Why has India become a new hub for Hair Transplant

Dr. Arihant Surana
Dr. Arihant Surana Sep 29 2017 - 3 min read
Why has India become a new hub for Hair Transplant
Hair transplant can now be considered as a necessity than a luxury as it is known for being a cost-effective medical procedure.

Hair transplant is the latest craze not only for those who have lost their hair to untimely fall but even for them who want to alter their hairlines or acquire an attractive mane. This fascination has not even left people in India untouched. The country is becoming a hot destination for hair transplant which is widely known for being a cost-effective medical procedure, which offers affordable hair transplant surgeries and treatment options. The rising healthcare costs in western countries contribute for the growth of hair transplants in countries like India.

Hair transplant can now be considered as a necessity than a luxury. People from all age groups are opting for it. Some are look based like preparing self just before marriage or going for a job interview. Looks have become equally important as the professional qualification. Top CEO’s have gone for hair transplant just to feel more confident and young about themselves. People have seen good results with celebrities and many other public figures who have undergone a hair transplant surgery and are confident about the fact that hair can grow back. Once Virender Sehwag declared that he has undergone hair transplant surgery and soon there was a surge in more number of bald people aspiring to go through the same surgery and retain their lost hair and confidence. The new hair transplant technique was less invasive and many young doctors started doing it.

Hair transplant was the choice of few 10 years back when technology was not available and the whole procedure was invasive. Revolution happened in 2008 with the introduction of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) in India. FUE is one of two primary methods of obtaining follicular units, naturally occurring groups of one to four hairs, for hair transplantation. The other method is called strip harvesting. In FUE harvesting, individual follicular units are extracted directly from the hair restoration patient's donor area, ideally one at a time.

According to a source, hair transplants in India are quickly becoming an important procedure according to the latest research. The area has a rising population of both men and women more aware of their appearance and wanting to renew the look for a youthful full head of hair. The market is expected to grow a CAGR of more than 25 percent in select metros like Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.

India was anyway a potential market for hair transplant with 1.25 billion people and baldness was considered to be a curse. In most of the cases, it has been evident that marriages are fixed on the basis of whether a person has good hair on his scalp or not, making hair one of the most important traits in one's personality. India having the highest number of qualified doctors and increasing number of doctors with hair transplant as their field of specialization has made hair transplant even more affordable. People from all over the globe have started traveling to India to get the best transplant given its low cost.

At the time when training of hair transplant surgeons was not available in India, many International companies established their base in India and also trained doctors here. Top companies include Alvi Armani (USA) DHI (Greece), advanced hair studio (Australia) to name a few. With time the technology improved and it became a dream of every bald person to get a hair transplant. With the latest technology and experienced doctors at an affordable cost people from all over the world are traveling to India for hair transplant making it a hub for hair transplant surgery.

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