Hair Transplant – How to Determine if it is the Right Choice for You
The loss of hair can have an impact on your life that goes far beyond the bald areas on your scalp. It can cause you to lose confidence in your appearance and also create a negative self-image. While many cases of hair loss occur due to genetics, there can also be hair loss resulting from autoimmune disease and sudden stress (among other conditions). You might be among the rather large group of people that are considering having a hair transplant. Before you make the final decision to undergo a hair restoration procedure, you should decide if a hair transplant is the right decision for you.
Hair Transplant – First Steps in the Decision Making Process
The first step in the hair transplant process is contacting a surgeon that is both board-certified and experienced in performing a hair transplant. The doctor will schedule a consultation appointment that allows the surgeon to have a one-on-one conversation with you in order to discuss your hair loss along with your overall final goals if you decide to have a hair restoration procedure.
The doctor will also examine your scalp to determine the cause of your hair loss and the best way to treat the condition. The loss of hair could be the result of medications, an infection or even a psychological condition. These hair loss causes mean there is a good chance the loss will reverse itself once the outside factors and influences are no longer an issue. If the hair loss is due to genetics, the doctor can make a plan about the best treatment option to address the balding areas of the scalp and provide a hairline that is natural in appearance.
Hair Transplant – How it Treats Hair Loss on the Scalp
Once the doctor determines that a hair transplant is the right option for your hair loss, you will begin to learn more your procedure choices.
There are multiple options when it comes to having a hair transplant including:
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
- Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
- Celebrity Hair Transplant™ by Dr. Parsa Mohebi
- Beard to Scalp Hair Transplant
- Body Hair Transplant
All of the hair restoration techniques listed above take hair grafts from one area on the body of the patient and transplant it to the balding areas on the scalp. In time, the hair grafts begin to grow again and provide a person with a long-lasting, natural hairline.
Hair Transplant Price Factors to Keep in Mind
It is important to keep the cost of hair restoration in mind when making the decision to address balding on the scalp. The price varies by the type of procedure performed, the amount of hair grafts needed to provide the desired results, the area of the country where it is performed and any fees charged by the doctor or the medical facility.
Since a hair transplant is not considered to be a medically necessary procedure, you will likely have to pay the entire final price in advance of having the surgery. Some medical offices do offer financing plans or they work with a finance company to help make the procedure more affordable by setting up a payment plan. We work with CareCredit and Lending Club to provide multiple financing options for our patients.
Hair Transplant – Discussions with a Doctor
As mentioned above, your doctor of choice will examine your scalp to determine the cause of your hair loss. This is one of the most important parts of the hair transplant process as the reasons for the loss of hair plays a big part in determining the best method to treat the condition.
In addition, the consultation appointment is when the surgeon will let you know the type of results you can expect to see once the regrowth of hair occurs on the scalp. There are some patients who enter the hair transplant process convinced they will be able to gain back all of their lost hair and look exactly as they did in the past (before balding areas on the scalp started to appear). This is not always the case and, quite frankly, it is an unrealistic attitude to take into the office of the surgeon. Thankfully, the doctor will discuss the reasons for the hair loss and also set realistic expectations for the expected final results. It is very important for you to have a realistic picture of what to expect during, and after, the procedure so you can make an informed decision about having a hair transplant.
Hair Transplant – Is it Right for Your Hair Loss?
Now that you have a better idea of what to expect when planning for a hair transplant, it is time for you to make a decision about whether or not you want to have a procedure. No matter how much information and insights you gain from the doctor during the consultation appointment, the final decision about whether or not a hair transplant is right to treat your hair loss is up to you.