We know there are a lot of things to consider when picking a hair transplant company, so we put together a list of a few things you may not think of that we think are essential to a great experience and result.
- How many surgeries are being done on the day I am scheduled?
This is an area that often gets overlooked. We believe it is essential that each patient gets complete and total focus from their surgeon to get the best possible result. If you are one of four patients having a transplant on the same day, and one surgeon is running from one room to another, shortcuts will be taken. We suggest each patient make sure their thoughts and opinions are heard and no short cuts are taken.
- How are my grafts counted?
You may be surprised to learn that there is huge variation in the way grafts are counted within the industry. When an FUE graft is extracted, it may contain anywhere from 1-6 hair follicles, which means it will grow that many hairs. Some hair companies will split the larger grafts into multiple smaller 1-2 hair grafts to increase the number of grafts they can charge people for. These 4-6 hair grafts are essential to adding extra density when your transplant begins to grow in. We believe it is essential to ask your surgeon how your grafts are being counted and whether any grafts are being split.
Trust is an essential component with any cosmetic surgery. If you feel you aren’t being told the whole truth, you probably aren’t. A hair transplant can be a wonderful and life changing experience, and we want to be totally transparent with each person we talk to- even if you are going to do a transplant with another company! There is a lot of misinformation out there about hair transplants and we want to change that. We want each patient to be informed. If you feel you are being lied to or misled by another company, give us a call and we will be happy to give you straight answers, even if you want to move forward with another company!
Yes, the transplanted hair that is used is permanent. We take hairs from the sides and the back of your head, hair that is resistant to the balding process, and implant it in the areas of need. These hairs keep their characteristics from the back of your head, so they will be resistant to DHT, which causes thinning and balding. They can be implanted on the head, beard, or eyebrow area.
Because the “permanent” hairs are limited to the back and sides of the head, people have different sized donor areas. The donor area is decreased in size with increased thinning in the crown. One person, with thinning in the hairline but a full crown, will have a bigger donor area because there is more area to take grafts from that is resistant to balding. The bigger the donor area, the more grafts we are able to use to implant in the thinning and balding areas up top.
We also make sure to take hairs from as much of the donor area as possible. The grafts that are taken from the back and sides of the head do not grow back, so we take from a big area to ensure we do not thin out the sides and back. We do not want to take 2000 grafts from a small section of the head and leave an area of thin hair that looks abnormal. By spreading the graft extraction across a bigger area, we are able to make it look like nothing was done to the sides or the back of the head.
One thing to remember is hair loss is a progressive condition. It is important to establish a good look for each patient in the short term, but also important to plan ahead for the future. Everyone progresses to a different level of hair loss, but not everyone will progress all the way to a completely bald head. With our experience and recommendations, we make sure to help each patient achieve a look they are happy with now, which will also age with them in the event they lose more hair in the future.