Hair Transplant Surgery Abroad: The Benefits and the Risks Involved
Hair transplant surgery is the latest trend for celebrities looking to reverse the signs of aging. Gordon Ramsey, James Nesbitt and John Cleese have all gone under the knife to restore lustre and volume to their thinning hair, and as a result, hair transplant surgery is becoming more popular than ever.
In a poll carried out in 2013 by WhatClinic.com, it was found that hair transplant surgery was definitely on the rise; with a 260% increase in enquiries from men eager to combat their baldness.
Hair Replacement Overseas
WhatClinic.com also revealed a staggering 180% increase in those travelling abroad for hair replacement treatment. The main reason for this is the difference in cost. Here in the UK, depending on how much of your head requires treatment, hair transplants can cost anything from £3000 to £13,000.
However, in countries such as Turkey, the same treatment can be found for around £1,600, which is considerably less. In India, hair replacement surgery can even be as low as £789, though some people are deterred by the higher flight costs incurred from travelling outside the EU.
The Advantages of Having a Hair Transplant Abroad
Aside from saving thousands of pounds, hair transplant treatment is considered relatively low-risk in terms of side-effects or complications; which leaves many men feeling more comfortable about taking the plunge and booking abroad. Indeed, most clinics report a 92 – 95% success rate.
It’s also a popular choice to book the hair replacement treatment as part of a holiday; combining the procedure with sightseeing and relaxation at the same time.
The Problems Involved
The main problem when seeking any kind of medical treatment abroad is aftercare. If you encounter any problems after your surgery, it’s very difficult to get back to your surgeon, unless you book another flight to return to the clinic.
It’s also important to be aware that not all clinics are reputable. Whilst there are some excellent surgeons practicing hair-loss surgery across the world, there are equally many unscrupulous practitioners who don’t have the right skills or qualifications for the job.
Should You Get a Hair Transplant?
It’s important to bear in mind that if you’re losing your hair, there are other options available to you. Medication such as Minoxidil and Finasteride both help to strengthen remaining hairs, which gives the appearance of thicker hair. Before booking any type of transplant surgery, it’s a good idea to talk with your GP about the options available to you.
If you do decide to have a hair transplant, it’s important you do your research first. Dr Maurice Collins, medical director at Hair Restoration Blackrock, recommends doing your research before committing. ‘Shop around, compare a few clinics’, he advises. ‘Don’t go for the cheapest. You get what you pay for. Look for a clinic that is run by trained surgeons. Look for experience and qualifications.’
It’s also important to be aware that the hair replacement industry is currently under-regulated; which means that anyone can theoretically set up a clinic, regardless of qualifications. Dr Collins also advises talking with the surgeon before agreeing to the procedure, not settling for a chat with a sales representative!