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The Ultimate Guide to Hair Transplant

Hair loss can affect anyone, both men and women, and it can be temporary or permanent. Hair transplants could be the answer if you are suffering from baldness or thinning hair, but you will need to seek a professional opinion as to whether your particular condition will respond to the treatment.

Am I suitable for a hair transplant?

If you have bald patches, thinning or receding hair you may be a suitable candidate, providing:

  • Your hair loss is permanent and cannot be treated non-surgically
  • It is not caused by medication, medical treatment or stress
  • You have sufficient follicles or hair growth than can be used for the transplant

Anything I should know about hair transplants?

  • If you are completely bald it is highly unlikely a hair transplant will be achievable
  • If you are still losing your hair it is best to wait until the hair loss has stopped, or you will have to continue to have treatment as new bald patches appear
  • The improvements look better on thick, curly hair rather than fine hair, although it is still possible with thin hair but it might not look as good
  • You may need multiple sessions over a couple of years
  • Hair growth may be slow
  • Hair may not be consistent with previous hair growth

Hair transplant procedures

There are various methods of hair transplant procedures which can be used depending on where you are losing hair from, how much to transplant and where to take the hair grafts from:

Strip Harvesting:

This method removes a strip of hair, dissects it into smaller groups and implants it into the sites required.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE):

The grafts come from small groups harvested around the whole scalp which are then implanted into the required site.

Flap Surgery:

A large section of bald scalp is removed and replaced with a section that contains follicles.

Scalp Reduction:

Also called advancement flap surgery can be done in addition to a hair transplant or as an alternative. A section of the bald scalp is removed and the hairline pulled forward to cover the bald spot. The other techniques can be used additionally if more hair is required.

Hair plant procedure recovery time

Immediately after surgery your scalp is likely to be very sore, so you may be prescribed pain medication and possibly antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. You may be given dressings which will need to be worn for a couple of days.

You will usually be able to return to work a couple of days after surgery. It is important to note that the grafts will fall out after surgery and won’t grow again for around three months. However, this is entirely normal and when your hair does grow back it should look natural and fuller.

Is the quality of hair plant procedures abroad the same?

It is important to research your hair plant procedure and find out which method is going to be suitable for your particular circumstances, and more importantly, which surgeons are able to perform the procedure.

Medical Departures performs legal and criminal background checks on our doctors and we pre-screen their qualifications, training and professional memberships. Check out the additional information we provide such as our patients’ hair transplant reviews, clinic photos and virtual tours to help you find the best surgeon for your hair transplant.

What price are hair transplant prices abroad?

The prices of a hair transplant abroad varies depending on the method used and also where you decide to go. Most people can save between 50% and 80% on the cost of hair transplants by traveling abroad. As a comparison, prices in the United States are on average $8,300 whereas:

Hair transplants in the Philippines are around $2,500 and in Mexico a hair transplat costs in the region of $4,600.


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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or instructions for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or a qualified medical professional before starting or changing medical treatment.

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