The REAL cost of getting a hair transplant abroad

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We are all familiar with the growing number of adverts online, on the tube and the papers about going abroad to get a certain medical procedure for a great price. Sometimes it’s hard to ignore the temptation when you see a great price for a procedure you really want.

In some cases the amazing price tag is enough information to get some people to sign up, but, getting a medical procedure abroad should include a lot more research. Today we’re going to look at the real cost of getting a hair transplant abroad.

The rise in medical tourism

Over the last few years there has been a huge rise in medical tourism, from people looking at plastic surgery to dental implants. Recently there has been a huge rise in the number of Brits traveling to places such as Turkey on the lookout for a cheap hair transplant deal.

In December 2015 Turkey’s health ministry stated that over 200 hair transplants were carried out each day, mostly to foreign visitors. The attractive price tag these transplants have is why they’re so popular. However, you need to consider the other costs too.

Calling the clinic

This might seem like a simple thing but when getting any medical procedure you’re bound to have questions. Most clinics will be happy for you to call them as many times as you wish, whenever you have a question.

Getting a transplant abroad can make this harder, and bring up the cost. Firstly, calling an out of country number will add up and it is important to consider this as you’ll more than likely want to call your clinic before and after your procedure.

Taking cost out of the equation, it can in some cases become very difficult to communicate with your clinic. There is more than likely going to be a language barrier, which can become very hard when you have complex questions.

Travel and hotel expense

The initial cost of a hair transplant abroad might seem like a fantastic price, but you need to think about the cost of travel. You’ll need to book your flights and accommodation. It is also very important to remember this might not be a one ofF cost. If in the future you need to revisit your clinic you’ll have to pay out for the travel expense again.

What you need to consider

Always remember that the initial cost of a hair transplant abroad might look very appealing, but you need to consider the added costs. These will straight away bring up the real cost of your hair transplant.

Forgetting about the cost of the hair transplant, there are also a few other important things that you need to consider before jetting off to get your hair transplant.

Who will be carrying out the procedure?

At The Harley Street Hair Clinic we only use doctors for our FUE hair transplant procedures. This is because we know that they’re experienced and have the correct qualifications to produce the high quality results we expect.

When getting a hair transplant abroad you won’t be certain who is carrying out your procedure, or what qualifications this person has. This is a really important factor and you should spend time researching this.

Do they have any references or testimonials?

A good clinic will have a great deal of references and testimonials. Most clinics will have these available on their website for you to look through and see what other patients thought and look at their results.

If your chosen clinic does not have any of these on the website it is important to ask if they have any. Some clinics may want to keep the private and only show them to potential patients.

What you do if you’re unhappy with your results

It is important to ask your clinic what happens if you are unhappy with your results. With a hair transplant you won’t be able to see instant results. It can take up to 6 months for you to see the benefit of your transplant and by this time you’ll be back home.

You need to ask your clinic what they do if a patient isn’t happy, you could end up having to pay to fly yourself back and pay for another visit, again increasing that initial cost.

Getting a hair transplant abroad might seem like a great option when you see the attractive price point but always consider your other options. We advise you to fully research both clinics in the UK and abroad and weigh up the options.

If you have any questions about our FUE hair transplants please feel free to contact us for a free no obligation consultation.

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