Hair loss is a very personal struggle, and hair restoration is consequently a personal process that can sometimes take months or years. When you decide you want to explore your hair restoration options, you will want to visit a medical doctor, often a dermatologist, who is experienced in multiple hair restoration techniques.
Like any doctor, you want to be able to fully trust your hair doctor. However, because of the personal nature, cost, and time commitment of hair restoration, it is especially important that you feel completely comfortable and confident in the doctor you choose to treat your hair loss.
To help you in your decision process, we put together a list of factors you will want to be wary of when choosing your hair doctor. These "red flags" will alert you that you may want to consider a different doctor.
1. Your hair doctor isn't transparent
Your doctor's job is to educate you about all of your options. Your doctor should answer all of your questions directly and completely, without beating around the bush, and then they should give you options that solve your issue while complementing your goals and personality.
At the Hair Center at Helendale, Dr. Arthur makes recommendations to patients as if they were her family or friend. If your hair doctor will not explain their recommendations, chances are they not making honest, transparent recommendations.
2. They don't consider all factors for NeoGraft candidacy
To be able to safely receive a successful hair transplant, you must be a proper candidate for the procedure. A lot of factors go into your candidacy including:
- Amount of hair loss
- Type of hair loss
- Overall quality of your remaining hair
- Quality of your donor area
- Your goals and expectations
- Number of transplants you would need to meet your goals
- Your age
- Your budget
Neograft is a superior way hair transplantation. When a physician talks you out of it and into another procedure, why is that?
Be concerned if your doctor does not properly evaluate you against all of these criteria.
3. They prescribe a hair loss treatment before they learn your goals
A doctor should never prescribe a treatment or make recommendations for hair restoration treatment before they learn about your goals. This is because there is not a one-size-fits-all hair restoration technique, and a topical regimen accomplishes very different results than a full-blown transplant. Your doctor will need to know about your expectations, past treatments, budget, and personality before they are able to recommend the best treatment for you.
4. They don't consider your personality
If you are the kind of guy who will never consistently apply topical solutions, you don't want your doctor to prescribe a strict topical regimen because if you don't do it, it won't work. Your hair doctor should ask you questions about your personality and habits to learn what kind of treatment will match both your goals and your personality.
5. They're pushy about one hair restoration option
If your hair doctor recommends one option and one option only, this should make you uncomfortable. If they are pushy about one option, even if it is the right option for you, chances are, you'll feel like they care more about their bottom line than what is best for you.
The decision is ultimately yours, but go to a doctor that gives you multiple choices and talks about their experience with each one.
If you notice one or more of these red flags when choosing your hair doctor, you should be wary of that professional and keep looking. You should always feel like your doctor is there to help find the best plan for you because, at the end of the day, your hair restoration journey is all about you.