Hair transplants breed a new type of tourist in Turkey
In Turkey, revenue from popular procedures adds to country’s $7B medical tourism industry
By Nil Köksal, CBC News
“There is a new way to spot tourists in Turkey or in Iran, and it doesn’t rely on catching a glimpse of selfie sticks, maps or cameras slung around their necks.
Instead, look for the black terry cloth headbands and a telltale triangle of red spots on their scalps.” (hair transplant)
Doctors in Europe are feeling the pinch from competition from doctors in Istanbul Turkey and Iran who have set up hair transplant mills. This is similar to what the Russians did in the 1990s when setting up Cataract Mills for eye surgery. These are all FUE procedures and I doubt the ladies performing the FUE are all licensed doctors. It seems they are offering travel packages that cover air fare, hotel and the surgery for a 3 day stay. Of course, there is no guarantee of quality and there is no recourse if something goes wrong when these people return home after the surgery. Infections, if you get one, will have to be treated by a local doctor and if the procedure was not done right, the patient will not know for 8 months, which is the time that it takes for the hair to grow after a hair transplant. I suspect that the quality of the work ranges from good to poor, depending upon the clinic that is chosen. It is a bit of a gamble. Stay away from politics in either country or your stay may be longer than you planned.