Is a Cheap Hair Transplant Worth Dying For?
Surely, nobody would dare to risk their life for a good deal on a hair transplant! However, that is exactly what happened almost a year ago in May of 2016 when Santosh, a med student from Chennai, paid 73,000 rupees equaling $1,100 U.S. dollars for a hair transplant.
How could such a minor outpatient procedure end so tragically? An unsanitary facility, unlicensed doctors and an irresponsible anesthesiologist are to blame for for Santosh’s untimely death just two days after his surgery.
Is a Hair Transplant Really that Risky?
A hair transplant is so safe Santosh’s death never should have happened. Hair surgery is a simple outpatient procedure, involving local anesthesia, not general anesthesia. Death by transplant is so rare that you are more likely to die from going to the dentist than getting a hair transplant. With that said, it’s critically important to find a reputable clinic with a longstanding history of successful results.
In a recent article in the International Medical Travel Journal, physicians in the UK warn hair loss patients to beware of good deals on hair surgery outside the country. Both India and Turkey are notorious for peddling substandard hair surgeries at an irresistible discount. The same goes for state side temptations, as Mexico and many South American countries can be extremely tempting for bargain hunters. With the absence of first world rules and regulations, these third world clinics can leave you with disappointing and even embarrassing results. You won’t know until the damage has already been done.
If you decide to get a “great deal” on hair restoration by shopping abroad, you probably won’t die, but chances are you will get what you pay for. The skill level of hair surgeons is wide and varied. Antiquated techniques abound, especially in third world countries.
Your looks are too important to risk a permanent mistake. That’s why PAI makes this surgical procedure affordable for everyone by offering reasonable pricing and easy financing. “We also offer non-surgical hair restoration solutions for those who can’t afford a surgery, “ says Clinic Director, Michael Ramsey. “We want everyone to have the option to do something about his or her hair loss. This, along with travel discounts gives everybody an opportunity to get their hair back.”
If you have questions about hair restoration, please call our office at 800.496.7725. We’d love to talk with you about how you can get your hair back!