Hair transplant repairs
Around 10% of our work at Crown Clinic is doing hair transplant repairs on patient who have received botched surgery at disreputable and unlicensed clinics in countries such as Turkey.
Medical tourism is becoming increasingly popular and thousands of patients are travelling to countries such as Turkey, India and Thailand for hair transplants. However, many of the clinics are cut price outfits which are completely unregulated and are run by sales people, not doctors. Patients can be left with unsightly scarring and transplants which look unnatural. Often they have no redress when things go wrong because the clinics are unlicensed. Research carried out by Leeds University found that one in six patients (16.5%) who had cosmetic surgery abroad suffered complications.
What does this surgery involve?
Our consultant hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak will repair the damage from the previous operation and make the hair good again. This can involve transplanting new hair so any unsightly or bald areas are covered with hair and removing grafts and re-placing them in the correct direction to create a more natural look.
Dr Shahmalak helped a British patient who had a cut-price hair transplant operation in Thailand and was left with an ugly ‘Frankenstein’ scar on her hairline.
Adele Deane paid just £1,500 for the surgery in Bangkok, Thailand, a quarter of the price in the UK. But the operation was botched and it took her years to repair the damage.
Surgeons in the Thai capital stitched a strip of skin across her forehead, leaving her with the unnatural 'Frankenstein' hairline, thinning patches and severe confidence issues. The clinic where the surgery was performed was unregulated - so she had no recourse when it went wrong. Dr Shahmalak performed a seven-hour grafting operation, taking a 2cm strip of skin from the back of Adele's head, removing the individual grafts under a microscope and then individually transplanting more than 3,000 individual follicles into her forehead.
A year after the operation, the Frankenstein scar was concealed, Adele's hairline had grown back healthily with thick natural hair and her confidence had soared.