An important part of the consultation will be to make sure the patient understands that (1) results will be individual to the patient and cannot be compared to results in another person, and (2) the final result will reflect the patient’s wishes for outcome and the physician’s ability to deliver an optimal result.
An important-and for some prospective patients the most important-question regarding hair restoration surgery is: Will it be painful?
A graft is the tissue unit of one or more hair follicles that has been removed from a donor site on the scalp, to be inserted into an area of hair loss.
Smoking, Drinking, Medications and Herbal Products Can All Affect the Course of Your Hair Restoration Surgery
The connection between smoking, drinking, medications, herbal products and surgery is their potential to contribute to excessive bleeding during the operation, and bleeding or "oozing" after the operation.
Hair characteristics are important in establishing a unique identity for each individual person. Some of the characteristics noted are color, caliber and geometric property.
The perception of hair loss as a cosmetic "defect" influences the way in which both men and women may be assessed, but it is often a detriment to women more than to men. Bald men are viewed as a "Mr. Big" image but for women, thinning hair is an age-related cosmetic detriment.
Women with a family history of hair loss may be especially alert for any indications of thinning hair on their own scalps. If medical treatment to halt hair thinning is ineffective, the woman may turn to hair transplantation as a means of restoring hair in areas of hair loss.
Androgenetic alopecia-male- and female-pattern hair loss-is known to have a genetic basis. It is an inheritable condition, commonly described as "running in the family".
5-alpha reductase inhibitor is a drug that inhibits the action of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase that converts testosterone into DHT and is successful in lowering the level of DHT available to hair follicles.
Medical Boards, Medical Specialization and Medical Competence: Medicine's Self-Regulation in the Public Interest
Hair restoration surgery is a medical and surgical subspecialty that has matured to the point of needing a standards-setting mechanism for assuring the highest level of knowledge and skill in practitioners of hair restoration surgery.