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Turkey's hair transplant industry locks in Japanese clients

Affordable prices, high quality on offer but unregistered clinics raise concern

Advertisements for hair transplant treatments are ubiquitous at Istanbul Airport. The city has become a popular destination for foreign visitors seeking the procedure. (Photo by Sinan Tavsan)

ISTANBUL -- The modern gateway to this ancient city has a new nickname these days: Istanbul Hairport.

Turkey's weak exchange rate and medical expertise are increasingly drawing foreign seekers of hair transplants, with Japanese the latest nationality to take advantage of bargain prices for the procedure.

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