If you are unhappy with the appearance of thinning hair or bald spots, having a hair transplant in Costa Rica can give you the lush, full head of hair you want while improving your self-confidence.
Balding or thinning hair is common among many people, including women as well as men. Factors that can influence the presence of thinning or balding hair include aging, hormonal changes, and genetics.
In a hair transplant procedure, hair follicles are transferred from one area of the scalp to another area with less hair. The result is natural-looking hair along the forehead and the top of the head. At Medical Departures, we are here to assist you in finding the right clinic in which to have your hair transplant procedure performed.
As medical costs in the United States continue to rise, an increasing number of people are considering traveling abroad to have medical procedures performed. The cost of a hair transplant in Costa Rica is typically a fraction of the cost in the United States.
Costa Rica also has an exceptional healthcare system with state-of-the-art medical facilities and English-speaking doctors. Before or after your procedure, you can take advantage of the opportunity to explore the country's incredible natural beauty, including Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, and home to a lush tropical rainforest, a stunning variety of wildlife and birds, and a plethora of activities.
In researching medical facilities in which to have your hair transplant performed in Costa Rica, it is important to verify qualifications as well as professional memberships, such as the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. We can assist with this at Medical Departures by performing the research for you. Along with checking qualifications and professional memberships, we also perform extensive legal and criminal background checks. Our vetting process also includes collecting real patient reviews and even visiting the facilities in person before including them on our list. Only when we are completely satisfied with our findings do we include a clinic and/or surgeon on our list.
Prior to your hair transplant procedure, you will meet with your physician to discuss your goals. Numerous techniques can be used to help you achieve the look you desire. Among the most common techniques include punch grafts, mini-grafts, micro-grafts, slit grafts, and strip grafts. In some cases, it may be necessary to use flaps, tissue-expansion, or scalp reduction. Women as well as men can benefit from hair transplant surgery.
This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, which means you will not be asleep during the procedure, but you should feel comfortable. You might experience some tugging or pressure in your scalp. In the event that your physician feels tissue expansion or flaps are necessary to achieve your desired look, general anesthesia may be used.
Some patients do experience some throbbing, aching, or tightness following their hair transplant procedure. Pain medication can be prescribed to alleviate any discomfort you experience. You may also have bandages applied to your scalp following the procedure. Bandages can usually be removed within a few days, at which time you can wash your hair for the first time. Patients will typically need to return to have stitches removed within a week to 10 days.
Your surgeon will likely advise you to avoid any strenuous activity for at least three weeks after your surgery. This is to help prevent bleeding from occurring. If you plan to dive, swim, or snorkel during your trip to Costa Rica, you may wish to schedule those activities prior to having your procedure performed. It's quite common for newly transplanted hair to fall out over the next several months. As the hair falls out, you should notice the growth of new hair within a few weeks.
The average cost of hair transplant surgery in Costa Rica is about $4,000 (GBP £2,846, AUD $5,509, EUR €3,689) compared to about $12,000 (GBP £8,273, AUD $16,877, EUR €10,661) in the United States.
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