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Medical tourism in Iran

Iran, and more specifically Tehran, has now become capital in the field of cosmetic surgeries in the world, especially in nose jobs. In 2017, Iran’s medical tourism sector estimated worth was about 1.7 billion US dollars, which is expected to grow to 4 billion US dollars by 2020.

Iran’s medical tourists are of two types: Some are travelers coming from neighbor countries; namely Turkey, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Oman, and Afghanistan. This group is usually seeking both lifesaving treatments and cosmetic surgeries such as ophthalmology, infertility treatment, open heart surgery, spine surgery, and organ transplant.

Iran also has medical tourists visiting from more developed countries who are mostly looking for cosmetic, life-altering procedures including but not limited to the highly popular rhinoplasty, bariatric surgery, plastic surgery, hair transplantation, breast surgery, and gastric sleeves or bypasses.

A key factor in choosing Iran between these groups is the Iranian surgeons’ high experience and proficiency in the field.

Iran is quickly becoming the next international medical tourism hub, both for medicinal and cosmetic procedures. Reasons for the country becoming the popular destination that it is range from the low costs to the skilled hands of the Iranian doctors and surgeons.

Cost-effective Options

Years of sanctions resulting in inflation has been drastically decreasing the value of Iran’s currency compared to the dollar and Euro. This itself has rendered all expenses virtually ridiculous and nonexistent for travelers possessing such currencies. For example, a rhinoplasty all-inclusive package in Iran is approximately 90% cheaper than the surgery in the U.S; you can a high-quality full nose job package in Tehran with $1,800 to $2,800 while just the surgery cost $5,000 to $30,000 in NYC or LA.

Talented and Experienced Surgeons

Most medical professionals in Iran get their medical degrees from renowned medical schools in the U.S., Europe, and Iran and after having years of vigorous training they are faced with a vast market. There is a running beauty obsession in Iran due to the country’s high standards and media’s advertisements. The added population of medical tourists to Iranians, who are already in constant demand for various cosmetic and other surgeries and procedures, offers Iranian doctors the chance to master their skills like no other ones in the world.

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