8 Quick Tips to Consider Before Having a Hair Transplant

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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 and one should carefully consider a few factors.  I searched for alternatives to my hair dilemma (alopecia) and felt desperate for a solution. As a result, I decided a hair transplant was an option for me.  I followed a few 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 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. Your hair transplant doctor will ask what form of alopecia you were diagnosed with and 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. If time is taken away to focus on other cosmetic procedures, this doctor may or may not have gained sufficient experience in hair transplant surgeries. 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 a consultation with your hair transplant doctor.

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

Find out what previous patients are saying. 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.

This tip is also 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.

A hair transplant is considered a cosmetic surgery, in most cases medical insurance will not cover it.  However, follow-up with your medical insurance provider, 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.

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