To those who have not experienced hair loss, may you never need to but to have is to understand that it signals more than a lost strand. Some describe it as paralysis of a small part of their personality, of them, while others become concerned when facial framing becomes altered. But to the uninitiated, it
is more than just aesthetics, and to most patients, it is less about aesthetics and more about the small things in life that allow us to live only the way we choose.
It takes significant courage to begin looking into the possibility of hair loss as it is still a taboo topic not yet discussed openly as a medical condition. Information is not unified and despite the wealth of information that we come across, at times it becomes difficult to separate the real intentions of the information we read. Between societal pressures and internal ones, and a plethora of misinformation, it can become a daunting task to seek information. It is critical to understand however that the best care occurs when you are an active participant. Hence, a consultation will become a vital tool to gain further information regarding the specifics of your circumstance as well as an opportunity to assess your partner in your candidate for your surgeon and clinic that you will ultimately select en route to achieving your goals.
Questions YOU should ask during your HT consultation…
Rule of thumb, all questions fair game. However, given that your consultants’ time is limited, it will be extremely helpful to prepare for your visit in advance by prioritizing areas most important to you (i.e. Surgeon experience, post operative protocol, follicular yield, graft capacity, etc.). To prepare for your
consultation most effectively, a general fund knowledge of your hair loss history, products you use, family history, a medical history will help you seek more targeted information that will help formulate your ultimate care. You will want to start of your consultation by explicitly explaining your goals and the main areas you’d like to address.
It is sometimes easy to become overwhelmed, and it is important to take notes to remind yourself later of important answers you had been seeking. You can always ask for a second consultation or contact your consultant to address any questions that you had initially forgotten. A family member or friend can also be helpful.
A list of questions to ask is listed below and not comprehensive. Ultimately the questions most pertinent to you are the priorities for the answers you seek.
1. Regarding my goals, how realistic are they?
2. Any part of my current hair care regimen that can be improved?
3. Any current hair care behavior that needs to be eliminated?
4. How many total grafts do I have available to me lifetime and how much will that cover?
5. What can I expect with regards to future hair loss?
6. What organic products are helpful?
7. What medications are helpful?
8. What are the side effects of the medications? What are the commitments on my part?
9. What is PRP? What is Stem Cell Therapy?
10. What can I expect during the procedure?
11. What are the pre-procedural requirements?
12. What are the post-procedural follow-ups?
13. What is the experience level of your surgeon?
14. What is the graft capacity of the clinic?
15. What harvesting technique is performed? What percentage of the time?
16. What is the capacity with each technique?
17. Should I use PRP with the procedure?
18. What is the amount of PRP utilized with the procedure?
19. How long has the team been with your surgeon?
20. How will the hairline look?
21. Where will the temple closure be for frontal hair lines?
22. How will the eyebrow shape look in eyebrow cases?
23. What are the post-operative expectations for eyelash procedures?
24. Is your doctor a doctor?
25. How are your grafts handled during the procedure?
26. What is the follicular yield?
27. What are some post operative outcomes?
28. Can I speak to some former patients? See some past results?
29. What are the pre-operative tests that are required?
30. How many people/doctors will be involved in my care? What are their roles?
31. What medical treatments do you recommend?
32. What surgical treatments do you recommend?
33. What zones will we be working on?
34. What will be the follicular and hair densities in each zone?
35. How will the donor region heal?
36. How will body heal in body follicular harvesting?
37. How can I conceal the procedure? Are executive non-shaving procedures available?
Information you should receive during your consultation
Keeping in mind that the medical component of consultation will be the priority, it is also as important to learn about financial and supportive services offered by your doctor. Typically another member of the team is best suited for financial and scheduling questions such as methods of payments, financing options, booking times and scheduling questions. You would then maximize your consultant’s time for pertinent medical and qualitative questions so that you get an opportunity not only to learn about hair loss in general and your predicament precisely but also learn about your surgeon and his team as this will be a long-term relationship. Answers to above questions as well as about traveling to the clinic, what to expect post-operatively, post-operative visits, and medications needed after your procedure, and ancillary services and support that the clinic offers will serve a supportive role and help ultimately in Your decision.
How to best prepare for your consultation
Once you have reviewed your notes and finished your consultations, it is time to make a decision on your upcoming procedure. Know that you need to take as much time as necessary until you feel right about the decision you are making. Ensure that adequate time is spent in researching out your surgeon and clinic to entrust with your care. At no point should you feel pressured or rushed and all
your questions should have been answered sufficiently, to your satisfaction. It will be critical to understanding the role that your surgeon plays in your procedure and long term care.
With adequate research and time dedicated, you will find the right solution to your hair loss, and will be pleased with the decision you ultimately make because it will have been well researched, well thought, well executed, and well informed. It is only with that combination that you can increase how
well your procedure yields.