- Seek the advice of a qualified hair replacement expert
While many people feel comfortable discussing their concerns with their own trusted hairdresser, it should not be a substitute for seeking professional advice from a qualified expert. A hair loss consultant will have experience of different types of hair loss and will be able to assess your suitability for surgery in advance of attending a surgical consultation. There are many factors involved in being a suitable candidate for surgery and these include: quality of existing donor hair, age and lifestyle. Given the fact that hair transplant surgery is performed under local anaesthetic, it is a major operation with an associated period of recovery time. Therefore candidates need to be in excellent health with no underlying illness or disease. The truth of the matter is, not everyone can undergo this type of surgery – and a qualified consultant can help you manage your expectations from the outset.
- Share your concerns and expectations with the hair expert
It is recommended that you are as open and honest about your hair transplant hopes and expectations. Although a near-full head of hair can be restored, the success of surgery depends on a lot of factors including genetic hair loss. For instance, if you are a male in his 20s with hair thinning and close family members also experience hair loss well into their 50s, it’s likely that your hair loss will continue beyond any transplant surgery. While a good hair loss consultant will assess all relevant factors that impact on the success of surgery, it is also helpful to bring in a photo of your desired appearance – perhaps from an earlier age. This will help the hair consultant assess how realistic your expectations are. Being open and honest from the outset will save you time, money and a lot of emotional energy!
- Prepare to consider other forms of hair replacement
Given the high number of individuals who wish to undergo surgery but for one reason or another are not suitable candidates, it is worth being open to other forms methods of hair replacement. These might include options that you haven’t even considered – or indeed heard of – before. For instance, there are methods of non-surgical semi-permanent hair replacement that are custom-made for you and result in a full head of hair. For women, a (non-surgical) procedure called Hair Integration blends real hair with your own and is very natural-looking. The ultimate goal of any hair consultant is restore your natural hair appearance – and hopefully confidence – using the most suitable method for you. So it’s advisable to keep an open mind and carry out some research in advance of your consultation to learn about other forms of hair restoration.