It is absolutely accurate to say that hair transplant procedures have become more sophisticated over the years and hair transplant doctors in New York, Abu Dhabi, Connecticut, Chicago, Dubai, and Manila are certainly able to utilize the advanced tools that are available to them to construct a natural-looking hairline that dramatically improves the patient’s appearance. It is essential that all prospective patients understand that there are limitations concerning what can be reasonably achieved through a hair transplant procedure, and these limitations will differ from patient to patient. During the initial consultation, the doctor should take great care to outline realistic expectations for the patient based on his or her unique characteristics.
There is a wide range of considerations the patient will have to take into account when setting appropriate expectations regarding the outcome a hair transplant procedure can deliver. Patients with extensive hair loss, for example, may not have adequate donor hair available to achieve complete coverage of the areas affected by thinning hair or hair loss. For patients experiencing rapid hair loss, it may not be appropriate to undergo the procedure until the hair loss has stabilized in a manner that allows the doctor to understand the best approach for crafting a natural-looking hairline and adequately covering the areas affected by hair loss or thinning hair.
When setting expectations, there are several issues that will play a major role in determining what can be reasonably achieved with a hair transplant. These issues include, but are certainly not limited to, each of the following:
- Extent of the hair loss or thinning hair
- Availability of transplantable hair in the donor site
- Stability of the patient’s hair loss
- Type of procedure selected and the number of sessions desired
With this information, it becomes much easier for the patient to set realistic expectations regarding the hair transplantation process. It also makes it much more likely that the patient will be satisfied with the outcome, particularly when the doctor and patient make a point to thoroughly discuss what is possible through a hair transplant procedure.
Patients who enter the hair transplant process with a keen understanding of what can reasonably be expected are much more likely to be satisfied with the final outcome yielded by the procedure. It is realistic to expect that a hair transplant will greatly improve the patient’s overall appearance and will obviously provide the patient with an improved hairline along with enhanced volume. It is also realistic to expect the doctor to take the time to outline how each individual patient’s hair loss or hair thinning will affect the outcome made possible through a hair transplant procedure.
A patient with a slightly receding hairline but relatively minimal hair loss can realistically expect a hair transplant to restore some of the volume that has been lost and to improve the position of the hairline. On the other hand, a patient with considerably more extensive hair loss will have to orient their expectations differently than the patient in the previous example. The most appropriate expectations have to be set according to the characteristics of each individual patient, as each patient’s range of possible outcomes varies according to the patient’s unique situation and circumstances.
Of course, it is completely realistic to expect the hair transplant to appear natural in a way that blends seamlessly into the patient’s original hairline. It is also realistic to expect the hair transplant surgeon to utilize the latest technology and to be able offer the most advanced hair transplant procedures in order to ensure the patient receives the best possible outcome after undergoing the procedure. Some of the patient’s expectations will also depend on whether they wish to undergo multiple sessions of the transplant process or if they have specific preferences regarding the type of procedure they wish to utilize. In any case, discussing the hair transplant process with an experienced and skilled hair transplant doctor is still the best way for any patient to outline realistic expectations specific to their hair loss or hair thinning.
Patients who walk away displeased with their hair transplant likely entered the process with unrealistic expectations regarding what is possible and what is not. Each patient is entirely unique in terms of their hair loss, and a hair transplant doctor in our surgeries like Manila and New York, will be able to determine what can be realistically achieved based on the patient’s unique hair loss characteristics. The extent of the hair loss, the rate at which hair is falling out and the availability of transplantable hair in the donor site all contribute to determining what a hair transplant can reasonably achieve for the individual patient, but there are some expectations that are essentially unrealistic on a universal basis.
A patient who is seeking a hair transplant should not expect the complete restoration of the hairline they once possessed as a teenager. Not only would this require multiple transplant sessions and more transplant units than can reasonably be harvested from the donor site, but the outcome would look unnatural since it is expected for adults to experience at least some level of recession in their hairline. Patients who enter the hair transplant process expecting a result such as this should adjust their expectations according to what is reasonable and what is not.
Patients considering a hair transplant should also understand that the density of follicles once present in any area affected by hair loss or hair thinning will not be completely restored to its previous density. The number of follicles needed to provide adequate coverage to an area affected by hair loss is typically around 25 percent of the original follicle density. There are several reasons why doctors transplant hair at a rate of 25 percent of the original volume, including the fact that this is the most efficient way to maximize the coverage made possible through the limited number of follicles harvested from the donor site as well as the limited number of follicles that can be transplanted during the course of a single hair transplant session.
Number of sessions required for a hair transplant
Many patients are absolutely content with the results achieved through a single hair transplant session, but others with more extensive hair loss and those seeking greater volume may wish to undergo multiple sessions of the hair transplant procedure to achieve the outcome they desire. The number of sessions required to achieve a certain level of coverage will also be predicated upon the type of procedure the patient selects, which will also influence the timeline in which the patient is able to realize the full results of the transplant process.
This is because the FUT procedure, also known as the Strip Technique, allows a greater number of follicles to be transplanted during a single session but also requires a longer recovery period between each session. The FUE procedure, on the other hand, yields fewer follicles per session but allows the patient to undergo multiple sessions on subsequent days. Each patient will have to determine the procedure that is most likely to deliver the results they are seeking according to the timeline in which they hope to achieve these results.
Patients seeking a thick, full head of hair will likely require multiple hair transplant sessions, assuming the patient has adequate donor tissue available to achieve a thick and full head of hair. This may be achieved through one or two sessions, but the number of sessions required will obviously differ based on the extent of the patient’s hair loss and the results they are hoping to achieve. In order to gain a full understanding of precisely how many sessions will be required to achieve a certain outcome, a patient should speak with a hair transplant surgeon in Chicago, New York, Connecticut, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Manila so the doctor can review the areas in need of coverage and the availability of adequate donor tissue before estimating how many sessions will be necessary to create the hairline the patient is seeking.