 36 myself and have been very slow losing hair for the last 10 years. I have had tons of online consultations and in person consultations as well. Doctors from Canada, USA, Turkey. I made up my mind and decided to go with Turkey because I can not afford to pay $18,000 dollars for a fue hair transplant in the USA. I have been doing research on this for a few years already, I recently made a trip to Turkey in January and met with several doctors. All of them except 2 told me I need around 2500 grafts. The other doctors gave me a way higher amount of grafts and price since their excuse was that they extract the grafts manual. They are good clinics and the work looks good but im not going all the way to Turkey to spend $6000-8000 when all the other clinics over there charge way less. I get the idea of you get what you pay for but I have seen online plenty of good results from the less expensive clinics. I just came back again from Turkey and had my transplant done with Cinik, everything went well and the pain was very minimal. He took 2500 grafts, did the front part of my head, and a very little around the mid scalp and crown area. I chose Cinik because he take part in the operation vs the other doctors around the $2500 price range who don't. Dr Cinik draws the line for you and opens up the channels. Other doctors such as Acar who happens to be Cinik's old business partner will open up your channels but charge way more for that. I was about to go with Acar but he doesn't take place in the surgery unless you pay more and he told me he didn't want to place grafts towards my mid scalp and crown area. He told me because it might damage the other hairs in the area that are still good, I get his point and understand what he is saying but if the clinic/doctor is good at what they do, they would be able to master that technique of places grafts in an area of other good hairs, it's done all the time by other clinics.
I ended up paying $2500 usd and $1000 for the flight from LA to Istanbul. So far I have some tenderness around my donor but it's not too bad. Everyone online states that you will feel pain around your whole head up to maybe a whole month but it does go away. The trip to Istanbul was not too bad, everything went well over there and the people are not bad at all. I felt safe the second time, the first time I was alone and did not know what to expect, especially since it was around the time Turkey had just started to invade Syria. Everything is fine out there no, worries. They have lots of cops out there and believe me, they know what they are looking for when it comes to the bad guys. Example-I took a tour in Istanbul and the tour guide happen to be from Iraq and he does look different from the Turkish people, nice guy by the way but anyways it was a walking tour since the traffic is nuts out there and walking and public transportation is faster but when we were going towards the metro, the cops jammed up our tour guide right away, took his ID and ran his info. Everything came back good and he was released right away. Im from the USA but of Mexican heritage so I don't look like your average American. But the cops didn't jam me up or anything, even though I totally looked like a tourist, they focused on the guide. Getting back to the doctors, please do your homework, look on youtube, facebook, instagram, google, realself, all those sites because there will be info everywhere on all the doctors you are looking for. It was a tough decision and it took me a long time to pick a doctor. Now im just going to play the waiting game and hope for the best results. I am not going to take Finasteride due to the side effects but did buy some natural hair vitamins out there so I will take that in hopes of helping my hair grow a little better.