A Must Read For First Time Hair Transplant Patients
Hair transplant is an expensive hair restoration treatment that has been gaining better acceptance today. It has quite a reputation back in the day due to the numerous botched outcome, but it has far improved today. This is thanks to the development both in techniques and equipment. However, there still remains some poor results every once in a while. Here are the red flags you need to watch out for.
1. Avoid the “gives you more plugs in just one sitting” pitch
Don’t be so quick to grab it like it’s a golden opportunity out of your hair loss woes. This is actually very poor marketing right off the bat, and a clear red flag. A good surgeon would tell you that hair transplant surgery requires a good amount of time to finish; from the extraction down to the transplantation. So if a surgeon says that he can give you more grafts compared to other surgeons, then you should be careful. First of all, he can’t say that without even evaluating your case. Having more grafts don’t mean more value for your money, but rather creating good quality outcome even with fewer grafts is. So be wise in spotting the difference.
2. The doctor or clinic does not focus on hair transplant surgery
There are places who offer hair transplant treatments, but their services are not mainly focused on performing it. In some cases, these places are even advertised as a spa. As customers, it is important that you scrutinize the places or practitioners that you are considering. The doctor should be trained and experienced in hair transplant alone. This speaks a lot when it comes to his expertise and his ability to deliver quality results. So should you decide to get a consult, always check to see if they have the proper training, equipment, and experience to perform the procedure? You wouldn’t prefer a clinic who only performs hair transplant occasionally over one who has a dozen procedures a week, right?
3. They cannot give you a portfolio of their past work
It’s just like having someone boast of their greatness but have nothing to show for it. A clinic that cannot give you their portfolio is a shady one. How will you be able to check their work against their word to see if what they’re claiming is true? A reliable clinic should have concrete evidence of the quality of work they are able to put out, this means before and after photos, otherwise, cross them off your list.
4. They will not give you any contact with previous patients
It is a common practice for hair transplant clinics or hair surgeons to give you a contact information of any of their previous clients. So if a surgeon refuses to do this, it’s best to steer clear. A good surgeon would have a ready list of clients who can vouch for his work.
5. The doctor or clinic does not have any online reputation
Let’s face it, we are in the digital age and pretty much every information we have can be found on the internet. A good doctor should have an online reputation which you can often find in blogs or forums. People will always talk, and when someone is making a mark in his field, they will always get a mention. Take note of this in doing your online research; credible testimonials are a big plus.
6. The doctor or clinic does not have professional affiliations
Being affiliated or evaluated by a recognized professional organization is a strong indicator of credibility both for the surgeon and the clinic. This means that the surgeon or the clinic has passed stringent qualifying standards. This allows you to go through your hair transplant surgery with confidence.
7. Agrees with everything you say
The reason you go to a consultation is for you to get assessed by a professional. It isn’t any better if the surgeon agrees with everything you want. He is the expert, so he should know better. A good hair transplant surgeon would give you the facts straight out even if it doesn’t necessarily agree with what you want, just as long as it’s best for you. So be very keen if he agrees with everything you say, instead of advising you.
8. Be wary of clinics who are not clear with their prices
It is important that a clinic be upfront with their prices. They should be able to give you a quote depending on your specific case rather than talking in circles around the subject matter. This speaks a lot about the clinic’s transparency when it comes to doing business with you. It is also important to know that hair transplant clinic today either charge you by the graft or give you a sliding scale fee.
9. Shun the one size fits all approach
A surgeon who relates to you in this approach is definitely a bad sign. There is no cookie-cutter solution for every hair loss problem. A good surgeon personalizes his approach based on the needs of the patient. This goes for all hair loss treatments, like shampoos or medications. It will get you the result that is perfectly suited for you.
10. Clinics who offer consultations only through phone or e-mail
A good consultation should be done personally. How best can a surgeon assess your problem unless he sees it for himself. Phone or e-mail consultations prevent the surgeon from giving a proper evaluation. Therefore, you need to cross surgeons who are contented in doing this out of your list.
Every discerning patient should watch out for these red flags. Hair transplant is a procedure that demands careful work because it also comes at a price. There are hair transplant surgeons and clinics today, but this doesn’t necessarily mean to be a good thing because now you have to weed out the shady ones. I hope this will guide you in your search for successful restoration.