Today I want to discuss how I as Hair Restoration surgeon manage my patient’s expectations to give them the most realistic idea of what to expect from their hair transplant procedure. Most patient’s today spent time online, from minutes to hundreds of hours, studying hair transplant photo results. This creates varying expectations amongst people.
My role as a Hair Restoration Surgeon is to understand the prospective patient’s expectations and give them feedback as to what they can expect realistically in terms of results from a hair transplant procedure.
The first thing I do is explain the procedure in depth and show them before and after photos of patient’s of mine who have had a similar hair type and balding pattern. This gives an idea of what to expect. I always encourage my prospective patients to spend time on my website looking at the more than 500 before and after patient photos and more than 100 videos of patient’s discussing their experience undergoing the procedure and their results shown on video. I feel that looking at both the photos and the videos give patients a realistic expectation as what to expect and the wide variety of results that are possible. The key factors are hair type, color, skin to hair color contrast, curly versus straight, and most importantly, how much hair will the person eventually lose over time.
Since it takes 6-7 months to see any appreciable results from the hair restoration procedure it is important to stress the growth timeline to the patient so that they understand exactly what to expect and are prepared for the time after the procedure before the new hair grows in. This can be a difficult time for some people and preparing properly is a very important thing to do before undergoing the procedure.
Finally, I tell every prospective patient that they will undergo this procedure more than once. This is for two reasons. Firstly, the transplanted hair will not fall out but the native hair will continue to fall and the person will want to keep up with continuing hair loss by transplanting more follicles. Secondly, almost every patient sees their results and wants to add to them by creating more density. Who wouldn’t want to add more density to their hair if they could?
All the best,
Marc Dauer, M.D.