TURKEY – TOP DESTINATION FOR HAIR TRANSPLANTATION
Medical tourism is becoming massively popular in many forms, and in many countries. Turkey is one of these countries. Besides its well-known, high quality eye treatment, it offers another service – hair transplantation.
In short, hair transplantation is the procedure of removing hair from the back of the patient’s head, and replanting, or transplanting, it onto the balding areas. The procedure is popular among men for its easy, noticeable result and fast healing so patients can return to their social life within two days only.
Matthew McConaughey, Sylvester Stallone and John Travolta, among others, have reportedly undergone this procedure. Once the province of the rich and famous only, today, hair transplantation is available for almost anyone, no matter how modest their means.
Ascending numbers of travellers for Hair Transplant
The numbers of hair transplants have undergone a massive rise in Turkey, despite the recent unrest in the country. In fact, Turkey was the leading country for hair transplantations in 2015. And the numbers of people arriving in the country to experience the treatment still appears to be growing.
According to data from the Turkish Healthcare Travel Council, 746,000 foreign visitors arrived in Turkey for medical treatment in 2015. 100,000 of these were specifically seeking hair transplantation. This amounts to some 200 transplantations per day and the number increase to approximately 500 Transplantations in the weekends. The country earned $5.8 billion from legal medical tourism in 2015. And it is estimated that $1 billion of this sum was generated by hair transplant patients.
Most foreign patients, arriving for hair transplantation in 2015, were from Europe and Arabian Gulf Countries. Prices in Turkey are a big draw for those wishing to reverse hereditary hair loss. Official prices start from $2,000, while in the UK the same procedure costs about $12,000. In the United States, prices can rise up to $15,000. As a consequence, many Europeans and Americans are also opting for Turkey as the destination for their hair transplantation surgery.
The location of Turkey which is about 2/3 hours away from most of Europe countries was the most important factor for the doubled numbers of European Hair Transplant patients especially from İtaly, France, Spain, Germany for the two days only procedure.