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My rhinoplasty experience in Istanbul as a solo traveler: Here's what you need to know.

Updated: Apr 2


In this blog, I won't cover the common topics such as what rhinoplasty is, the best doctors, or pre-and post-surgery information, as these details are widely available on the internet. Instead, I'll be sharing my personal experince as a solo traveler to Istanbul. If you're contemplating a trip to Turkey for your nose job and find yourself without a companion, fear not – I've been there, done that, and you can too!


I'll cover the following:


1. My doctor: how I found him and why I chose him. 

2. Price ranges and tips to ensure no one takes advantage of you as a tourist.

3. Best ATMs with the lowest fees.

4. How to get a large amount of cash $$$.  

5. Navigating public transportation.

6. Essential apps to download before arriving for food delivery, ride-sharing, etc.

7. Personal insights on things I wish I had known before getting my nose job.




1. My doctor: how I found him and why I chose him 


I chose Dr. Murat Enoz for my surgery by simply searching 'rhinoplasty' on Google Maps and exploring all the suggestions. His nose jobs are very natural (more than most surgeons in Turkey) and they are so aesthetically nice, 

I extensively researched doctors on Instagram, Reddit, and various review platforms across the internet. Among all the options, Dr. Murat Enoz stood out to me. Witnessing people from around the world sharing positive experiences, especially those seeking revision surgeries after previous disappointments, reassured me. The satisfaction these people expressed with their results convinced me to proceed with Dr. Murat Enoz.



I reached out to him via WhatsApp, receiving a prompt response within two days. We engaged in thorough discussions and covered every aspect two weeks before the scheduled surgery date. We mutually agreed on a price that left us both content.


Sidenote: You really should not be worried about language barriers, as the majority of the doctors I spoke with, and their assistants, spoke English very well.


Here are a few links I came across before finalizing my decision that Dr. Murat Enoz was the right choice: 




2. Price ranges and tips to ensure no one takes advantage of you as a tourist.


My doctor's prices are very affordable. I won't be able to share the exact price, but after extensive research and conversations with my Turkish friends who provided insight into how doctors charge locals comparing to foreigners, and after speaking with more than 20 doctors, I can assure you that you can find a range between $2000 USD to $5000 USD. Indeed, I found a doctor who offered a price of $2300 USD with excellent credentials, but I decided to change my mind and go with Dr. Murat because I liked his approach to rhinoplasty. If you want to know more, please email me at Travewithraneem@gmail.com, and I will share more with you privately.


3. Best ATMs with the lowest fees.


After trying almost all the ATMs in the streets and hopping from one to another :D don't judge me hehe I hate when banks and ATMs take my hard-earned money, as I lost a significant amount due to naivety in the early days of my travels. So, I would suggest two ATMs with the best fees, and sometimes, if you're lucky, they won't charge anything at all. I don't know why or how, but that's what happened to me with these ATMs.


I withdrew 6000 TL from one ATM and incurred 3$ dollars fees, while with another ATM, I withdrew 3000 TL, and they charged me $35 dollars. I was so mad, but I had to, as I was under pressure to pay the hair salon, and I had to go to the nearest ATM, which, until today, makes me mad when I think about it lol.


Alright, so my go-to banks in Turkey are:

  • VakıfBank 

  • KUVEYT TURK KATILIM BANKASI A.S.


Sidenote: I have 2 prepaid cards ( Wise & Revolut) to which I transfer money from my Canadian bank. I use them because they offer the best currency rate, and their fees are significantly lower than what my bank charges. 


Check this article to learn more about these 2 amazing cards: 



4. How to get a large amount of cash  


So, I flew to Turkey without planning to have the surgery here; therefore, I had no cash on me to pay the surgeon. I didn't know what to do except self-transfer money to myself through Western Union or withdraw cash from the ATMs. There are two significant problems with these options: the insanely high fees and exchange rates from Western Union, or the crazy fees associated with withdrawing money from the ATMs. Moreover, some ATMs won't let you withdraw more than 1000 euros or 6000 TL, and I needed way more than that. If you decide to withdraw from different banks, be prepared to pay over 200 euros in fees from your card and the ATMs. So, I highly suggest getting cash from your home country.


I ended up self-transferring money through Western Union and picking it up here. However, the big struggle was when I visited more than 10 Western Union locations, they either told me the system was down or they didn't have that much cash. Believe me, I was furious that morning, hopping from one location to another.


Some people suggested that I go to banks that offer Western Union services or go to PTT (if you speak Turkish, go for it; if you don't, forget it since it's a hectic process). So, what I did was visit my favorite bank, Kuveyt Türk Bank, and I withdrew my money within 15 minutes. 


5. Navigating public transportation.


In order to use all public transportation in Istanbul (boats, subways, buses, tramways, funiculars), you will need the magnetic card, Istanbul Kart. You can find it in the small kiosks near all metro stations, piers, and also bus stations. It costs 70 TL, you will then add credit. Keep in mind that most trips cost approximately 17 TL each way. For more information you can visit the website of the municipality: https://www.iett.istanbul/en if you buy a card with a limited number of trips, you can do it directly in front of the turnstiles. The prices are 25 TL for one way, 45 TL for two ways, 70 TL for three ways, 105 TL for five ways, and 200 TL for ten ways.

As Im currently staying on the Eurpean side of Istanbul there are two lines in service, the T1 line from Kabataş allows easy access to Sultanahmet and the T4 line that goes North – West of the city. It runs from 6 am to 11 pm. The tramway in Istanbul is very clean and has air-conditioned.

The T1 line will allow you to reach the main attractions of the city. I  recommend you using it as it is really cheap and fast and definitely the easiest way to get to the old town.



6. Essential apps to download before arriving for food delivery and ride-sharing: 


  • BiTaksi: Istanbul taxi app

Bitaksi is one of the best Istanbul apps you can use to find a taxi. Once the app is installed, you can see where you want to go, the distance it is from your current location, and the amount you’re likely to pay. As well as yellow taxis, turquoise taxis are included in the bitaksi application. Turquoise taxis are more comfortable and convenient, and a little more expensive than yellow cabs. With the app, you can see how much you will pay for a turquoise taxi.

IOS and Android links are here. Public transportation in Istanbul can sometimes be overwhelming when you are not a tourist. BiTaksi is among the most trustworthy Istanbul taxi apps and one of the must have apps to use in Istanbul.



  • Yemeksepeti: Istanbul food delivery app

This app is for you if you forgot to get your groceries before your surgery, believe me. Even though I did get lots of fruits and vegetables, and of course, pineapples (hehe, which is a MUST for my babes who are gonna do their nose jobs and want to avoid all the swelling), believe me when I say I barely got any bruise or swelling since I was eating and drinking pineapples like a beast. Hehe, but hey, it was all worth it :) Anyway, I still needed more and Yemeksepeti was there for me <3


I've lived in many countries in my life, and I have tried different countries' food delivery apps, but this app blew my mind with how fast it is. So, definitely, Yemeksepeti should be at the top of your Istanbul apps list. 



Finally, personal insights on things I wish I had known before getting my nose job.


Now that I'm 2 weeks post-op, I've compiled a list of things I wish I knew before getting surgery, hoping it will help others out there:


  • The operation itself is practically painless (so don't worry about that).

  • After the operation, your head, nose, and teeth are going to hurt for the first couple of days.

  • You might experience nausea or even throw up after the first day or two. If that's the case, stick to drinking water and eating plain foods like rice and bread.

  • Sleeping upright is extremely uncomfortable. For me, this was the worst part of the entire process. I recommend getting some comfy pillows.

  • Get yourself a sea salt spray to keep your nose moisturized. Usually, your doctor will prescribe everything you need, so you really don't have to prepare before surgery; just wait until the surgery is done.

  • While rhinoplasties are physical operations, they may take a toll on your emotions and mental health (it did for me). Make sure you have a good support network. I know you are alone, as was I, but ensure you are in contact with family and friends virtually, as it will help a lot.

  • When you get your cast off, keep in mind that the result will not look perfect. Remember, perfection is not what you're after because it doesn't exist. What you want is an improvement.

  • Ultimately, your nose doesn't define you. Your old nose didn't define you, and your new nose doesn't define you either.





Good luck to everyone getting their rhinoplasties. If you have any questions, feel free to reach me. You can find me on Instagram @travelwithraneem or email me at Travelwithraneem@gmail.com.


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