Man dies after 12-hour hair transplant

John Maddock

John Maddock

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

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Man dies after 12-hour hair transplant

Indian businessman Shrawan Kumar Choudhary has died the day after what can only be described as an extreme 12 hour hair transplant procedure. The 43 year old had reportedly asked for 9,000 hairs to be transplanted in one sitting at a Mumbai clinic.

This is an insane procedure – and very uncommon!

Surgeon Vikas Halwai begin the operation on Friday morning 2 weeks ago. 3,700 grafts were taken from the patient. The procedure was completed 12 hours later at 2.30am in the morning. Experiencing breathing problems on Saturday Mr Choudhary was rushed to hospital but did not survive. He is thought to have suffered anaphylactic shock – an allergic reaction, which lead to multiple organ failure.

Have I said that this is insane yet?!

It is possible for up to 3000 grafts to be extracted as part of one procedure. But that is the upper limit and that procedure should be split over 2 or 3 days. Also after such a large procedure the clinic should keep you under observation for at least 24 hours post-op.

My Experience

To put all this into context my FUE hair transplant took 1000 grafts from the back of my head, which took about 2 hours. Those grafts were split into around 3000 hair follicles, and those hairs were implanted into my hairline. The implant phase also took around 2 hours. In total my procedure took about 5 hours, with a break in between extraction and implanting for lunch. A good clinic won’t attempt much more than this in one sitting.

Recently I referred a friend to the same clinic I went to. He is a 45 year old man, who is roughly a 6 on the hair loss chart (no hairline, bald on top). He had a 2000 graft procedure, which was split into 2 sessions over 2 days. He does need another 1000 graft procedure, but the clinic (quite rightly) have advised that he let the first procedure settle, and come back for another procedure to complete his restoration in 6-12 months.

Are Hair Transplants Safe?

Hair transplants are generally very safe. I’ve had one! On the day of the operation your scalp is numbed by local anesthetic injections. Afterwards you take over the counter antibiotics for a week and wait for the superficial scabbing to fall off. And you’re done!

It’s unfortunate that in this instance a man has lost his life. But it’s not un-common for some patients to push the clinic to finish everything in one sitting, and sadly some clinics may oblige. A good clinic will not allow you to put your health at risk. Find a good clinic, with good reviews and be patient.

Hair Transplant Common Questions

Check out the FAQ’s section for more.

How much does it cost?

Prices in Europe are between 50% and 75% cheaper than in the UK or US. Packages start from £1500 and include accommodation. I paid £2000 for 1000 grafts (3000 hairs) in Budapest, which is less than a 3 hour flight from the UK. I was quoted between £8000 and £12,000 for the same procedure in the UK. Adding £200 for flights I paid £2200 in total - so it is very affordable!

Does it hurt?

No! A hair transplant is painless. On the day of the transplant you are given a few local anaesthetic injections into your scalp. You may feel the first one or two. From that point on your are numbed and you don't feel anything. Most people actually fall asleep - I did for most of the day!

How long before it grows back?

A few weeks after your transplant your new hair starts to fall out. It then takes a couple of months to start growing again. Between month 1 and month 3 post-op your hair is thin. They call this the 'ugly ducking' phase. This soon passes and it starts getting really exciting. Around month 4 I had good coverage and was going to the hair dressers again. By month 6 you could not tell I had a transplant. When it got to 12 months post-op I was a different person.

Regaine is an FDA approved treatment for hair loss, suitable for both men and women. The active ingredient it contains is called Minoxidil. Minoxidil is clinically proven to prevent further hair loss in around 80% cases. It works by enhancing the blood supply to your hair follicles.

Naturelo Multivitamins are fantastic! They contain 110% of your recommended daily allowance of Biotin, as well as a host of other vitamins that are great for your hair and general well being. I love them!

Keratin is a basic protein that makes up your hair, skin, and nails. Biotin improves your body’s keratin infrastructure. It adds colour and thickness to your hair.

Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo is a really nice shampoo to use. It claims to boost blood flow to the scalp which promotes hair growth. It’s not as effective as Regaine, but it’s still a really nice cost effective shampoo.

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