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Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs is warning about the risks of going to Turkey for cosmetic and weight-loss procedures, after a number of recent deaths of Irish medical tourists.

Irish people have been warned about the risks of going to Turkey for cosmetic and weight-loss procedures after a number of deaths due to complications. It comes following a recent death of an Irish woman who travelled to Turkey for a medical procedure. At least three Irish people are reported to have died in Turkey after travelling for a procedure in the last year.

The department said some Irish citizens have experienced complications after treatments in Turkey, and advised travellers to discuss their plans carefully with their own specialists before committing to any procedure overseas.

St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin has said it has treated an increasing number of people over the last two years who have travelled abroad for surgery and come back unwell. This includes a number of emergency presentations due to bariatric surgery that was performed abroad.

On its website, the Department of Foreign Affairs reminds citizens who may be considering medical tourism that that all surgery contains an element of risk, stating “Individuals should seek to inform themselves of both the risks and benefits of any procedures, and are advised to discuss their plans carefully with their own doctor, dentist and/or hospital specialist before committing to any procedure abroad. Individuals should also familiarise themselves with any follow-up treatment or process that may be required, and be aware that they may encounter communication difficulties in a non-English speaking environment.”

Concerns are now growing about the rising rate of complications due to the “conveyor belt” system being adopted by some hospitals and clinics. Patients have reported being operated on at 10pm at night and seeing “trolley loads” of people waiting to undergo cosmetic and weight-loss procedures. Certain hospitals have been discharging patients to hotels for their aftercare, which Irish medics have described as extremely worrying due to hygiene and safety concerns.

Turkey has become an increasingly popular destination for Irish people seeking to have dental, cosmetic and bariatric procedures. High costs, waiting lists of up to five years and the lack of availability of certain procedures in Ireland is leading people abroad.

Some weight-loss clinics in Turkey are asking Irish influencers to promote medical procedures on their social media pages. Clinics have been messaging female influencers with large followings on Instagram about collaborating to promote bariatric surgery.

Under a set of legislative frameworks, health tourism and medical services are stringently regulated in Turkey, starting with the main law text, the Law on the Method of Execution of Medicine and Medical Sciences No. 1219 and the Law on Health Care Services No. 3359. As per this new framework, the entities, institutions, and individual empowered to offer patient care and healthcare services are closely managed and are mainly subject to licenses approved by Turkey’s Health Ministry.

While Turkey has brought in several new regulations to improve quality, as yet there is little sign of the state being able to really enforce the rules or stamp out the worst excesses.

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Greece meets all the requirements to be classified as a Wellness country, and international observers and experts agree on this. The 1st Hybrid Global Wellness Economy Forum “From Opportunity to a Successful Development – The Greek Case” took part at the Ministry of Digital Governance on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, where leading international experts and global opinion leaders in the field of Health and Wellness Tourism participated. The event was held with the contribution of Elitour and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development under the auspices of Enterprise Greece and highlighted the unique investment opportunities in Greece for the development of hospitality structures that will offer health and wellness services.

 Seneca Medical Group, a pioneer in the field of hair loss restoration, invests in the extroversion and development of Health Tourism and supports such initiatives. Seneca Medical Group’s clinics provide advanced hair transplant services and promote the development of Medical Tourism in Greece. Peggy Stavrianou, Director of Operations, and Nikos Pagopoulos, Medical Tourism Manager of Seneca attended a very successful forum where distinguished speakers from the field of medical tourism and wellness developed their ideas and suggestions. The international speakers agreed on the emergence of the “authenticity” of the concept of Wellbeing as a long tradition in Greece, in combination with the Mediterranean diet and the historical wealth of the country that gave birth to Medical Science, regarding the development of an extroversion strategy to attract wellness travelers. Susie Ellis, President of the Global Wellness Institute, agreed with the President of ELITOUR, Mr. Patoulis, on the identity of the “authenticity” of Greek Wellness, in which the development of Greek Wellness Tourism can invest. And he suggested that Greece be included in the Global Geography of Wellness.

The speakers underlined the importance of public-private partnerships which have helped so far to rebrand the country into a premium, safe, multi-island destination. Combined with wellness and health offerings, Greece can benefit from the thriving tourism segment which she said was growing at a rate of 20-30 percent annually.

The international community would vote for Greece as a destination catering to travelers’ well-being but also as a separate health destination. Greece, can evolve into the global center of holistic healing and rejuvenation, a global center of authentic well-being.

Hair loss is a common issue that affects many people, both men and women. While there are several causes of hair loss, there are also several myths and misconceptions that surround this condition. It is important to separate the myths from the facts to properly understand and address hair loss.

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One common myth is that hair loss only affects older people. 

However, this is not true. Anyone can experience hair loss, regardless of their age. In fact, hair loss can occur at any age, including during teenage years.

Another myth is that genetics play the only role in hair loss.

While genetics do play a role in hair loss, it is not the only cause. Other factors such as hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, stress, and certain medical conditions can also contribute to hair loss.

Some people believe that hair loss can be treated by applying certain oils or using certain hair care products. 

However, these products do not have any proven effect on hair loss. In fact, using harsh hair care products can actually damage the hair and make hair loss worse. At Seneca we offer a range of natural products to delay further hair loss until you seek a permanent solution, such as a hair transplant.

Another myth is that hair loss is a sign of poor health.

While hair loss can be a symptom of certain medical conditions, it is not always the case. In many cases, hair loss is simply a natural part of the aging process and does not indicate any underlying health issues.

It is believed that stress is a major cause of hair loss.

The truth is that stress can certainly be a contributing factor to hair loss, but it is not usually the main reason. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there are several other common causes of hair loss, including genetics, aging, hormonal changes, certain medications, and certain medical conditions. That being said, severe or prolonged stress can lead to a condition called telogen effluvium, which is a form of temporary hair loss that occurs when the hair’s growth cycle is disrupted. However, this is typically not a permanent form of hair loss, and once the underlying cause of the stress is addressed, the hair will typically grow back.

The ultimate myth is that there is no treatment for hair loss.

While there is no cure for hair loss, there are a number of treatment options available that can help to slow or stop the progression of hair loss and promote hair regrowth.

In conclusion, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding hair loss. It is important to separate the facts from the fiction to properly understand and address this condition. Seeking medical advice and treatment can help prevent and treat hair loss.

There are several effective medical treatments available, such as hair transplant surgery. 

At SENECA, medical specialists perform the most innovative hair restoration treatments under strict protocols. We have invested in Innovative Methods for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hair Loss aiming at the ultimate solution of hair restoration in men and women.

Contact us today to book a free online consultation with our specialists, and discuss your personalized plan for your hair loss treatment. 

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