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Background

Egypt has long been famed for its incredible history, architecture and culture. It is incredible to see one of the world’s earliest civilisations and how it has developed. This combination of the ancient culture and the evidence of newer Western influences provides an interesting and varied culture. The proliferation of Egyptian art, music, literature and architecture ensures that there is plenty to do and see during your stay.

How to get to Egypt

Flights to Egypt from London take roughly 4 to 5 hours. This is the fastest and cheapest way to travel to Egypt from the UK.

You could fly in to Cyprus, for example, and then get the ferry across. This is probably only preferable to flying direct if you are thinking of having an extra visit to another location for at least a couple of days before travelling on to Egypt.

Accommodation in Egypt

You can find quite affordable hostels to book – the Egyptian Youth Hostels Association has 16 across Egypt. More details, including booking, are available online.

There are many hotels too and the more high-class and exclusive hotels are very good value for money. Make sure you check the online reviews of your chosen hotel to ensure that you are making the most of this potential value.

There are also many luxury resorts which would provide a relaxing backdrop to recovery from a surgical procedure. These resorts often provide package holidays which can sometimes work out cheaper than buying flights and accommodation separately. Look out for deals which are half or full board, or even all inclusive.

There are also guesthouses which are often family-run. This can be helpful as you may get some local knowledge, general tips or language help. The standard of these varies dramatically however, so check the reviews of these on the Internet before you book and commit yourself.

Travelling around Egypt

There is transport along the Nile available. Depending upon your destination, getting a boat along the Nile can be more comfortable and less hassle – if you are travelling through an area with lots of police checkpoints and/or bad quality, bumpy roads.

Buses seem to come in two varieties – those which are slightly more expensive and travel between the larger cities and those which are a bit cheaper and run locally and between cities. The former are often better equipped with at least air-con and are still quite cheap. Superjet is often regarded as the best of these bus companies. The latter tend to be dirty, very uncomfortable and noisy. For long trips it is always a good idea to reserve a seat in advance to make sure you have a more comfortable journey.

Although there is a train network, if possible getting a bus may be a better option. The majority of Egypt’s trains and the system are badly in need of an overhaul. However, the sleeper trains tend to be an exception to this and are often preferable to hours on an overcrowded bus.

Other considerations

Obviously, Egypt is going to be more expensive and time-consuming to travel to than other closer European countries. However, if you have not been before then you can also have an exciting and different holiday while also undergoing your hair transplant surgery. Before booking your procedure, check that there is a fluent English-speaker on the staff. Because of Egypt’s massive tourism industry this should not be a problem, with so many travellers having English as their first or second language.

It is important to be aware of Egypt’s religious background and resulting dress code. In most places it is advisable to keep at least your shoulders and down to your knees covered. If you are entering religious buildings you should wear loose-fitting clothing covering your arms and legs.

Women travelling alone often have problems with unwanted male attention, particularly if they are light-haired. To minimise this, women should travel in groups and, when possible, accompanied by a male companion. Tourists can often find themselves hassled by sales people on the street. To keep this to a minimum, wear appropriate clothing as mentioned above to blend in more and learn a few words in their language, such as ‘no thank you’.

Hair Transplant Techniques used in Egypt

Strip Treatment

Strip treatment, also known as FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant), is a very popular method of hair transplant surgery. It is particularly helpful in cases where the thinning of the hair is at an advanced stage. This is because it is comparatively convenient and it allows for the most hair coverage, although there will be some scarring as a result of the procedure. FUT works by removing individual strips of hair from the back and side of your head and then transplanting them onto the areas where treatment is required. The scarring should be fairly subtle as the existing hair should cover it, although if your hair is shaved very close you may still be able to see it.

FUE

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) may be recommended for those patients who have only minimal thinning or if you have previously undergone FUT and your donor is damaged from this. Follicular Unit Extraction facilitates hair removal in areas that FUT treatment is not able to. FUE involves small groups of approximately 1-4 hairs being removed and then transplanted to the areas where the treatment is required. It is often possible to complete FUE without it resulting in any scarring because of the precision and time taken during the extraction process. You will also usually have to shave your head completely to undergo FUE. This makes it easier for your surgeon to achieve the precision needed for the required extractions.

After-care

In the case of all hair transplant surgery procedures, it is important that you are aware of any after-care that is necessary to ensure an effective and successful treatment.


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