Choosing the right doctor is probably the most important factor in your entire hair transplant decision.
If you plan everything down to the infinite detail but get the wrong surgeon then the whole thing could be disastrous. You should look for an experienced, caring, artistic and honest surgeon who is experienced and has also performed similar procedures many times before. Finding such a professional will help to relieve you of the stress of this treatment and their assistance in planning will reap dividends for you.
The best way to find a doctor is to talk to any friends who have had hair transplants. Word-of-mouth recommendation is one of, if not the best ways, to find someone. You can talk to them about their experience, the doctor and the quality of the doctor’s work.
If you don’t know someone who has had a transplant then you can search on the Internet.
It’s an old clich’ but, as with a lot of things in life, you do get what you pay for and quite simply, if you can afford a hair transplant and want to proceed, you need to be selective when choosing a surgical team.
The costs of a less experienced team will save you hundreds or even thousands now but the question is, will it prove cheaper long-term’ If they’re cheaper, why are they cheaper’ Not as good’ Not as experienced’ Both’
The chances are, using a more inexperienced team may mean your surgery is flawed. You’ll then need additional procedures to correct the first one – no doubt at an additional cost – and it is you who will suffer.
The worst-case scenario is that the damage done is permanent and any errors in the design or planning may be irreversible in the future.
When you are searching for a doctor, always have a look at their websites. The website should really be an extension of what they are trying to portray: it’s your first impression of them, their pre-interview as it were. If the website isn’t any good, then you have to ask why. It should have a list of experiences, testimonials, etc., anything to help you make a decision, answer your questions and put you at ease.
When you have chosen a doctor, meeting them for the first time can be very exciting because you’re now on your way to getting your hair back. Remember, the doctor will know you are nervous and should do their best to put you at ease. Ask questions, but don’t lose your head!
At some practices, the initial interviewer may not actually be the doctor themselves. If it isn’t, the initial interviewer should provide you with the necessary information about the hair transplant procedure. You will need to fill out a medical history form and the doctor will then do an assessment of your hair loss. It is at this point that he will talk to you about your expectations and see whether they are realistic or not.
Depending on where you go, some offices have salespeople working where a doctor is not present. These salespeople generally work independently. If you visit this kind of office, be sure to ascertain whether the person you are meeting with is a salesperson or a doctor.
A salesperson is not qualified to give any medical opinion whatsoever and they cannot give you any diagnosis or assessment. Neither can they give you any surgical or medical treatment. Don’t accept any recommendations from these people without consulting one-on-one with a qualified doctor. Whatever you do, don’t discuss your financial status with a salesperson.
Ideally, it’s best if your entire consultation is with the doctor and the doctor can then tell you about the entire procedure. He will take account of your medical history, will do a physical examination and you can then discuss your expectations and options.
It is here that the doctor will estimate the number of surgeries and the total cost. It is quite possible that some of these tasks are handed over to a nurse or to clerical people because they have more time to discuss the various aspects of the surgery with you – there is nothing wrong with this but there is no alternative to the doctors own advice.
If you talk to the nurse or to the clerical people you will get more opportunity to discuss your transplant procedure. Always remember that these people aren’t doctors though and if you are unsure of anything then ask to speak to the qualified person.
I’ve heard of some places where salespeople do all the talking and you only have access to the doctor to finalise the deal, if you’re like me, you’ll avoid those places like the plague!
Please remember that you have the time to investigate and research your transplant and an educated buyer is always the best buyer. Do your homework, plan your consultation and write-down your questions for the doctor so that when you meet him you can ask him what he can give you.
When you meet him, ensure he gives you enough time and explains the procedure. You will have the opportunity to talk about your expectations, concerns, fear and your financial situation. His experience and his place in the medical community will give you a clear idea about him. See how he estimates the cost for the process. Is this what you expect’ He should then give you written information about the transplant and what happens before, during and after the surgery. If you have any concerns at all then ask questions. It has been known for doctors to have legal problems. Do you know of any’ Where can you find out’ As an example, you could always check your state, county or country’s medical board website where doctors’ records with regard to legal matters are available.