What Is A Hair Transplant Consultation?
Written by Hair Transplant Surgeon Ali Emre Karadeniz
Publish Date: 12.02.2019
A hair transplant consultation is the communication between the candidate patient and the doctor including the physical examination for hair loss, the diagnosis of the problem, the discussion on treatment options, pros and cons, and the education of the patient regarding the problem and the possible treatments. And finally, setting the patient’s expectations regarding those treatment options.
A hair transplant consultation is the communication between the candidate patient and the doctor including the physical examination for hair loss, the diagnosis of the problem, the discussion on treatment options, pros and cons, and the education of the patient regarding the problem and the possible treatments. And finally, setting the patient's expectations regarding those treatment options.
In case of an international clinic the consultation may be an online consultation using emails, text messages or phone calls. The evaluation of the patient's hair loss may be done over evaluating photographs or videos.
A hair transplant consultation is not a sales talk. It cannot be done by a consultant or a salesperson. It cannot be based on a motivation of selling a treatment that actually may not be beneficial to the patient.
Poor surgical candidates should not be offered surgery. Alternative treatments such as PRP, mesotherapy, lasers, vitamins or supplements should not be offered as the main treatment. Real treatments such as finasteride or minoxidil should be mentioned in the consultation and the recommendation of these medications should not be censored with the fear that the patient is not going to like this recommendation or with the motivation of trying to sell a more "profitable" treatment.
Long-term planning should always be made and the patient should not be pushed into a surgical procedure which is just aimed at saving the day and making the quickest possible profit. Long-term planning is essential and the patient's long-term best benefits should always be considered.
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Written By Dr. Ali Emre Karadeniz, MD, PhD
Ali Emre Karadeniz, MD (Dr. K) is the only American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery Certified Turkish plastic surgeon. He has performed over 2000 hair operations. He is an active member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). Her performs hair restoration surgery at AEK Hair Clinic in Istanbul, Turkey.