For men and women concerned with hair loss, hair restoration surgery offers an appealing alternative to going bald. Hair transplantation is, in fact, the only hair loss treatment able to permanently restore hair to bald or thinning areas. It’s also a fairly easy treatment to undergo with little downtime involved. More complicated, however, can be the search for a qualified and experienced hair restoration surgeon.
Hair transplant surgery is unique in many ways. Achieving truly beautiful, natural results requires not only skill but an artistic eye as well. It’s also something of a team effort, in which your surgeon will be joined by a team of technicians who works under the surgeon’s supervision and guidance. This team approach allows patients to undergo single session treatments where thousands of grafts are transplanted, but it also means that patients need to research prospective surgeons and enquire about their technicians.
Photos Say It All
In hair restoration, as in life, a picture is worth a thousand words. A surgeon’s before and after photos offer one of the best ways to preview potential results. Any prospective surgeons that you’re interested in should have a minimum of ten sets of before and after pictures, preferably more. You can view these on a doctor’s website or in-person during consultation. The photos should be taken from the same angles, with the same lighting and background.
When viewing before and after photos, pay particular attention to the hairline and whether or not the direction in which grafts have been transplanted appears natural. Also look closely at the crown and at donor area scars, which will be located on the back or sides of the scalp.
Putting a Voice to the Photos
Speaking to a surgeon’s past patients can be particularly helpful, and many satisfied patients are more than happy to do this for their surgeon. In talking with patients, you will be able to hear about their results as well as their experience with the surgeon and the process. A surgeon should be able to provide you with the names and numbers of at least five patients whom you can talk to, and you may want to ask in particular for patients with similar characteristics as your own, such as similar hair color, skin color and degree of hair loss. Online reviews can offer another glimpse at patients’ experiences with a prospective surgeon.
Putting a Face to Your Surgeon
Oftentimes, the choice of hair transplant surgeon comes down to the consultation. You may uncover a surgeon with truly impressive results, but if you don’t “click” during the consultation you may not be comfortable moving forward. During the consultation, you will want to discuss the surgeon’s qualifications and expertise. The doctor should be board certified and they should be up to date on the most modern techniques available in hair restoration, like follicular unit extraction (FUE).
Your comfort level with the surgeon is also important. It’s important that you feel the surgeon spends sufficient time with you during the consultation, listening to you and your individual concerns, and carefully explaining the procedure and expected outcomes. If you don’t feel comfortable, visit another surgeon or several more for consultations until you find the surgeon who is right for you.
For the best in hair restoration in Virginia, contact the Choe Center for Hair Restoration at (757) 389-5850. Dr. Kyle S. Choe is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, including hair restoration surgery. The Choe Center is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.