Understanding Surgical Hair Restoration
What should I expect during my first meeting with a hair transplant surgeon?
During your first consultation, the doctor should examine your head
thoroughly and take a detailed medical history. The examination of your head
should include the use of an instrument called the hair densitometer, which
measures your hair density and allows your doctor to properly evaluate the
number of hairs in each of your naturally occurring follicular units and the
hair loss pattern you may have over time.
This instrument compares fine hair to thick ones, measuring the degree of
miniaturization of your hair strands caused by shrinking hair follicles, the
progressive diminishing of each hair's diameter and length. Your doctor should
put into writing your hair transplant design and an estimated timeline for any
procedures that may be necessary. The doctor should also explain the entire
hair transplant procedure, including any associated risks, and tell you what
you can expect in the months following the procedure.
Published on March 1, 2010