New statistics reveal that it is Turkey that many men are turning to when looking to find a cheaper place abroad to have their hair transplant. With Istanbul being the capital of the country and the central focus for Hair Transplantation Surgery in the country. Some 15000 people a year are entering the country for the sole purpose of having a transplant.
With internet and social media the norm it is now very easy for prospective patients to communicate with the clinics, often using WhatsApp to send text and images.
Most professionals would not recommend this type of tourist surgery as once the surgery is over you are going to be some distance from the surgeon and clinic. This could be a big issue in the event of needing further consultation. Most surgeons stress that the cost should not be the first priority when looking at this type of Surgery
Surgeons are starting to warn against patients, in their 20s, deciding to have transplant surgery. Those patients that have had surgery in the 20s can find themselves with a strip of hair in the front of their head with a large bold patch immediately behind, giving a very unnatural look. One particular surgeon Dr. Abraham Armani gave his views on the subject in this article.
Hair transplants are becoming ever more popular with celebrities being happy to own up to having the procedure.
Among the list of well know people to have recently told us about their hair transplants is Phil Tufnell. The 47 year old has a very philosophical approach to the operation saying that it not such a big deal these days and is becoming quite common.
Calum Best is one of the the latest celebrities who have confessed to having a hair transplant. Best had 1,200 grafts transplanted to the front of his scalp by Dr Asim Shahmala, the’ surgeon from Channel 4’s”Embarrassing Bodies”.
The hair transplant cost to Calum was a reported ‘8000 to get his hairline thickened after he had damaged his scalp from years of dying his hair.
Calum, the son of George Best, started losing his hair at the age of 23 and has had 1,200 grafts, which resulted 1,850 individual hairs, moved transplanted to the front of his scalp.
In a recent article with the Daily Mirror, Wayne Rooney explains that, despite some of the negative feedback regarding his hair transplant last year, he is happy with his new hair.
A full head of hair has generally been associated with strength and virility. However a new study had suggested that bald men and men with shaved haircuts have a more masculine image.’ The study by the academic Albert Mannes, of the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton business school suggests that many top executives will shave their heads rather than be seen as having thinning hair in a bid to look more powerful.
A recent study, from the University of Pennsylvania and published in Science Translational Medicine,’ informs us that scientists have discovered an abnormal quantity of a protein called Prostaglandin D2 present in large quantities in the scalp of bald men. They think that this may be responsible for their baldness.
It is hoped that their research should lead to the creation of new treatments for male pattern baldness within the next two years. Male pattern baldness is present, to one degree or another, in 8 of 10 men under 70 years old.
It appears, that with a price tag of around ‘30,000, many men are either put off having a hair transplant or believe that other clinics, offering the same procedure for a third of the price, are offering a different procedure. A cost of ‘30,000 is just too expensive for most people.
A number of clinics are reporting that if a prospective client is told that the cost for the same procedure as Wayne Rooney is around ‘9000 they simply do not believe them and hang up.
Having gone through the procedure myself I can assure any one reading that ‘30,000 is the celebrity price and not the common price. Yes, Wayne Rooney had FUE treatment which is normally more than twice the price of FUT treatment, but even so, ‘9,000 for FUE treatment is more realistic.
Using stem cells scientists at Berlin Technical University in Germany have grown artificial Hair Follicles.
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Yale researchers have discovered the source of signals that trigger hair growth, an insight that may lead to new treatments for baldness.
The researcher team found stem cells within the skin’s fatty layer and showed that molecular signals from these cells were necessary to spur hair growth in mice, according to research published in the Sept. 2 issue of the journal Cell.