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5 Questions to Ask Before Getting Hair Transplant 

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Hair transplants are as life changing as they can be risky when done by inexperienced hands.

The desire to transform one’s look can be so overwhelming that people do not get their feet wet anymore and just dive while throwing all caution to the wind. To get the best hair transplant you could possible get, read on to find out the most important point to know before getting anything done.

Who are the Best Candidates for Hair Transplants?

Before you immediately proceed to a surgeon for your hair transplant, you should first go to a professional and well-experienced doctor to know exactly how your hair loss should be managed.

It is important to consider the progressive nature of balding caused by genetic male pattern hair loss. The scalp should have a certain amount of maturity before doctors can accurately diagnose the status of the hair loss of the patient. Normally after the initial diagnosis, the patient is prescribed with Finasteride, which is considered as a very potent medication for stopping the progression of balding. In some cases, it is able to reverse the process. If the patient continues to experience balding, then hair transplant should be considered as the last resort.

What are Your Procedure Options?

Aside from hair transplant, there are other viable options for balding men. For those who abhor scars, there is the NeoGraft, which is a more advanced version of follicular unit extraction (FUE) that utilizes an automated air pressure system to do the extraction of the hair follicles and improve the outcome of the process. Because it is minimally invasive, patients would hardly feel any discomfort and the risk of complications diminishes.

Other options include the traditional follicular unit extraction (FUE), topical medicine, and low-level light therapy (LLLT). Since it is not automated, the traditional FUE is basically longer, more tedious, and more expensive. Topical products like Rogaine help patients maintain and even grow new hair. However, the use of there products should never stop because that would bring the patient back to square one. With LLT, low-powered laser is used to target hair follicle cells to reverse hair loss and stimulate the scalp for new hair growth.

Who is Your Team?

A lot of patients are getting hair transplants for the first time and would be in need of a good surgeon to work with for this incredibly life-changing procedure. To look for that doctor, the patient should carefully scrutinize the education of the surgeon and make sure that the good doctor is certified to perform the procedure and is a bonafide member of relevant associations.

Experience in giving the procedure should also be included in your investigation because this will ensure your confidence on your surgeon. When a surgeon regularly does it, he maintains his capability to do it flawlessly. Always ask for before and after pictures to know if your expectations match the aesthetics of the good doctor.

Along with the doctor should be his team of an anesthetist, nurses and other medical assistants. Make sure they are all properly trained and duly certified. The facility where the transplant will take place should also be legal and affiliated with medical institutions to take care of anything untoward that may happen to you.

What are the Risks?

Medical procedures are bound to have risks and the patient needs to know them beforehand. Though there is a big chance that the patient will not feel anything during the procedure because your scalp has been treated with a local anesthetic, there are some complications that might happen, which include bleeding, scarring, and infection.

Should your surgeon miscalculate further, the result might end up a disaster with the new hair looking nothing like the neighboring hair from the unaffected areas of the scalp. This shall make the hair transplant look really obvious and simply defeats the purpose of getting one.

What are the Post-surgery Precautions?

Before getting the procedure, make sure that you give ample time before going back to your regular routine. You need to take a couple days of rest and extensive care for the transplanted area. Your surgeon will inform you of what you have to do to care for your scalp properly. Patients should religiously follow them to avoid any side effects. Some of these measures include sleeping on the patient’s back only. The head should not touch anything, especially the surgical site. The follicles are very fragile and should be very well protected.

Learn more about the hair transplant process and how to prepare for it. When in Australia, visit Dr. Andrew Kim of the Australian Institute for Hair Restoration.

Top 10 Countries for Affordable Hair Transplants 

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Hair loss has been on the rise and has affected men at an earlier age.

This makes hair transplants a much sought after procedure for men who want a permanent solution to their hair misery. Though the desire is strong, the wallet is weak for a majority of these men and this has led to hair transplants in countries where the cost is absolutely lower. This and the vacation package that they sell it with at still really affordable prices make it an excellent opportunity for such patients. Below are the countries you can count on for such procedures.

Why Outside the Country?

Aside from the significant difference in the price department, hair transplant in other countries give men the option to have it done incognito. Some still appreciate this approach due to deeply rooted perceptions of surgery in their culture and society. More than the secrecy of the act, it also gives a very valid excuse to go on vacation, something most men would not do unless really needed.

This break is also the perfect time for the patient to heal and enjoy the scenery of a foreign country.

India

Recent developments in this country have led to its stature as one of the most popular countries for hair transplants. There has been a significant increase in the population of both men and women who are more in control of their lives and would do everything they can to improve their appearance. Most of them want to regain their youth and that of course includes getting back their hair. At this point, the figures are expected to increase to more than 25% in specific cities like Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.

And to top it all off, India remains to be satisfyingly exotic destination for culturally rewarding vacations.

Dominican Republic

No matter how beautiful a destination is, no hair transplant patient would go there if the facilities and expertise were not exceptional. And this is what the Dominican Republic can offer at a lower price and with a vacation on this gorgeous island. Known for its beautiful beaches, very warm, people, and rich culture, it is perfect for those who want to get away for a while and just have fun. The country has already enjoyed the uptick in the number of hair loss patients worldwide and there are no signs of the trend backing off.

Turkey

Aside from the new medical equipment and the naturally warm and friendly demeanor of their doctors, Turkey has become one of the most popular destinations for hair transplant because of the compassion that the professionals have for their patients. Most of its visitors come from Europe and the Middle East countries. Business has truly boomed in here that Istanbul already has 350 clinics on its own. Projections show that this industry contributes significantly to their economy. A good reason for this is the price. A “Wayne Rooney” in the UK would cost you around 12,000 euros while a trip to Turkey would be around 1,500 euros. The huge price difference is truly convincing.

Mexico

Mexico has gained popularity for being a top destination for hair transplants because of the patients were amazed by the price of the procedure there. You can save almost up to 70% compared to other countries. The expertise shall not be left behind as well because the country has given more attention and special focus on the treatment of this hair condition. Such efforts have added to the success of the country as a top destination for hair transplants with the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery declaring 15,611 patients for this procedure done in Mexico and South America. The figures have steadily increased since then.

Sweden

Known for the thousands of islands that make up this country as well as their boreal forests and glaciated mountains, Sweden is one of the Scandinavian countries that should be visited for its natural beauty. Along with the breathtaking view that you can get here, there is a big increase in the number of clinics that offer hair transplants. Though not as big as its Mexican counterpart, the sales have been registering positive numbers with the market already estimated at 65 million per year. So if you are from the neighboring areas, the country is a very good place to rejuvenate and transform yourself into your best form ever.

Costa Rica

If you are the rugged traveler, you might want to consider Costa Rica, a tropical destination with beautiful coastlines on the Caribbean and the Pacific. It is also brimming with culture, as it is the home of some important cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. More importantly, the country has started becoming known for the quality of the hair transplants they could give. In 2013, no less than 15,611 hair restoration procedures where successfully given in their region alone.

Greece

If you want to go to Europe for a vacation and more importantly, a provider of cosmetic medical procedures, you have to try the goddess of them all and that is Greece. Figures from 2013 alone specifically list 54,343 procedures and the numbers have not stopped coming since then. Another unique offer from this country that you can count on are the specialized treatments and procedures and this is solely because the doctors they have there have varied specialties, making them the experts in their chosen fields.

To prove this point, specialists from all over the world have come to Greece to get the right education they need for their professions.

Thailand

Nobody beats Thailand as far as medical procedures are concerned. A lot of its tourists visit the country solely for the procedures that they give. This makes Thailand the leading country in Asia for hair transplants too. Word has spread about this country and this propelled it to its steady increase of patients as the years progress. Not only do they provide excellent service, the price has also been considered as one of the lowest in the hair loss industry.

Philippines

Another rising star from Asia in the hair procedure industry is the Philippines. This country is proud of the 7,600 islands in their archipelago with every island offering some of the prettiest and most fantastic beaches in the world. If price is the issue, this country shall pass with flying colors with its prices ranking as some of the lowest in the global market. Quality is also unquestioned with the services they provide that are often compared to their American or European counterparts. And if you are in a hurry or have a really tight schedule, look no more as the waiting time for patients to get their transplants are very short.

Australia

With the figures having been recorded at 15,867 for surgical and non-surgical procedures worldwide, Australia still presents itself as a successful option that patients should also look into. This country provides some of the least invasive procedure in town, which actually means that the patient can expect minimal to almost non-existent pain while being assured that no stitch nor scar shall ever be seen. On top of this, the results have also been touted as one of the most natural looking in the field.

These countries may offer cheap hair transplant, but they do not skimp on quality. Just make sure you get the services of only the credible and board-certified surgeons.

In Australia, Dr. Andrew Kim of the Australian Institute for Hair Restoration is the one to approach. Dr. Kim is board-certified and has an extensive list of satisfied customers. Call us now or simply fill-out our inquiry form to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kim today.

 

The Danger of Hair Transplant Abroad

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A lot of hair transplant patients want to be discreet about their procedures and would prefer to have it outside the country for that reason.

They also see it as a vacation and a chance experience other cultures, which is perfect for patients who love to travel. So when a doctor advertises his impressive credentials on top of exotic experiences you may have in his foreign country, it’s easy to get hooked in.

Like all things that sound fantastic, most of them are not true, along with hair transplants abroad that are marketed as a vacation treat as well. Hair transplants are not supposed to be fun. They are serious procedures that aim to provide a more permanent solution to balding and should be treated as such. Pairing them with a vacation just does not seem right.

Below are more reasons why you should think twice before deciding on getting one for yourself or your loved one.

You Won’t be Exactly Saving Money

Hair transplant is pretty costly in most countries and you need a really high paying job or a very fat bank account to go through it.

Cosmetic tourism was specifically created to cater to the market who have the money and would like to disappear for a while and come back with fuller hair to show off to their loved ones. However, the selling point for such procedures is the big price slash that you get because the surgeon works in a country with cheaper labor, compared to those in Europe or the U.S.

Now imagine if you got it out of the country, you will end up spending the money you saved from the price slash of the procedure on your airfare and accommodations for the next trip and the next for follow-up consultations. In the long run, there is the big risk of spending a lot more compared to having it in your native land. As your hair grows and progresses, there will be more treatments to follow and there is no guarantee that the results would be perfect all the time, increasing the chances of paying more for it in the long run.

As of this writing, 16.5% of the patients who got their transplants overseas experienced complications from their surgery. That is why we should never believe anything that is too good to be true. Most of the time, they end up as real disappointments.

As far as the vacation is concerned, it would be better to have them separately to allow you to focus on the procedure like the way you should be.

A Language Barrier

As much as they would claim their English proficiency to be at par with native speakers, that may not be the case all the time. Conversational English is pretty easy to master, but when you need to discuss medical terms and procedures; you can imagine the need for the language skill to be at par with a native. Unfortunately, not all countries can provide locals with that kind of proficiency.

This is not a simple case of getting a translator to express your needs and desires. Technical vocabulary and knowledge on hair transplant should be present in the mind of the doctor. Adding to this, it is important that the doctor needs to fully understand your needs as his patient. The number of times that a doctor has performed the procedure would also tell you how good he is already at what he is doing. Surgical experience can be more difficult to explain or express in another language. On top of everything else would be aesthetics. What we see and need should match what the doctor sees with his own eyes too. This is an area that you would like to be as accurate as possible and the language barrier might make that impossible to happen.

Different Standards with Different Procedures

Australia is known for its strict standards for customer satisfaction and this is something that actually protects its consumers from the unscrupulous individuals who might want to make a quick buck or two without giving you your money’s worth.

Having said that, there is no assurance that you will get the same quality that you get here in that country, regardless if it is a professional doctor or not. There may also some changes in the procedure to accommodate more patients and maximize their time of them. There would be no monitoring body to warn you about these irregularities, making your choice to go to that country for a hair transplant a dangerous one.

Another great danger in countries not having the same standards and licensing regulations is the increased risk of getting an infection. Now this infection may be related to the procedure or not, but one thing is for sure. You might unfortunately end up with medical issues that you have never encountered in your life. Aside from the infections, the threat of noroviruses is also imminent with a botched procedure.

Let’s say something does happen to you and you would like the accountable to pay for it, the chances of bringing the doctor to the court would be very difficult. You need to file a case in court and that is another totally different animal to deal with and your surgeon probably knows  this and considered this as a comforting thought.

So to add to the expenses to correct the mistakes of the surgeon, you would need to spend time to process everything in a foreign land so that would also require you to pay for accommodation, food, and other important amenities.

Irreversible Mistakes

To the really unlucky ones, there is a big chance that the inefficiency of the surgeon would result to damages that you would have to pay for the rest or your life. This means you are talking about additional procedures that would never end because some of these can only be altered to look as good as possible but never to regain its original form. Such mistakes include misaligned hairlines, different hair quality compared to the other hair in the affected area, irritated scalp that might cause more baldness that it wants to cover, and that toupee top that looks so dated and obvious for people to ridicule behind your back.

This can potentially ruin not only your scalp, but also your life as you know it. The hair is considered as the crowning glory of the person and nobody would like to look like a fool on a daily basis.

Long Waiting Period

Hair transplants require a couple of months for the results to fully come out from the scalp. While you are away from your surgeon, you do not want anybody to touch your hair when something wrong happens to it, forcing you to go back to the country where you got the transplant from. As a patient who never had the procedure, it’s normal to you to panic and get worried about the smallest of things because your doctor is far away is the most torturing for you. You can imagine the horror of those who do not have the money to go back to the country where they had it first.

If you are in Australia, there is no need to go abroad to get quality hair transplant done. Dr. Andrew Kim of the Australian Institute for Hair Restoration is a well-trained and board-certified surgeon who specializes in both FUE and FUT hair transplantation technique. His long list of satisfied clients will assure you of quality results.

Call us now or simply fill-out our inquiry form to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kim today!

 

Hair Transplant Cost [Infographic]

Getting a hair transplants is a life-changing decision that needs careful consideration because it comes at a considerable amount of money. For many men, hair transplant costs are one of the biggest factors in deciding whether to have this life-changing procedure.

Granted that not everyone has the money to go through it, potential patients need to know exactly how much it would cost them. This is the reason why we’ve created this infographic to inform potential clients how much is hair transplant in UK, the US and Australia to guide them in their decision making. This Infographic from Australian Institute of Hair Restoration will give you answers about hair transplant cost abroad. Read our full article here.

Hair Transplant Comparative Costing in the USA, UK, and Australia [Infographic]

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Hair Transplant Cost in the USA, UK, and Australia [BLOG Post]

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How much does a hair transplant cost abroad?

Getting a hair transplant is a life-changing decision that needs careful consideration because it comes at a considerable amount of money. Granted that not everyone has the money to go through it, potential patients need to know exactly how much it would cost them. However, a lot of patients miss to consider that the cost of the procedure includes the consultation, the procedure itself, post operation, and maintenance cost. Forgetting these can sometimes leave the patient in a vulnerable and frustrating position. At this point, the patient should exhaust all information about the procedure to know exactly how to prepare for it and the figures below would give one specific ideas on what the patient should save up for.

Cost in the US

As soon as the patient comes in for a consultation, it would be good to bear in mind that aside from knowing what to expect from the procedure, it is important to know the financial implications that every step of the procedure would take to avoid paying more, or worse, unable to achieve your surgery goals.

After the consultation, the surgeon would be able to determine the following:

  • The cost based on the actual hair loss
  • The quality of the donor area and its flexibility in providing the needed hair for the procedure
  • The length of the donor grafts and of course the follicular units.

All the factors mentioned above allows the surgeon to come up with a surgical plan, which is what the surgeon should use as the basis for the price to be given to the patient.

Then comes the technique that the patient prefers for the procedure since there two available options – the FUE and the FUT technique. Between the two, the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is the more traditional and cheaper one. The cost is determined by the number of individual hair grafts. The running rate is $6 – $8 per graft.

Since the cost depends on the number of grafts required for the procedure, the general price can anywhere from $5 – $14 per piece. And that brings the running total to anywhere between $4,000 to $15,000. It is quite a prohibitive amount and because most insurance plans do not cover it, less patients are enabled to have this procedure.

Aside from the aforementioned cost, it would be wise to know the possibilities that can happen after surgery and the financial implications that the patient might have to pay for. Some complications include scarring and hair follicle infections. There are also instances when the donor area sheds some of its original hair in what is referred to as shock loss. These and many others could happen so better ask your surgeon about these concerns to have a complete picture of the treatment.

Cost in the UK

Over in the United Kingdom, the cost of the procedure completely depends on the number of follicles needed for the transplant with follicle having an average of 1.6 hairs. The chosen procedure would also dictate the overall price. To illustrate further, if you decide to go for FUE, it would require several hair grafts. At this point, the cost could range from £2500 – £7,000, which is not a bad price to pay for the return of the patient’s self-confidence. It is also good to note that the hair transplant promises a new life after years of suffering and anguish. Normally, the patient just needs one treatment. But if the condition is severe, or when the hair loss is at an advanced stage already, additional treatment sessions may be required.

Other Cost Factors to Consider

The extent of the hair loss ultimately decides how much the transplant would cost. Therefore, the greater the area that needs to be covered, the bigger the cost would get. At this point, the cost if on a per graft basis and this averages £2 and £5 per graft.

For the early receding hairline, prepare to shell out for 500-800 grafts with an estimate of £1,000 to £4000. Receding hairlines would need anywhere between 800 – 1,000 grafts and that would be from £1,600 – £5,000 while male pattern baldness may use 1,000 to 1,500 grafts, which means £2,000 – £7500. For severe cases, you need up to 7,500 grafts and at £30,000 is the most expensive procedure for hair transplantation. Add to the said factors would be the quality and reputation of your chosen surgeon, which effectively increases the cost of the procedure, specially when the doctor is well known and revered by his industry.

Cost Per Hair Transplant Type

If you are interested in the FUE method, you must bear in mind that it uses a more advanced technique than FUT. Because of the mentioned reasons, the average cost of the transplant would be £2,000 to £7,000 and there might be a need to have more than just one session.

But if you prefer the strip harvesting technique, it is less complicated, therefore it can be expected that you pay a lower amount for it. What is complicated to factor in is the number of follicles that will be used so the clinics would count the cost by session rather than by follicle.

Avoid Low Cost Hair Transplants

Because of the very stiff competition in the industry, the patient must be wary of those who offer their services at very low prices. Most of the time, the quality and expertise are not as desired compared to the higher-priced counterparts.

Cost in Australia

In Australia, the costing of hair transplants are done by most clinics on a per graft basis. Such a method would allow them to offer the right price to the patient. This means that a patient who needs 1,000 grafts would be charged the same as one who needs 2,000 grafts. Since Australia is known to be a stickler for quality and equality, it created a fair pricing mechanism called HTA (Hair Transplant Australia) that offers their prices on a per graft basis. Please take note that the cost for initial grafts would be relatively higher.

To get an affordable hair transplant, opt for surgeons who are dependable and are willing to make their prices fit your budget. Some would offer special discounts that would effectively lower down the cost of the procedure.

At this point, the patient must not rely on the rough estimates given by the surgeon. Be firm with your desire to get the exact figures from your surgeon. Professional surgeons would welcome this because it shows how invested the patient is in the procedure.

Cost for FUT

The cost is determined according to the number of grafts per batch. The first one with 500 grafts would be priced at $7.70 per graft, the second batch of 500 grafts is priced at $6.60 and the next 500 grafts are charged at $4.40. Everything beyond would be $3.30 per graft.

Cost for FUE

For this method, the first 1000 grafts are priced at $9.90 per graft, the next 500 grafts at $8.80 per graft, the next 500 grafts at $7.70 per graft, the next 500 grafts at $6.60 per graft and everything beyond that would be at $5.50 per graft.

Take note that the prices are fully inclusive of GST and that regardless of the method, the procedures are considered as cosmetic surgery and that makes them subjected to GST.

To learn more about hair transplant in Australia, our team of doctors at the Australian Institute for Hair Restoration will be provide you with an in-depth information during your consultation. This will cover the details of your personalized treatment and detailed cost. Call us now or simply fill-out our inquiry form to schedule your consultation today!