The high-quality and cheap hair transplant industry in Turkey attracts a considerable number of visitors to the country. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery's 2015 data provided by Anadolu Agency (AA), more than 15,000 people now flock to Turkey from all over the world for hair transplants - an industry that is now worth close to $250 million annually and part of a global hair transplant industry worth about $1 billion.
Compared to the United States or the United Kingdom, where the cost runs as high as $25,000, hair transplant procedures costs about TL 5,000 ($1,900) in Turkey, which patients consider to be relatively low. Patients seeking hair transplants mainly hail from Middle Eastern countries, as well as Germany, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Libya.
In Istanbul, there are now about 250 clinics or private practices that compete to cover bald heads or give mustaches to men who seek a certain masculine image. The hair transplant industry has boomed in Turkey in recent years, creating a new way to draw more tourists to the country.