Alopecia (Hair Loss)

March 13, 2021

8 Quick Tips to Consider Before Having a Hair Transplant

Deciding to have a hair transplant surgery is major!

Always consider these 8 quick tips before having a hair transplant.

First, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Cherlyn Hayes, a hair loss and alopecia survivor.

When I searched for alternatives to my hair dilemma (alopecia), I felt desperate for a solution.

As a result, I decided a hair transplant was an option for me.  I followed these 8 tips that helped to provide clarity before making my final decision.

Please check them out below and see how I started and where it’s going with my hair journey by reading My Alopecia (Hair Loss) Story.

1. Have a scalp biopsy performed by a Dermatologist.

This step is so imperative to determine if you’re a candidate for a hair transplant. Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist as soon as you can, it may take two to three weeks to receive your results.

Know what form of alopecia you are diagnosed with. All hair transplant doctors will ask this question. Having your diagnosis/results will come in handy.

2. Know the difference between Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) transplants and choose the best option for you.

Research the various types of hair transplant methods and choose the one that will yield the best results for your hair type.

Secondly, know the timeline for healing and expectations during your procedure will all vary depending on which method you select.

3. Research licensed doctors who specialize solely in hair transplant surgeries.

Cosmetic doctors can specialize in other types of plastic surgery, such as facial and body contouring, breast enhancement, etc.

The doctor may or may not have gained sufficient experience in hair transplant surgeries if they focus on other cosmetic procedures. You will need to determine this by performing research on the doctor you choose.

4. Make sure the doctor you choose has years of experience.

Find a doctor with extensive experience in hair transplant surgeries and proven results.

5. Review the medical facility and doctor’s website.  Most likely, you’ll find a lot of your questions answered there.

This step will reduce the amount of time you spend in consultation with your hair transplant doctor.

6. Search for reviews from Trustpilot, forums, and YouTube videos.

Find out what previous patients are saying. In addition, take the time to review before & after photos and videos…you will save yourself a lot of time and regret.

7. Follow the pre and post-operative instructions carefully.

Above all, this is critical and will determine how your experience will be and how successful your suture or incisions heal.

8. Confirm whether a hair transplant procedure is covered by your medical insurance provider.

Lastly, hair transplants are considered cosmetic surgery, in most cases, medical insurance may not cover it. 

However, make sure to speak with your medical insurance provider, and prove alopecia is linked to a medical condition by submitting medical records and a letter from your doctor. 

There may be a possibility your insurance might cover it.

Next, read my Top 36 Questions to Ask before Having a Hair Transplant.

Did you find these tips in this article helpful?  If you enjoyed this article, share it with your family, friends, and colleagues!  Feel free to leave a comment below.

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