Like with any surgical procedure, hair transplant patients often grow more apprehensive as the scheduled appointment date approaches. Fact is doubt breeds apprehension. Patients are often wondering whether they made the right decision regarding surgery and whether they will regret it. So while this is a normal reaction, there are measurements that hair transplant patients can consider to alleviate their anxieties.
Discussed below are five factors, that if considered can turn doubt to certainty.
1- Choosing the right surgeon
It is a given that the results of any medical procedure depend entirely on two things: the skill of the surgeon and quality of care at the clinic of choice. Hair transplant surgeries are no exception. With that being said, it is probably the most crucial factor that hair transplant patients should consider. It is, of course, not the responsibility of patients to evaluate clinics according to medical guidelines. Instead, there are non-profit organizations that operate for this purpose such as the Joint commission international (JCI) or the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)
To check for accreditation, patients should visit the mentioned websites and search for their hospital of choice. A common misunderstanding among patients opting for hair transplant in Turkey is they search for the clinic name. Clinic names are not registered under JCI or ISHRS as they are health tourism offices. What patients need to search for are the hospitals with which these clinics are collaborating. This information’s mentioned on the website of the clinic of choice under “About Us.”
Another thing patients should consider is before and after pictures. After all, what better evidence can there be of the surgeon’s expertise than actual results of their surgeries. The points mentioned will give patients an idea of the standard of quality and competence of surgeons at the clinic of choice. Patients should also review google star ratings and feedback. Experience from firsthand patients is hard evidence.
2- Cause of hair loss
The cause of hair loss is a determining factor on the success of the surgery. For that reason, we advise patients to visit their local dermatologist and request a hair diagnosis test. This helps patients build realistic expectations. As an example, hair loss caused by an autoimmune disorder, a condition where the body fights hair follicle units, cannot be treated by hair transplantation. Even if patients get the procedure done, the transplanted hair is guaranteed to fall out. In order to avoid disappointments, patients should discover the underlying cause and find out whether hair transplant can treat their case or not.
3- Donor hair regions
While the goal of a hair transplant is to restore a full head of hair, it simply is not realistic for every case. The thickness depends on the density of donor hair regions. The more adequate donor hairs a patient has, the better the final results. We recommend patients to discuss this with their doctors for a reality check. And remember, just because certain patients were able to successfully earn thick hair, doesn’t mean everyone will. It depends entirely on the degree of abundance of donor follicular units.
The results depend on equal parts the skill of the surgeon and aftercare. Therefore, when choosing a clinic, the patient needs to inquire about the clinic’s aftercare and follow up services. As a general rule, the clinic should provide aftercare kits that contain essential products for scalp care after surgery. Hair transplant doctors will instruct patients on how to take and apply said products. These instructions will provide patients with information needed to handle complications and avoid infections after surgery.
5- Results of hair transplant
The results of a hair transplant are not immediate — the only instantaneous change that patients will first notice is the hairline outline. It takes a full year for effects of a hair transplant to fully appear. Growth will gradually begin after the 4-month mark and continue to increase up until a year. After the one-year mark, significant changes in hair growth will stop.
A hair transplant surgery can be a life-changing experience that yields successful results. However, to be one of the many who restored their confidence back with this procedure, it is essential to construct realistic expectations, choose the right clinic, and do sufficient research on the topic. To learn more about hair transplant: read our complete guide to hair transplant or contact us for free consultation.