If you’re suffering from hair loss and are looking for the most effective solutions to remedy it, it’s always important to have a consultation with a hair-loss doctor to see what options are available to you. It’s the only way to get a personalised plan that’s most effective for you.
Your hair-loss professional will be able to examine the condition of your scalp and determine the likely cause of your condition. Unfortunately, in some cases, it’s not possible to embark on a hair restoration process, especially where there’s not enough hair in the donor area to do a transplant; with someone who has diffuse hair loss, where there’s general thinning all over the scalp; or people with alopecia, as hair loss can occur on any part of the head. Knowing this by having a consultation will prevent upset later on.
To find out some of these causes, and what kind of hair loss a person has, it might be necessary to do various tests to reach a diagnosis. In some people, particularly men with male pattern baldness, which is hereditary, it may be easy enough to determine the cause of the hair loss. But in others, more notably with women, blood and other tests to gauge hormone levels may be required in order to reach the right conclusion. These assessments are vital to the overall health and wellbeing of patients, so that they’re clear from the outset about what they have and how, if possible, they can be treated.
Another benefit of having a hair transplant consultation is that it’s possible to work out how much the procedure is going to cost. That’s because costs are based on the amount of follicles being transplanted – several thousand is a common number – and some patients will require more and others less, so the costs will depend on each individual. It’s especially important to be aware of the likely costs of the hair transplant procedure if you’re considering attending a clinic overseas, as you’ll also have to factor in flights and accommodation. Indeed, some clinics can even provide packages whereby everything is included.
After your consultation, your hair-loss doctor will be able to correctly devise a treatment plan for you, which may well involve a transplantation but equally might not, as a number of treatments might be effective in your case and indeed your doctor might want to try them out first, before eventually proceeding with a transplant.
There’s no doubting that a hair transplant is the most effective and lasting solution to hair loss – the results are plain for everyone to see. But determining if you’re eligible for one and if you have sufficient donor areas can only be achieved through consulting with a hair-loss professional. That’s why having a hair transplant consultation is essential.
Questions to ask your hair transplant surgeon
Before you decide to have a hair transplant, you are bound to have a number of questions about the procedure and what exactly is involved. The more you can find out in advance of the treatment, the better informed you’ll be and the more confident you’ll feel about going ahead. You may already have a list of considerations you want to find out, but here are a few key questions to remember to ask your hair transplant surgeon.
Whose hair will I get?
Hair transplants are different from organ transplants, which always require donors. With a hair transplant, you are the sole donor and it is your own hair the surgeon will harvest every time.
Where does the hair come from?
In most cases of male pattern baldness, hair loss typically occurs from the top and crown areas rather than from the sides of the head. The surgeon will take hair, as well as follicles and some tissue, from these more abundant areas, where there is no loss or thinning of hair.
Is the amount of hair available important for a successful transplant?
The amount of hair available is important in helping to decide if you will benefit from a transplant. Once hair, follicles and tissue are removed they will not grow back again. This does not mean you’ll have another bald spot, however, as the affected areas are carefully stitched together, making it virtually impossible to see where the hair was removed from.
How exactly do you use this donor hair?
The extracted hair, follicles and tissue – known as a graft – is transplanted to the bald areas on your scalp, into minute slots that the surgeon has created with special surgical tools. Each graft transplanted will have one or two follicles.
Is the difference in hair density a factor in the success of a transplant?
Hair density is determined by the number of hair follicles present in each square centimetre of your scalp, so the higher the density the better it is for transplanting. Another factor, is the looseness or flexibility of your scalp, referred to as scalp laxity. More hair grafts can be carried out more successfully when both hair density and scalp laxity is high.
How will the direction of my existing hair growth affect a transplant?
Hair grows in different directions in different areas of your head. At the front or top of your head, your hair grows forward. It grows away from the middle of your head, and back and down, towards the back of your head. To look natural, hair has to be transplanted in such a way that it grows in the proper direction in the new area.