1. Doctor’s reputation and credibility
Can you tell me about your qualifications and credentials?
Hair transplantation is a lucrative industry and often target of scams by unauthorized/unskilled doctors. It’s important that the patient find information about the credentials of the surgeon and inquire about the surgeon’s experience. In most countries, an MD degree is not required to perform hair transplant surgeries which puts the patient’s in the hands of unqualified surgeons.
2. Past patients results
Can I see your past patients result?
This is probably one of the most important things to look for in a hair transplant clinic. How can you accept a surgeon’s claim of being a good hair transplant doctor if he/she can’t show you any previous results. Even when the results are provided, its best to clarify whether these results are from the particular surgeon you are considering or another doctor in the clinic.
3. Guarantee of results
Do you guarantee your results?
Guarantee of results is always a good thing. Why not discuss the guarantee of your hair transplant result with the surgeon before your hair surgery. Both, you and the doctor should be aware of the expectations so it doesn’t create a problem in the future. Professional hair transplant clinics will take the time to evaluate your case and give accurate estimate of reasonable goals.
4. Skill of the technicians
What are the skills and experience of the technicians?
The technicians that will be working on your hair transplant will be doing the majority of the hair transplant work so it’s important that they have the right skills and experience for the job. Professional hair transplant surgeons have experienced technicians who have years of experience in the field and considered pros.
5. Type of procedure performed
What hair transplant technique do you use in your surgery?
There are several types of hair transplant techniques available in the market and some are better than others.
FUT, also known as follicular unit transplantation is a method of hair transplantation where a patient’s hair is transplanted in naturally occurring groups of 1 to 4 hairs, called follicular units. Each follicular unit also contains sebaceous glands, nerves, and a small muscle.
FUE is a method of hair transplantation. In FUE harvesting, individual follicular units are extracted directly from the hair restoration patient’s donor area, ideally one at a time.
6. Initial consultation
Your first visit with the doctor can make a big difference in your final decision to have a hair transplant. Professional clinics understand the needs of their patients and can give you recommendations suited to your needs and budget.
7. Post-op Visits
Can you give me feedback on my procedures after the surgery?
Good doctors like to keep in touch with their patients and want to know how the surgery affected their lives. After all a hair transplant surgery can be a life changing experience. Patients are more likely to recommend surgeons that keep in contact with their patients.
Can you prescribe me medications to control my hair loss?
Can the surgeon provide you with a prescription if you require medication to control your hair loss? In most cases,, patients with hair loss will end up using some kind of medication to control their hair loss. Propecia, Minoxidil, two of the widely used hair loss medications, are prescription drugs and not available over the counter. You hair transplant doctor should provide you a prescription after your surgery.
9. Online presence
Does this hair transplant clinic have an online presence?
In today’s digital world, online presence is very important and it seems that most professionals and organizations have already adopted the benefits of the new digital era. Credible clinics have a website with information about their services and their contact information. Some clinics have hundreds of before and after HIGH Definition videos and photo galleries to showcase their results.
Communication can make a big difference when the surgeon you are seeing treats you in a professional manner and understands your concerns. Experienced clinics are aware of the toll that losing hair can have on a patient and deal with such issues on daily basis. Don’t be afraid of telling your hair loss story to your surgeon and ask for how the hair transplant will change your appearance and confidence.
Example of Hair Transplant Clinic: Hasson & Wong Aesthetic surgery