Surgical hair restoration is a popular method requested by hair loss victims in Australia. In fact the estimated market is worth more than 1.7 billion Australian dollars.
How to prepare for a hair transplant surgery?
1. Do your research
Read up before going to any doctor, this allows you to be prepared to ask the right questions. This step can also help you narrow down the possible surgeons to go to.
2. Find your surgeon
Anyone can perform surgery but you should ask if someone claiming to provide a hair transplant service really is certified to do so.
3. Surgeon evaluates and prescribes blood workup
A surgeon would ask for information about your family history, medical history, medications, lifestyle and other related questions that will help point to the cause of your hair loss.
A blood workup will allow the surgeon to check for underlying pathologic conditions such as thyroid diseases that could be causing the hair loss.
4. Surgeon discusses the approach
There are two techniques that can be used for hair transplant surgery, FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).
FUT is also known as the “strip method” since a long incision is required to remove the strip of donor hair at the back of the scalp. This can create a longitudinal scar after the procedure, which is a drawback for men who like short hairstyles.
FUE is a less invasive procedure because it does not need any incisions which are preferable for those who are scar formers and those who like to wear their hair short. A punch-like tool used in this technique directly removes the hair grafts from the scalp.
5. Schedule the surgery
It is best to give yourself the rest that you need after surgery. Overstressing can cause poor healing which could ultimately lead to a bad turnout. Therefore arrange your schedule ahead of time and give yourself ample time to recuperate.
6. Prepare your budget
Hair surgery is not covered by insurance, although there are few insurance companies that do. That is why you have to prepare for the expensed because this is an expensive procedure.
7. Prepare your body for surgery
To prepare your body for surgery make sure that you avoid blood thinning foods, beverages and medications. This can lead to bleeding tendencies which can result to poor wound healing. The same goes for smoking. Eating healthy and adequate hydration is also very important to promote faster healing.
The Surgical Process
The right preparation can help you anticipate what will be done on you. This can help appease stress and allow you to be more ready for this invasive procedure.
1. Pre-operative preparation
• Vital signs and BP taking
• An assistant will ensure that you have followed pre-operative instructions given by the doctor during consultation.
• The surgeon will give you a roundup of what was previously planned, you will also be asked to sign a consent form at this time.
• Administration of anesthesia.
• The surgeon first works on the donor area, which is at the back of the head, using either an FUT or FUE method.
• You will lie face down on a comfortable and specialized chair similar to one where you get your back massages done.
• For FUT an assistant would remove the hair grafts from the strip of scalp using a high-powered microscope.
• The surgeon closes the incision, and then once the hair grafts are ready, he starts the implantation method.
• The area will be cleansed.
• The surgeon will monitor you for a couple of minutes before you will be cleared to go home.
• You will be given post-operative instruction, or this would already be reinforced by now. Your antibiotic treatment would also be started along with an analgesic to help relieve pain.
• The surgeon will ask you to come back for a return check-up a week after surgery.
• Staples or sutures on the donor site would also be removed at this time.
• Surgeon will then schedule the monthly check-ups that would follow thereafter.
Hair transplant surgery could make you a whole new person, both physically and emotionally. Thus it is important that you consult a surgeon who is expert on such field. Dr. Andrew Kim of Australian Institute of Hair Restoration is a certified cosmetic practitioner who specializes in surgical hair restoration in Sydney and Melbourne.
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