Hair transplant surgery is a hair restoration treatment that is growing in popularity with every year that passes. However, going ahead with the surgery is not a decision to be taken lightly. Here are 5 things that you should think about before going under the knife.
- Are you a good candidate for hair transplant surgery?
Not everyone is a good candidate for hair transplants and there may be other hair loss treatments that are better suited to your needs. A good quality hair restoration clinic will offer you a free, no-obligation consultation, which is a chance for you to learn more about your options. The consultant will examine you and make appropriate suggestions according to your individual requirements.
- Which type of hair transplant should you have?
There are two main hair transplant techniques – FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). The difference between these two techniques lies in how the hair is removed from the donor area of the scalp. For FUT, a strip of hair is removed from the back of the scalp and divided into grafts whereas, for FUE, the grafts are removed with a small punch.
- Can you afford to get hair transplants?
Hair transplant surgery is not a cheap option for hair restoration and you should be wary of clinics that offer budget or low-cost treatments. Cheaper clinics will often perform a smaller number of grafts in the area being treated than a clinic with higher costs would, which leads to unsatisfactory results.
- Do you understand the potential risks of the surgery?
Although hair transplantation is a relatively safe procedure, like any surgery, it carries certain risks. A good hair transplant clinic will make you aware of the potential concerns (such as post-surgical infection or graft rejection) and provide you with guidelines to follow which will help you to minimise these risks.
- Does your chosen clinic have a proven record of success?
When choosing a hair restoration clinic, take time to do some research. Check out reviews on their website and seek feedback from clients who have already had the surgery done. A quality clinic will be happy to provide you with testimonials and photo evidence of their work.