An insider’s view of choosing the right surgeon for your Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplant surgery is an incredibly important decision for anyone considering this procedure.
Here are some questions you should ask!
How experienced is your surgeon?
You need to know that your surgeon is highly experienced and has a track record of thousands of successful procedures. This means your surgeon should have at least ten years of solid experience doing solely hair transplant surgery. An experienced surgeon will understand the technicalities of each unique patient and their needs. Every patients skin and hair are different, and every patient has unique skin with specific needs in terms of hair loss.
Your surgeon should be highly experienced and extremely confident in ensuring you get a fantastic result. With Dr Malkani you know he has over 10 years experience dedicated to hair transplant surgery alone and has carried out thousands of successful surgeries. Your surgeon should be able to show you plenty of successful before and after pictures during the consultation from the thousands of patients they have performed surgery on and some of these should be very similar to your own case, so you know what to expect. Ask to see the surgeon prior to surgery and insist on seeing him or her for a consultation so you can ask about their work and see photos and if you are refused then there is something wrong.
You should never have to undergo something as important as surgery without meeting the surgeon who will carry out your procedure, so YOU are empowered to make the right decision. You should insist upon a free lengthy and thorough consultation and regard this as educational in tackling your hair loss. Any consultation less than thirty minutes is a hard sell and not focusing on you as a patient.
Your hair should be examined by the surgeon and a discussion should be had about your hair loss needs and the number of grafts and not individual hairs you will need to restore your hair. You can find out more about this by booking a consultation.
You should also expect the surgeon to consult you upon the areas where you would like your hair loss to be restored including any new hairlines. Any new hair lines should be in full consultation with you prior to surgery. A good surgeon will manage the consultation, so you feel at ease and are empowered to say what you want out of your surgery in terms of results and which areas you would like treated.
Managing your Expectations
During your consultation with the surgeon your expectations should be honestly discussed with you. Every patient’s donor hair and degree of hair loss is different. A good surgeon will never promise you the hair that you had when you were a teenager. Surgery can restore hair loss and come as close as possible to nature but can never recreate nature itself. Your consultation with the surgeon should involve discussion of all possible solutions including non-surgical to manage your hair loss.
Be careful of middle sales men who offer to remove all your donor hair at the back of your head with huge numbers of grafts quoted for surgery. They are just trying to make money by over extraction of hair and will simply shift the problem from the front to the back of your head. A good surgeon like Dr Malkani will discuss respecting and preserving your donor area and managing your precious “account of donor hair,” by not over extracting. We want you to restore your hair loss, so you will be happy long term.
All possible solutions will be discussed with you in addition to surgery and you may be advised to wait a few months before your surgery to try out other very cost effective non-surgical options. These will be to prepare you for the best possible results after surgery. But you will only be able to know if you are suitable by having a free consultation. Sometimes surgery may not be the right solution, but you can only find this out by having a free consultation with the surgeon.
Who is going to be doing your actual surgery and how many patients will be done on the day by your surgeon?
Another consideration for you as a prospective patient should be whether your surgery will be passed over to less experienced hair technicians in the “extraction stage.” If this is the case, you should not choose that particular surgeon. Dr Malkani does the whole of the extraction procedure himself as this is a very complicated part of hair transplant surgery. If a clinic promises very cheap prices this is because they will be using Hair Technicians to carry out the bulk of your hair transplant surgery and this will mean you cannot be guaranteed good results.
How many patients will the surgeon be treating in one day?
If it’s more than one you know it is hair technicians who are doing the bulk of the work not the surgeon. A good surgeon will only do one patient a day as it’s extremely time consuming and requires dedication to the individual patient.
Having to undergo surgery twice because you did not get a good result by the procedure being carried out by hair technicians can be costly and upsetting.
Anybody who charges hundreds of pounds for a consultation is only in it to make money. The decision for you to go ahead and choose the right surgeon should be a free, no pressure, no obligation consultation WITH THE SURGEON.
How much will it cost?
Some clinics will charge extortionate prices. This does not mean you will get better results. Dr Malkani is based in Harley Street and his prices are very reasonable.
Patients may be overcharged by clinics quoting a surgery price using numbers of hairs rather than numbers of grafts. This is not accurate because each graft can contain multiples of two, three and four hairs as this is how they naturally grow. Going by graft numbers is a fairer way of pricing for the patient. This is how we price your surgery at the Malkani Hair Restoration Institute.
Is your surgeon part of regulatory bodies in the field of Hair Transplant Surgery?
Thirdly your surgeon should have membership of good professional bodies who regulate and educate surgeons on sharing good practice. Dr Malkani has membership of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons and also The British and European Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons – you can follow the link here to find out about this: –
The ISHRS is a highly select body featuring all the very best hair transplant surgeons in the world – only those highly regarded as excellent will be able to join.
Testimonials and patient reviews during your consultation.
It is worth checking the testimonials on any surgeon’s website. What you are looking for is lots of happy, recent clients. Some clinics can write false testimonials so ask your surgeon for video testimonials of patients talking about a successful procedure with your surgeon. Ask to see genuine original paper reviews from patients so you know what kind of experience other patients have had.
Excellent clinic facilities
You should expect the very highest standards of care and hygiene at your clinic so ask to see the surgical room and facilities prior to a procedure and preferably after your consultation has been finished.
This way you can make an informed decision about choosing your surgeon who is right for you and the clinic where your procedure will be carried out!
Make sure that there is a proper aftercare plan in place – it this does not seem comprehensive enough or there isn’t one, choose another surgeon.
All patients of Dr Malkani’s are provided with an aftercare plan, which explains how to best look after their transplanted hair. In addition, we will be with you for up to 18 months post-surgery. We see this as a personal project to enhance and promote your hair and restore your confidence and looks.
If you follow the guidelines above, you can rest assured that you have done your research and will be in safe hands.