It was in 2010 that India became a preferred destination for medical tourism in the hair transplant field. This was soon after patients realized the good results that were being experienced by clients of Darling Buds Clinic and a few other clinics in India on a regular basis with the new technique called FUE hair transplant.
Ever since the medical tourism in hair transplant has grown to a USD 600 million dollar industry. The black market industry in India is thought to be even bigger. (A black market clinic is a clinic where only cash is taken since the clinic is not run by a doctor and hence the clinic is averse to money transactions other than cash)
Chandigarh which was India’s #1 hub for hair transplant since Darling Buds Clinic is located here has been since surpassed as regards volumes of medical tourists by a number of centers in bigger cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi. These clinics do low-cost procedures and hence are attractive. Their business is based on the economy of scale and they do upwards of 10 cases a day.
Clinics have become a manufacturing line or hair mills where the doctors’ role in the procedure has been gradually decreasing and technicians under the guidance of untrained doctors are ruling the roost.
This is the biggest challenge to the industry due to the large number of complications having arisen since the boom took place. The problem can be gauged by the fact that of all the cases we do, 24% are revision cases!
At Darling Buds Clinic we do one case a day and we do it well.
Hence we do not have other centers.
The medical tourism industry in India is predicted to increase by 20% every year for the next 5 years.
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