Can I get a hair transplant? – 10 Basic Rules


How can I tell if I can get a hair transplant? – Quality

1 – Reject any surgery that does not mention grafting of follicular units: Minigrafts, punch grafts, micro and mini grafts, macro punch are all terms that indicate that the clinic you are contacting does not follow the state-of-the-art techniques in hair transplantation that involve grafting of follicular units (grafts).

2 – Reject the offer of scalp reduction or flap rotation surgeries: these are very invasive and obsolete surgery techniques, try to avoid them if you don’t want to end up having to look for a funny hairstyle to cover the resulting scars.

3 – Microscopic preparation or quality control of the extracted units: Microscopic dissection or quality control of the follicular units under magnification are very important to ensure that the follicular units that will be grafted are in the best possible condition and also to avoid problems such as pitting (sinking due to a unit pushed too deep) or ridging (sinking due to an incision too large).

4 – Clinics that use an unqualified team of assistants: Try to find out which steps are carried out by the operating surgeon and which by the assistants. Try to get reassurance about the professional qualifications of the assistants, their traning, and especially try to find out how long they have been working with the clinic you are interested in. A team that has been working together for many years and is highly qualified can provide the surgeon with the necessary support and the appropriate level of quality to achieve optimal results.


How can I tell if I can have a hair transplant? – Price

5- Pricing Policies and Guarantees Offered: Get a clear explanation of how the price of the procedure is calculated, what is included, and what the cancellation policies or penalties are for moving the date of the procedure. Ask to have in advance the informed consent you are going to sign.
Get an explanation of what the clinic’s policies are in case there is unsatisfactory regrowth of the transplanted hair.

6: Avoid clinics that you do not have enough information about or that do not operate a sufficient number of patients per year to be able to maintain a quality standard of excellence: A surgeon who is dedicated to numerous types of plastic surgery procedures and who performs 1-2 hair transplants per month does not have sufficient specialization to allow you to obtain a satisfactory result.


How can I tell if I can get a hair transplant? – Hair transplantation

7: Avoid clinics that are more concerned about how you will look in a year than in 10 or 15 : Remember that when you undergo surgery, the result should look natural even as you age. A very aggressive hairline may be your wish at 25 but are you sure it won’t look ridiculous at 45 when you may have lost some of the hair in the middle and back of your scalp?
A conscientious surgeon should also discuss with you possible alternative therapies to preserve your native hair.

8 – Don’t expect to get a head of hair if you are starting from a major baldness : Hair transplantation can significantly improve the look of a person with a major baldness but you will never get back to a situation similar to what you were before you started losing your hair and sometimes you will have to settle for covering only some areas and leaving others uncovered or thinning. Hair transplantation involves a simple transfer of hair from one area to another, not the creation of new hair.

9 – Do not think that hair transplantation is the panacea for all your problems: There is no doubt that hair transplantation can help you a lot to recover self-confidence and self-esteem but no cosmetic surgery will help you to recover the girl who left you, to solve deeper psychological problems or to change your personality


How can I tell if I can get a hair transplant? – Realism

10 Remember that there are no surgical techniques that do not leave scars, techniques to regenerate follicles, or to clone them: modern surgical techniques (strip and Fue) both produce scarring outcomes, the strip leaving a thin linear scar of variable size depending on the extraction performed and the FUE leaving micro circular scars of less than 1 mm in size throughout the extraction area. Those who announce their method as “scarless” are therefore not telling the truth. There are currently no techniques that can regenerate follicles in the extracted area, nor techniques that allow cloning follicles to obtain thousands of follicular units from a single hair.

Whoever proposes something like this is probably trying to take advantage of your lack of knowledge on the subject. The last piece of advice is to inform yourself as much as possible before making a choice that can have a major impact on your future life.


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