Today I want to talk about something that everyone experiences to some extent. Pre-hair transplant procedure anxiety. I have undergone 3 procedures myself, and know exactly what to expect, and yet I still experienced some degree of anxiety prior to each procedure. Everyone is different and comes into this procedure with a different perspective. Some are more excited and less nervous and some are the other way around. I am very sensitive to this in my interactions with my patients. I will always do everything in my power to re-assure the patient and let them know that they are in great hands. I will also give my patients as much information as possible regarding what to expect throughout the procedure and post procedure time period. In addition, unlike many other clinics that perform hair restoration procedures, we are not trying to “sell” our services. That means starting with myself, who performs each and every consultation without the assistance of a “patient advisor”, “counselor” or “sales person”, my job is to educate the prospective patient, answer their questions, and give them realistic expectations as to what they can look forward to if they decide to undergo the procedure. In no way and at no time will I or anyone in my practice pressure the prospective patient into moving forward with the procedure if they are not comfortable with it. I would prefer that a patient not move forward if they are not completely comfortable with all the aspects that it entails. Again, I can educate, help to alleviate irrational fears, and provide moral support throughout the process. I can also attest to the fact that almost every single patient of mine tells me a year after their procedure that their only regret is not having the procedure performed sooner and enjoying the results for longer. But at the end of the day, the prospective patient needs to be psychologically ready to move forward.
The video below is of a patient of mine who considered canceling his procedure on the day of his procedure, and he describes the day in detail and his subsequent decision to undergo the procedure.
I hope you enjoy watching.
All the best,
Marc Dauer, M.D.