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Top 3 Things That Every Hair Transplant Patient Should Know Before Surgery

4/5/2019 8:25:28 PM

Unfortunately, there is a social stigma around hair transplant surgery. Many feel ashamed and this shame causes patients to act impulsively without doing proper research or educating themselves properly prior to having the procedure. There are so many misconceptions and incovenient truths that patients may be oblivious too without doing research. In this article, we will go over the top 3 things that every prospective patient should know before undergoing hair transplant surgery.

#1 Hair Transplant Surgery Does Not Cure Hair Loss

Genetic hair loss is a progressive condition that spreads and gets worse over time. Surgical hair restoration does not prevent, slow or stop the progression of androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). Many prospective patients feel that hair transplant surgery is an alternative to treating hereditary hair loss. Unfortunately, surgical hair restoration is not a substitute for treating genetic hair loss. Hair loss can accelerate at any given time if left untreated. This is why many hair transplant surgeons recommend patients prospective patients treat their hair loss with medication therapy for a year prior to considering surgery. It is important to stabilize hair loss prior to undergoing surgery, because hair transplant surgery can cause "shock loss" a condition that causes temporary hair loss. In some cases, the hair loss may become permanent if the hair is weak and heavily affected by dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the hormone responsible for causing hair loss.

#2 You Can Not Return To Work The Next Day

Unfortunately, with the advent of Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) many patients believe that they can return to work the next day after their procedure. While FUE is a minimally invasive procedure with little down-time; patients cannot return to work the next day. For the first 7 days the grafts are still healing and must be treated with the utmost care to ensure their survival. During the first week patients are encouraged to minimize sun exposure because the powerful UV rays may compromise the grafts and prolong the healing period. Anyone considering a hair transplant procedure should rest for the first week to allow the grafts to heal.

#3 Hair Transplant Procedures Are Not One and Done

Many have fallen victim to the belief that one hair transplant procedure is enough to fix all of their follicular problems for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, the majority of hair transplant patients will undergo anywhere from 3-4 hair transplant procedures over their life-time to maintain their appearance. As previously stated, androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss) is a progressive condition. While yes, transplanted hair will last a life-time non-transplanted native hair will still be susceptible to the effects of DHT. The more hair a patient has prior to the procedure, the more hair they are likely to lose throughout their life-time. This is why it is imperative that patients plan a long-term strategy that will ensure the longevity of their results.

Conclusion

Luckily, surgical hair restoration has become a refined procedure that produces results that are virtually undetectable to the general public. The transplanted hair is indistinguishable from any other hair on the scalp. However, the skill, talent and experience of hair transplant surgeons vary widely, as do their results. It is crucial to choose a qualified hair transplant surgeon that can build a long-term strategy and master plan. This will ensure that the donor supply is utilized efficiently and strategically to provide an appearance of fullness and density. Every hair transplant patient should become a part of a non-biased community like the hair restoration network. The hair restoration network is the most popular hair loss forum on the web today. The hair restoration network was created for patients and is ran by patients. It is an excellent source of information. A perfect place to research hair transplant surgeons and interact with other hair loss sufferers and patients.


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    All Articles by Melvin Lopez

    Melvin is an Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 3 time hair transplant patient having received over 5,000 grafts via FUE. He has over 3,000 helpful posts on the popular hair restoration network discussion forum. He has over 13 years of experience in healthcare management. He enjoys helping hair loss sufferers overcome their insecurities and depression in relation to their hair loss. Aside from his healthcare management work, he writes articles, moderates the hair loss forum and creates YouTube videos for the Hair Transplant Network YouTube channel.