Hair Transplants in Pakistan


Pakistan remains very traditional, especially outside major cities. Their society is hierarchical and traditional Islamic values are celebrated. Pakistan has long been considered dangerous to visit by Westerners because of its military and political history, however this seems to be decreasing. The cultures, landscape and people themselves make for a diverse an interesting study and experience.

How to get to Pakistan

Be aware that you will need a visa to enter Pakistan and this should be obtained before you travel. The best way to get to Pakistan from the UK is by air. It should take roughly 8 or 9 hours to get to Pakistan by plane from London. If you are departing from another city then shop around for different flights – it may be a lot cheaper to travel to London and then fly from there rather than flying from other airports and getting connecting flights elsewhere. This obviously varies greatly depending upon the airline, travel website and/or time of week and year you are travelling.

Accommodation in Pakistan

Bear in mind when looking at prices for accommodation that there will also be 17.5% added to your bill as there is a government room tax in Pakistan. You should book as early as possible and confirm the reservation nearer the time to make sure. Also check the reviews and reputation of your accommodation online before you book.

There are many hotels in Pakistan and, especially in the larger towns and cities, lots of these are modern and quite comfortable. If you prefer something a bit different there are also cottages and also accommodation available in some health resorts.

For accommodation that is a bit cheaper you could try a hostel. There are 16 hostels located across Pakistan which belong to the Pakistan Youth Hostel Association. For more details about exact locations, facilities and prices go online.

Travelling around Pakistan

Travelling by bus is very cheap though not particularly comfortable. It can also be quite confusing and chaotic, with busy terminals, unreliable timetables and several different bus companies. It is probably a good idea to ask for advice on your journey at your hotel or accommodation before leaving if you are unsure.

When travelling longer distances by bus things become more reliable and predictable. The bus company Daewoo tends to have quicker, safer and cleaner transportation than the other companies. This comes at a little extra cost, but you will have a more comfortable trip and usually receive some form of light refreshment.

Car hire is available however few people opt for it. Instead most hire a car with a driver which is a lot cheaper than you might think. This will ensure that you do not have to worry about maps and route planning, or getting used to driving in Pakistan. Your driver may also help you out with some tips and local knowledge or ideas for things to do and see.

Travelling by train is also a good option. However, if you are taking a long-distance journey then you may well find that the train is very crowded. It is best to book and reserve a seat in advance, though be aware this does not guarantee one particularly if you are getting on half way through the train’s journey. For details of the routes and timetables go online or pick up a copy of Pakistan Railways’ Time and Fare Table on sale at train stations.

If you choose to travel by taxi, ensure that you agree a price with the driver before getting in as many do not often use the meter for tourists. The City Radio Cabs (sometimes called Metro Cabs) tend to be both more reliable and more comfortable, though a little dearer. These are usually to be found based at the airport.

Other considerations

Due to Pakistan’s distance from the UK, travelling times and costs can be quite high.

As mentioned above, Pakistan has long been considered at least a little dangerous for the Western traveller. If you are concerned, it is best to do some thorough research into the dangers that can present themselves to travellers there. If you do decide to go to Pakistan, ensure that you are well aware of the codes of behaviour and dress that will be expected of you. There will probably be less tolerance to some Western styles of dress than there is in say the more cosmopolitan city of Dubai. If you respect Pakistani customs and their Islamic traditions then you should be fine.

Hair Transplant Techniques used in Pakistan

Strip Treatment

The procedure commonly referred to as strip treatment, or FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant), has been one of the most common techniques used in hair transplant surgery, particularly among those who have advanced thinning of the hair. Strip treatment is useful in this case as it allows maximum hair coverage with very little inconvenience. The procedure works by the surgeon removing a strip, or more commonly strips, of hair from the back and sides of the patient’s head and transplanting the follicles that have been removed onto the areas of the head which have experienced hair loss. This extraction will cause a thin scar line in each location, however the surrounding hair should cover this up completely, unless you wear your hair extremely short.


Sometimes the above treatment will already have been used, or over-used, and this can cause your donor to become damaged. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a good alternative as it allows the removal of hair in areas that FUT is unable to. It is also a good option for those patients with minimal thinning. This treatment takes tiny clumps of between 1 and 4 hairs which are painstakingly removed by your surgeon and then redistributed onto the desired area, or areas. The precise and slow nature of the extraction process should mean that no scarring occurs although, for this precision to be attained, you will probably be required to have your head completely shaved before undergoing the treatment.


During your consultation with your hair transplant surgeon in Pakistan, make sure that they make you fully aware of what to do after you have had your surgery. Depending on the treatment that you have had, if the proper after-care is neglected it can have an adverse effect upon the outcome.

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