It’s no secret to most individuals who have been exploring hair transplant surgeries that there are cheaper options available in other countries (like Turkey). The question is – at what cost? There are many factors to consider when exploring hair transplant surgeries. Some individuals find themselves wondering if it’s worth it to save a few bucks by having the procedure done abroad.

The truth is, doctors and surgeons trained in other countries are not held to the high standards of practice that US doctors are. Too often, Dr. Yazdan has met with patients that are the recipients of botched hair transplant surgeries. Unfortunately, these surgeries were often done abroad in an attempt to save money. The patient then ends up spending far more money than they initially needed to try and recover the appearance of the scalp.

While the price tag may be enticing, there’s more at stake than just your wallet. Dr. Yazdan believes it is much more difficult to fix a bad surgery than it is to do it right the first time. The potential for scarring, damage to the follicles, and decreased graft survival rate increases dramatically when you sacrifice quality. There are permanent repercussions to damaging existing follicles. If you partner with an unskilled hair transplant surgeon for your hair restoration procedure, you may end up worse off than when you started.

The takeaway: Although hair restoration surgery is minimally invasive, it is still a medical surgery and not all hair transplant surgeons are created equal. Make sure to carefully vet your potential surgeon and consider all the factors involved in surgery – not just the price.