If you’re considering hair transplant surgery, there are a few factors that you need to keep in mind.
Hair transplant surgery could change your life; however, if the procedure is performed by an unqualified or inexperienced surgeon, it could have exactly the opposite effect. And since hair transplantation is unregulated in several countries, it’s more important than ever for patients to do their research before they go ahead with the procedure.
Your surgeon’s expertise will directly impact your results, which is why there are some key questions that you should ask during your consultation.
6 Key questions to ask your hair transplant surgeon
- Who will my consultation be with?
A qualified surgeon should always be present during your consultation as they’re the only people who should be giving you advice and explaining the hair transplantation procedure.
- Who will be performing my surgery?
Make sure that your hair transplant procedure will be performed by a qualified surgeon. Don’t be afraid to ask about their credentials and how many transplants they’ve performed in the past.
- How much donor hair do I have?
Dr Spano is one of the best hair transplant surgeons in Melbourne and highly recommends asking your surgeon about the amount of donor hair that you have available. This important question is important to both the success and the extent of your hair transplant surgery.
- Will they be using stereomicroscopes?
Stereomicroscopes can give up to 20% more yield from the donor area and are considered the best equipment for the job. However, only a small number of hair transplant clinics actually use them because they’re more expensive and require additional skills.
- What type of grafts will be used?
There are some key differences between follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and mini/micro grafting. When mini/micro-grafting is used, small grafts are cut without giving much consideration to the integrity of the follicular unit.
Micro-grafts contain around 1 to 2 hairs, while a mini graft contains around 3 to 6 hairs. During this procedure, a multi-bladed knife is used to remove the donor strip, after which the grafts are prepared by cutting them to size. Since little to no magnification is used, there’s a higher chance that the natural hair follicles will be damaged. What this means is that more transection is required, there’s a higher chance of transplanting bald skin and the recipient may have less density in the transplanted areas. The main reason why a surgeon would use this technique is because it’s faster and requires less skill and assistance.
With the FUT technique, a stereomicroscope is used to remove the grafts intact, which are then transplanted to the thinning areas. The FUT technique is preferred because the hairless skin in between the hair follicles is removed so that bald skin is not transplanted with the hair.
- How many professionals are on your team?
Since donor hair tends to degrade between extraction and transplantation, it’s incredibly important that your hair is left in good hands as new hair cannot be created. Most reputable surgeries will have up to 18 nurses, technicians and surgeons assisting with each hair transplant case.