Dealing with hair loss used to be just another facet of life, but now things have changed. Surgical hair restoration has become a real viable option for hair loss sufferers all over the world. The overall cost of a hair transplant has gone down as well, making it affordable for regular people. In this article, we will be going over three things that you should know before having surgery.
#1 Hair Restoration Does Not Cure Hair Loss
Unfortunately, a lot of people seek hair transplant surgery as an end-all-be-all solution to their hair loss. While hair transplantation is a permanent solution to hair loss, it does not stop the progression of androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). Therefore, it is essential to treat hair loss with medications such as Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil). Microneedling is a useful adjunct to medication therapy.
#2 There is No Scarless Procedure
There has been a lot of misinformation being put out online regarding scarring after surgery. There is a common misconception that Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) is a scarless procedure. There is no scarless procedure. FUE scars are small circular scars that are difficult to detect. However, a trained eye can identify the scars if the hair is cut too short. Patients who undergo Follicular Strip Surgery (FUSS) will have a linear scar from ear to ear, this scar is a lot easier to detect, but both procedures create injuries that turn in to scars.
#3 Not All Surgeons Are Equal
There is an alarming trend happening online, where patients shop for surgeons like they are shopping for discount mattresses. Surgical hair restoration is a minimally invasive procedure, but it is still surgery. Electing to undergo a hair transplant procedure is a serious decision and should not be taken lightly.
Selecting a surgeon based on cost and location is a dangerous proposition. The skill, talent, and experience of surgeons vary widely, as do their results. It is crucial to select a surgeon who has a strong reputation built on real patient results and reviews. Social media has revolutionized how we live our lives, but there is a lot of smoke and mirrors on social media regarding hair restoration. Followers and likes do not equal skill and experience.
Hair transplant surgery is a serious decision. The results will go with you wherever you go and will last forever. An unfortunate result can make a bad situation worse. That is why choosing a competent and qualified hair transplant surgeon is so important. The best place to research skilled surgeons is on hair loss forums such as the hair restoration network. These forums were created so patients could share their experience and results with one another. The results posted on forums are non-biased, raw and unfiltered.
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