Istanbul Turkey
CategoriesHair Rejuvenation,  Hair Restoration

Facing Hair Loss? Consider Turkey for Advanced Hair Restoration

Turkey receives annually more than 40k tourists from all around the world.annually.  This exotic destination is well known because of its warm and welcoming hospitality, along with a high-level of lof quality service and luxury resorts.  Turkey is a modern metrópolis, which integrates the wonders of history and nature, with its healing thermal waters, pristine beaches, and historical sites that carry the heritage of empires. One of the more popular cosmetic procedures is hair, beard and mustache restoration.

What is Hair Restoration?

A hair transplantation procedure is a microsurgical procedure that is carried out with minimal surgical intervention. This procedure has proven to be an effective and permanent solution for individuals experiencing baldness, which is also referred to as alopecia.

Hair Restoration Techniques

Turkey continues to develop from the traditional Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUE) techniques to innovative procedures like Sapphire FUE. Here is a breakdown of techniques available:

  • FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) – Hair transplants transferred with the FUT method during the ’90s have been replaced by the FUE method, which was developed in the early 2000s and introduced in 2005.
  • FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) (via micromotors) -Nowadays, the FUE method is regarded as the gold standard of hair transplantation surgery because it leaves no scars and its recovery time is short.
  • Artas FUE is a minimally invasive robotic hair transplant. The Artas System utilizes precision robotics and intelligent algorithms to perform the FUE.
  • DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) (with Choi implanters)- The extraction process of DHI & FUE is the same but the transplantation process of DHI is conducted using Choi implanter pens
  • Sapphire FUE (with Sapphire blades) – This procedure has been introduced recently and has a mayor success rate than traditional techniques. This because the incisions created by utilizing modules that are made from smooth sapphire crystals, heal faster.

Adem&Havva Clinic

Adem&Havva is well known as the best clinic in Turkey because of their high-quality performance in cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, hair, beard and mustache restoration, and aesthetic treatments. Their wonderful team warm welcome many international tourists with one single goal in mind: to provide patients like you with the very best.

CategoriesCosmetic Surgery,  Partners,  Travel

Cosmetic Surgery in the Mexican Caribbean

Cosmetic Surgery in the Mexican Pacific

Cancun is known as the bread and butter of Mexico’s Medical Tourism with the development of Health City, idyllic holiday destinations like Cancun and Merida and world class cosmetic surgeons and specialists. This beautiful destination rises in the ranks as one of the most affordable, safe and practical destinations for international patients from all around the world. While Mexico City and Monterrey are popular holiday destinations. Cancun has much to offer with double board-certified surgeons, world-class hospitals, and amazing hotels and resorts. Patrizia Barrueco from Taqtik explains more about why the Mexican Pacific is quickly becoming a favorite destination for medical travelers.

Health City

Health City is a long-cherished medical tourism development in Cancun, planned to become a large complex of private medical care and specialized services for retirees. Located just ten minutes from the airport, and in addition to specialized hospitals and clinics, the complex will feature health and wellness spas, shopping centers, convention centers, housing areas, luxury condos, office buildings, entertainment areas and spaces for scientific research.

Cancun & Merida

Cancun is well known for its crystalline water and unforgettable white sand, and Merida (also known as Ciudad Blanca) is one of the favorite destinations in Mexico with its colonial charm and Mayan sites. In both destinations you will find one-of-a-kind cosmetic surgeons that exceed the expectations of even the most demanding patients.

Dr Ramon Navarro

Dr Navarro was born in Merida and started his impressive career many years ago. He is double board certified in Mexico by the AMCPER and USA by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) as well as the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS). Awarded with many distinctions of science, Dr. Navarro is also member of the Associacao dos ExAlunos do Prof. Pitanguy of Cosmetic Surgery in Brazil (AEXPI)

Dr Nain Maldonado

Dr Maldonado was born in Mexico City and started his amazing career at Angeles Lomas Hospital, known as the best medical care facility in Mexico City. He is double board certified in Mexico by the AMCPER, and in the USA by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr Maldonado also received the award of best plastic surgeon in Mexico by the Doctoralia Awards. Nowadays, he works side by side with Dr Alicia Benavides in Cancun.

Dr Alicia Benavides

Dr Benavides was born in Argentina, and years later, she came to Mexico where she graduated as a Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon and started her outstanding career under the wing of Dr. Ortiz-Monasterio. Dr Benavides is board certified by the AMCPER and is well known in Cancun as a pioneer and the founder of  the Medical School Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Quintana Roo.

Dr. Rafael Velasco

Dr. Velasco was born in Mexico City, where he graduated as a Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He started his ascending career under the wing of Dr. Ortiz-Monasterio.  Dr Velasco is a pioneer in Cancun and is double board certified in Mexico by AMCPER and the General Hospital of Mexico. He’s also a member of the World Society of Anti-Aging Medicine (WOOSAM), the AO Fundation and Network-Lipolysis.

Take the next step

If you have any comments or questions about cosmetic surgery in the Mexican Pacific please comment below. You can also contact me directly at Search for packages on the Taqtik Marketplace, request a firmquote or schedule a consult when you’re on holiday!

Taqtik Woman smile. Teeth whitening. Dental care.
CategoriesDental,  Partners

All-on-4® Dental Implants for Longer Lasting Results

The term All-on-4® zygoma implants treatment is a surgical and technique prosthodontics procedure for total rehabilitation of the edentulous patient, or for patients with badly broken-down teeth, decayed teeth or compromised teeth due to gum disease. This treatment is a revolutionary cost-effective and permanent dental solution that (with proper care) can last 20 years or more. Patrizia Barrueco from Taqtik explains the benefits of the All-on-4® treatment available at Chiang Mai International Dental Dental Center in Thailand.
Professor Paulo Malo

Prof. Malo graduated as a Dentist at the University of Lisbon in 1989. Years later, he developed the Malo Clinic Protocol which includes surgical techniques and innovative products such as the All-on-4® treatment concept, a new zygoma implant and protocol, the NobelSpeedy implant and the advanced technical solution Malo Clinic Bridge.  Prof. Malo is recognized worldwide by the dental and medical community as setting a new standard in fixed oral rehabilitation and has received several awards for his medical/dental breakthrough.

Characteristics and Benefits

The All-on-4® treatment concept is a cost-efficient, graft less solution that provides patients with a fixed full-arch prosthesis on the day of surgery. 

  • Full-arch rehabilitation with only four implants- two straight anterior implants and two implants tilted up to 45 degrees in the posterior.
  • Immediate function-fixed provisional bridge for patients meeting criteria for immediate loading of implants.

Graft less procedure- bone grafting is avoided by tilting the posterior implants, utilizing available bone.

Overview of procedure

First visit:

In your first visit, implants are placed into your jaw. Then, over the next two to six months, the implants and the bone can bond together to form anchors for your artificial teeth. While you will be walking out with a new smile, keep in mind that these prostheses are only temporary.  

Second visit:

In your second visit, the healing has already taken place and the implants which were placed surgically, now completely fuse to your jawbone.  This is the time when your teeth are replaced with a permanent customized smile that is designed specifically for you.

And keep in mind that if you would like your whole mouth done, then you will have four perfectly placed implants for your top arch and four on your bottom arch.  Between the 8 implants, in the whole mouth, you will have your smile completely restored.

When it comes to appearance and feel, the only difference between dental implants and real teeth is that they are fake. They are customized to look, feel and fit exactly like all the other teeth in your dental collection. 

Chiang Mai International Dental Center

Thailand’s award-winning dental clinic group, Dental Corporation Public Co. Ltd. has opened a brand-new clinic in Chiang Mai- the Chiang Mai International Dental Centre (CIDC).  CIDC offers the same outstanding services provided by other Dental Corporation clinics Bangkok International Dental Center, Bangkok International Dental Hospital and Phuket Smile Signature Clinic. Located in Lanna Style along Nimmanhaemin road, CIDC is located in one of Thailand’s most beautiful travel destinations.

chiang mai dental center

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CategoriesPartners,  Weight Loss

Choosing a Bariatric Surgeon in Mexico

Patrizia Barrueco from Taqtik explains more about choosing a bariatric surgeon in Mexico, a favorite destination for international tourists seeking weight loss surgery.

Mexico has become one of the favorite destinations for international tourists seeking for weight-loss surgery. Bariatric procedures help you lose weight and lower the risk of medical problems associated with obesity. Bariatric surgery contributes to weight loss in two main ways:

  • Surgery is used to physically limit the amount of food the stomach can hold, which limits the number of calories you can eat.
  • Surgery is used to shorten or bypass part of the small intestine, which reduces the number of calories and nutrients the body absorbs.
Bariatric Surgeons in Mexico

There are many bariatric surgeons in Mexico, but not all are board certified by the CMCG (Consejo Mexicano de Cirugía General, Bariatrica y de Transplante), the CMCOEM (Colegio Mexicano de Cirigua para la Obesidad y Enfermedades Metabólicas), and the AMCE (Asociación Mexicana de Cirugía Endoscopica).

Being board certified by the CMCG, CMCOEM and AMCE is a must in Mexico, and there are also surgeons that go beyond and become double board certified in Mexico and in Europe, by IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders).

Dr Sergio del Hoyo

Dr. Sergio del Hoyo is double board certified in Mexico and Europe. He received his BSC in Medicine in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he started an amazing career in the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders. Years later he completed an advanced course on Obesity and Metabolic Diseases in Strasbourg, France and regularly attends the World Congresses on Obesity.

He is an expert in laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric sleeve, duodenal switch. He also treats constipation, gallbladder, haemorrhoids, appendicitis, gastritis, colitis, colon and hernia and is well known for the top-quality healthcare. His team of experts includes a nutriologist, endoscopist and anaesthesiologist, and they perform all of their interventions in world-class level hospitals in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is one of the most cherished destinations in Mexico.  The sunsets at Los Mertos Pier, the cobblestone streets, Malecon, Zona Romantica for LGBT escapes, the Botanical Gardens, Whale Watching, and the famous church of our Lady of Guadaloupe are world-wide known by visitors from all around the world.

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If you have any comments or questions about Bariatric surgeons in Mexico, please comment below. You can also contact me directly at Search for packages on the Taqtik Marketplace, request a firm quote or schedule a consult when you’re on holiday!

Banobai hair transplant
CategoriesHair Rejuvenation,  Hair Restoration

Hair Transplant for Ladies in South Korea

Hair Transplant is nowadays a common procedure for men, but there are also women that may need a professional like Dr. Lee Kyoung Ku at Banobagi Plastic Surgery, with his skillful technique, and with more than 3,000 successful transplants under his belt. He is always keeping himself up to date on how to obtain the best results in more natural and sophisticated ways.

Incisional vs Non-Incisional Technique

It is important to know the patient’s expectations in order to determine the best suitable method.  The only difference in these two techniques is how the hair is extracted which does not affect the result, because the focus is on how it is transplanted. Individual hair condition, density and thickness are taken into consideration when relocating the hair to créate a natural result.

How is a hair transplant done?

First, the follicles are extracted from the donor área and then separated for implantation in the áreas that are most needed.  Usually, three hairs from one follicle may grow, so the focus is on the number of follicles transplanted, which will be of 2,000-3,000 follicles, depending on your specific needs.

Tax Rebate in South Korea

International patients who had cosmetic surgery are entitled to receive a VAT 10% refund on their medical expenses, and these are the basics:

    • Must be a tourist and not a foreign resident
    • Must have special refund form printed at the Clinic
    • Refund is paid in Korean Won
    • Refund must be made within 3 months

Banobagi Plastic Surgery

Their philosophy is all about “Detail” and they will always refrain from making any recommendations for excessive or unnecessary surgery.  Banobagi is proud to acknowledge patients’ beauty and focus on enhancing the natural looks of women and men, the reason why they are one of the best cosmetic professionals in South Korea.

CategoriesHealth and Well Being,  Partners

The Healing Power of Thermal Therapy in Turkey

Turkey has a long history of thermal water resources and is one of the leading destinations for thermal therapy, providing sophisticated services that promote the wonders of healing hot springs. Various minerals in hot spring water can address a broad range of health problems and provide significant help in medical treatment. Patrizia Barrueco from Taqtik explains more about the benefits of thermal hot springs with Istanbul Medikal Termal.
Origin of the thermal spa

The word ‘spa’ originates from the Latin sanus per aquam- ‘health through water’ a motto Greeks and then Romans took to heart with refined and impressive thermal facilities. Public bath houses were meant for relaxation, regeneration and healing. They were also an important center of social life, although not for everyone. Women and slaves were forbidden in bath houses!

Thermal water was utilized by many ancient civilizations including the Hittite, Roman, Byzantium and Ottoman empires. Ancient healing hot spring water therapy has evolved into contemporary-designed thermal resorts and spa centers in Turkey.

Thermal water

The curative effect of thermal water must be scientifically proven beyond doubt before it may be called healing or curative water. Thermal water begins as rainwater then seeps through the earth’s permeable rock layers. The water is then warmed due to the increasing proximity to the hot interior of the earth.

When water temperature reaches 20 degrees it becomes thermal, then on the way into the depths of the earth it accumulates trace-elements and minerals such as sodium chloride, carbon dioxide, sulphur, iodine, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and fluorine. Once it has completed this full process it is then considered mineral thermal water. 

Thermal therapy

Thermal therapy or thermal medicine is applicable in the treatment of:

  • Rheumatic diseases (digestive system, liver and gallbladder diseases, metabolic obesity, gout, kidney and ureter diseases, skin diseases)
  • Conditions arising from orthopedic surgeries.
  • Gynecologic diseases
  • Convalescence-associated diseases.

Thermal water can be applied not only externally, but in treatment techniques, such as inhalation and steam rooms.

Istanbul Medikal Termal

The amazing Istanbul Medikal Termal is in the Asian part of Istanbul and features a thermal hot tub and a pool with thermal water. It also has a spa and a gym and offers anti-aging treatments and regenerative medicine, as well as physiotherapy and hydrotherapy treatments.

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CategoriesCosmetic Surgery,  Hospital/Clinics,  Partners

Facts about Genital Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men

Fifty years ago, social norms did not allow for the discussion of your sex life, let alone the appearance of genitals. In society today, the discussion is more common, and certainly more accepted. Authors and playwrights write about it. Musicians sing about it. There are even ways to design the look of it. Corrective surgeries like the labiaplasty and the penoplasty are increasingly popular among medical tourists, and many are travelling to Mexico to consult with specialist Dr. Juan Jose Mendez at Clinica ICER and change the look of their genitals with reshaping surgery.
Genital surgery

Genital reshaping surgery restores or improves the shape of the genitals, to the satisfaction of the patient. Female genital reshaping (labiaplasty) is performed to change the size and shape of the inner labia and the inner lips of the vulva. Male organ enlargement or augmentation surgery (Penoplasty) is performed to increase length, girth of the penis or both.


The labiaplasty is usually performed to reduce the size of the labia menora (inner lips).  The surgeon removes the unwanted tissue and remodels the labia into the desired size and shape.  Alternatively, a wedge-shaped section of the labia is removed.  Occasionally, a labiaplasty is performed to reduce the size of the labia majora (outer lips) and some women choose to have surgery to tighten the vagina (vaginoplasty) at the same time.


Two factors are considered in your pre surgery consult before the operation. Length or girth? Both can be improved upon with surgery, and some men choose to address both issues at the same time.

  • Enlargement penoplasty- this operation increases penis length. An incision is made at the base of the penis and cuts the ligament that attaches it to the body. This will cause it to extend out further from the body, so is not actually longer, but more of it is visible. Depending on the technique used and the anatomical conditions of the patient, penis length can be increased by up to six centimeters.
  • Girth penoplasty- this operation increases the penis width using fatty tissue harvested (removed) from another part of your body. The surgeon may sew strips underneath the skin of the penis (dermal fat grafting) or inject fat into the penis (fat transfer).
  • Full penoplasty- some men choose to have their penis size increased in both length and girth during the same operation.

Sensitivity is not lost after a penoplasty. Once the healing is complete (approximately one month) the sensitivity will return to normal.

Clinica ICER

Clinica ICER is a leading medical institution in Mexico, with clinics in both Satillo and Sante Fe. Their innovative facilities offer world class treatments cosmetic medicine, including genital surgery with Dr Juan Jose Medez, who is board certified in both Mexico and the United States.

  • Saltillo- A visit to Saltillo is a genuine Mexican experience. You can explore the area’s cultural heritage with museums, cathedrals and beautiful murals. The local restaurants and café offer a huge variety of colourful and delicious traditional Northan Mexican cuisine.  
  • Santa Fe- Mexico City’s most modern district, and home to towering skyscrapers and a bustling business centre. Santa Fe is packed with all the trappings of a cosmopolitan city, with several college campus, global chain hotels and sprawling shopping malls- including Centro SataFe which is among the largest in Latin America.

Take the next step

To find out more about genital surgery at Clinica ICER in Saltillo, or Sante Fe contact Taqtik Partner Success Manager Patricia Barrueco directly at You can also search for Clinica Icer packages on the Taqtik Marketplace, request a firmquote or book a consultation for while you’re on holiday.

CategoriesMedical Travel Concerns

Coronavirus – Member Update – Live Tracking

As medical travelers, it is important to keep updated on the latest Coronaviruses (CoV) information to make informed decisions on medical travel to specific countries.  We are checking the latest updates referencing the latest information on the World Health Organization website for specific announcements.

We also encourage you to reference your local government websites for recommendations on travel.

Live Tracing and Update of the Virus

Researchers at John Hopkins University have also developed a website that gives up to date tracking of the spread by country.  This includes how many infected, as well as reported deaths and recoveries in each region.

You can view this live here. 

If you are booked for medical travel and have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. you can email us directly at or speak directly to your patient navigator. Your safety is our #1 priority.

Below is an update from WHO on common questions and answers.

If you are booked for medical travel and have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. you can email us directly at or speak directly to your patient navigator. Your safety is our #1 priority.
los cabos
CategoriesBariatric,  Obesity

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass in Los Cabos, Mexico

Now that the New Year is here, many of us are starting to think about getting healthier.  Diets will be started, and gyms will be full of new and eager members looking to get and stay in shape.  Unfortunately for many, despite so much effort, many find it difficult to maintain long-term weight loss.

The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB)

The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB), (often referred to as laparoscopic gastric bypass) restricts food intake and decreases the absorption of food. It is one of the most common types of bariatric surgery and is performed usually when exercise and diet have not given long-term results, or when there are health issues.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (1)
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (1)
The RYGB procedure helps to lose excess weight and also reduce the risk of various health diseases, including:
    • High blood pressure
    • High Cholesterol
    • Gastroesophageal reflux
    • Heart Disease
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Infertility
    • Obstructive sleep apnea
    • Stroke

About the Procedure

The RYGB involves making up to 6 small incisions in the abdomen through which a small scope connected to a video camera and surgical tools are inserted. The Bariatric Surgeon staples the top portion of the stomach so it is separated from the bottom to create a small stomach pouch, which restricts food intake. The jejunum, -a section of the small intestine, is then attached to the small stomach pouch allowing food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum. This bypass reduces malabsorption (the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs).

Am I a Good Candidate?

RYGB is considered as the gold standard procedure for weight-loss surgery by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the National Institutes of Health and it is recommended if your body mass index (BMI) is 35 to 39.9 (obesity) or 40 or higher (extreme obesity).

About Dr. Humberto Solis

Dr. Humberto Solis is the Managing Director of Gastro&Bariatric in Los Cabos and he has an impressive career specialized in Weight Loss Surgeries. He got his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine at the Guadalajara Autonomous University and various certifications.  These include specialties in Bariatric Nutrition, Minimal Invasion Bariatric Surgery, Bariatric Metabolic Surgery, and Administration of Bariatric Hospitals and Clinics.  These are endorsed by many hospitals and focus groups in Mexico including Hospital Angeles Pedregal in Mexico City, Instituto de Investigación y Ciencias de la Salud (IIECS), and the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO).

RYGB Package Inclusions

The RYGB package includes all medical, nurse and anesthesiologist fees, with 1-night Hospital and 3 nights stay in the Holiday Inn Los Cabos. You are also supported by a group of specialists -Nutriologist and Psychologist that will support you with monthly consultations via Skype for 6 months after surgery in order to ensure successful results. The package also includes transportation from the airport-hotel-hospital and all the lab tests needed prior to surgery, the pre and post consultation. You will definitely be in the best of hands with Dr. Humberto Solis and his wonderful team.

Destination Los Cabos, Mexico

With its Mexican Hospitality, unparalleled architecture, and sun-soaked beaches, it is easy to fall for this unique destination. Cabo San Lucas is known as one of the world’s sportfishing capital with its reputation of spectacular black and blue marlin fishing. And you cannot miss “Land’s End,” which serves as the symbolic demarcation point between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean along with the “Arch”, the #1 attraction. View Packages and Pricing Request Surgeon Feedback

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