Surgery poses several risks for any patient and throwing caution to the wind only increases that risk. Even with a hair transplant procedure, which is relatively less invasive, potential problems still exist. Knowing what these are helps you prepare better for the surgery, prevent complications, and set yourself up for success. One should never skimp on getting the right information — from the moment you step in a clinic for a consultation, all the way to your healing process.
What To Ask Before Getting a Hair Transplant
Let start with the four critical questions you need to ask before a hair transplant.
1. Are you qualified to undergo a Hair Transplant?
Legitimate surgeons or doctors, who have valid credentials and good professional ethics would be able to advise you if you are fit to undergo the procedure. They would advise you on the prerequisites for the hair transplant and will apprise you of the attendant risks. This will help you weigh the pros and cons more objectively. True doctors would not risk their profession and just carelessly perform the procedure just so they can earn big bucks. The ones with the real passion to help hair loss sufferers would be very cautious due to the invasive, expensive and permanent nature of surgical results.
Do not slack off and make sure you choose your surgeon carefully. Ensure that they are affiliated with a respected professional body such as the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) on top of an impressive history of successful surgeries.
2. Can you afford the hair transplant price?
You must ensure that the procedure is something that you can afford. A wise move would be to ask quotations from several hair transplant clinics so you can compare and choose the best price.
Given that this is a delicate procedure, you must not choose based on who offers it the cheapest, but rather on who offers the most reasonable price without compromising the quality of the result.
3. Will there be pain?
During the procedure, your surgeon will use a small needle to numb an area of your head with a local anaesthetic so, yes, there might be a little discomfort during the procedure such as the prick you would feel when the solution is administered. However, a hair transplant procedure per se is basically painless due to the effects of anaesthesia. In fact, others fall asleep during the procedure.
Because of the anaesthesia, which is very normal in all surgeries, even the touch of the scalpel to remove a round section of your scalp which holds the donor hair and the incisions that follow will be painless. The surgeon will also make micro incisions with a blade or needle in the recipient area but the pain-numbing medicine will block any discomfort.
However, you can expect a certain degree of discomfort once the effect of anaesthesia wanes off after surgery. This can be managed by the prescribed pain medication included in your post-operative care.
4. Where will your surgery take place?
You have to make sure that your surgery be performed in a medical facility complete with all necessities for the procedure. Experts or capable medical personnel are usually present in these facilities such as the anaesthetist, nurses, and other medical attendants who will assist your doctor.
It is important that the procedure be done in a legitimate medical facility to take care of you in case complications will occur during the surgery. Therefore, it is important that you also investigate the qualifications and ensure that the facility is recognized by proper authorities and with proper permits.
After Surgery Questions You Need to Ask Before Getting Hair Transplant
It also important that you ask the right questions about the aftermath of your hair transplant surgery. Patients tend to forget that in order to achieve the desired results, the healing and post-surgical care are part of the healing process and is just as important. Here are four post-surgical questions you need to ask before getting your hair transplant done.
1. Will there be side effects?
Side effects from a hair transplant are usually minor and clear up within a few weeks. Potential side effects include:
– Numbness or a lack of sensation on the treated areas of the scalp
– Infection of the hair follicles (folliculitis)
– Sudden but typically temporary loss of the transplanted hair (called shock loss)
– Temporary thinning
– Cysts or pimple sized lumps that are mostly benign
You may need to take medications following hair transplant surgery, such as pain medications, antibiotics to reduce your risk of infection, and anti-inflammatory medications to keep the swelling down.
2. Will you continue to lose your natural hair after a hair transplant?
Hair loss is progressive so there is a chance that you will continue to lose more of your natural hair even after a hair transplant. While the transplanted hair will be permanent, there is some risk that a patient will continue to lose their natural hair, particularly if they do not take hair loss medications such as Finasteride.
3. How much time do you need to take off work?
It is recommended to take a one week off. Almost all patients are treated in a single day. After that, it is just question of waiting for the new hair to grow back. There are other precautions to take so leaving it a week before resuming more strenuous activities is usually advisable. After a week there may still be some swelling and scarring but most patients can resume their usual habits and return to work.
4. How long will it be before you notice a difference after a hair transplant?
Positive benefits will not be visible immediately afterwards. In the days immediately following a hair transplant, the newly transplanted hair will fall out. This is nothing to worry about and is entirely normal. Over time the new hair will grow back and most patients will start to notice a difference within three months after the procedure. But it will take up to nine months to a year before the hair transplant will show its full effects.
Hair fall should no longer be permanent. With procedures such as hair transplantation available to us almost everywhere, hair loss can be reversed. You must be meticulous in all the details regarding your surgery before embarking into this life-altering procedure to ensure success.
When you are in Australia, visit us at the Australian Institute for Hair Restoration (AIHR). Our resident hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Andrew Kim, is board-certified and has years of experience as evidenced by his long list of clients. Dr. Kim is also adept in performing hair transplant surgery using both FUT and FUE methods.
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