Although Turkey is one of the most popular destinations in world health tourism, the illegal centers undermine Turkey’s international reputation and reduce its competitive capacity. According to recent estimates, 6 out of every 10 hair transplant centers in Turkey are operating without the permission of the Ministry of Health.
These unlicensed centers not only damage the country’s huge success in health tourism but they also threaten the health of hair transplant patients.
Many people, especially those from Arab countries, brought to Turkey by the intermediary firms operating in health tourism are not aware of the fact that hair transplants can only be done at the centers under a doctor’s supervision.
This lack of information renders these people vulnerable to serious health risks. Even if hair transplant is not a complicated operation, it is categorized as a surgical procedure and every surgical intervention has its own risks.
Hair transplants performed by unlicensed persons in illegal centers increase the likelihood of these risks.
Recently, ISHRS and the Turkish Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons have issued many warnings about the potential risks that people may face at illegally operating hair transplant centers.
After a quick search on the internet, we found the following news headlines that reveals the extent of the seriousness of the problem with illegal hair transplant centers.
“Hair transplant marketing down to street level” (T24.com.tr)
“More than 50% of hair transplant centers in Turkey are illegal” (haberturk.com.tr)
“Illegal hair transplant threatens health tourism in Turkey” (medikalakademi.com.tr)
“Primary school graduate performs hair transplants” (turizmajansi.com)
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF A HAIR TRANSPLANT CENTER IS ILLEGAL?
Dermatologist Dr. Meltem Şentürk explains how you can detect illegal hair transplant centers.
– They advertise their work using phrases like “100% customer satisfaction”, “success guaranteed”, and “guaranteed results”.
– They offer price quotes well below the market price.
– They tend to present themselves as “health expert”, “hair transplant specialists”, “aesthetic specialists” or “hair transplant expert”, none of which exist in the medical literature.
– Other factors such as communication between the staff members, cleanliness of work environment, the way the personnel treat patients, and failure to provide satisfactory answers to your questions may give you some clues about the legality of the center.
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