There has been a disproportionate amount of hair transplant related news in major newspapers around the world during the past month.
— Hair transplant pioneer Dr. Norman Orentreich died last month at the age of 96. The history of surgical hair restoration began in Japan with Dr. Shoji Okuda (see Okuda Papers) and then Dr. Hajime Tamura in the 1930s and 1940s, respectively. However, it was Dr. Orentreich who really made the field flourish starting in the 1950s via his groundbreaking work in the US.
— Portugese football superstar Ronaldo is opening a hair transplant clinic in Madrid, Spain.
— Actor James Nesbitt announced that he would be getting his sixth (!) hair transplant for £20,000. He had the first of these six in 2007.
— The Scottish Sun (@ScottishSun) February 24, 2019
— An Indian man died after getting a 12 hour hair transplant procedure. He wanted 9,000 grafts in one go, but received 3,700 grafts before the surgery was stopped at 2:30 am due to complications. This story accounted for well over half the stories I got via my “hair transplant” Google Alerts setting this week.
You have to be careful when picking a hair transplant surgeon, especially if you are getting a hair transplant abroad. Having said that, the chances of death from a hair transplant are infinitesimally small in any country (provided you go to a reputable surgeon).