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Risks of Traveling Overseas for a Hair Transplant

Over the last few years we have been asked by patients if traveling to places like Turkey, the Maldives or South Africa for a hair transplant is safe. Especially young men that have hair loss and are so devastated and so desperate to get their back that they fall into the trap of profit being prioritized over patient care.  Safety should never take a backseat to profit!

As with any medical procedure, there are risks and potential complications associated with hair transplant surgery, so it’s important to weigh the potential benefits and risks before making a decision to pack your bags and fly halfway around the world. Additionally, it’s important to communicate openly with your surgeon and ensure that they understand your specific needs and concerns.

Choosing the right hair transplant surgeon is an important decision that can have a significant impact on the outcome of the procedure. Here are some key factors to consider when selecting a hair transplant surgeon:

  1. Experience and Expertise: Overseas it is common to find lightly regulated practices where the technicians rather than the doctors do most of the procedure. Look for a surgeon who has extensive experience performing hair transplant surgeries and has a track record of successful outcomes. Consider researching the surgeon’s credentials, qualifications, and experience in performing hair transplant procedures.
  2. Technique: Different hair transplant techniques exist, such as FUE (Follicular Unit Excision) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation). Make sure that the surgeon has experience with the technique that you prefer and is skilled in it.
  3. Before and After Photos: Review the surgeon’s portfolio of before-and-after photos of previous patients to get an idea of the quality of their work and to see if their style matches your desired outcome.
  4. Online Reviews: Look for online reviews from previous patients to get an idea of their experience with the surgeon and the practice. Look for positive feedback from patients who have had similar hair types and goals as you.
  5. Communication and Trust: The hair transplant surgeon you choose should be someone you trust and feel comfortable with. They should take the time to understand your goals and explain the procedure in detail to ensure you have realistic expectations.
  6. Consultation: Schedule a consultation with the practice to discuss your hair transplant goals and to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
  7. Cost: The cost of hair transplant surgery can vary widely depending on several factors, including the surgeon’s experience, the technique used, and the extent of the procedure. Be sure to discuss costs and financing.

It’s important to thoroughly research and choose a reputable hair transplant surgeon to ensure that you receive a safe and effective hair transplant procedure. Your doctor should thoroughly explain the procedure, risks, and potential outcomes before the surgery. We recommend choosing a reputable and experienced practice that follows strict hygiene and safety protocols.