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5 Things to consider before having a hair transplant

Category : Hair Transplant News 5/24/2018 7:38:14 PM

Preparing for a hair transplant can be stressful and exhausting. These feelings are common and can leave patients feeling overwhelmed prior to surgery. Below are 5 pre-operative issues that every hair transplant patient should know before undergoing surgery.  

 1.    Cause of hair loss: Hair loss can be caused by a multitude of factors such as stress, vitamin deficiencies, lack of protein, anemia, and hypothyroidism. The most common form of hair loss that's treated with a hair transplant is androgenetic alopecia or genetic hair loss. Thus, it is important to know the specific cause of hair loss before considering surgery.

 2.    Hair transplants are not a cure: Androgenic alopecia is a progressive condition that can appear as a receding hairline, a bald spot or diffuse thinning.  Over time, hair loss  will eventually spread and affect other parts of the scalp. Hair transplantation does not prevent or stop the progression of male pattern or female hair loss. However, there are currently two medications that are FDA approved to treat the progression of genetic baldness.  These include Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride).

 3.    The timeline of a hair transplant: The general population assume that the results from hair transplants are instantaneous. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is, hair transplantation is a process of recovery, shedding, growth and maturation and results generally take up to 12 to 18 months to fully manifest. Therefore, it is imperative that a patient fully understands the process prior to undergoing surgery. 

 4.    There is no surgery without a scar: With the advent of Follicular Unit Excision (FUE), it has become increasingly more popular for patients to assume that surgery could be achieved without any scarring. This is simply not true. A scar is defined as any mark left by a healed wound, sore, or burn. Both harvesting methods Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) and Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) permanently remove tissue from the sides and back of the scalp. Thus, causing wounds that heal which ultimately lead to scarring.

 5.    The skill and experience of the hair transplant surgeon: The design of the hair transplant is essential in producing lifelong results that are natural and undetectable. Additionally, it is imperative that the surgeon is skilled enough to harvest grafts that will survive surgical trauma. The skill and experience of the surgeon will determine the outcome of the results. Thus, it is crucial to find a surgeon with a proven track record of consistently producing high quality ultra-refined follicular unit hair transplantation. View our recommended hair transplant surgeons and our demanding standards for recommendation.


Not all hair transplant surgeons are created equal.  The skill, talent, and experience of each physician varies widely, as do their results. Choosing a qualified and skilled surgeon is essential for receiving natural results that will last a lifetime. Find a prescreened hair restoration surgeon in your area and schedule a consultation today.

Written and Published By,

Melvin, Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.