Israel, hair transplant in Turkey

Hair transplant in Turkey, the favourite of Israeli men

In 2019, more than 500,000 Israelis traveled to Turkey, mostly for health tourism to undergo a hair transplant. A hair transplant costs 8,000 euros in Israel, but only 2,500 in Turkey.

Hair transplants in Turkey remain the favourite of Israeli men seeking to end their hair loss problems, as it´s confirmed by the latest statistics, and that is despite the fact that relations between the two countries do not go through its best moment.

Around 200,000 Israeli citizens traveled to Turkey in 2014, a figure that in 2019 increased to over 500,000, according to figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK); and most of these Israeli tourists come to the Eurasian country for health tourism, especially for plastic surgery operations and for hair transplants.

In fact, ads about hair transplants in Turkey are everywhere in Israel, including on channels like YouTube, and there are many Israeli companies that organize tours to Turkey for hair transplants.

Aviad Bitton is one of those businessmen who runs a travel company in Israel that organises tours to Turkey, and states that every month he sends a hundred Israelis to that country to undergo hair surgery. “Turkey has some of the best and most experienced doctors in the world. Its hospitals and doctors are professionals, and that is why my clients choose Turkey,” said Bitton, who stressed the unbeatable value for money.

A hair transplant costs 8,000 euros in Israel, but only 2,500 in Turkey

Noam Goren, 43, an expert in social networks, is one of those patients who traveled from Israel to Turkey to solve his hair problems; speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Goren confirmed that he chose the Turkish option because the hair transplant was there much cheaper.

“When I went to Turkey for the hair transplant I was very happy. The people were very friendly. They made me feel at home,” Goren said. Asked about why Israelis prefer Turkey, he pointed to the geographical and cultural proximity of the country to Israel, and to the kindness and education shown by the Turks. “Before going to Istanbul (for the transplant) I made a travel plan to see the city. It is a really beautiful city,” he said.

Robin Elgad, 28 years old and a doctor by profession, is another of the Israelis who bet on Turkey for this type of interventions due to the high quality of the Turkish medical sector, highlighting the great professionalism of health professionals in Turkey.

Itamar Torris, a 45-year-old Israeli lawyer, also plans to travel to Turkey to undergo a hair transplant that would cost him about 8,000 euros in Israel, but for which he will only pay 2,500 euros in Turkey. “You can combine a hair transplant with a tour and get to know Istanbul. My hair transplant operation will last about 3 days, but I want to spend 10 days there to see the country,” he confessed.