5 things to consider before hair transplant surgery
You are not destined to be bald—just so you know.
Hair loss can be reversed by a technologically advanced cosmetic procedure known as hair transplant.
Wherever you are in the world—bald or not— you must have heard of hair transplant, a multibillion industry that changed the lives of many men—and women.
The rising rate in the adoption of this hair loss surgery is expected to increase tenfold in the coming years.
With the rising demand for hair restoration treatments comes the increase in misinformation.
Undergoing a hair transplant surgery is a huge decision and should not be made lightly.
Researching and learning more about the hair restoration industry will help you avoid the risks—albeit a few—and restore your hair and confidence safely.
What you need to know/do before undergoing a hair transplant surgery:
Picking the right surgeon and team
This is the first most important step for anyone considering any surgical procedure. Do you homework. Check the hair transplant surgeon’s credentials;check if he’s board certified or affiliated to a respected health organization. Read up on the doctor’s past experience in the hair restoration industry.
As with any surgical procedure, the post-operative care is as important as the procedure itself. Hence, ensuring that the clinic of your choosing provides sound post-operative hair transplant care, especially when you are traveling abroad for a cosmetic surgery.
The skill and experience of the surgeon’s team are essential to a successful, risk-free hair transplant surgery.
Check the reputation of the hair transplant clinic and its surgeons first.
Research and read previous patient reviews on different forums, as it can reveal the success rate of the doctor’s work.
Ask for before-after images of previous patients. Most clinics take before and after images of their patients and post them on their website.
Hair transplant before and after images can provide you with an insight into the doctor’s work and what to expect after your hair transplant surgery.
Preparations prior to the procedure
Depending on the technique used in a hair transplant surgery, there are a handful of precautions of which you need to be aware and some activities you must avoid before, during and after the surgery. FUT is known to require a
rigorous after-care regimen, compared to FUE, given the complexity of this technique.
Some of the common precautions that are prohibited following a hair restoration surgery include drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking, excessive sweating,strenuous activity—and eating spicy foods.
Are you the right candidate for a hair transplant?
Before you pack up for your hair transplant abroad, it’s important to understand what makes an ideal candidate for a hair transplant.
A person whose hair loss has stabilized is considered the perfect candidate to undergo the procedure, since hair transplant surgery does not stop hair loss progression.
Your doctor will decide if you are a good candidate for hair transplant surgery during the pre-surgery consultation meeting.
Hair transplant results vary with each person
Before going for a hair transplant surgery, it is vital to manage your expectation and prepare you mind that regrowth of hair varies with each person.The success of a hair transplant surgery depends on the quantity of hair you
have in your donor area. It’s also important to remind yourself that a hair transplant does not warrant a head full of dense hair.
The degree of scarring you might experience in the donor area varies with each person and depends on your body’s own ability to heal rapidly. The technique of hair transplant surgery to extract the grafts—Follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplant (FUT)—and the skill of the surgeon are also other factors that contribute to the success of the hair restoration surgery.
Transplanted hair regrowth
The transplanted hair does not fall out—and becomes a permanent part of your scalp. Nonetheless the new hair progressively appears after four months following the transplantation. After an eight-month period, you can expect 80% of the hair to regrow. Hair growth at the crown area usually takes more time. In all cases, it is highly advisable to follow the post-surgery instructions to the letter to ensure successful results.
Now that you know what to expect before hair transplantation, discuss your options further your hair transplant expert.
Contact us today for a free online consultation session prior to the procedure.