What you need to know about Hair Transplant in South Korea

Also known as Hair Restoration or Hair Transplantation - the surgical process of moving hair follicles from one part of the body, rich in hair (known as a donor site) and embedding them at the recipient site (the bald area).

It is a minimally invasive procedure, performed under local anesthetic only and is most commonly used to treat male baldness but the technique can also be used to restore eyelashes, eyebrows, beard hair and to fill in scars. The procedure usually lasts between 4 and 8 hours, depending on the number of grafts.

MyMediTravel offers 34 Medical Centers in South Korea, many of which offer Hair Transplant procedures - see below for the complete list, along with estimated prices. The price of a Hair Transplant can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined based on photos and an in-person assessment with the doctor. For a bespoke quote and to discuss further with a member of our patient support team, Click Here to submit your Free Quote.

Bald patch to be filled with harvested hair follicles taken from surrounding area

What's the success rate like and are there any side effects?

When performed properly by an experienced doctor, hair transplant surgeries are extremely successful, with success rates around 95%. When patient reviews talk of side effects, a common term is Shock Loss, this is where the patient can experience temporary hair thinning, but generally, only 5% of patients will experience any issues post-op.


How does a Hair Transplant work?

The two most common techniques used are the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE):

1. FUT, also referred to as FUSS (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery), involves the removal of a strip of skin from the back of the head containing lots of hair follicles, which is stitched up and hidden by the surrounding hair. Then the strip of follicles is divided into 500-2,000 tiny grafts containing just a few hairs. These are then embedded across the bald area of the head.

2. FUE does not require a strip of skin to be removed, instead the hair follicles are individually removed from the donor site and positioned across the bald area in tiny slits created by a scalpel or needle. 

 


About South Korea

Steeped in traditional culture, South Korea shows off its history and heritage proudly. It is home to 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites that include temples, palaces and fortresses. With more than 25 modern international hospitals, including the Asan Medical Center, established by the founder of Hyundai and one of the world’s largest clinical campuses, with more than 2,700 beds. Almost 30 South Korean hospitals and clinics are now JCI-accredited, more than any other nation in North Asia. After the US, South Korea has the second largest Medical Tourism market in the world, welcoming hundreds of thousands of medical tourists each year, many of which travel for Hair Transplant procedures. The country is most famous for its facial plastic surgeries, particularly the rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty, foreign patients have flocked to places like Seoul, Incheon and Daegu for procedures by some of the world's best plastic surgeons.

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