For anyone impacted by hair loss, a tropical holiday and a new head of hair sounds very appealing, right? You would certainly think twice if you heard some of the horror stories we have dealt with to correct the poor procedures people have had done while overseas. Thailand is a popular choice for New Zealand’s when combining a holiday with a hair transplant. But are the risks worth it?
In this article, we discuss the risks with overseas hair transplants and what you need to know to make sure you are informed before you go ahead with any hair loss treatment procedure.
Hair Transplant Thailand – What Are The Risks?
There are obvious risks associated with lower cost hair transplants abroad - infection, poor quality and the communication barrier for example. What some people don’t realise is that there can be so much damage done to the donor hair follicle area that corrective treatment in the future may not be possible.
When you jump on the overseas “low cost” hair transplant conveyor belt, you will have multiple people working on your procedure, normally two “technicians” will work on your transplants, one on the left and one on the right, which can’t achieve a uniform look as different people will have a different manner (eg angle) for inserting the follicles. Therefore, it’s common to see irregularities in the results.
At DHI, only a qualified, highly trained Surgeon will do your hair implantation which guarantees you quality and 100% natural looking results with no scarring.
With overseas transplants, the tools used can be too aggressive and damaging. When the donor area is not cared for properly and if the extraction of follicles is too rough, this results in scarring and often leads to scarring that makes any corrective treatment impossible due to the extremely limited number of healthy donor follicles left.
Our specialised DHI Implanter Tool has a diameter of less than 1mm. We also keep the follicles in a special growth solution (HypoThermosolTM), at a constant temperature of 4 degrees Celsius, to keep them healthy while they are waiting to be implanted.
Will Travel Insurance Cover You If Something Goes Wrong?
If you plan to travel overseas for a cosmetic procedure, what happens if something does go wrong? What happens if you get an infection, if the procedure is not done correctly or you have complications? No one likes to think of the worst case situation, but what would you do if the worst case happened, would travel insurance be there to save you?
Travel insurance policies are put in place to cover the unforeseen. It is virtually impossible to find an insurance company who will cover you for an overseas cosmetic procedure as they class it as high risk.
So if the worst case situation happened, could you just go into emergency and be taken care of like you can in New Zealand? You need to think about the language barrier, how would you communicate your problem and who pays for this care? Travel insurance won't cover the hospital expenses as a private patient.
To summarise the key risks when going overseas for a hair transplant:
- Travel insurance will not cover you for cosmetic procedures, you're on your own.
- So much damage to the donor follicle area that future transplants are not possible
- Unqualified “technicians” perform the procedure – not doctors and potentially not even nurses
- Procedure and the facility hygiene does not meet New Zealand standards
- High risk of infection and higher loss rate
- Limited or no post operative care and no monitoring throughout the year. Cost for corrective treatment outweighs the initial saving
- Higher follicle loss rate means you will have far less donor follicles for future use
- Communication barrier – if something goes wrong, how do you communicate it correctly and get the medical assistance required?
Important Questions To Ask
To ensure you get the best possible results for your hair transplant, you need to ask the following important questions:
- What technique will be used, how will my follicles be extracted?
- Who will perform my procedure – a surgeon, doctor, nurse or technician?
- What are the post procedure instructions and who do I contact in an emergency?
- What results can you achieve? What is your follicle survival rate?
- Will I be able to have hair transplant in the future?
- Will the results be 100% natural?
With the risks outlined in this article, a “low cost” hair transplant may not be low cost once you have factored in the potential for corrective treatment or medical assistance required.
What Should I Do Next?
A correct diagnosis is the first step. DHI are leaders in the hair transplant industry, applying the safest and most advanced innovations in hair replacement techniques and technology. Giving you healthy, natural looking hair with virtually no pain, no stitches and no scars, just 100% natural results, meaning you can enjoy your own hair, for life. We have over 48 years’ experience in hair restoration, 60 clinics globally and have treated over 250,000 satisfied customers.
The next step is too book an appointment for your hair loss diagnosis, simply click on one of the buttons below to book a consultation online now or ask a question. Alternatively, you can call DHI New Zealand on (09) 887 4474.
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