Last fact-checked: 21 January 2020
Whether you are balding, thinning hair or bald patches, a hair transplant in Kuala Lumpur is the only permanent solution to your lack of hair. Discover what this procedure entails and how you can save thousands when booking through Medical Departures.
You may have tried different treatments to stem your loss of hair—perhaps even falling for so-called “miracle” cures, but the only real way you can get your own hair back is with hair transplant surgery. This innovative procedure delivers effective results using modern methods that leave minimal or no visible scarring.
When you start to go bald, you soon realize how important your hair is for self-esteem and confidence. Unfortunately, hair loss affects not only men but also women; in fact, for women, it can even more devastating—while it’s common to see bald men around, it’s rare to see bald women.
Kuala Lumpur is a great holiday destination. Not only is it easily accessible since major airlines fly from Australia to Kuala Lumpur, but you also don’t need a visa if you are a resident of Australia. The cost of living in KL, as it is popularly called, is relatively cheap and it has excellent medical facilities. No wonder why it has started to become such a popular medical tourism destination.
Malaysians, particularly those in cities and tourist destinations, largely speak English, so you won’t have any real communication problems. For holidaymakers, the city has an abundance of fascinating cultural and historical attractions, not to mention a huge variety of shopping, dining and nightlife options.
With modern tower buildings, monorail, buses and taxis, local transport makes it easy to get around—a big selling point for medical tourists.
Like any surgery, a hair transplant is not without its risks. You really don’t want to take chances by booking your treatment at a clinic or hospital that doesn’t have the right licenses, credentials or any affiliations, such as with the Joint Commission International. While hair transplant surgery is generally safe, you don’t want to go in for repeated revision surgeries to get the hair that you want.
As such, it makes sense to book through Medical Departures since we ascertain all the facts before listing clinics and hospitals on our website. We check that the doctors are well qualified, accredited and experienced; we make sure that the hospitals have the latest equipment and amenities and that the staff is well trained. We do all the homework so that you are in a safe setting.
Hair transplant surgery involves harvesting hair from parts of the scalp or other parts of the body where hair is growing and then transplanting it to places where you need it. The procedure uses either of two methods:
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), which involves the removal of strips of skin on which hair grows. This is then cut up into small pieces and then transplanted to the target area. This is commonly used to treat bald patches or to cover large parts of the scalp.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), where individual hairs are removed from a designated donor area and then transplanted to the target area. This method is used when not too much hair is required, such as when the patient has thinning hair or small bald patches.
The process can be time-consuming and the exact time required will depend on the number of grafts you need. It can take between four and eight hours—or you may have the option of getting it done over a few days.
It will take between four days and a week for the scabs to get better and you are advised to avoid direct sunlight for around two weeks or more post-surgery.
Cost varies a great deal and is dependant on the number of grafts needed. However, you are sure to pay a fraction of the price in Kuala Lumpur, typically saving between 50% and 70% compared to the same procedure back home.
To see the latest prices, take a look at these three leading clinics in Kuala Lumpur that offer hair transplants:
Check below to see your booking options for a hair transplant in Kuala Lumpur.
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Hair Transplants: what to Expect. WebMD. Website accessed: 22 January 2020.
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