Istanbul’s Top Medical Tourism Clinic: Risus Clinic


Journalist Ismail Karakas asked clinical director Menekse Karatas questions about the operations and the workflow of Risus Clinic in Istanbul, which works together with the prominent doctors, the best hospitals, and world-renowned brands.

Risus Clinic offers the most up-to-date treatments in the world in the most cost-effective packages.

The clinical director, Menekşe Karatas answered the questions of journalist Ismail Karakas.


Why should consultants choose Risus Clinic?

We are one of the best health tourism companies in Istanbul, which has the HEALTH TOURISM certificate from the Ministry of Health. We provide the most accurate, high-quality, and affordable treatments for our patients from all over the world.

Our priority is patient satisfaction, which is why our attentive and expert team members work with great sensitivity, professionalism, empathy, and dedication to help our patients feel better during their treatment, in accordance with our patients’ inquiries.

The Risus Clinic is a world-class medical company that collaborates with the best hospitals and the best doctors in their fields, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and internationally valid diplomas, and with globally recognized brands and using advanced technology. So Risus Clinic offers the world’s most up-to-date treatments in the most cost-effective packages.

Although the cost of medical services in Turkey is 30% to 40% lower than in Europe and the US, you can get the highest quality of service.

As the Risus Clinic, we have agreements with a variety of hospitals, surgeons, and medical staff in different categories, so we are able to offer the best medical treatments at the very best prices that you can easily afford. Because of our special arrangements, you do not need to wait on long waiting lists.

Our mission is to constantly maximize patient satisfaction without deviating from the quality management system, where all our patients can safely seek a professional answer to their inquiries and questions.


Can you explain more about the services you’ve provided?

As the Risus Clinic, we can provide personalized treatment in hospitals equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, while sticking to ethical standards and prioritizing patient satisfaction.

We provide different types of treatments in 8 branches.

Treatments we provide;

Dental treatments

Ophthalmology – Eye Surgery

Face and body aesthetic surgery

Orthopaedic surgery


Hair transplantation

IVF – In vitro fertilization

Obesity surgery

We can provide additional treatments tailored to individual-specific needs within our comprehensive and skilled healthcare network. We provide comprehensive service packages to our patients, which include transport, accommodation, and other arrangements throughout their treatment.

Our packages are also including,

Online examination

Physical examination

Required imagery such as X-rays / MRI

All examinations that need to be done prior to surgery

Medicines to be used by the patient, clothing, and equipment that the patient must wear after surgery such as corset, bracelet, glasses.

If necessary; Private nurse, Physical therapist

Translator / Medical assistant is appointed for each of our incoming patients who speak the same language..

For accommodation, we can arrange hotels in different classes and locations in line with the preferences of our patients.

Our patients can just focus on their recovery during their stay in Istanbul, because they don’t have to think or organize anything.

It can be effortlessly integrated with a vacation or business excursion.

Our patients are considered as guests, and our international service team members will offer continuous assistance, support, and direction prior to, during, and after the treatment, to ensure that our patients feel comfortable and at ease.


Plastic surgery refers to the medical specialty that focuses on transforming the appearance of the face and body through surgical procedures. The objective of face and body aesthetics is to modify an individual’s appearance in accordance with their specific needs and preferences. The Risus Clinic enhances an individual’s sense of happiness and self-assurance both inpersonal sense and externally. Sure, happiness and confidence are essential components, and they are more than simply appearances of beauty.

Aesthetics operations for FACE

  • Facelift is a surgical procedure that involves stretching and tightening the skin of the face.
  • Blepharoplasty — a surgical procedure performed by ophthalmologists to address cosmetic or functional issues in the upper and lower eyelids.
  • Fox Eyes – is a surgery for eye–which involves issues such as raised brow, inequalities, and loosening eyelids.
  • Jaw line – a better jaw line creation if needed.
  • Otoplasty surgery is a procedure used to treat claw ear deformities.
  • Rhinoplasty – Nose Job – is a surgical procedure to improve nose appearance.


At Risus Clinic, Rhinoplasty, also referred to as nasal cosmetic surgery, is a surgical treatment that may improve breathing problems and modify several aspects of the nose. The procedure could involve nasal narrowing or augmentation, nasal tip improvement, nostril size modification, and a smaller nasal opening size.

Aesthetics operations for BREAST

The breast is an essential part that plays a role in a woman’s sense of femininity and affects her clothing choices, ultimately boosting her self-confidence.

The Risus Clinic offers aesthetic surgical procedures that can enhance, reduce, reshape, or rectify any asymmetry between the breasts.



Liposuction is not a method of weight loss, but in the Risus Clinic it is the process of removing unwanted regional fat deposits in the body with the help of cannula and vacuum. General health and skin structure are important for this operation to be performed.


TUMMYTUCK/ Abdominoplasty 

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to correct excessive weight loss and the loosening and sagging of the abdominal skin after childbirth. The liposuction procedure at Risus Clinic is performed according to the patient’s body structure, either as a 270-degree (front abdomen) or a 360-degree (whole circumference) operation.

The excess fat is removed to get a flat and tight abdomen and a curvaceous waistline.



Mommy Makeover is a surgical procedure that involves the reshaping and recovery of the skin for women who had childbirth or those who had rapidly lost too much weight.

The woman’s body shape changes that depend upon the hormones released during pregnancy. The term used to describe the combination of procedures performed to treat all these changes in just one operation is “maternal aesthetics” or “Mommy makeover.”

Mommy make-over surgery is the complete procedure of;

  • Breast lift, Augmentation or Reduction
  • Tummy tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Breast augmentation
  • Buttock augmentation
  • Vaginal rejuvenation

and if necessary, arm and leg stretching might be added.

Mommy makeover is a tailored operation, which varies depending on inquiries, body shape, and general health of patient.  After the physical consultation, necessary treatments will be planned together with the doctor.

Blepharoplasty – Aesthetics of the eyelid

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that focuses on improving the appearance of the eyelid.

A genetic factor, ageing, gravity, the impact of wearing glasses, loose or sagging skin causes wrinkles or changes in the upper eyelid, and the under-eye bags causes the person to look older, tired, and sleepy.

To improve that appearance, blepharoplasty surgery is performed to remove the excess skin at upper eyelid, and to remove the fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the lower eyelids.

A patient will have a fresh and younger look after this operation at the Risus Clinic.

The Fox Eye operation may also be added to get a more attractive look if recommended or necessary.

Fox Eye is a lifting operation of the eyebrow’s outer edges, by a small incision, where the hairlines begin.

Dental Treatment 

When we are making a tailored Hollywood smile for our patient, we are focusing on the 1/3 lower part of face, not just the teeth.

At the Risus Clinic, we use the most updated, advanced technologies to create the customized Hollywood smile, according to the gold ratio of the face, chin and bite position and the condition of gum of the patients.

Dental Implant treatment

An implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into the jawbone to complete a missing tooth, which  occurred by genetic factors, or age-related bone loss, or accidents… etc.

The quality and dimension of the selected implant, and the bone density of patient, as well as the experience of operator dentist are so important to achieve the satisfaction of the patient and the longevity of the implant at Risus Clinic.

Bone graft need to be added if the bone density of the patient is not enough to put the dental implant in.

Our team of certified expert surgeons only uses high-quality products, dental implants of European origin with internationally recognized passports. The implant procedure is conducted in two stages. During the first visit, it is sufficient to stay for 3-4 days for the placement of the implants.  The second visit is required after a waiting period of 3-4 months for the implant to integrate with the bone, and for the loading of zirconia crowns on top of the implants.

Hollywood Smile

The people who are not happy with their teeth generally try to hide their teeth by their lips and their hands when they are talking with someone or smiling.

At Risus Clinic, we offer you “Hollywood smile” process to our patients enabling individuals to speak and laugh with confidence again.

A Hollywood smile is customized based on the individual’s facial details and chin shape, as well as according to the principles of the golden ratio. The teeth are covered by crowns composed of porcelain on Zircon, Emax, or metal substrate. It is personalized to the individual and is the most preferred dental procedure used for cosmetic purposes on the tooth.


Hair transplant

Hair transplantation is a type of microsurgery that replaces hair that has missed out because of genetic factors or drugs used, with healthy roots at back part of the head. It is a tailored operation planned and based on the person’s inquiries. Usually, the hairs in the perineal area, which are the spill-resistant hair roots are gathered and re-placed to the forehead and crown area of the head.. At Risus Clinic, the aim is to give the hair growing process a natural and permanent look.

In many clinics, this procedure is carried out by specialists but in Risus Clinic this procedure is performed by the Aesthetic doctor and his specialist team.

Before the procedure, the necessary blood examinations and an ECG are performed to ensure that the person is healthy and suitable for the operation.

Blood sampling is also used for PRP, during hair planting the PRP procedure is also performed to help the hair grow faster and be healthier.

The day after the hair transplantation, the first wash is performed by our expert team to show how he will do it by himself.

The first 10 days are very important, so we keep in constant contact with our patients.

We keep in touch and follow the hair growth by asking photos at intervals of one year.

Eye Surgery

Eye surgeries are being performed to amend the eyesight loss, which  occurred due to genetic factors, ageing or illnesses.

In Risus Clinic, this operation is being performed at A+ hospitals, by highly qualified professional doctors, who hold international certificates.


LASIK is an operation and correction technique used to treat vision impairments such astigmatism (blurred vision), hypermetropia (nearsighted difficulties), and myopia (farsighted difficulties). This process is customized for each individual and is performed in accordance with their eye structure after a thorough examination.

At Risus Clinic, we can arrange consultation, necessary examinations, and the operation in the same day.

The following day of the surgery, we will check the final situation of the eyes and arrange the medications / eye drops, then the patients may return to their home country.

Following surgery, our patient must use the drops for a full five weeks.

IOL / Trifocal lens

IOL/trifocal lens – Smart lens treatment is a procedure used to replace natural lenses in the eye with artificial ones in order to fix vision loss caused by the deformation of the natural lenses in the eye.

At Risus Clinic, this operation is performed by  experienced and certified specialists. We are only use the premium and international products, which are of American or European origin.

This treatment is suitable for patients who are older than 45 years old.

This procedure, which is performed by using cutting-edge devices and materials, offers good eyesight at near, medium, and long distances.

The experience of the doctors and the quality of lenses used during the operation are the critical factors that impact perfect results.

Treatment for cataracts:

Cataracts typically occur in the natural cortex of the eye, which becomes less transparent due to aging and this  affects the vision.

It often occurs after 40 years old. Artificial lenses are used to replace natural lenses in the treatment. Depending on the eye structure and the age of the patient, the doctor will decide whether monofocal or trifocal lens can be used.

At Risus Clinic, the quality of lenses used, and the professional doctors who performs, makes the difference to achieve the excellent results.

Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery


This procedure is a method that uses techniques like X-rays to see the condition of the body’s veins and blood flow. The doctor who works at the Risus Clinic analyses the blood flow in the vessels and decides the best plan for the treatment.

It is a practice that does not affect the patient’s condition, but it can be a life-saving operation with immediate procedures that can be performed by early diagnosis of health problems such as a heart attack, heart spasm, cholesterol, by inserting a balloon or stent.

Stent placement is often combined with balloon agnosies.

A stent is a small metal tube that acts like a skeleton to support a coronary artery vein. The properties and age of the stent differ based on the patient’s clinical condition.

Balloon angiosis is frequently combined with stent implantation.

As well as regular metal permanent stents, a new technology “Absorb dissolving stents” can be used in some cases.

Absorb naturally dissolving stent is made of PLLA, a polymer that shares many design similarities with regular metal stents. These stents, which are intended to treat cardiovascular disease with endurance, contain a medicine that keeps plaques from narrowing on the vessel’s surface. Once the vessel is opened and heals, the medication naturally dissolves the plaques within two to three years.

Especially used for young patients or the patient who has metal allergies.

Orthopedics surgery

Orthopedic surgery, is a surgical procedure to repair the worn-out natural joints in the spine, knee or hip caused by ageing, poor health or injury.

Nowadays, the use of cutting-edge health technology allows for an improvement of life standards.

At Risus Clinic, very experienced and talented doctors are performing “Scoliosis surgery”, “Knee Replacement” and “Hip Replacement”, as soon as possible, without waiting at long waiting lists.

Scoliosis treatment

Scoliosis treatment refers to treating the condition where the spine is curved beyond 10 degrees, after examinations which also includes an X-ray image that reflects the shape of a S or C. During a physical examination, the specialist conducts an X-ray to diagnose scoliosis. Excessive curving might have an impact on the lungs, necessitating medical intervention. It is named after the specific regions affected by scoliosis.

The scoliosis curves are categorized into primary and secondary curves.

Surgery is recommended for patients with major, i.e. curvature greater than 45 degrees, worsened back and leg pain, and respiratory difficulties.

Scoliosis surgery varies from person to person. The treatment at the Risus Clinic is carefully devised by skilled specialists, who consider the patient’s condition and overall well-being.

Knee Replacement – Hip Replacement

Knee replacement and hip replacement surgeries are performed to repair issues in the knee and thigh caused by factors such as ageing, accidents, infections, traumas, and rheumatic disorders. These operations involve the use of prostheses to replace the affected joints.

It is popularly defined as “calcification”. Its name in medical literature is known as “osteoarthritis”.

It is applied for problems such as pain caused by cartilage wear and difficulty in walking; Prosthesis procedure can be applied to patients who do not respond to other treatments such as physical therapy, intra-articular injection, PRP, and stem cells.

The Risus Clinic offers the possibility of doing double-sided prosthetic surgery on the knee and hip in a single procedure, particularly in young patients, provided that the patient’s general health allows for it.

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery refers to a medical procedure used to treat obesity.

Obesity is the accumulation of excessive fat tissue in the body, which occurs due to excessive and wrong eating habits, hormonal effects, sedentary lifestyle, and genetic reasons, to the extent that it impairs the person’s health.

This condition needs medical intervention as it can give rise to several health complications, including metabolic disorders, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular ailments, sleep apnea, hepatic steatosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), musculoskeletal discomfort, and infertility.

Obesity and bariatric surgery have the power to either fully eliminate or greatly reduce certain problems. Patients with a body mass index of 33 or higher can undergo this operation.

The Risus Clinic organizes a plan of treatment by considering the patient’s age, gender, weight, eating habits, diseases associated with obesity, and body mass index.

Sleeve gastrectomy

Sleeve gastroplasties – Sleeve Gastrectomy (SG) / Stomach sleeve

One of the most commonly applied surgical treatments, Sleeve Gastroctomy, also known as Sleeve Gastric Surgery, is an operation in which approximately 3/4 of the stomach is removed, leaving a gastric sleeve. By decreasing stomach capacity, weight loss of between 60 and 80 percent will be expected after a year.

Many obesity-related health issues may improve as a result of this substantial weight loss. It’s a more dependable and straightforward operation.

It decreases the capacity of the stomach. It gets rid of the area of the stomach that produces hormones that make you hungry.

After this procedure, it is important to keep in mind that soft foods like milkshakes, chocolate, and ice cream may be absorbed in the sleeve gastrectomy and slow down the intended weight loss.

Gastric By-pass – Gastric By-pass

The gastric bypass procedure is a common treatment for morbid obesity is gastric bypass (R-YGB). It is a preferred treatment to solve the many health problems accompanying obesity.

After the stomach is reduced to approximately 30-50 cc, some of the small intestines are bypassed and removed and the small new stomach and small intestines are connected to each other. This process stops foods like chocolate, carbs, and foods high in calories from being absorbed.

Patients scheduled for surgery at Risus Clinic undergo physical tests as well as examinations by endocrinology and psychiatric specialists.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (R-YGB) surgery can provide effective and permanent weight loss.

When necessary, gastric bypass surgery can be reversed.

Transit Bipartition

The Risus Clinic performs this procedure, particularly to treat Type 2 diabetes. Following a sleeve gastrectomy, this treatment is carried out in the lower portion of the stomach to stimulate the hormones responsible for diabetes.

The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is the first phase of the procedure; the direct connection of the small and large intestines to the stomach is the second.

Increasing the release of hormones that aid in food digestion and the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients is the aim of this procedure.

It is a form of treatment that, in contrast to the Gastric Sleeve operation, works to avoid digestive issues by enhancing the functionality of the intestines.

Patients must have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher and adequate insulin production in order to be candidates for this procedure. Patients with zero insulin levels should not use it.

It is a very effective application for both weight loss and diabetes repair.

It is a reversible procedure.

IVF (in vitro fertilization)

IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is a medical procedure that provides a chance for couples who are unable to conceive naturally due to metabolic disorders such as unexplained infertility, advanced age, low sperm count or quality in men, tubal infections or blockages, and obesity in women, to have children.

This is a method of fertilization that is not natural. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the procedure of combining female and male the sperm in a controlled laboratory setting, where the highest quality embryos are chosen and subsequently transferred into the uterus.

Effective outcomes are achieved by professional management of the treatment process, optimal circumstances in the hospital and laboratory where the treatment is administered, and the expertise of our specialist doctors at Risus Clinic.

Could you tell us about your or your company’s vision for the future?

Istanbul is one of the most popular cities in the world in terms of medical/health tourism due to its expert, talented doctors and surgeons, modern hospitals, and affordable prices.

At Risus Clinic, our goal is to offer dependable and cutting-edge services to our international patients at competitive prices in the field. Our aim is to provide customized treatment and take full responsibility for how we operate. Our aim is to become the top medical tourism company in Turkey, working with the best doctors and operating in the most well-equipped hospitals.

Finally, what would you like to say to the audience?

A company wishing to participate in health tourism must possess the TURSAB accreditation issued by the Ministry of Tourism, as well as the Health Tourism Authorization accreditation issued by the Ministry of Health.

We highly advise our patients to ensure that these documents are accessible at the clinics they visit, and to thoroughly investigate the quality of the materials to be utilized, the work ethic of the corresponding health tourism company, and the level of importance placed on patient comfort.

Risus Clinic 

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