Pointers when Seeking Hair Loss Treatment and Advice
Pointers When Seeking Hair Loss Treatment and Advice
Over the years, there has been much controversy about the hair loss treatment industry and hair restoration procedures.
In the majority of cases, “Hair Loss Consultants” commonly used high-pressured sales in a desperate attempt to persuade prospective clients to come in for a “consultation,” where they met with a non-medical (sales) representative who tries to sell a surgical procedure or hair system (wig).
It should be known that many of these representatives or “consultants” are financially motivated to sell surgical and medical hair loss treatments in order to achieve sales targets and obtain sales commissions on top of their retainer salary.
People seeking hair loss advice should be very wary and understand that this is type of consultation is actually a “sales consultation”, it is NOT a “medical consultation”.
At Newin Institute we offer genuine medical and surgical consultations directly with the doctor, and our highly educated patient liaison staff do not receive commissions.
Our no sales commission policy assures that you, the patient, are receiving unbiased hair loss advice and treatment recommendations based on your personal needs and circumstances.
Recommendations for the Individual Seeking Hair Loss Treatment and Advice
Be cautious of anyone who tries to entice you with a special discount or offer when you sign a contract and/or make a deposit that day – ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NOT MET WITH THE DOCTOR OR TRAINED MEDICAL HAIR SPECIALIST.
This is not how reputable hair restoration surgeons practise.
If you encounter this type of “hard-sell” tactic when you go in for a medical consultation, you should leave and seek the services of another doctor, even if you have to travel to see a good one.
Doctor-Patient Relationship When Seeking Hair Loss Treatment and Advice
The consultation with your Hair Restoration doctor should not be just a meet and greet with a smile and a handshake. It should allow the doctor and hair loss patient to get acquainted on several levels.
The first meeting allows the doctor to carefully assess the prospective patient regarding their physical hair loss, their areas of greatest concern, what hair loss treatments may have already been tried, how the hair loss impacts the individual on an emotional level, amongst other factors.
While talking with the hair restoration patient, the doctor is also studying such characteristics as personality, facial features and aspects of the existing hairline—what features need to be accentuated and what should be minimised.
At this stage, the doctor is already planning how he or she will place different groupings of hairs in different patterns to best fit that individual. Taking time for these details enhances the doctor’s ability to formulate a superior surgical plan and hairline design for the future Hair Transplant patient (in those that are suitable for surgery).
From a patient’s perspective, the consultation is your time to learn as much as you can about the doctor, the practice and your hair restoration and the hair loss treatment you are most suitable for.
Determine the Objectives and Discuss Expectations when Seeking Hair Loss Treatment and Advice
The medical hair loss consultation is beneficial for both the patient and the doctor.
You must work together to determine what your personal hair restoration objectives are, how well they can be achieved (if at all), review various medical and surgical hair loss treatment solutions that you may be suitable for, and obtain a clear understanding of what you can realistically expect as a final result.
During your first visit, you MUST find out the doctor’s professional assessment of your condition.
Make sure you get an accurate determination of:
- What your Norwood or Ludwig scales of male/female pattern baldness is;
- What you can realistically achieve in terms of hair density from the recommended hair loss treatment;
- The doctor’s detailed hair loss treatment plan; and
- Fee for the services – ensure you know of any hidden fees, such as theatre costs, etc.
***At Newin Institute, our Hair Transplant price includes the cost of theatre, the doctor’s fee, and cost of medications used on the day of hair transplant surgery.
At your first consultation with the Hair Transplant Surgeon, the discussion must also set appropriate expectations in terms of the actual numbers of sessions and grafts required to achieve your hair restoration objectives.
Depending on the type of hair transplant surgery you choose and the skills of the surgeon and his team, you may find out that you need more sessions than you had anticipated.
For example, the doctor and his team may only be capable of small surgeries, therefore requiring more sessions; or your donor area may be insufficient and this will limit the doctor’s ability to achieve the desired density.
Additional Considerations when Seeking Hair Loss Treatment and Advice
Here is a good list of questions to ask your doctor/consultant when seeking advice about any type of hair loss treatment:
- Are you a qualified doctor?
Do not receive hair loss treatment advice from someone who is not a doctor. Particularly if you are considering, medication, PRP hair loss treatment injections, or Hair transplant surgery.
- Please tell me about your medical training and background – Do you have the ABHRS qualification?
- How did you get interested in the field of hair restoration?
- How long have you been performing surgical hair restoration surgery?
- How many surgical procedures do you perform in a day?
Regarding a minimum or maximum number of procedures, many factors determine how many surgeries a doctor can perform in the course of a day.
A number between one and three is probably reasonable.
- Do you offer a Multi-Therapy approach to your patients?
At Newin Institute we also offer non-surgical hair loss treatments, such as medication, PRP, and Stem Cell Therapy.
- Do you use Follicular Unit Grafting (Donor Strip Excision), Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Combined FUG/FUE surgical techniques?
At Newin Institute we offer both types of surgical method for Hair Transplant in our Melbourne Clinic. We are also able to combine FUE and FUG to maximise the number of grafts we implant. This maximises your hair density results and minimises the number of sessions you require.
- How much of your practice is dedicated to medical and surgical hair restoration?
At Newin Institute, Dr Bosnich and his team are dedicated full-time to Hair Transplant Surgery and Hair Loss treatments like PRP and Stem Cell Therapy for Hair Regrowth.
Hair Transplant Surgery is a fine art that requires exceptional hand-eye coordination. Some doctors “dabble” in Hair Transplant Surgery so they may not be regularly practicing their skills.
- What training and experience does each member of your medical and surgical team possess?
- How often do you and your staff go for continuing education related to medical and surgical hair restoration?
- Are you an active member of any professional hair restoration organizations? Which ones?
The ABHRS is the highest recognition awarded for Hair Restoration in the world. ISHRS membership does not require a surgeon to prove their surgical skills or their commitment to on-going education. ISHRS members only need to have an “interest” in hair loss so they are not necessarily practicing hair transplant surgery on a regular basis (if at all).
- Please give me the names and contact information of patients I can call as references.
- Please show me your patients’ Before and After Photos.
Guidelines for Evaluating Before and After Photos of Hair Loss Treatment Patients
- For each photo, ask the name of the surgeon who performed the surgical procedure on the patient.
- Can you see the patient’s frontal hairline in each photo?
The most detectable part of a hair transplant is the first inch. You need to see the hairline in order to determine if the doctor used follicular unit grafts.
- Study the hairlines.
Do the hairlines curve around near the temples? Are hairlines straight across or staggered? Do the hairlines look natural and random?
- Ask yourself, “Does the patient’s hairline look right?”
You don’t need to be an expert. You can certainly judge whether or not a hairline looks natural to you.
- Clinical Before and After photos should not be retouched.
- Not all hairlines should be created equal. You need to see that the doctor can produce a variety of hairlines that are appropriate to the age, hair characteristics and facial structure of each individual.
Dr Rhett Bosnich and his team have recreated hairline shapes for men and hairline shapes for women (including hair line lowering, scar revision, with and with natural irregularities such as widow’s peak.
- Be sure you see photos taken from different angles.
The photos provided should enable you to evaluate coverage, density and appearance from multiple angles.
- What type of surgical method was used? FUE, FUG or both?
- How many grafts did the patient receive? How many sessions we performed and why?
Some patients prefer smaller sessions of FUE so there is less downtime and they can return to work quicker.
- Was any adjunct therapy used?
(e.g. medication, laser/phototherapy, platelet rich plasma hair loss treatment injections)
- Was the patient on Propecia?
- Did the patient use Minoxidil?
- How many months after the procedure were the photos taken?
Many practitioners bring their unique medical background, philosophy and preferred approach to their work and hair restoration practice. However, it is important to ensure your doctor is:
- highly trained and qualified (ABHRS is essential – not just ISHRS membership)
and that he or she is:
- young, fit, healthy and physically capable.
Why? Because hand dexterity and eyesight deteriorate with age and can affect the quality of your hair transplant results.