Saudi men spend fortune on hair transplants

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Dubai, Oct 14 (UNI) Saudi men spend some 720 million Saudi Riyal (Rs eight billion) every year on hair transplants, with five out of every ten people in the Kingdom undergoing the procedure in their lives.

Quoting Dr Muhammed Abu Shwarib, an expert in hair transplantation from Banan Medical Center in Riyadh, Al-Hayat Arabic daily reported that young Saudis regularly visit clinics not only for head hair tranplants but for transplants to their chests and eyebrows. Others seek hair for the moustache and beard.

Hair transplants can be done quickly with few side effects.

Areas that have undergone transplantation may need to be bandaged overnight, but one can expect to return to normal activities within a day, Al-Hayat daily added.

Strenuous activities are to be avoided during the first few days after the surgery, as on rare occasions implants can be ejected from the scalp.

The rate of baldness in the Kingdom is higher than in Europe, something which attributed to the popularity of headwear such as baseball caps and the traditional Arab headdress, as well as the type of water used in washing.

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