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Let us talk about egg and sperm donation in Greece.

Donation of eggs is allowed in Greece and remains anonymous. That means that both parents and the child that will be born in the future will have no access to the donor’s personal data. Anonymity fosters development of egg banks and makes waiting lists for patients shorter. A Couple who wants to undergo IVF program with donor eggs has usually access to certain information about the donor such as:

  • Height,

  • Weight,

  • Hair color,

  • Eye color,

  • Skin tone,

  • Blood group

  • Education level.

A donor before being allowed to join the procedure of eggs retrieval is obliged by law to undergo certain blood tests for infectious diseases (Hepatitis B and C, HIV, and Syphilis). This includes the recipients of egg donation as well. However, most clinics will demand additional tests recommended by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). These may include for example karyotyping, chlamydia testing, toxicological tests and monogenic disease tests. In most IVF centers, psychological consultation is also obligatory. Meeting with a qualified psychologist helps to ensure that a candidate understands the consequences of donating her eggs and has the proper motivation.

Sex selection is only allowed for medical reasons so it is available if there is a significant risk that the offspring may have genetic disorders. If a woman is under 40 years old, a maximum number of three embryos may be transferred. After this age and if there is a specific indication four embryos can be used.

  • An egg or sperm donor is allowed a maximum of 10 offsprings.

  • A woman can undergo IVF treatment up to the age of 50.

Greek law also regulates issues connected with surrogacy, which is a big step for patients considering this option. According to regulations, there should be medical grounds and court approval for this procedure. Both the couple and the surrogate need to be permanent residents of Greece and they need to prove this fact. Clinics may demand from patients to prepare special documents before they start their treatment. If you are a non-married couple, the law states that additional notarial deed should be signed. A woman may confirm that she is single or – if there is a partner – he should agree to treatment and acclaim the future offspring.

Nevertheless, you should be aware of the fact that many factors have impact on success rates. Effects may depend on donor selection process, the experience that a certain clinic and their embryologists have and the quality standards they follow.

Your chances are also related to your and of course your partner’s, age and health condition.

The number of eggs received from a donor varies from clinic to clinic. It is a generally accepted practice that you should receive 6 eggs, resulting in 2 embryos, on condition that your partner’s sperm parameters are satisfactory. Some IVF clinics offer all donor eggs no matter how many eggs have been retrieved (so-called exclusive donor or one to one donation). In the case of frozen eggs, most IVF clinics offer 6-10 oocytes. Crucially, this number usually refers to frozen cells – such cells need to be thawed first. Statistically, approximately 50-70% cells are successfully thawed, and this means that the number of oocytes intended for fertilization will be smaller.

However, it is not the number of donor eggs, but their quality that matters determining how successful the egg donation program would be.

Greek clinics are reporting effects around 60% to 70% (per transfer) on their websites.


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Today let us discuss about the Safety and Quality in IVF Clinics in Greece.

Greece is one of most popular destination for couples undergoing IVF treatment abroad. The Greek staff is well qualified, most procedures are easily available and clinics have rich experience and good offers. If you want to feel more confident when choosing the right clinic, check if it has an ISO certificate and accreditation. This can confirm that the clinic’s approach to quality and safety is coherent with external standards.

Patients from abroad who are capable of affording private healthcare can benefit from various treatments and procedures, performed by well-qualified medical professionals using modern equipment. Doctors within private hospitals are generally multi-lingual, typically fluent in English. Communication is rarely a matter of concern for medical tourists visiting Greece. It is worth mentioning that there is dedicated organization where all doctors are required to register with a range of relevant medical bodies. Furthermore, – as the market is highly competitive – IVF centers are motivated to increase their quality. That results in competitive offers and additional services for couples who come for treatments from foreign countries.

According to World Health Organization the healthcare system in Greece is among the best in Europe (around 14th place in rankings) – you can count on professional help and modern medical equipment in most hospitals and private clinics. Clinic authorities usually pay great attention to hygiene standards so you can expect clean and safe facilities. This in important for those who seek good quality treatments.

Health care in Greece is provided through national health insurance, although people can also consider private health care as an option. Private sector is developing dynamically and foreign patients can expect high level of services especially for certain procedures that due to law are restricted in their home countries. In vitro fertilization is popular among international patients particularly for its high success rates and the affordable price. The quality of the follow-up care provided by local clinics is also important for infertile couples.

National Medically Assisted Reproduction (ACE) oversees and regulates the IVF clinics and Cryobanks in Greece. Licensed and certified IVF clinics and Cryobanks are inspected yearly to ensure standards are being met. All clinics must have ISO accreditation according to ISO 9001:2017 and EN 25224, which will attest to their adherence to safety and quality. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. Having an ISO Certified clinic can provide another assurance of quality and safety.

Most of the IVF clinics do submit their results to ESHRE and take part in the annual survey carried out by ESHRE.

The requirements to open and become a practicing IVF clinic in Greece are very strict. All IVF units are also obliged to comply with the European Directive, which has been in force since 2008. The Directive introduced common safety and quality standards for human tissues and cells across the European Union (EU). The purpose is to facilitate a safer and easier exchange of human tissue and cells between member states and to improve safety standards for European citizens.


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Today let us talk about the legal framework for assisted reproduction in Greece

  1. The legal framework for assisted reproduction techniques is one of the most liberal and couple-friendly in Europe as all procedures including egg or sperm donation, social freezing, fertility preservation and ivf procedures for singles, are available for women under the age of 50 and without age limit for men. The Greek Ministry of Health controls IVF clinics in this country and inspects them if it is necessary.

  2. Same sex couples are not “strictly” allowed to have treatment. However, as long as one partner signs a notarial deed saying that she is going through as a single woman with the use of donor sperm then it can be accommodated. For all non-married couples, the law states that there is a requirement to have a signed notarial deed either stating that a woman is single or, if there is a partner, that he is agreeing to the treatment and that he will be the legal father of the offspring. The notarial deeds can be signed when the couple/woman arrives to Greece and the cost is ~100€.

  3. Sex selection is only allowed for medical reasons so it is available if there is a significant risk that offspring may have genetic disorders.

  4. Donation of egg and sperm is anonymous.

  5. Surrogacy is allowed under Greek law but the details stipulate there should be medical grounds and court approval must be arranged. The surrogate need to prove to the court that she is permanent resident of Greece.

  6. Embryo transfer laws state the following: For women under 35 years of age using own eggs; one or two embryos can be transferred. For women over 35 and under 40 years of age using own eggs, up to two embryos can be transferred if it is the first or second treatment cycles. Thereafter, on subsequent treatment cycles, up to three embryos can be transferred.

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Greece seems to be perfect destination for couples or singles who consider undergoing IVF treatment abroad (1/4).

Today let us explain why Greece offers a fantastic option for medical tourists in search of high-quality treatments, with low waiting times and attractive commercial offers.

  1. The unique characteristics, history, culture, natural beauty, mild climate and infrastructure of the country attracts many patients interested in in vitro and egg donation treatment. A number of natural spas, boasting thermal and mineral springs, make Greece a fantastic place to recover from medical procedures or treatments.

  2. People visiting Greece are often pleasantly surprised by how well they are greeted and treated. The concept of hospitality is so deeply rooted in ancient Greek culture and took the form of a code of conduct. “Xenia” is the term used to describe the virtue of showing generosity or courtesy to strangers in any condition, and creating a genial relationship between host and guest. Hospitality in ancient Greece was not simply graciousness directed at the people under one’s roof, but also a token of social acceptance and integration into the world around them. This code of hospitality infuses a lot everyday life in Greece, including the approach to healthcare.

  3. Once a vast empire led by Alexander the Great, the Greek reign spread all the way to the border of India. Few countries have seen their history be as influential on a global level as the history of Greece. The culture produced by the ancient Greek civilization touched every neighbor it came in contact with. Greek history is integral to the history of Western civilization, where democratic politics was first conceived.

  4. This rich cultural heritage infuses the Greek daily life, and is a fantastic route of exploration, study or distraction during the time of IVF therapy.

  5. IVF treatment is carried out in 60 clinics, and the country is the ideal destination to combine IVF procedures, relaxing and entertaining holidays. If you are looking for a trusted and reliable fertility clinic, Greece is the best option to consider.

  6. Greece continues to offer great value for money holidays for the many visitors who are looking to enjoy the destination’s culture, gastronomy, beaches and excellent weather.

  7. Shops and prices. Greece is one of the cheapest countries of Eurozone. Higher prices are usually introduced during holiday period in resorts in the south of the country and on the islands – groceries and meals in restaurants are a few times more expensive than further in the country.

  8. Prices of meals in Greek restaurants are quite attractive in comparison to similar places in Spain or Portugal. Greek salad will cost 3€ – 4€ in most restaurants, gyro portion – 2,50€ – 3€, bigger dinner comprising of e.g. moussaka portion, salad and drink costs around 10€ . Coffee costs from 1,50€ to 5€, cocktail in a bar or disco 7€ -10€.

  9. Accommodation is also cheaper in comparison to other countries from Southern Europe; accommodation in seaside resorts can be booked already from 25€ per night (double room); and in guesthouses further in the country even 18€ – 20€. 3-star hotels offer prices from 35€ to 60€ per night, and in comfortable 4- or 5- star hotels we are going to pay 80€ – 150€. Point of sales opening hours differ, which can be surprising for guests from other countries. It is best to find out earlier the opening hours of local shops. The only thing that is sure is that from Monday to Saturday shops are open from the morning until 2pm. Later there is a siesta break and only 3 days a week (from Monday to Friday) shops are open from 6pm until 9pm, but you need to find out yourself which days. Only petrol stations are open on Sundays.

  10. It is best to come to Greece by plane – it is the fastest and most comfortable mean of transport. The biggest airports in Greece include Athens, Chania, Heraklion, and Thessaloniki. In case of European countries, travelling by car may also be considered. The International Airport of Thessaloniki is the second busiest airport in Greece after the Airport of Athens. It is located about 15 km from the city center, in the region of Thermi. This airport receives daily flights from Athens and in addition many flights from the Greek islands and from abroad.logo-fcg

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Greece’s bright light welcomes you to experience the most exciting winter holidays of your life

Winter in Greece

The tireless Mediterranean sun doesn’t stop to rest even in winter. In Greece, the light warms up the landscapes, people and the chilliest spirit even on the frostiest days of winter. These clear bright days are so beautiful that the Greeks call them ‘the joy of God.’
During your winter holidays in Greece, wear your warmest clothes and visit one or several of the many winter destinations you’ll find on the map – the famous mountain villages in the north or the Peloponnese. Walk down their cobbled lanes and admire their traditional architecture. In your comfy B&B or cosy taverna, seated by the fire, you’ll find that Greece’s classic products – cheeses, hand-kneaded bread, olives, extra-virgin olive oil – taste even better than in the city.

You’ll dine on hearty soups and grandmothers’ recipes for local meat and vegetables produced next door. They’ll be accompanied by strong home-brewed drinks from wine to raki to ouzo. In the morning you’ll wake up with tea made from mountain herbs and home-made jams. Winter in Greece promises to give you some of the most spectacular experiences of your life!

Popular destinations in Greece during winter

An early morning stroll may take you onto a delightful path through an evergreen forest to another hamlet with glorious views along the way. If it has snowed, then you’ll want to visit Greece’s well-known ski resorts and enjoy your favourite winter sports. The snow queen here is Arahova with its lady in waiting, Livadi, below the Parnassos centre, considered Greece’s best. There are top hotels and non-skiers can go horseriding, mountainbiking, or driving their ATVs on special routes.
From Pelion’s ski resort at Agriolefkes, you can combine winter sports with exploring the mountains’ famed villages. Other excellent ski resorts can be found at Falakro (Drama), Kaimaktsalan, Vasilitsa, Seli, Karpenissi, Elatohori and Kalavryta. They’re all set in spectacular locations, conveniently close to archaeological sites, Byzantine monuments and hamlets unspoilt by tourism.


Winter in Greece: traditions and customs in the big cities

Winter is when the cities come into their own. The mild weather of Athens and Thessaloniki make them ideal winter destinations for a quick getaway. Patras, Volos, Naoussa, Veria and Ioannina also have rewards for a winter break: walks, shopping, and entertainment, particularly during the holiday season. Winter’s also a time to revel in the season’s festivals. Carnival in Patras, for example, is renowned throughout Europe.
In Kastoria, you might want to check out the Ragoutsaria, a three-day period of music played on traditional brass instruments, dancing, food and wine that has its roots in Dionysian rituals. And at Epiphany on January 6th, you’ll want to see the Blessing of the Waters, though you probably won’t be tempted to dive for the cross thrown by the priest into the icy cold sea.

We present for the first time the untouched paradisen of Halkidiki on the border of Mount Athos.

It is the beach of Trimi, of exceptional beauty, three beaches separated by towering vertical rocks that cast their shadow in the sea offering a precious shelter from the summer sun rays, but they are also offered for dives for the more daring. The creeks are Ω-shaped and remind in miniature the shape of the famous Voidokilia of Messinia.



A truly untouched paradise, accessible mainly by boat but also by footpath or swimming from adjacent beach for the most skillful.

Medical Tourism, where patients travel abroad for medical care, has grown rapidly over the last few years, especially in the area of cosmetic surgery. This is due to high costs and long waiting lists in more established areas sending a new “wave” of patients to far-off sandy beaches in beautiful exotic locations. The key to this “trend” is not just the promise of relaxation and leisure that these countries offer, but also the dramatic increase in modern technology, medical skills and sense of professionalism that they guarantee.


Why should you choose GENESIS Hospital for a Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery?

  • GENESIS is the largest Obstetrics-Gynecology-Plastic Surgery Hospital in Northern Greece and the only one focused exclusively on Women.
  • It is located in a beautiful natural environment, only a few kilometers from the Thessaloniki international airport (15’ drive).
  • It is one of the few Hospitals in Greece that are certified by TEMOS in accordance with the standard “Quality in International Patient Care” for treating foreign patients, while it has also been certified within 2017 with the European standard ΕΝ 15224:2012 and ISO 9001:2015.
  • It houses the only Plastic Surgery Department with its own surgeries and treatment rooms, separate from the other departments of the Hospital, thus providing the necessary privacy and isolation.
  • With four ultra-modern surgical rooms, a complete Microbiology and Radiology Department and an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), GENESIS provides maximum security to its inpatients.
  • Two of the best surgeons in Greece are in charge of the Plastic Surgery department: Dr. Triantafyllos Vrizas and Dr. Dimitris Triantafyllou.
  • The Hospital provides excellent organization for foreign patients! All they have to do is reach the airport of Thessaloniki, and the Hospital takes care of the rest!
  • Only 1-day of hospitalization is required, in a double room. This can be followed by a 5-day stay in a 4-star Hotel in Panorama, which is close to the Hospital and has a magnificent view towards the city of Thessaloniki and Thermaikos Gulf. Other accommodation options are also given.
  • The Hospital provides patients with preoperative and postoperative instructions, as well as personalized telemonitoring after they return to their home country.


GENESIS Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Department

GENESIS has a fully equipped, and the unique in Greece, independent Plastic Surgery Department that consists of 5 operating rooms, with 5 daycare beds and 4 patient rooms with two single beds, where renowned Plastic Surgeons apply the most refined techniques and methods, while in the state-of-the-art Cosmetics-Laser and Anti-aging Department a variety of issues such as wrinkles, spider veins, unwanted hair growth etc. are treated in the best way possible and exclusively by medical staff. Plastic surgery in GENESIS includes the management of major burns, reconstruction of congenital malformations, cosmetic surgery and other minor surgical procedures. This is a medical sector that requires high skill and excellent technological medical facilities, in order to achieve the ultimate goal to restore or upgrade the desired operation of the human body.

GENESIS Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery Department

Indicative Pricelist

(Prices in € / Local VAT included / Hotel accommodation NOT included)

Total Price
Arm lift – 1 day1.900 €
Breast enlargement  – 1 day  – Implant Included3.350 €
Breast reduction  – 1 day3.170 €
Breast uplift  – 1 day2.120 €
Facelift  – 1 day2.350 €
Nose enlargement  – 1 day2.050 €
Nose reshaping  – 1 day2.150 €
Tummy tuck  – 1 day3.100 €
Liposuction  – 1 day2.750 €
Eyelid reduction – Lower eyelids (Blepharoplasty) – ODC1.780 €
Eyelid reduction – Upper and Lower eyelids (Blepharoplasty) – ODC2.430 €
Eyelid reduction – Upper eyelids (Blepharoplasty) – ODC1.280 €
Gynecomastia  – 1 day2.600 €
Breast removal  – 1 day2.850 €
Breast reconstruction surgery – 1 day   – Implant Included6.200 €


GENESIS International Certifications

GENESIS Hospital has been certified according to Temos “Quality in International Patient Care”. Since April 2016, GENESIS Hospital is the new member of Temos network of certified healthcare units in Greece, according to the Temos Certification Program, “Quality in International Patient Care”.

Diplomatic Council (DC) Preferred Partner Hospital. On June 2016, the quality seal of “Diplomatic Council (DC) – Preferred Partner Hospital” was awarded to GENESIS HOSPITAL after the successful passing of the Temos International quality program.

Certification EN 15224:2012. Since July 2017, GENESIS is certified in accordance with the International Standard EN 15224:2012, which is designed specifically for the health care sector. The standard focuses on the health services delivery and risk management.

International Quality Standard ISO 9001:2015. GENESIS is certified as a whole in accordance with the International Quality Standard ISO 9001:2015 by the official certification body TUV AUSTRIA HELLAS. Scope: Provision of Primary and Secondary Health Care Services in the fields of Obstetrics, Gynecology, General Surgery, Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery.


Plastic Surgeons: Heads of the GENESIS Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery Department

CV- Dimitris Triantafyllou

Dimitris Triantafyllou graduated from the Experimental School of the University of Thessaloniki, as well as from the Military Medical School (SAAS) with honors.
He was further educated in the United States and more specifically in the Washington University of St. Louis, with which he maintains close relations and which he visits annually. He was director of Healthcare in the Dodecanese, curator in 424 General Military Training Hospital (GSNE).
He held the rank of Chief Medical Officer and the position of Plastic Surgery Director in 424 GSNE; he retired with the rank of General Chief Medical Officer (Colonel). He has presented scientific papers and speeches in many conferences. He is a member of the Plastic Surgery company ( and a candidate Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has been a Research Fellow and a Keynote speaker for the GENESIS Hospital for 10 years, as well as a Research Fellow of Euromedica in Rhodes.

CV- Triantafyllos Vrizas

He was born in Drama on 1964 and has graduated from High School. He is a graduate of the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1982-1988).
He served in the army and the Community Hospital of Vathytopos (Nevrokopi, Prefecture of Drama) (1988-1990).

He completed the prerequisite training in Surgery and Orthopedics in the General Hospital of the Prefecture of Drama, as well as Plastic Surgery training in Great Britain (Whiston Hospital – Liverpool, George Eliot Hospital Birmingham, Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter) in a paid trainee position, grade of House Officer, Registrar and Senior Registrar (1992-1997).
He acquired his specialization title in March 1998 and he has been practicing medicine privately since 1998 in Thessaloniki. He is scientific director of the Plastic Surgery department of the GENESIS Hospital and he collaborates with the Hospitals of St. Loukas, Kyanous Stavros, Interbalkan Medical Center and General Hospital of Thessaloniki. He is working on a doctoral dissertation in A.U.TH., while he has been on post-training trips for information on new techniques in the U.S.A., Sweden, Netherlands and Great Britain. He has participated in the writing and presentation of papers in multiple conferences in Greece and abroad; he has been trained in Hands-on seminars abroad, while he participated in the writing of the chapter on “Microsurgery” in the book of Orthopedics of the Medical School of A.U.TH.

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