The true dangers of getting a hair transplant abroad

POSTED: 28 February 2018

We are encountering an increasing number of patients who have returned from an overseas hair transplant with terrible and sometimes health threatening results. The promise of ‘cheap’ hair transplants are enticing people to visit other countries in order to get a discount on their hair transplant procedure, but the results speak for themselves.

Here at Crown Clinic, we have seen many patients come through our doors needing restorative surgery to correct these sub-par hair transplants. This can be anything from the transplant hair falling out soon after the procedure, to serious damage to the scalp.


Travelling for an overseas hair transplant

The temptation of an overseas hair transplant can be great, especially when they are offering unbeatable prices on FUE hair transplant procedures. However, the results often reflect these low prices.

Like anything, you get what you pay for, and opting for the lowest price possible inevitably puts the quality at risk. Many of these budget surgeries are completed by unqualified and unregistered surgeons, leaving you wide open to things like infections and poorly executed hair transplants.

You also have to take into consideration the extra cost, both for flights, accommodation and insurance, that come with traveling for an overseas hair transplant. If something does go wrong with the procedure, will you be covered for medical costs? Will you be able to travel back home for the proper care and attention? These are all things to think about when considering a hair transplant abroad..


Which countries offer ‘cheap’ but dangerous hair transplants?

To give you a better idea of some of the more popular hair tourism destinations, we have created the infographic below. This shows you some of the most travelled to destinations for overseas hair transplants and highlights some of the dangers you could encounter should you choose to visit there for your FUE hair transplant.


How to avoid the dangers of getting a hair transplant abroad

We would obviously advise you to stay in the UK for your hair transplant and have your procedure performed by a professional and registered surgeon, such as Dr Shahmalak.

However, if you do decide to go down the route of an overseas hair transplant, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure you have thoroughly researched both the surgeon and the clinic you will be attending.

  • You have talked to others that have visited the same clinic to get their feedback on the service.

  • You have checked that you have the right medical insurance and you are covered before booking your hair transplant procedure.

  • You have a backup plan in place, just in case the procedure does not go to plan.

If you have been a victim of sub-par overseas hair transplants and are looking for help and advice on how to correct the damage done, book in a consultation with Crown to find out how we can help!

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