Hair loss is an unpredictable condition, and depending on the root cause of the problem, can affect men or women at any stage in their lives. Once you have exhausted natural remedies, lifestyle adjustments and less scientific approaches to addressing the problem, you may consider the more permanent fix of hair transplantation. The decision to undergo any type of surgery is a bold and brave step, so in order to make this process as effective as possible, it is important that you are asking the correct questions at the onset and during your treatment.
Firstly, ensure that you have done your research thoroughly. Read around the options and more specifically, read up on the surgeons themselves, as there should be a plethora of information available in the public domain which will give you an insight into their operating procedures and feedback from patients who they have worked with.
1 Am I the right age for a hair transplant?
If you are concerned about your hair then you’re definitely not too young – one of the most common types of hair loss (male pattern baldness) can affect men as young as their late teens, so if you are worried, take action. The quicker you respond to changes in hair coverage or thickness, the better chance you have of finding a solution.
2 How long will the actual hair transplant operation take?
This depends entirely on the size of the transplant area, but surgeons typically will undertake the grafting process for between 2 to 6 hours per session, which is often spread over one or two days.
3 When will my transplanted hair start to grow?
You should expect to see an immediate difference to your hair coverage and hair line following your operation. Your new hair will set and grow slowly over time, changing gradually each day. Don’t be alarmed in the months after your transplant that the new hairs fall out – this will happen, it is natural and is part of the hair’s growth cycle. To set realistic expectations, usually new hair implants will take around six months to one year to begin to grow of their own accord and by the second year after your surgery you will know what the end result truly looks like.
4 It’s a bit award to ask, but how much will this cost?
It is important to understand the financial commitment you’re making, so don’t be afraid to clarify exactly what is included in the fees you’ll pay, both for the procedure itself and for the associated aftercare. This can vary enormously, so make sure you have an idea in mind before you approach this subject, and ensure you have complete clarity of what is included in your treatment plan.
What else might you want to ask?
Ask anything you want to put at ease and to give you the necessary reassurance that you have appointed a suitable medical professional. You may wish to ask how long they have been practicing for, how many procedures they have undertaken, what is their specific area of expertise (e.g. FUT or FUE transplants) and if it is possible to speak to patients who they have operated on in the past.
The surgeon is there to help you – medically and emotionally
The most important thing to remember is that if you engage the help of a hair transplant surgeon, you are the client and they are there to help you. It is the role of the surgeon and their team to put your mind at rest and answer any questions you have, they are also the experts. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions that you don’t feel you already have answers to. It won’t be the first time the surgeon will have been asked questions such as yours, and it certainly won’t be the last time either.