It is expected for people to jump right into something that would give them the most at a low cost. This is the premise behind the captivating power of sales and discounts. But when it comes to surgical procedures, this may not be such a good idea to entertain – and this includes a hair transplant. This shouldn’t be one of those instances when you pinch pennies and settle on what comes cheapest, because largely relying on a low price could leave you with the following problems.
A low price doesn’t always mean that you’re getting the shorter end of the rope, as there are some places which can also deliver a decent outcome. However, more often than not, a significantly cheaper hair transplant procedure may seem suspect.
One might be easily blinded by discounted prices or a cheap one at that, however, this is not the essential requisite when you intend to arrive at a safe and successful outcome. Always be inquisitive of the finer details behind the dollar sign, and in doing so, always err on the side of caution. Sometimes, something that sounds too good to be true, could simply be just that.
Here’s a tip: Surgeons who have the training, experience, and reputation put a premium on their work, which explains why hair transplants are pegged at a certain price range.
In Australia, the average hair transplant cost is around $6-$30 per hair graft. The price varies depending on the area or clinic, the type of technique used, the amount of work that needs to be done, and the number of grafts needed for a particular procedure.
As laws governing cosmetic surgery in Australia are tightening, patients are now in a better position to be protected from botched outcomes. Since this isn’t a guarantee, it is still necessary that patients do their research to look for the reliable and reputable surgeons.
Isn’t it true that when we buy a cheaper version of something, like a TV or a pair of shoes perhaps, we don’t get our expectations up. Rather, we simply manage them. But is this what you want to feel after a radical procedure?
Cosmetic surgery may be regarded as the “wild west” of medicine due to the less stringent regulations. But this shouldn’t discredit those whose practice is evidenced by an impressive portfolio of previous procedures. Australia alone is home to several surgeons who have the training, skills and experience to create highly satisfying results. So before you sign on the dotted line, make sure that you entrust your finite resources to someone who has the credentials to give you the outcome you want, not what you are forced to settle for.
The risk of complications is always present in any invasive procedure, and this can happen at any time during the entire intraoperative process (pre-op to post-op). Adverse reactions to medications, bleeding, and infection just sit at the other side of success.
How do you then lessen the chances of complications?
Find a competent surgeon
Choosing a good hair transplant surgeon would be of primary importance. This sets the tone for how a hair transplant procedure turns out. Patients need to be aware that not everyone who performs hair surgery is a cosmetic surgeon, and that is what you need to steer clear of. Good research can go a long way, and it will help you narrow down your choices to reputable surgeons who are able to provide good results that you can also be satisfied with.
Adequately prepare for surgery
We have mentioned financial preparations and how they can affect your surgical success. Being physically and psychologically prepared for your procedure is also an indispensable part of the process. For instance, surgeons would advise patients to avoid alcoholic drinks, cigarettes, and other blood-thinning medications at least a week before surgery and even while you recuperate. This is to prevent prolonged healing and potential complications like bleeding, infections, and poor scar formation.
Preparing your mind for your surgery is just as important as the physical aspect. A realistic grasp of the procedure allows a patient to have a sensible expectation for the outcome. For example, if a patient is well within his 50’s, his expected hairline post-operatively may not be the same as that of someone who is in his 30’s. Surgeons design this as such so that end results would turn out looking natural. In a hair transplant, there are no cookie-cutter results. A good surgeon plans for a treatment that would create an outcome most suitable for a specific patient.
Follow post-op instructions
The success of the post-operative period relies largely on how you follow through with the post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon. Yes, he would still be overseeing your general healing process, but it is how you adhere to the aftercare that also makes a huge difference.
Religiously going through the entire course of antibiotic treatment, even in the absence of any infection, makes your healing process much safer from opportunistic bacteria, which could spell disaster should you let your guard down. Conversely, throwing caution to the wind and taking that puff of a cigarette a few days after your surgery thinking that you’re not showing untoward signs anyway, would delay healing.
Uneven Distribution of Grafts
In relation to the first reason mentioned above, this one can be a result of poor decision making on the part of the surgeon. Hair transplants require precision and a good eye for aesthetics to create an impressive and natural-looking result.
Uneven distribution of donor grafts can either result in poor hair density in some areas or a bad hairline. Remember, you don’t want your outcome to be screaming that you just had a hair transplant, and neither should you want it to be obvious for the wrong reasons.
Graft distribution, direction, and even its angle of protrusion are all important aspects to be considered with a hair transplant. This can be achieved when you entrust your procedure to a good hair transplant surgeon. And when you make the rounds in looking for one, always ask how they would approach your treatment and your case.
A Second Hair Transplant
A second hair transplant is definitely more expensive than the first. This can simply be your reason for ensuring that you don’t cut corners on the first one. Yes, there are surgeons who are able to remedy a botched hair transplant outcome, but these will never come cheap. So take the necessary measures to ensure that should any subsequent procedure be necessary, it would only be progressive in nature and not corrective.
Preparing for hair transplant surgery is a very important part of the process. If you think that there are some concerns that are not covered here, come talk to us today by sending us an inquiry.
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