Hair Transplant Abroad: Is Travelling Abroad for Surgery Worth It?

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Are you thinking about undergoing a hair transplant?

Without a doubt, one of your key concerns will be the cost. Hair restoration surgery in the UK can be extremely expensive, but there is a solution: having the treatment in another country.

You may have heard about people travelling from Great Britain to Hungary for hair transplants before, as well as for other cosmetic surgeries. This ‘hair tourism’ has helped countless men and women from all over Europe regain a more youthful, fuller head of hair.

The reason for this shift towards Hungarian expertise is simple: hair transplant surgery is not covered by the NHS, and the cost of going private in the UK can be extortionate. Of course, you can expect even cheaper prices in other parts of the world – India or Turkey, for example – but it’s recommended that you stay within the EU. Why?

Let’s take a closer look.

Hair transplants: The price of success

If you want quality, you have to pay for it.

Does this justify Great Britain’s high cost rates of hair transplant surgery? Not necessarily – the prices are related more to the specialist’s salaries rather than the quality of their work.

In Hungary, health professionals are paid less than those in Great Britain, but this is no reflection on their education or training.

Hungarian doctors are all held to the same EU standards and regulations as their British counterparts, meaning you can expect the same quality of care in Budapest as you would receive in London.

Likewise, the equipment and facilities in Hungarian clinics are just as cutting-edge as in the UK and other European countries.

This is why you should stay within the EU, and Hungary especially.

Visiting non-EU countries may be a risk, especially those in Asia; the prices may be low, but the standards would be even lower.

What technology is used in Hungarian hair clinics?

Hair transplants involve transferring healthy hair follicles from the donor site to the bald areas of the scalp. When you visit HairPalace’s colleagues in Budapest, your surgery will be performed using the cutting-edge FUE2 SafeSystem.

The FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) technique was introduced in 1988. This was revolutionary, allowing surgeons to harvest follicular units one-by-one rather than in strips.

As a result, the vast majority of a patient’s healthy follicles would survive the shock of the procedure, increasing the success of hair transplants significantly.

The FUE2 SafeSystem technique is the most state-of-the-art option available to patients today. This debuted in the USA in the early 2000s and expanded the standard FUE method.

Using this technique, the hair follicle units are extracted with even more precision and care, reducing the number of damaged ones even further.

There’s more to a successful procedure than the technology and tools, though: your surgeon’s experience, knowledge, and training are all critical to a positive outcome.

They have to know how to separate different types of grafts, how to spread out the extraction sites, how to implant the units, and make sure donor hairs are a natural fit with surrounding hairs.

It’s an extremely delicate process, but the results can be life-changing. Patients undergoing a successful hair transplant will benefit from a natural look without any visible traces of the surgery itself.

HairPalace’s hair transplant surgery is usually performed in a single day, with local anaesthesia to eliminate pain. This helps patients to feel comfortable and relaxed during the procedure.

Feeling inspired to restore your hair? Give HairPalace’s friendly team a call and we’ll discuss your options!