Hair Transplantation Specialist and Researcher Aziz Aksöz: “Even though people avoided many medical operations during the coronavirus pandemic, they never stopped having hair transplantation,” and added:
“In the COVID-19 period, there have been unforeseen changes in people’s spending habits, especially in their health-oriented expenses. Many people have decided to postpone many health operations. In this process that has been going on for more than a year, while many patients were not treated due to their chronic problems and even did not go to follow-up appointments, hair transplantation took a different attack and the winner of the pandemic was hair transplantation. In a real sense, this is an issue that needs to be examined sociologically and psychologically.
When we looked at the subject from the foreign patient’s side, we encountered interesting tables again. Our country, which earned 1.2 billion dollars in health tourism income in 2019, closed this rate with a 50% decrease in 2020 with the pandemic. they came to our country. Before COVID-19, while the number of health tourists coming for hair transplantation from Syria, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Northern Europe and the Middle East decreased, there was an incredible increase in the number of German patients.
In my own practice, I think that this is to turn the pandemic into an opportunity because almost all of my foreign and domestic patients who came were in favor of spending the quarantine period in the recovery process. Those who had a hair transplant at this time last year use the same expression every time they come for a checkup and state that they have made a very correct attempt.
Likewise, we anticipate that the interest in hair transplantation will increase exponentially when the borders are opened 100% after the pandemic. During this period, people turned to themselves a lot and looked in the mirror more, they faced their own flaws. Online meetings have also had a great impact. We think that there will be a great interest in plastic surgery and hair transplantation in particular.”