Why Are Some Hair Transplants More Expensive?

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Have you ever wondered why some hair transplants are more expensive or why going to different countries is cheaper? Often or not, the price for a hair transplant, particularly abroad is too good to be true, and there are often mishaps that urgently need to be rectified and surgical procedures performed by unskilled surgeons. 

Having a hair transplant is a big and important procedure, so it’s critical that you have the treatment in the UK and by a reputable surgeon. Crown Clinic’s Dr Shahmalak is a renowned and recognised hair transplantation surgeon in both the NHS and the private medical sector, with a wealth of experience. His skillset not only transforms into excellent results, but Dr Shahmalak is also a patient-friendly medical professional and understands the stresses that some people go through with hair loss.

 

Why It’s Important to Avoid a Cheap Hair Transplant 

 

The realisation that you’re losing your hair can be a stressful moment for anybody that it affects. It can be a reminder that we’re ageing and that our looks are changing, which can become an anxious time. For those suffering from hair loss, considering a hair transplant is a logical option. 

It can be overwhelming to find the best hair loss restoration option to suit you, particularly when there are various avenues to go down and false or misleading information that can be found on the internet. There are also countless new hair transplant clinics, many of which have less than reputable practices. However, the promise of a fast and cheap procedure is too tempting for some people to resist, particularly when having a hair transplant becomes a holiday package deal, which, unfortunately, can leave detrimental results. 

Hair restoration is a medical procedure that requires a high level of expertise. Patients require medical monitoring and expert diagnostic knowledge to ensure they are safe throughout their procedure. In the case of many hair transplants, thousands of skin incisions are made, so understanding anaesthetic is essential. 

Naturally, price is a factor in every purchase we make, but when it comes to our bodies and health, it can be disastrous to go for a cheap option. A hair transplant will be with you every day, for the rest of your life – having it done correctly is worth every penny. Having an unskilled surgeon perform the procedure can cost you more, in the long run, to rectify the mistakes, and therefore, becoming a much more stressful time. Unfortunately, this is something we see each day. 

In the immediate months after the operation, new hair may seem slow to appear. However, given time, if planted correctly, the grafts will begin to show, and your newly restored hair will look natural, giving you that extra boost of confidence.

 

Why Hair Are Hair Transplants in Turkey Dangerous?

 

Hair transplant in Turkey has become a desirable place to undergo the procedure on a budget while combining it with a holiday. The package seems too good to miss out on, right. You’ll have the warm, sunny weather, a trip to a foreign county, sight-seeing, hotel, and you’ll come back a new person. Thanks to lenient laws and rampant competition, the costs are low, and the procedures are quick. However, it is too good to be true, and the risks involved are paramount. 

Firstly, following your procedure, you will have to rest-up to give your body time to recover, so enjoying the Turkish climate and tourist attractions is off the itinerary list. Following a hair transplant procedure, you will want to be in the comfort of your home, particularly for sleeping, as you will have to rest your head in a specific position. So, staying in a hotel room or flying back to the UK isn’t appealing. 

Many Turkish clinics offer packages that include travel, accommodation, and surgery. Worryingly, the procedures are often performed by unqualified individuals, which can result in complications. If something did go wrong, not all medical insurances would cover the cost either. 

Some medical procedures are expensive. However, the cost is necessary to ensure patients health is in the best possible hands. British clinics are held to strict laws and risk losing their licenses and certifications abruptly if they fail to follow proper procedures before and after surgery. So, we strongly advise weighing up the long-term impact a cheap hair transplant can have compared to spending a bit more, but with the reassurance that you’re having this procedure with skilled, experienced, and licensed surgeons. 

Crown Clinic is a reputable hair transplant clinic in the UK, with Dr Shahmalak being one of the most renowned and respected surgeons in the country. So, if you’re considering a hair transplant and require more information, get in touch with the Crown Clinic team today or book a consultation with Dr Shahmalak. The consultation will cover the procedure, give the opportunity to meet Dr Shahmalak, who will perform the hair transplant and answer any questions. 

Our Surgeon

Dr. Asim Shahmalak

Dr Asim Shahmalak is a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon who performed the UK’s first eyelash transplant in 2009. He runs Crown Clinic – one of Britain’s most successful and best known hair transplant clinics. He has treated a number of high-profile industry leaders and celebrities including the medical broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen, best known for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

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When the sun comes out, we know that we need to apply sunscreen to protect our skin, but many people forget to pay the same care to protecting their hair. Between the sun, sea and swimming pools, many of our favourite summer activities can significantly damage our hair – so the next time you go out to enjoy the sunshine, find out what you can do to protect it.

 

Why does sun damage the hair?

 

Sun damage to the hair is caused by the harmful UVA and UVB rays, which damage the outermost layer of the layer – the cuticle – and weaken the protein structure of the hair, making it dry, brittle and more prone to breaking. Some people find that their hair lightens in the sun, as the rays act in a similar fashion to bleach, stripping the melanin from the hair.

 

Protecting your hair from the sun

 

Wearing a hat is an easy way to protect your hair and scalp from the sun, especially if you’re outside when the sun is at its strongest. Hair SPF is also an option, which can usually be bought as a spray to be misted over the hair. Pay extra attention to the scalp – many people forget that the scalp can burn just as easily as the rest of the skin, ending up with an itchy, flaky, burnt scalp. If you do burn your scalp, rinse your hair in cool water and apply aloe vera to the affected areas, and make sure to keep your head covered when going outdoors.

If your hair is looking dry, try a deep conditioning treatment to restore some of the lost moisture to the hair, and avoid wearing your hair in any tight styles that may pull on the scalp. Summer is also a good time to temporarily stop using hairdryers, straighteners and any other hot tools to avoid adding to the sun damage.

 

Protecting your hair from the sea

 

Salt water is notorious for drying out the hair. It leaches moisture out of it, making it incredibly brittle and tangled, which can cause significant breakage. Before you go swimming, saturate your hair with clean water to prevent it from absorbing as much salt water, and don’t let it sit in your hair – rinse it thoroughly as soon as you get out of the sea. Deep conditioners and hair masks will also help replenish the moisture.

 

Protecting your hair in a swimming pool

 

Just like salt water, chlorinated water is very harsh and drying on the hair, so you can take similar precautions to swim in the sea. You could also try a swimming cap, as this not only prevents the chlorine from damaging your hair, but it will also protect your scalp from sunburn. If you have highlighted or blonde hair, be especially careful when in a swimming pool, as the copper and chlorine in the water have been known to form a film that sticks to the proteins in hair, turning it a green shade. Thankfully, this isn’t permanent, but make sure to enter the pool with wet hair and rinse it as soon as you get out.

However you are spending your summer, if you have any questions or queries about your hair, take a look at our hair advice or give our team a call.

Over the past few months, there have been a significant number of reports in the news of people experiencing hair loss after being diagnosed with COVID-19. As a result, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed hair loss as a possible long-term effect of the illness, along with symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness and joint pain. 

A study published by the medical journal The Lancet reported that 22% of the patients it had observed suffered from some degree of hair loss six months after falling ill, with women being more affected than men. 

 

Why does COVID-19 cause hair loss? 

 

Although there are several studies linking coronavirus and hair loss, many of the reports we hear about are anecdotal – at the moment, it’s too soon for scientists to officially establish a link between the two. 

However, the type of hair loss that COVID-19 sufferers are reporting seems to be consistent with telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium occurs when more hairs than usual suddenly enter the shedding phase of the hair growth cycle at once, causing a more noticeable amount of hair to shed at once. It’s normal to lose up to 150 hairs per day, but if you spot that you’re losing much more than that – such as clumps coming out when you’re brushing or washing your hair – it could be telogen effluvium. 

Due to the length of the hair cycle, telogen effluvium typically occurs two or three months after a period of significant stress, which can include illnesses such as COVID-19. When undergoing stressful situations, the body puts all its resources into maintaining essential functions only – which, unsurprisingly, does not include hair growth. As a result, you end up with hair loss. 

However, several other conditions can cause hair loss – such as thyroid issues or nutritional deficiencies – so if you are concerned, visit your GP, who can rule out other underlying causes with a simple blood test. 

 

Will my hair grow back after having COVID? 

 

If the hair loss is the result of telogen effluvium, most people will find that the hair will eventually grow back without the need for treatment. Typically, once the trigger or stressor is removed, the hair will grow back on its own. 

If you notice that the hair loss is persisting, there are a number of medical, cosmetic and hair transplant treatments available to help – Crown Clinic offers a range of options to support those struggling with hair loss, so don’t hesitate to get in touch

When performed by a qualified, experienced hair transplant surgeon, hair transplants are a very safe procedure. Hair restoration is a minimally invasive treatment that allows patients to return home the same day, with the procedure only requiring local anaesthetic. 

However, if you undergo a hair transplant abroad – such as in Turkey – the risk attached is much higher. 

 

Risks of hair transplants in Turkey 

 

It’s no secret that undergoing hair transplant surgery in countries such as Turkey is a gamble. Every year, countless patients are reeled in by the low prices and package deals offered by overseas clinics. Many of the clinics boast ‘five-star’ ratings and an active social media presence, duping unsuspecting patients into thinking they are visiting a reputable clinic. Although, when you dig a little deeper, you may discover the reviews are faked and the ‘after’ pictures are heavily edited or taken from other clinics. 

Another trick that patients fall for is believing that a surgeon will be carrying out the procedure, as many of the clinics advertise that a surgeon leads them to convince patients that they are legitimate. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean a surgeon will be carrying out the hair transplant itself. In fact, many clinics hire under-qualified technicians with little training to keep the costs down, only seeking the supervision of a surgeon if the procedure goes wrong. 

Over the years, Crown Clinic has fixed countless botched hair transplants, mainly from overseas clinics. The most common problems that we see are unnatural-looking hairlines and unsightly scarring as the result of the surgery being carried out by unlicensed practitioners. Other risks are infections, as sanitation is often extremely poor at the clinics and damage to the scalp due to the result of the incorrect tools being used to carry out the surgery. 

 

Are there any side effects to having a hair transplant? 

 

If you choose to have a hair transplant in the UK with a reputable surgeon, side effects will be minimal. The hygiene standards will be incredibly high, meaning the risk of infection is negligible, and you will be given clear instructions on how to take care of your scalp after the procedure. Crown Clinic has an excellent aftercare service, offering a day-by-day guide to ensure optimum healing and results.  

Unlike at overseas clinics, where it can be impossible to follow up after the procedure to discuss any concerns related to your hair transplant, Crown Clinic is more than happy to answer any questions you may have during this phase.