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A hair transplant is a surgical procedure which transplants hair from one area of the body to another. Hair transplantation is sought after by patients who are looking for a permanent, natural-looking solution to partial baldness.
Hair loss, also known as alopecia, can be caused by a number of factors such as male-pattern baldness, medication, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and trauma to the hair. Hair loss can occur in both men and women and is not limited to age.
Hair transplantation can be used for various areas of the body such as the scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, or chest hair. The most common area for hair transplantation is the scalp, which is popular among men with receding hairlines.
The procedure involves hair being taken from a donor site on the body, either follicle by follicle (FUE) or in skin strips (FUT strip harvesting), and these are carefully placed into the bald patch.
- Male pattern baldness
- Receding hairlines
- Traction alopecia
- Trauma to the hair
Number of days in hospital: Overnight stay not required.
Average length of stay abroad: 3 days. Patients can usually fly afterwards, however the procedure may require several sessions.
The Cost of Hair Loss Treatment Abroad
Just like every other cosmetic procedure, hair loss treatment can amount to thousands of dollars, for each surgery. Add that to the cost of follow-up surgeries and you are looking at a significant amount of money for hair loss treatment.
It is a lot more affordable to get hair loss treatment abroad in one of the popular hair transplant surgery destinations like Turkey, Mexico, Spain, Thailand, or Poland. What is even better is that some of the countries that offer the best hair loss treatments are generally very advanced in healthcare facilities and practices. You can not only avail the same treatment at a much lesser cost, but enjoy the generally extravagant hospitality as well.
If you are in search of a healthcare provider for a hair loss treatment abroad, take the next step by getting a Personalize Quote from Make Medical Trip. There is no charge for an inquiry at Make Medical Trip.
Before Hair Transplant abroad
The patient will have a consultation with the surgeon ahead of the procedure, to establish an appropriate donor site and discuss the procedure.
How is it performed
The scalp is first cleaned and the donor site where the hair is being harvested from, will be injected with an anesthetic to numb the area before the extraction.
There are 2 different techniques which can be used for the extraction of the donor hair. The hair can be taken in strips, and this technique is known as strip harvesting, which is also known as FUT harvesting (follicle unit transplantation), or it can be taken follicle by follicle, which is known as FUE (follicle unit extraction), both of which involve using a hollow needle.
The donor site is often at the back of the head, and any scarring from the incision can be concealed with hair.
These hairs are usually clipped to 1 to 2 mm in length, and implanted into the recipient site. Once the transplantation is complete, the area may be dressed with a surgical dressing which will need to be kept in place for 1-2 days.
At the recipient site it can sometimes take 4 to 6 months for the hairs to come through, and patients may have to wait up to one year to see the full effects of the transplant.
The Hair Transplant takes 4 to 12 hours.
The procedure is time consuming, and a large number of transplants may take 8 hours or more. Sometimes, an extra appointment will be necessary.
What to expect after Hair Transplant
Post procedure care
Patients will normally go back to their hotel after the transplant, and should rest with the head slightly raised. The doctor may recommend special shampoo to clean the head. Patients may experience itching.
The first transplanted hairs may fall out gradually over the first few weeks, and this shouldn’t be a cause for concern. Over time, new hairs should grow from the transplanted follicles.
There is only minor discomfort associated with this procedure. Most patients are comfortable with over-the-counter painkillers for the first day after surgery.
Important things to know about Hair Transplant
Not recommended for
- Diffuse pattern female balding
- Alopecia areata (spot baldness)
- If there is insufficient hair at donor site
- Hair transplant failure (hair doesn’t grow)
- Obvious scarring (sometimes with strip harvesting a line is visible)
- Tenderness on the scalp