- Monday.February 25. 2019
A big portion of the public continues to be duped by the ‘pseudo science” surrounding hair loss treatments. It is no accident that complaints regarding hair products have grown considerably since 2016.
Ninety percent of money spent on hair restoration goes to large organisations run by salespeople who offer wigs and various shampoos and over the counter lotions. Unlike these companies, doctors have a limited advertising budget and have strict guidelines about how they can promote their treatments.
Rather than simply promoting a hair transplant, a best practice hair restoration specialist will strive to ensure a prospective patient is given comprehensive information about hair loss and treatment options, and whether or not a hair transplant is even possible.
“Consultation is the most important time that we spend with the patient so you’re looking at a hair for life plan,” says Dr Martinick.
Our doctors agree that it is also essential for hair loss patients who are considering surgery to know what questions to ask their treating physician.
These questions should be who trained you, do you work full time in this field, how long have you been practising, can I see examples of your work, what is the best way to harvest viable follicles with the least injury and what proven expertise do you have in relation to artistically placing the donor follicles.
Dr Sara says she wants her patients to fully understand all the issues because only then are they in a position to make an unbiased decision about their treatment. “No-one should proceed with surgery unless all questions and concerns have been answered satisfactorily,” says Dr Sara.
A patient should never feel that their questions are unwarranted. “If a person feels their questions aren’t being taken seriously or answered to their satisfaction then it is appropriate to question if the clinic will treat them with the compassion and care they deserve before, during and after the procedure”, Dr Aliaa says.
Dr Xin says that there are many things a responsible doctor should ask a prospective patient before agreeing to perform a hair transplant. “A doctor must ensure the patient is healthy enough to have what is non-essential surgery and that the patient has realistic expectations of the surgical outcome that can be met by the doctor,” she says.