How To Choose An Experienced Hair Transplant Surgeon
They say that a full head of hair is your crowning glory, so hairfall can be one of the most harrowing experiences for both men and women. Of course, there are ways to slow hairfall or even fix the problem if it gets very bad, but not all methods are effective. More importantly, not all so called ‘experts’ who promise to bring back a head full of hair are trustworthy. Like pretty much any medical procedure, a lot depends on the person treating you for any condition. For a delicate surgery like hair transplant, this holds even more true, because a botched up surgery can not only result in a bad look, but further expenses in trying to undo the damage.
Before you actually make the decision to go for a hair transplant though, you need to properly understand hair loss causes, and speak to an experienced specialist who will tell you if you need the surgery in the first place. The initial stages of hair loss might be treatable by medicines, and only the doctor will know whether it’s the right time to get a hair transplant surgery. So how do you choose the right surgeon, you ask? It’s mainly being aware of what procedure you will be undergoing and understanding that hair transplant isn’t as easy as it sounds, there’s a lot that goes into it.
- Check certifications and experience: No matter what, surgery is a delicate practice that is only honed by experience. If your hair transplant surgeon possesses the required certifications, trainings and has experience with performing surgeries of multiple types, you should be good to go.
- Talk about your options: While it may seem like an end-all solution, hair transplant surgery isn’t the only step you can take. Your surgeon should be able to advice you about what your options are, and even if you don’t have any left, he/she should be able to tell you why. Basically, there should be logic behind each step, and not just jumping to surgery.
- Talk to previous patients: The best way to find out whether you’re making the right decision is talking to older patients. Since they’ve been through the experience and interacted extensively with the surgeon, they’d have better insights.
- Ask for an explanation: It’s often said that you can only truly understand a concept if you can break it down and explain it to someone else in simpler terms. While hair transplant surgery might be complicated, there are various types which suit different cases and budgets. A good surgeon should be able to explain the pros and cons of each procedure, a summary of it, and why they’ve chosen that one to treat you.
- Ensure quality equipment and procedures: A lot of the equipment used by hair transplant surgeons are manufactured at different places around the world. For example, you can get punches, an important piece of equipment in the procedure, so $10, or $100. The punches are delicate implements that extract the all-important hair graft from the donor area. Low quality and cheap punches result in only 30-40% graft survival rate, while higher quality ones go up to 90-95%. Obviously, you want your surgeon to use the better equipment, so ask them whether you can see it. Additionally, you’ll want to ensure that all implements are regularly cleaned, sterilized and all medical procedures are followed scrupulously. The last you thing you want is an infection.
- Meet your doctor and their staff: Finally, make it a point to speak to your surgeon in advance about the details. A front office representative might be able to give you basic details, but anything beyond that should be spoken about only with the surgeon. Only they can give you the right information. It also helps to speak to the support staff before you go in for surgery, to ensure that the surgeon is actually performing the procedure, and not some untrained non-surgical staff.
At Dr. Rubin’s Hair Restoration, we take care of every single patient and ensure that their goal of stopping or fixing hair loss is achieved. If surgery is not the best step to be taken, we tell them that, because nothing makes us happier than a satisfied patron!