14th October 2016
Have you decided to have a hair transplant, but are wavering between undertaking the procedure in the UK or abroad? In this article we discuss the pros and cons of both options and we inform you on any risks and facts you need to be aware of.
Getting a hair transplant abroad
Many patients might plan to go abroad for a hair transplant as it may be cheaper. A hair transplant might be quite expensive for certain individuals, therefore people are looking at what the options are if they perform the procedure abroad in order to save as much money as possible.
Make sure you conduct thorough research on what country and specifically which clinics are the most popular for hair transplants and which one has the best results. You should compare quality with prices and then think whether going abroad is worth it to you. Don’t forget to count in the travel expenses when calculating the cost of your treatment.
Probably the most important thing you should find out prior to deciding is who the doctors are and what qualifications they hold. Their degrees need be acknowledged by the government and be relevant to the procedures they perform. They also need to fulfil all the requirements for their profession, for example being a member of a medical union or council.
It is important to remember than on the very rare occasions where something goes wrong during your transplant or, if you require aftercare, a UK doctor is going to be much more accessible than a doctor who is based abroad.
Getting a hair transplant in the UK
In the UK doctors and hair transplant clinics have certain standards they must adhere to. They can be regulated by a professional body, such as the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons (BAHRS), or be registered officially as a professional hair clinic. The doctors hold acknowledged degrees as they need to be fully qualified in order to perform such specialised techniques. In the UK there is a high level of specialisation and expertise in the field of hair transplants. The UK is a centre of innovation with clinics performing the treatments with the latest technology such as Harley Street Hair Clinic. Take a look at our patient testimonials to find out their hair transplant stories and journeys.
At the Harley Street Hair Clinic, we ensure all of our hair transplant procedures are undertaken by skilled doctors, not nurses. We understand that a good hair transplant requires a great deal of skill and training. When getting a transplant abroad, you can never be sure who will be doing your transplant, and in most cases, the procedure will be done by a nurse with little to no training.
What is the safest option?
Before making the big decision of going abroad for a hair transplant, you should be aware of any risks. Make sure you have all the relevant information you need prior to making the important commitment of undertaking a big procedure and trip.
Unfortunately, money is not the only thing someone should take into consideration when deciding where to have a hair transplant. Having a hair loss treatment in the UK is a safer choice as it is more likely that the procedure will meet your expectations. Having a hair loss treatment in your home country will make you feel more secure since everything is more familiar to you.
The communication with your doctor will be in your own language, therefore you will feel more secure and comfortable to ask any questions and seek explanations. Furthermore, being in the UK, it will be easier to find out whether your doctor and the clinic are registered, if they comply with all the safety procedures and if they appear in BAHRS. Finally, you can always ask for patients’ testimonials to familiarise yourself with the process and see the results for yourself.
All in all, a hair transplant is not a simple procedure, but rather a specialised microsurgery, so it would be most reassuring and comfortable for the patient to do it inside the UK where they are familiar with the procedure.
If you are thinking of having a hair transplant, we would be more than happy for you to drop by our Harley Street Hair Clinic for a chat on anything you need to know on the treatment and the FUE hair transplant technique we offer.