Desperation to fix patch of baldness

Desperation to fix patch of baldness

Desperation to fix patch of baldness likely to take life

Desperation to fix patch of baldness likely to take life
The death of a medical student last month after he underwent a hair transplant surgery at a salon in Chennai underlines this and has sparked various concerns.
Experts say that people wishing to undergo cosmetic procedures to fix baldness need to ensure that salons have the mandatory licences for such transplants as well as the equipment and manpower to handle unforeseen emergencies.

“The problem of unqualified doctors doing cosmetic procedures is increasing alarmingly. Non-qualified or improperly trained individuals who call themselves cosmetic surgeons are doing procedures like liposuction, hair transplants, botox, fillers and laser treatments,” plastic surgeon and cosmetologist Parag Sahasrabudhe said. He is also the honorary secretary of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India.

People are often lured by flashy ‘miracle solutions’ in newspapers, magazines or banners at public places.

Cautioning against falling for this, he said, “These advertisements offer cosmetic surgeries low costs and make many false promises. Typically, procedures offered at these places are cheaper than those performed in good surgical setups where qualified surgeons would operate.”

Hair transplant is a daycare procedure done under medication and local anaesthesia. The procedure lasts for six-seven hours. An overdose of medication or allergies can cause complications such as anaphylaxis, which is a strong allergic reaction that can be triggered by anaesthesia.

“If proper care is not taken, even in day-care surgery under local anaesthesia, there can be serious complications. People who want to undergo cosmetic procedures should understand that every surgery has guidelines and protocols that must be followed,” Sahasrabudhe added.

Experts add that the stigma over baldness and patients’ unrealistic expectations are also issues that need to be addressed.

Consultant plastic surgeon and cosmetologist Avinash Deodhar said it is vital that those who want to undergo cosmetic hair surgeries must investigate the salon and the procedures before they go for it.

“With the boom in cosmetic surgery, there is a mushrooming of hair transplant clinics in major cities across the country. Setting up such clinics needs lesser man power, sophisticated equipment and investment. It is of paramount importance that people wanting to undergo such procedures enquire about the qualifications of the operating persons, whether the clinic has equipment to handle emergencies conditions and if the clinic is registered with local health authorities and has appropriate licences to carry out surgical procedures,” Deodhar said.

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