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Why did the number of people dissatisfied with their nose, stomach, breast and butt increase in the pandemic? Which areas are most operated on? Expert names explained to the spokesman.

During video calls and hours spent in front of a webcam, people were alone with their faces more than ever. At the same time, as the number of moments in front of the mirror increased, people began to get more obsessed with the details that they thought were flawed in their bodies and faces. Some research in the world’s media in recent days also supports this obsession.


So, in addition to this situation, how has the sector been affected by the process in Turkey, which is one of the world’s leading markets in the plastic surgery sector and has made serious breakthroughs in recent years with factors such as the exchange rate difference with competent personnel in health tourism? Experts status of the subject told Turkey Medicals Medical on interview.


Turkish Health Tourism Association (TÜSATDER) President specialist. Dr. linked this orientation to an ‘effort to be happy ‘ while suggesting there had been an increase in some operations:

March, April and may, especially because we live in an extroverted world, people are bored… aesthetics is also one of the most enduring practices that make people happy and motivated. Think about it like this, 10 minutes when you eat, 2 days when you go on vacation, 2 months when you get married, you are happy; but when you have an aesthetic, you are happy when you look! Joke aside, people have embarked on actions to be beautiful and happy, and the normally low summer months have been very busy.”

“There have been serious demands on Botox, fillers and skin care, a number of procedures that will rejuvenate the skin,” said Dr. The “faces were closely tasked at video meetings, as well as for their problems, such as Under-Eye Bags, eyelid miscarriage, scoop ear and rhinoplasty nose, which made them unhappy. In addition, breast implantation and butt silicone operations are also among the increased operations,” he said.

“People do not come out comfortably in the atmosphere of Covid-19 because those who pay attention to the warnings in the summer also spent the recovery processes after the operation more comfortable with the thought of ‘I am already home’. In the same way, in the hair transplantation sector, when foreign patients could not come during the closure period, the demand increased because people could live at home, perhaps taking annual leave under normal conditions and undergoing the healing process,” he said.

A Turkish doctor who is also the president of the Turkish Health Tourism Association (TÜSATDER) May June July August September and October 2020 in Europe increased restrictions on both hair transplantation and aesthetic operations, although there was a tidal process in May and June as a result of the worldwide expansion of the size of the industry,“ said of the pandemic’s impact on the sector. This, in turn, was a relatively pleasing development for the sector.”


“Although the summer period is not actually a busy period for patients from abroad-under normal circumstances-this year there was an increase of 15-20 percent compared to last year,” he said, “but if we add spring or even June, there was a big gap and 35 percent of annual turnover was lost. In the first period of summer and autumn, the loss decreased to 20-25 percent,” he said.


International studies have found that ‘selfie’ addiction in recent years has also increased demand for aesthetic operations, while the last period has been called Zoom Boom. The research, reported by experts from the US, Australia, the UK, South Korea and Japan, particularly highlighted the impact of the ‘selfie’ phenomenon.


Plastic and reconstructive surgery specialist Op. Dr. “I cannot say that there has been a change in the demands that have come to us in this process or that certain operations have gained weight,” said, adding that it is difficult to say that the pandemic process has brought some operations forward. ’ We used to do a lot of nose operations, but now we’re doing a tummy tuck, ‘we didn’t come across a situation like this. But there is definitely an increase in demand,” he said.

Plastic and reconstructive Turkey surgery specialist Op. Dr. continued, “I couldn’t take an annual leave from work; now that I’m available, I had a thought in this direction, let me take it out of the way,” he said, referring to the conditions caused by the corona virus pandemic as an opportunity for some people to see such operations.

Op. Dr. “For example, most people can feel strange even when they hear their own voice on the record, ” said of the effect of staying at home. In the same way, people who do not look at themselves every day may be caught up in thoughts such as ‘the hair is also gone…’ or ‘why does my nose look so big’ during this period. However, I don’t have any data to prove it. But this, of course, has been a factor,” he said.

Turkey Plastic and reconstructive surgery specialist Op. Dr., on the other hand, suggests that there is a decrease in aesthetic operations in Turkey and around the world compared to normal. However, ” people are also dealing with themselves during this period when they stay at home. There is a trend…,” doctor said, “but this has not translated into an increase in operations. There is also a decrease in aesthetic operations around the world,” he said, and “but at the point of thought, someone who didn’t think about plastic surgery in the past put this idea in his mind because he was more confronted with himself during this period when he was sitting at home. But this has not turned into an operation. That’s what we see on the field,” he said.


Op, which also underlines the recession predicted by the impact of a pandemic around the world and the ongoing economic crisis in Turkey. Dr., ” there is an economic crisis, people are concerned, they do not know the course of money in our country, they want to protect their investments at least… it is not necessary to be in this sector to see that there is a decline in our sector. It is difficult to give accurate data, but I would say that there has been a reduction of at least 25-30 percent. It does not even need to mention that there has been a sharp decline in international patients due to the pandemic process. In patients living in our country, we see that the economic crisis is effective in decisions in this direction,” he said.

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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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