Top Questions to Ask About Affordable Hair Transplant Surgery at Your Next Consultation

August 20, 2022

Interested in finding an affordable hair transplant, but want to ensure you get great results? At Best Hair Transplant we believe that our patients deserve to be empowered with adequate knowledge regarding hair restoration. The more information patients have about the nature of hair loss, the more equipped they are to make the best-informed decision. If you’ve been struggling with hair loss, perhaps you’ve wondered if affordable hair transplant surgery could be the best solution. Here are some questions to ask at your next consultation

How Long Has Your Affordable Hair Transplant Clinic Been in Business?

How long has the hair clinic been offering affordable hair transplant surgery? Do they have a long history of being in business? A well-established business is a good sign because it indicates that there is a long history of happy patients. It also indicates that the business model is sustainable. This is a sign that the business holds itself to the highest standards in its industry. We always suggest that you do preliminary research on your prospective hair clinic as well. Check out their google and yelp reviews. Research their lead surgeon. See if any malpractice lawsuits or an inordinate amount of poor reviews come up. That can save you the trouble of wasting your time at a substandard clinic.

What Kind of Background Does the Chief of Surgery Have?

Is the doctor performing your surgery an MD? How many years of experience do they have performing these surgeries? Can they tell you how many surgeries they have performed? What types of specialty training have they received that qualifies them to perform this surgery? Are they board certified and if so, by which board? These are all great questions to ask your doctor during your consultation. 

At Best Hair Transplant we’ve been in business for over 16 years, and are known for our amazing team. Our chief surgeon, Dr. Greg Powell MD is a master at complex wound closure and reconstructive surgery. He has been trained by some of the best plastic surgeons in the nation. Dr. Powell is passionate about restorative and regenerative medicine. His background in Emergency medicine gives him the knowledge base to perform transplants with the highest level of care. Our new patients are often referred to us by past clients who are thrilled with their results. 

What Types of Hair Transplant Surgery Does Your Clinic Offer?

If you’ve been researching hair restoration, you may be aware that there are different types of affordable hair transplant surgeries. There are two main types of hair transplant surgery: FUT and FUE. They differ in terms of the manner in which the follicular grafts are harvested for transplanting. FUT is performed by making a small incision to remove a thin, horizontal strip of the scalp. From here the surgical team extracts the donor follicles and prepares them for transplanting. FUE is a more time-consuming surgery. The surgeon first shaves the hair at the donor site. Then the surgeon removes the follicular grafts individually, by using a micro punch tool. The surgical team then goes through the harvested grafts and sorts them according to the best quality. Then the team prepares the grafts to be transplanted into the recipient area.

Both surgeries have similar success rates when performed correctly. They are both inpatient procedures performed under local anesthesia. FUE tends to be less uncomfortable than FUT when it comes to recovery. FUT is ideal for patients that do not wish to lose any hair length due to shaving the donor area. Some clinics prefer one technique over the other, and some employ both. At Best Hair Transplant, we offer both types of affordable hair transplant surgeries. They each have great advantages and allow us to better serve the diverse needs of our clients. 

Some hair clinics may offer other non-surgical treatment options as well such as Low-Level Laser therapy (LLLT). For example, at Best Hair transplant we offer take-home LLLT laser caps like the top-of-the-line Capillus 312RX. This is the most powerful laser cap available for noninvasive hair restoration therapy.  Some clinics may also offer other services, like micro pigmentation. This is a type of cosmetic tattoo technique that fills in the hairline. Or they may offer medications such as finasteride or minoxidil. These can be a good option if you are not yet ready to commit to hair transplant surgery.

Can Your Affordable Hair Transplant Surgery Clinic Provide You With Past Patient Referrals?

During your consultation, it is standard practice for the surgeon to show you before and after photos of past patients. They should be proud of their work and more than willing to show as many photos as they have available. They should also be happy to show you patient testimonials or refer you to past patients. If a clinic isn’t willing to show proof of its ability to perform these surgeries successfully, that suggests the clinic has something to hide. 

How Do I Need to Prepare for Hair Transplant Surgery?

Your doctor will have specific instructions for you to prepare for your affordable hair transplant surgery. They may instruct you to massage your scalp to help it become laxer in the month leading up to surgery. Your doctor will also instruct you to refrain from smoking for at least 24 hours prior to surgery. You will not be advised not to have alcohol for three days before your surgery as well. You also shouldn’t get a haircut right before your surgery. During your consultation, ask your doctor what the preparatory period before surgery is like. 

Will The Results Of My Affordable Hair Transplant Be Permanent?

Yes. So long as you’ve had surgery performed by a qualified professional, FUT and FUE have been shown to last a lifetime. It’s still vital to the success of your hair restoration that you follow your doctor’s aftercare instructions to the letter. It is also helpful to determine the cause of your hair loss prior to surgery. This can be done through your regular doctor who can order blood tests.

If your hair loss is related to hormone imbalances, heavy metal exposure, or nutritional deficiency, you will need to address these root causes to avoid losing your hair in the future. Overall, if you are taking good care of your hair and scalp, you can plan for your transplant to last. During your consultation, the doctor will be able to help you to encourage your new hair to flourish. 

What Does The Recovery Look Like After Hair Transplant Surgery?

Your doctor should be able to describe the recovery process to you in detail. They can also share the comfort measures they employ as their patients recover. The recovery period after FUT is a little more intensive than it is with FUE because of the sutures. The most common symptoms that patients experience during the healing stage are discomfort, swelling, redness, and itching. Your doctor may advise that you sleep with your head elevated in the initial days following surgery to reduce swelling.

You will also need to refrain from shampooing your hair and swimming. Refrain from smoking, and partaking in vigorous exercise to avoid damaging your scalp. Avoid direct sunlight so your scalp isn’t harmed by UV exposure. You won’t be able to wear hats, helmets, or hairpieces either. So if you have major social or professional events coming up you may want to keep those dates in mind before scheduling your transplant. Refrain from getting hair cuts initially, particularly those that involve buzz cutters. 

How Long After My Affordable Hair Transplant Surgery Until I See Results?

For most patients, it takes about a year for the donor hairs to grow out. After the initial healing stage you will experience a phenomenon known as shock loss. This is where all the new donor hairs are shed. This usually occurs within the first month or so after surgery. But don’t panic. This is completely normal. In fact, it’s actually a good sign. It means that the follicles are getting ready to produce new growth.

Some patients choose to incorporate low-level laser therapy (LLLT) into their routine after they’ve recovered and been cleared by their doctor. This can encourage the new hair to grow, as well as improve hair density. It can reduce the appearance of grey hairs too. Growing out one’s hair requires a lot of patience. But within a year’s time, you will be blown away by your new, natural hair. During your consultation, your doctor will be able to show you some photo examples of what a typical year of post-surgery hair growth looks like.

How Does A Surgeon Decide Which Type of Hair Transplant Surgery Is Right For Me?

Your doctor will want to factor in your previous health history. They’ll want to know whether you’ve had any preliminary labs done to determine the cause of your hair loss. Furthermore, your doctor will want to examine your scalp. This is to determine the extent of your hair loss, and whether there are adequate donor grafts to harvest. Your doctor will also discuss your expectations to make sure they are realistic and attainable in terms of results. Both FUE and FUT are very effective surgeries. Factors that may influence a patient’s decision include their preferred hairstyle. If they like to wear their hair long, they may prefer FUT, as it does not require the patient to shave their head. 

Do You Use Robotics to Perform Procedures?

No. At Best Hair Transplant, we feel that human hands are best suited to perform this delicate surgery. It is very easy to damage follicular grafts. It takes meticulous attention to detail and very precise motions of the hand to perform hair transplants. We believe that surgery performed by humans is still the best option to achieve the most desired results. A skilled hair transplant doctor is able to be more responsive to any situations that arise in real-time. Plus, their personal touch will make your transplant appear more natural. Save the algorithms for non-surgical applications. 

Do You Price Your Affordable Hair Transplant Surgery By the Follicular Unit or By The Follicle? 

At Best Hair Transplant we price our FUT procedures at a flat rate of 2,500-3,000 grafts for $10,000. For or 1,500-2,500 grafts the price is $8,750. That’s an average of just around $3.50 per graft! Our FUE procedures are priced at only $5 per graft. We offer discounts for cash payments too. Ask about our Free Add-on at your complimentary consultation. 

As you can see it is helpful to come prepared with questions prior to your affordable hair transplant surgery consultation. The more of an understanding that patients have about how to recognize a quality clinic, the better. This knowledge will help you with planning to ensure that you are properly prepared and have adequate time to recover. To learn more about our services and to expand on these questions in greater detail, book your complimentary consultation today.

Affordable Los Angeles Hair Transplants

Best Hair Transplant is the best place to schedule your hair transplant in Los Angeles. We’ve helped both men and women regrow their lost hair. But don’t take our word for it. We suggest learning as much as possible about hair restoration. Do so prior to making a decision on how to address your hair loss. Not every procedure is right for everyone.

At Best Hair Transplant, we’re proud of our results and happy to provide hair restoration services. Additionally, we’re proud to make hair transplants affordable and help you save money on a variety of hair transplants. To ensure your ease of mind, you can view our customer recommendations HERE. Furthermore, you can also see our Google reviews and Yelp reviews. We can’t wait to help you start restoring your lost hair.

Best Hair Transplant
1970 S. Prospect Ave., Suite 2
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(213) 403-0455

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