Hair Transplant surgery in Thailand is one of the most sought-after treatments in the context of medical tourism. It has about 5-6% share in the medical tourism industry of Thailand. Innovative technologies, high success rate, low cost, experienced surgeons and trained para-medical staff has played an important role in registering hair transplant surgery in Thailand on the world map.
Hair Transplant Surgery is the process conducted by a dermatological surgeon involving the shifting of hair to a bald area. The hairs used for hair transplant surgery is usually taken from the back of the head. The process is completed under general anesthesia. At the start of the surgery, the surgeon cleans the scalp of the patient and injects anesthetic agent at the back of the head. In transplant surgery, the follicles are being shifted to the bald area of the head. To obtain the follicles for transplantation, two techniques are generally used. These techniques are Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) also known as Follicle unit strip surgery (FUSS) and Follicular unit extraction (FUE). In Follicular Unit Transplantation, a strip of tissue is taken from the back of the scalp. The back of the scalp is joined with the sutures. The surgeon cuts the tissue into different sections with the help of a surgical knife. The magnifying lens also assists the surgeon in cutting the tissue. In Follicular Unit Extraction, the follicles are directly taken from the back of the head through tiny incisions.
After the follicles are taken, the surgeon will numb the area in which the hair transplant has to be done. The area under the transplant will depend upon the required size of the transplant. The surgeon creates tiny holes in the scalp with the help of needle and scalpel and places the follicle in the hole. The total time of surgery is about 4 to 6 hours depending upon the size of the transplant.
Given the standard of hair transplant surgery, innovative techniques, high success rates, and excellent services, cost of hair transplant surgery in Thailand is low as compared to other countries. Cost of surgery in Thailand starts from around $900 while the similar surgery is available in the US and Australia at $7000 and $3500 respectively.
In the context of the healthcare sector, Thailand has access to almost all types of innovation and technology. Investment is huge in the healthcare sector, both by hospitals and clinics and because of this reason, the country is attracting a huge number of medical tourists. Hair transplantation in Thailand is done through different techniques:
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or Follicle Unit Strip Surgery: FUT is the technique in which a strip of tissue containing the hairs is taken from the back of the head. The tissue is divided into various sections containing single hair or a group of few hairs. The hair follicles are then transplanted on the bald area by creating holes.
Follicle Unit Extraction: In this process, the tissue is not removed, rather only the follicles are removed from the back of the head and are translated at the required site.
Direct Hair Implantation: Direct hair transplantation is a novel technique and is a refined form of Follicle Unit Extraction. It requires the use of a patented tool for transplanting the hairs without making an incision on the scalp.
Robotic hair transplantation: Robotic hair transplant surgery is fast, and safe as compared to do with hands. The patients feel less pain as the surgery is less invasive. Further, it provides high accuracy and precision to Follicular Unit Extraction technique.
Patients, after surgery, have to strictly follow guidelines from the surgeon to have fast healing and improved looks. After the surgery, either the patient may take rest at the hospital or may plan to go home. The patient should take enough rest at least 1-2 days after surgery. The patient should refrain from taking aspirin at least 2-3 days after surgery. Also, smoking should be avoided, and the patient should not take alcohol 3-5 days after surgery. Bleeding may occur on the night of surgery or after one to two days as the scalp has been exposed. Bleeding can be stopped by applying firm pressure over the area. However, the pressure should be firm but gentle as it may damage the newly transplanted follicles.
For controlling the pain and inflammation, patients may be prescribed analgesics that provides relief from pain. Development of infection may lead to complications. Thus, the patient should apply or take antibiotics as prescribed by the surgeon.
If there are sutures at the place from which tissue is obtained, they would be removed 14 days after surgery. If required, to assist the fall of crust from the scalp, appropriate medications may be applied. The medicines, either oral or topical should be used after consultation with the surgeon.
Various clinics with ultra-modern facilities and expert hair transplant surgeons are available in Thailand. These includes:
1. DHT Clinic, Bangkok, Thailand
2. Thailand Hair Transplant Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand
3. Million Hair Transplant Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
4. Absolute Hair Clinic, Bangkok, Thailand
5. Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
6. Bangkok Hospital, Phuket, Thailand
7. HHH Natural Hair Transplant Center, Bangkok, Thailand
1. Dr. Damkerng Pathomvanich, DHT Clinic, Bangkok, Thailand
2. Dr. Patra Pinyopawasutthi, DHT Clinic, Bangkok, Thailand
3. Dr. Suradej Pong M.D, Thailand Hair Transplant Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand
4. Dr. Thitiwat Wirarojratchakul, Million Hair Transplant Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
5. Dr. Rattapon Thuantong, Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
6. Dr. Kongkiat Laorwong, Absolute Hair Clinic, Bangkok, Thailand
Hair transplant surgery in Thailand is done with the technologically advanced process by experienced surgeons. The success rate of hair transplant surgery is high in Thailand. Thailand is equipped with almost all the techniques used for hair transplant. This helps in attracting people for hair transplant from all over the world. Various clinics and hospitals in Thailand, especially in Bangkok and Phuket have a very high success rate and the patients are satisfied with the surgery as well as the way they are being treated post-surgery. Although the success of surgery depends upon the type of donor's hair and various other factors, surgeons in Thailand are extensively experienced to ensure the best possible results.
Top cities in Thailand for hair transplant surgery include Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai.
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