The increasing number of patients seeking a treatment abroad reflects the ongoing global need for affordable access to quality healthcare. Qunomedical was founded by Dr. Sophie Chung with the goal to offer another option where getting affordable healthcare does not 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 the 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: Qunomedical 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 surprises.
Read up on the treatment. It is important to be well-informed about the treatment you plan to undergo; there are different types of hair transplant surgery such as FUE, FUT or PRP hair treatment. You can research online or get in touch with one of our Health Managers if you have specific questions or need advice.
Research popular destinations. Hair transplant surgery has increased in popularity in recent times and also the number of people traveling abroad to get it done is on the rise. While Turkey is one of the most popular destinations, there are many other destinations you can choose from; Qunomedical partners with clinics and hospitals that are JCI-accredited or have received their highest national medical accreditation. If you are unsure of the political and social situation in the destination you chose, you can refer to travel advice websites; we will also try to give you as much information as possible by liaising with our partner clinics which can give us first-hand information about the surroundings.
The doctor of the clinic you selected for your treatment will ask you for some information about your medical history, e.g. if you take medications on a regular basis, if you have specific allergies or if you have undergone surgery before. Below, we identify 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? Here are some helpful things to pack besides your personal items:
Many hospitals offer airport-pickup included in their treatment package. So make sure you know what you should do once you arrive, whether finding your driver at a meeting point or going to a transfers office. 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. Most clinics will contact you by text, WhatsApp or email once you arrive in the country to inform you of your exact pick-up times for your appointments.
Hair transplant surgery is conducted under local anaesthesia; 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 anaesthesia 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.
Your doctor will give you detailed aftercare directions to follow before you leave the clinic. You can also find useful general guidelines about what to do after your hair transplant in our Post-op Guide and why those guidelines are prescribed in our After the Hair Transplant article.
Qunomedical 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 here, contact us and we’ll do our best to clear up all your doubts so you can start your hair transplant journey!
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