Doctor: Mustache transplants on the rise

December 1, 2012 2:16:31 PM PST
A thick mustache is seen as a sign of virility and maturity in the Middle East. And according to some plastic surgeons, it's also big business.

A Paris-based doctor says he's been performing an increasing number of mustache transplants over the past few years. He says most of his patients are from Middle Eastern countries.

The procedure involves taking hair from other parts of the body and implanting them on the face.

A surgeon in Turkey says he does 50 to 60 transplants a month on medical tourists.

The procedure costs about $7,000.