Hair Transplant

The Ultimate Guide to Hair Transplant

Last fact-checked: 3 October 2020

Hair loss can and does affect people of all genders, ages and it can also be temporary or permanent.

For some, it's just an "unavoidable" fact of life; for others, it's a source of embarrassment—and it's normally these people who try to do something about it, often with over-the-counter medication, hair concealer sprays or just an ever-growing collection of hats...

For more effective action, a hair transplant could be the answer. Using innovative techniques, this surgical procedure is suitable for those suffering from baldness or thinning hair. A professional will be able to confirm whether your particular condition will respond to the treatment.

Find out how hair transplants work and discover global providers where treatment costs thousands less than back home with Medical Departures. 

Am I Suitable for a Hair Transplant?

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

Important Things to Consider Before Deciding on Surgery

  • If you are completely bald, it is highly unlikely a hair transplant will be achievable
  • If you are still experiencing significant hair loss, 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; it is still possible with thin hair but the results may not be as impressive
  • You may need multiple sessions over a couple of years
  • New hair growth may be slow; it may also not be consistent with previous hair growth

What Kind of Hair Transplant Procedures Are Available?

There are various methods that can be used to transplant hair. The one that works best for you will depend on where you are losing your hair from, how much is going to be transplanted and where the hair grafts are taken from. 

The common hair transplant techniques are summarized below:

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT):

Also known as strip harvesting, this method removes a strip of hair, dissects it into smaller groups and implants it into the sites, as 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, this can be carried out in addition to a hair transplant or as an alternative. The procedure involves a section of bald scalp being removed and the hairline pulled forward to cover the bald spot. The other techniques can be used additionally if more hair is required.

Note: The most common methods as described above are FUT and FUE. Learn more about the different methods of hair transplant surgery here

What Is the Recovery Time?

Following surgery, it is worth noting the following considerations:

  • 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 that 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; this is entirely normal and when your hair does grow back it should look natural and fuller.

Recovery times vary depending on which method is used. Learn more about what you should expect following hair transplant surgery here

Is the Quality of Hair Transplant Procedures Abroad the Same as Back Home?

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. With our listings, you can 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.

How Much Can I Save Abroad?

The price 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, which for an already expensive procedure, adds up to thousands even when factoring in travel expenses. 

As a comparison, prices in the United States are, on average, around $8,000 whereas:

These are estimated figures at the time of writing. To see exact prices, get started with some of our most highly-rated global clinics below:

How Do I Book?

Take a look through our broad range of verified partner facilities around the world offering safe and effective hair transplant surgery to international patients. 

To book your hair transplant abroad, follow the simple steps on our site to secure the best prices online. You can also get in touch with our Customer Care Team who can provide you with a free, personalized quote. 

Sources:

Hair Transplants: what to Expect. WebMD. Website accessed: 3 October 2020. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/men-hair-loss-17/hair-transplants

Wondering What Hair Restoration Technique is Right for You? ABCS President, Dr. Sobel, Weighs In. ASCS Blog. Website accessed: 3 October 2020. https://www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org/wondering-what-hair-restoration-technique-is-right-for-you-abcs-president-dr-sobel-weighs-in

Surgical Hair Restoration: Are You a Candidate? WebMD. Website accessed: 3 October 2020. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/are-you-candidate

Hair Loss. Mayo Clinic. Website accessed: 3 October 2020. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20372932

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