‘Follicular Unit Extraction’ might not be the most common of terms, but it has proven to be a life saver to men suffering from hair loss issues. The term, which is really a more technical way of referring to a hair transplant, has fast become one of the most sought after cosmetic treatments with regards to hair loss.
Carrying out a hair transplant involves pulling out hair roots from the back area of the head, where hair growth is better, and transplanting it in front, where it is needed. The results are great, with most showing a full head of hair. The cost varies between how thick you want your new hair and the level of baldness you suffer from. In India, the cost of a hair transplant is anything between INR 50,000 to 150,000.
In Asian regions, especially in India, hair transplants are very popular. The demand is so much that one doctor who initially specialized in plastic surgery, went onto learn hair transplant procedures, and now has a very lucrative practice. With each procedure taking around 6-8 hours to complete, he takes on around 25 cases per month. He is so popular, that he has a waiting list of around three months. A majority of his clients are foreigners, he says.
Another Indian plastic surgeon commenting on the popularity of hair transplant procedures confirmed that most customers were either below the age of 35 or celebrities. He attributed this to the fact that older Asian men were comfortable with being bald and did not see it particularly necessary to reverse it in a bid to look younger.