How to get a female hair transplant in India
TechRadars India has learnt that a woman is being offered a hair transplant for a $1,000 price tag.
A resident of Vijayabada, Madhya Pradesh, who wished to remain anonymous due to the stigma surrounding the procedure, has told TechRadaris she was offered the procedure by her doctor on the condition that she was sterilised, as she is an unmarried woman.
The woman, who is in her early 20s, had been suffering from recurring skin lesions for nearly a year and has undergone three other skin grafts.
She had been on a life support machine for over a month when she was found by her mother and her husband, who both went to see her.
“They told me that my hair was falling out.
I felt like I had cancer.
My mother, father, brothers and sisters were also in shock.
They were also scared as they did not know if it was a cancer or not,” she said.
After consulting with the doctors, she was told that she had a condition called a “female pattern”.
“When I went to the hospital, I was told to undergo an ovulation test.
I was told it was an emergency, so I went in and had an ultrasound and saw that my ovulation was normal.
Within three days, my hair started to grow back.
We were told that the procedure was for my protection as my husband is a pharmacist and he had a prescription for me,” she added.
According to the woman, she had gone for the procedure at the request of her parents as she did not want to go through another surgery.
While the procedure had been done safely, the woman had to undergo another operation on her legs, arms and neck, as her skin had grown so much in the last month.
In a statement, a hospital spokesperson said the procedure has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for women aged over 30.
Dr Suresh Sharma, director general, ICMR, said the procedures are generally done to correct skin diseases and have been done under a general anaesthetic.
“We are hopeful that this is the first case in India of a female donor to receive a hair transplant, and we are currently working with the local government to identify the donor’s parents,” he said.