Taxi Cab Drivers Performing Hair Transplants BEWARE!

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Hair loss sufferers all over the world are putting themselves in grave danger by going to black market FUE clinics. The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS) have reported that patients continue to flock to developing nations to have cheap surgery. However, hair transplant surgeons have warned against going to these clinics, because unlicensed technicians with little to no training are performing the entire procedures without doctor supervision.

Make Sure There Is A Doctor Supervising The Procedure

The biggest danger to patients traveling abroad for hair transplant surgery is the fact that the procedures are being performed without doctor supervision. While Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a minimally invasive procedure- it is still surgery. Therefore, a doctor must be present to ensure there are no complications such as allergic reactions to anesthesia or even infections.

Earlier this year the ISHRS launched an international patient awareness campaign to warn potential patients of the dangers associated with going to black market FUE clinics. Hair Transplant Network recommended surgeon and chairman of the ISHRS Dr. Ricardo Mejia had this to say about black market FUE clinics:  " The demand is so high, reports are taxi cab drivers and Syrian refugees do the surgery in some overseas countries. Patients are the ones who suffer when they realize too late who did the surgery and end up with botched complications and scars and hairlines that are not normal and disfiguring."

Deceptive Marketing and False Testimonials

These clinics promise to have a team of trained professionals and a staff of physicians, but when the procedure is carried out, only technicians are present. The entire team is made up of technicians with no medical background and in most cases no medical training. The allure of cheap surgery is enticing, but prospective hair transplant patients should be wary about low-cost clinics that offer same-day procedures. These clinics should be avoided at all COSTS!


Surgical hair restoration has made leaps and bounds from the days of "hair plugs" that left patients looking like a dolls head. However, this growing market for black market FUE clinics continues to leave thousands and thousands of men and women with severe infections, bad scarring and in some cases even disfigurement. This is why choosing a qualified hair transplant surgeon is essential for receiving refined results that are undetectable and last a lifetime.