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What You Need To Know About Medical Tourism

What you need to know about medical tourismAccording to the CDC, millions of Americans every year participate in medical tourism – which is traveling to another country for medical treatments and surgeries. As a result, it’s very possible someone you know (or perhaps even yourself) has participated in medical tourism before.

There are many reasons people may choose to involve themselves in that including – but not limited to – finding cheaper costs for a procedure in another country, being culturally tied to or otherwise having roots to the country you’re seeking medical treatment from, or the procedure is simply unavailable here while being available abroad.

While many of the reasons for medical tourism may make sense, the practice is not without its risks. With that in mind, what are the risks associated with medical tourism?

What Risks Are Associated With Medical Tourism?

As with any medical procedure, there is always going to be some level of risk involved. That said, the risks associated with medical tourism can be very high. This is not to be overly critical of medical professionals in other countries. Though you should keep in mind that the medical standards in other countries can vary widely.

Other risks include infectious diseases that may be prevalent and even rampant in other parts of the world that you’re not accustomed to. Infections could manifest at the site of the surgery or even get into your bloodstream and cause serious complications. And because you may be advised to wait several days before flying back after having had surgery, you could find yourself needing to see emergency medical care in another country you aren’t familiar with.

Additionally, because we’re still living with the threat of spreading COVID-19 and new variants, you could find yourself testing positive and having to wait even longer to travel back than anticipated… increasing the risk of needing additional medical care overseas before you can return home.

What Are The Ethical Issues Associated With Medical Tourism?

There are some who may mention extreme cases that could be hearsay of unlicensed surgeons, ill-equipped facilities, and more. For the purposes of discussing medical tourism, we’re going to put those ideas aside and assume the facility and practitioners are all on the up-and-up.

Even in that case, there are ethical issues that need to be considered. What may end up being most important is having a strong understanding of the legal system in the country where the procedure is taking place. They may not have malpractice insurance or protections for patients that you’re used to here… or those protections may not extend to non-citizens. This could lead to a situation where a procedure does not go as intended, and yet you have no recourse. That is just one of many ethics-related issues you’d need to have a very firm grasp of before seriously considering medical tourism as a viable option.

RHRLI Is Long Island’s Local And Trusted Hair Restoration Facility

Though many may turn to medical tourism to pursue hair restoration options, the risks often outweigh the benefits. In fact, here at RHRLI, we’ve had to help people salvage the hair on their scalp after a botched hair transplant overseas. Why pursue that option when there’s a trusted hair restoration facility right in your backyard?

RHRLI offers many services, both surgical and non-surgical, to restore your hair including the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System. Our FUE hair transplant procedure is minimally invasive and will get you back to your day-to-day life quickly. Don’t put off restoring your hair and your confidence any longer. Schedule your free consultation with us today.

Five Winter Hair Care Tips

Five Winter Hair Care TipsMost people know they need to add extra moisturizer to their skin in the winter months. Yet a surprising number of people don’t think about what they should be doing differently for hair care in the winter months.

Is Winter Good for Hair?

Just like indoor heat and dry winter cold can be bad for the skin, it can also be bad for your scalp and your hair. Here are five things you should be doing differently this winter to protect your hair:

1. Shampoo less often.

How often should you wash your hair in winter? Stylists say that how often you wash your hair is going to depend on your hair type and activity level. But if you shampoo daily in the warmer months, cut back in the winter. One to four times a week is good.

Cutting back on hair washing helps leave more of the natural oils and moisture in your hair to protect it from the drying effects of winter. If you live in particularly cold climates, cutback even more.

And washing less often makes it easier to follow tip number two.

2. Avoid going outside with wet hair.

We sometimes forget that our hair is sort of like a sponge when it comes to moisture. If you take a wet sponge outside when the weather is freezing, the sponge freezes. Your hair is the same way.

Now think about the way ice expands in an ice cube tray. When your hair freezes, the water inside it expands… damaging the hair strand and making it more prone to breakage. Avoid the problem by making sure your hair is dry before you venture outside.

3. Moisturize every time you wash your hair.

We get it. People with hair that tends toward oily or a scalp that is oily may not think they need to moisturize but – no matter what your hair type – a leave-in moisturizer is good during the winter months.

Teen Vogue puts it this way, “The whole point of this — preserving moisture.”

Why? That ties into what causes dandruff in winter. Dry, cold weather and dry heat exacerbate the scalp problems that lead to dandruff. The key to reducing winter dandruff (and keeping your hair looking and feeling healthy) is to make sure you have plenty of moisture.

This can also be helped by tip number four.

4. Exfoliate your scalp.

Once again, it’s important to remember that your scalp is part of your skin. Just like you use body scrubs to get rid of the dry, dead skin and find healthy skin beneath… you should be using a scalp scrub to keep your head healthy.

Use an alcohol-free exfoliant before you shampoo your hair to get rid of any microbial growth and wash away the flaky skin. Make this part of your winter routine to wash dandruff right out of your list of winter worries.

5. Find time to de-stress.

Winter stress is a thing. From holidays to year-end reports to semester finals, the winter months come with a lot of stress. And stress is not good for you or your hair. Take some time to be silly, fun, and just relax.

Bonus tip: Reconsider your winter hat.

Most of us grab a hat based on how it looks or if it’s warm, but traction alopecia is a real thing. That’s when your hair gets pulled out or starts breaking because of the friction from your hat (as well as tight hairstyles, braids, etc.). Fix the problem by opting for a hat lined with silk or satin – or foregoing a hat altogether.

Call Robotic Hair Restoration of Long Island to Fight Winter Hair Loss

Ultimately, even if you follow the best hair care practices, some hair loss just happens. Whether it’s genetic, diet-related, or caused by the environment… some of us simply lose our hair. But that doesn’t have to be the end of the sentence. When you call Robotic Hair Restoration of Long Island we can set you up for a free consultation to identify the causes of your hair loss and help you find the best solutions. Call today!

7 Myths About Hair Restoration

There are as many rumors and myths about hair restoration as there are stars in the sky. The constellation known as Coma Berenices is said to have been placed there by the goddess Aphrodite as a sign showing that the offering of Queen Berenice II of Egypt’s beautiful hair was accepted.

While most rumors aren’t as grand as starry locks, let’s shed some light on the more common misconceptions.

➣ Is Hair Restoration Possible?

Not only is it possible, but hair transplants are an effective method of restoring hair growth. The success of a transplant depends on a variety of factors ranging from a person’s age, gender, hair thickness, and their surgeon’s overall experience with the procedure.

➣ Does Hair Restoration Last Forever?

The results of a hair transplant procedure are essentially permanent and will generally last quite a long time. It’s important to understand that after about the first two months the newly transplanted hair from the initial surgery will start to fall out as part of your natural hair growth cycle. This is expected… and new hair will begin growing naturally from those grafts not long after.

Like all your hair follicles, your transplants have a natural lifespan and may gradually stop producing as much hair as you get older.

➣ Does Hair Restoration Look Natural?

A transplant performed by an experienced surgeon will look completely natural, especially FUE hair transplants (because individual hair follicles are transplanted). A good surgeon will ensure the correct position of the follicles and the angles of the hair to give the grafts a genuine appearance.

➣ Do Hair Transplants Hurt?

The latest techniques in transplanting hair involve the use of a local anesthetic. After the procedure, you will likely experience some slight discomfort in the areas where the transplant happened – though it is easily managed. The procedure is simple enough that it allows patients to resume normal day-to-day activity quickly.

➣ More Grafts Are More Effective

While it may seem obvious that the more you do something the more success you will see, it is not a qualifier for determining an effective hair transplant. The number of grafts your surgeon will need is determined primarily by the area that needs to be covered. The doctor will determine that by examining your scalp and specific hair loss issues. Taking too many grafts – or “Over-harvesting” – can make your hair look patchy and the new hair will look “pluggy.”

➣ Will a Hair Transplant Affect the Brain?

Only by offering peace of mind and renewed confidence. The transplant only uses the skin of your scalp. No part of the procedure digs below the surface of your scalp and certainly comes nowhere close to penetrating through your skull (or brain).

➣ Only Men Get Hair Transplants?

While hair loss and baldness seem commonly associated with men, the truth is people of all genders can experience hair loss for a wide variety of reasons. Hair loss in men and women generally looks different though.

Men tend to develop balding on the front or back of their heads, while women experience more of an overall thinning. Even though there are many considerations when it comes to who makes a good candidate for hair restoration procedures, hair transplants work effectively across the gender spectrum.

Call RHRLI for a Free Hair Loss Consultation

If you’re experiencing hair loss, give us a call today. RHRLI is the premier facility on Long Island and in New York City. As a board-certified hair restoration surgeon who has transplanted more than one million hair follicles using state-of-the-art hair restoration techniques, Dr. Baiju Gohil has the experience to evaluate your condition and recommend the best treatment option. Call us now for a free consultation to determine whether you’re a good candidate for ARTAS® hair restoration.

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Preparing for Your Consultation

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Rosemary Oil And Hair Growth

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Does Cold or Warm Weather Affect Hair Transplant?

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You should absolutely talk with your doctor about this as well as follow any post-operation instructions they may have for you to take care of your new hair.

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9 Foods For Healthier Hair

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The Difference Between DHI vs FUE vs FUT Hair Transplants

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