What to Look For and Ask About
For people who are going bald, modern developments in hair restoration mean that they can finally regain the appearance of their youth. Choosing to have a hair transplant means that men or women facing pattern baldness or thinning of their hair can go from being frustrated about patches of their scalp showing through to having full thick hair that radiates youth and health. For patients interested in taking control of their hair loss, their next task is to select the best plastic surgeon for their particular situation.
Wouldn’t you rather work with a medical professional who knows firsthand what is involved in hair restoration? You will be glad to learn that Dr. Pramit Malhotra himself is a hair transplant patient, so he intimately understands typical patient concerns, the desire to know how to conceal your procedure while you are healing, and the need for tips to minimize swelling and discomfort.
Plastic Surgery is a Blend of Science and Art
Selecting a plastic surgeon for hair restoration is not a process to be taken lightly. You will be changing your appearance, and it’s important to work with a plastic surgeon who is well acquainted with hairline design and has an artistic touch to produce a result that looks so natural, not even other hair transplant surgeons can tell you have had a procedure. At Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery, our hair restoration goal is simple: If you still have some existing hair on your head, the transplanted hair will not be distinguishable from the hair already in place. A hairline must be created to suit your face and look natural not only now, but as you age. The key skill that differentiates average surgeons from excellent surgeons is how the hairline is designed.
Look for a Surgeon with Experience and an Excellent Track Record
As is the case with any medical procedure, it pays to do comparisons before you commit to working with a physician for your hair restoration.
As you choose a provider, you really are choosing a team of individuals to help you meet your hair restoration goals. Each person has a specific and important role to make sure every step is followed to maximize your comfort and results. The patient care coordinator will serve as your main contact in the practice to answer your questions, calm your nerves, and make the process effortless. The surgeon will provide expertise and artistry for the procedure. The hair transplant technicians will make sure the grafts are harvested and placed without trauma so that they will grow into beautiful, thick hair.
It is important that you find out in what field the physician you are considering did a “residency” or training. Many physicians in hair restoration are not plastic surgeons. If a person is not a plastic surgeon, but is very experienced in hair restoration, we recommend you have an in-person consultation to confirm that you feel comfortable the office is professionally and safely run before proceeding.
In the end, choose a surgeon who is known in the hair restoration industry for knowledge, expertise, and a devotion to helping patients achieve their best appearance.
Personal Experience with FUT Strip Hair Transplant Surgery
Dr. Pramit Malhotra is a hair transplant patient himself as well as a hair doctor. Faced with early balding in his 20s, he was determined to restore his hairline. He had tried all medical and folk remedies available, including Rogaine™, folic acid, and even topical mustard oil! He understands how important a full head of hair is to men and women, and has a personal passion for helping patients seeking hair restoration.
Dr. Malhotra underwent the old strip surgery before FUE became available, but now feels that FUE is the best procedure for the majority of hair restoration patients. He feels that hair transplant surgery is one of the safest, lowest complication, and highest patient satisfaction surgery procedures in cosmetic surgery (if not the safest).