The increasing number of patients seeking a treatment abroad reflects the ongoing need of affordable access to quality healthcare globally. Junomedical was founded by Dr. Sophie Chung with the goal to offer another option where getting affordable healthcare doesn’t mean compromising on quality.
There are many internationally renowned hospitals and clinics worldwide that represent an excellent yet cheaper option; when it comes to hair transplant surgery, destinations like Turkey and Thailand boast high quality treatments and institutions that allow you to save up to 80% compared to UK, Ireland or the US. We collected 7 of the most common questions that people traveling abroad for hair transplant surgery ask; as you go through, you may feel the list is overwhelming but you do not have to worry: Junomedical is here to help you research, find the right clinic and plan your journey from start to finish.
Planning a treatment abroad can be really confusing, especially when you do not know where to start. Broadly speaking, there are a few things you need to consider when preparing for a medical treatment abroad; for hair transplant surgery specifically, go through the following list to avoid any last-minute surprise.
The doctor of the clinic you selected for your treatment will ask you for some information about your medical record, e.g. if you take medicines on a regular basis, if you have specific allergies or if you underwent surgery before. We identified below the most common guidelines that patients undergoing hair transplant surgery are usually required to follow:
At this point, your treatment is booked, your flight tickets are confirmed and it’s time to pack your suitcase: what are the things you need to bring with you when traveling abroad for hair transplant surgery? Make sure the following points are ticked:
Many hospitals offer airport-pickup so after collecting your bags you can walk to the exit and look for the driver holding your name. Depending on the clinic, the driver will either take you to the hospital for a first check-up or directly to your hotel. Once you are properly rested, a driver will pick you up the next day for the actual surgery, which usually starts in the morning.
Hair transplant surgery is conducted under local anesthesia; this means you will be awake during the treatment but you will hardly feel any pain during the actual operation. Depending on the number of grafts needed, surgery can last up to 8 hours, during which you can read a book or watch TV. There will also be a lunch break in between to make sure your sugar levels are brought back to normal. Pain threshold varies greatly from person to person and that is why anesthesia and painkillers are prescribed with different dosages and on a case-to-case basis. Our Hair Transplant Guide will give you detailed information about the different procedures and what results to expect.
The transplanted area will be covered in bandages and it can be swollen and tender for the next 5 days. During this time, it is recommended to avoid any activity that may cause sweating (workouts, sauna, running, etc.) as it may slow down the natural healing process as well as increase the risk of infections; however, moderate exercise such as taking a walk is recommended to keep the blood circulation going. Even though routine activities can be resumed the day after surgery, doctors usually recommend to take a week off work to ensure a speedy and healthy recovery.
Junomedical is here to help you plan your hair transplant surgery abroad and support you throughout your journey; we are here to answer to all your concerns before, during and after your treatment.
In case not all of your questions were duly answered in this blog post, contact us and we’ll do our best to clear out all your doubts.