Don’t get suckered by a BAD Hair Transplant! Part 1

BAD_HairQuestions to ask before your hair transplant procedure otherwise you will be contacting baldgossip.com to help you repair it.

Am I too young for a hair transplant?

Every case we are presented with is evaluated thoroughly on an individual basis, and there are several age-related factors that play a part in candidate suitability for a hair transplant procedure.

The main consideration for our surgeons is the current degree of hair loss and the future implications of the patient’s hair loss patterns. Patients should try to preserve their hair and prevent further hair loss by medication and diet. Please read article for further information: http://baldgossip.com/it-is-better-to-have-a-hair-transplant-when-you-are-young/

Family history

Did the consultant or doctor go over my family history of hair loss? Family history is important to go over because you do inherit the gene from somebody in your family unfortunately and it’s really the luck of the draw. It’s, based on your genetics, who you inherit this gene from will ultimately determine how aggressive your hair loss is. So good to go over all family members, fathers, brothers, uncles, grandparents, and how aggressive their hair loss pattern is.

How many hairs will I need?

This will always depend on the size of the surface you’d like covered, as well as the density we’d want to achieve.

Expectations

Obviously not all expectations can be met depending on what you’re looking to accomplish. It’s all based on your donor hair. They go over the different factors of the donor hair, hair caliber, different hair characteristics and do you have enough donor hair to cover the areas that you’re looking to cover? A lot of patients want to lower their hairline or fill in the entire scalp, and a lot of the time that’s not reasonable expectations because they don’t have enough donor hair to do it. So you want the consultant or the doctor to listen to your expectations and to see if they can be met.

How much does a hair transplant cost?

Every patient is different and some patients may require more than one procedure, but generally, the more hair that is transplanted, the better the outcome. You can expect that an FUE Hair Transplant procedure to start at about £2,000, depending which country you go to have it done.

How the procedure works

Did the consultant or doctor explain how the procedure they offer works, and the technical aspects of it? This is important because a lot of clinics or doctors offer different techniques. Do they offer the FUT procedure, the strip technique? Do they offer the FUE, one by one extraction? And how do they do these procedures. Going into technical information the procedure’s a three step process. First step is extractions, extracting the hair so either with the strip method or extracting one by one with the FUE procedure. Second step is incisions. Incisions are, they determine the angle that the hair will grow on. They determine the density how close the hairs are together. And the third step is implant the follicle.

So these are all important to know the technical aspects, how the surgeon does each step. Do they use different sized instruments for extractions? Do they use different sized instruments for incisions? What kind of instruments do they use? There are a lot of different methods for extracting with FUE, manual, automatic, robotic, many different options in that regard. So you just want to make sure that you understand the exact technique that the doctor uses and you’ve been educated on all the little things. What part of the procedure does the doctor actually do. Do they do the extractions, do they do the incisions, do they do the implanting or do they have team that’s assisting with them.

How long does the procedure take?

Depending on the size of the treated area and the number of hair required for the procedure, the hair transplant can take, on average, between 4-8 hours per day. Some patients may need 2 days of procedures.

How much time off will I need

Did the consultant or doctor explain how much time off you would need after the procedure? A lot of the time the recommended time off would be about two weeks depending on what you’re doing, if you’re working or if you’re in school. Reason being is because you do get a little bit of swelling and you do get a little bit of scabbing after the procedure in the recipient area and visibly those things are noticeable. So depending on how you feel, if you’re okay with people knowing you had the procedure done and you’re not hiding it then probably best just to take a few days off, wait for the swelling to come down, then you are able to wear a hat once the swelling comes down.

Should I use hair loss medication in addition to my hair transplant?

Younger patients are often advised to start using Finasteride or Minoxidil to hold their pre-existing hair for as long as possible, by slowing the rhythm and rate of hair loss.

Has my hair loss stabilised?

With the use of special magnifying apparatus, your Hair Transplant Surgeon can measure your degree of hair loss in various areas of your scalp. They will be checking the percentage of hairs that are in the Telogen phase (resting phase) of the hair growth cycle. You will also be asked to monitor any further thinning or hair loss.

Will I need future transplants?

If your hair loss has not yet stabilised, further hair loss may require a future procedure. This is why it is extremely important to consult with your surgeon regarding the degree of hair loss you are experiencing. They will be able to gauge any future patterns. It is a common problem for younger patients. You may also wish to increase the density of your hair, requiring a future procedure.

Do I have enough donor hair?

Your Hair Transplant surgeon will need to examine your donor area to determine how many hairs can be transplanted. The size of the bald surface and the density you want to achieve will also determine if your donor hair is sufficient.

Will the results look completely natural?

The phenomenal skills and techniques of the surgeon and their perfection of FUE or FUT hair transplant method should leave you having the most natural looking results.

The grafting techniques associated with FUE/FUT method treats each hair follicle independently, so placement of the implanted hair can be managed, giving you natural looking, dense hair.

When will my hair start to grow?

You will be able to notice the difference immediately after the procedure is complete – you’ll see the outline of your new hair. However, it will take approximately 1 year for your hair to fully grow – you will notice daily progress as your hair grows.

Surgeons previous patients results

Did you see past patient results of the surgeon’s work? This obviously very important because by seeing photos you can see kind of the different number of grafts that have been used for different patients. Patients with the same hair characteristics as you, if they have fine hair and you have fine hair and how many grafts they received and which areas they did their work will give you an idea of what kind of results that you can expect.

Overall please remember this list when deciding to book your HT with a surgeon:

  • How long have you been doing this procedure?
  • How many patients have you performed?
  • May I see photos of your patients
  • Can you talk to your previous patients?
  • How long after surgery was the photos taken?
  • Do you perform FUT and or FUE?
  • What risks are associated with this kind of procedure?
  • How many grafts are usually done in a session?
  • How many sessions will I need to achieve the look I want?
  • How much will the entire procedure cost?
  • Are there any preparation fees or other costs besides the per-graft charge?
  • Will I need to pay extra for any medication for my after care?
  • Describe the HT procedure on the day
  • Are you board certified and which board certified you?
  • What part of the surgery do you yourself perform and what part is performed by your technicians?
  • How many surgeries do you perform a day?
  • How many graft do I have in my donor, beard and chest area.

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