When Hair Transplants Go Wrong
This month The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) launched a campaign warning people about the risks of travelling abroad for a hair transplant. The lure of a cut price hair transplant outside the UK has lead to a worrying rise in botched results. Some of the pictures released by ISHRS make for stomach churning viewing – you have been warned!
Many of the illegal clinics have sophisticated websites ranking high with Google paid ads to attract the consumer into a clinic that appears on the surface very professional. The marketing tactics are deceptive as it appears like a team of professional doctors with excellent testimonials. However, the reality is your surgery may be done by someone with no medical training. The demand is so high, reports are that Taxi cab drivers and Syrian refugees do the surgery in some overseas countries.
With the increased popularity of medical tourism in recent years, the ISHRS implores potential patients to do their homework before considering a hair transplant in another country as laws and regulations pertaining to surgical procedures can be much different than those in their own country. Additionally, there is no recourse when something goes wrong. The ISHRS has established detailed information on its website (www.ISHRS.org) under the header “Beware of the Hair Transplant Black Market” to help patients find relevant information when considering a hair transplant, including how to evaluate a surgeon’s credentials and patient photos illustrating the dangers and problems that occur when clinics do not have the patients best interest.