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Hairforlife’s Information Leaflet on Hair Transplant Surgery

Very likely, you will already have read about all the medically-relevant details concerning hair transplant surgery in the Internet. And probably you will also be familiar with the complications and risks associated with hair restoration procedures. I would now like to draw your attention to further important aspects of such treatment and also highlight issues that can potentially cause anxiety or otherwise adversely affect an individual seeking hair restoration services. Some of you have probably already taken part in one or more consultation sessions. Perhaps you have even personally experienced the tension and anxiety that can take hold once you transition from a mere desire to have a hair transplant to making a concrete plan. During the course of the upcoming months, you may face stresses and strains that will affect not only you but your entire family. In the following section, Hairforlife will focus on this time and also point out to you just how critical your own attitude is toward making the hair transplantation a success.

As not everyone chooses to use the Internet as a primary source of information, the “Hairforlife information leaflet on hair transplant surgery” is directed especially to those who are not yet privy to all matters concerning the planned procedure. Please take the time to let Hairforlife bring you up-to-date on all aspects that could negatively impact your planned hair transplant. During the course of my long and extensive career in consulting, it has become all too evident that there is still a great need for additional information and advice on this topic.

Over-the-counter and prescription medicines alike always come with an information leaflet to provide you with all necessary instructions and data concerning the drug. Taking inspiration from this practice, I would also like to make available such an „Information leaflet on hair transplant surgery“. Indeed, you need comprehensive information to optimally assist you in making preparations.

Hairforlife’s Information Leaflet on Hair Transplant Surgery

Hairforlife offers “help for self-help” and equips you with the facts and advice needed to properly position yourself for the hair transplantation; it puts at your disposal the wherewithal to enable successful communication and inter-personal collaboration with the professionals who will carry out the procedure.

Take advantage of serious, comprehensive consultation services

Those who conduct research in the Internet in preparation for hair restoration treatment undoubtedly benefit from the great diversity this new medium has to offer. But the information found in the Internet can also rattle and confuse you owing to the different – even contrasting -opinions and approaches found there. For this reason, Hairforlife encourages you to consult one (or more) professionally-trained, serious consultants even if you already have specific ideas with regard to the planned hair transplant. Indeed, only an experienced consultant or hair restoration expert can give you a customized expert opinion for your particular situation. Whether to go to a consultant specialized in hair transplant surgery or directly to a renowned clinic, getting well-qualified assistance will give you clarity and help put your concrete plan on a sound footing that is based on facts. Time and again, interested parties ask why they can’t just go to the hair transplant practitioner that charges the least. They too provide information and also go a bit easier on your budget. The websites of cheap hair transplant surgeries put on display a wide range of excellent patient results leading one to think that one’s own result would be just as good following the period of new hair growth. At this junction, I want to caution you to be very, very careful! For advertising purposes, every commercial undertaking (even in the medical field) will do its utmost to present itself and its services in the best possible light.

It’s not at all possible, however, to deduce the quality of the work offered from these glossy pictures alone. Only when a hair transplant surgeon can show evidence of long years of successful results can one assume that these website images are in fact authentic.

While a hair transplant is a medical intervention, it differs radically from, for example, a routine operation at your local hospital! While the quality standard with regard to medical expertise and skill may be fairly similar, physicians who carry out cosmetic procedures additionally require a lot of know-how with regard to aesthetics. Furthermore, they must also display a special ability to envision a successful aesthetic outcome beforehand and be able to carefully and effectively plan it. So-called “budget providers”, who frequently try to lure customers with all-inclusive offers, can generally be found on foreign shores. They tend to be subjected to hygiene standards that are much less stringent. Their professional training requirements are in no way comparable to what hair experts in, for example, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the BeNeLux countries have to go through to be fully licensed. In fact, it’s not at all possible to tell what kind of training background these providers have. The risks faced if you opt for a budget provider, thus, are inestimable. Many patients have bitterly regretted making such a careless decision.

This kind of disappointment that goes hand-in-hand with bad decision making can easily be avoided if you take certain precautions in the run up to your hair transplant surgery. Qualified consultants can give you the lowdown on all the important information needed for your particular case. This will enable you to make a considered and informed decision. For the sake of your health – take the time to do this!

Should you be interested in a consultation by Hairforlife, you can contact us by filling out the → online consultation form . Hairforlife visits renowned hair experts across the globe on a regular basis to stay abreast of newest developments and to evaluate the best possible patient care as part of our quality management system.

Don’t hold back any details concerning your overall health situation

Measured against the current state-or-the-art, hair transplant surgery is the most effective solution for hair loss and to once again achieve a full head of hair. This method can also remedy hair loss due to accidents. Yet, despite all the euphoria surrounding this possibility, one should keep in mind that it does constitute an operative procedure. And, as is the case with all operations, it can be associated with risks. The amount of risk involved for the procedure will vary based on your general health status. Prior to treatment, you must inform your physician of all issues related to your health. Don’t omit any detail - no matter how insignificant you deem it to be. Among other things, for example, a tendency to scarring or wounds that don’t heal properly can negatively impact a hair graft/hair transplant procedure. It is in your interest to divulge all the facts to minimize your personal risk. Your personal data and the information you divulge are never passed on to a third party by your consultant or hair restoration surgeon. Data protection guidelines make this illegal.

It is critically important that you comply with your hair restoration surgeon’s instructions following a hair transplant

You will receive post-operative instructions from your physician after undergoing the hair transplant. Carefully complying with these instructions in the immediate aftermath of the procedure will help ensure optimal healing and an optimal new hair growth phase. Failing to do so can result in gravely impaired results. Should you have any questions with regard to your personal situation, or should you be unsure about something, don’t hesitate to contact your hair restoration surgeon or consultant.

Trust the expert advice of a specialist and adjust your expectations as necessary

Especially when patients already have a precise idea of what they expect from hair transplant surgery, reconciling this with the real prospects that the individual case holds can be a bit difficult. Not everything that is medically and technically possible can be performed on each patient and almost every person comes with a different set of pre-conditions. Of course, it’s understandable that anyone afflicted with hair loss - and who also shows interest in a hair transplant – will likely anticipate a full head of hair. Hair experts and professional consultants, however, don’t just examine the potentially achievable hair volume; they also pool several other facts when dispensing advice. Many details flow into the well-prepared consultation, beginning with the prospects offered by the donor areas all the way to a determination of what kinds of reserve hair sections there are to harvest additional hair grafts at a later time should this be necessary. Under certain circumstances – for exceptional reasons - the number of hair grafts may not suffice to meet the recommendation given. None of the reputable hair experts / cooperation partners, or Hairforlife itself, will keep you in the dark about this. Indeed, they will proffer a detailed explanation of what can currently be recommended and what possibilities present themselves for coming closer to your goal with additional transplants at a later time. To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you avoid making firm decisions on this matter and instead trust our expert assessments.

Waiting for the final result

Having to wait for up to twelve months to see the final results of the hair restoration procedure can seem like an endless period of time. Anyone who has ever had this procedure done knows what I am talking about. Patients experience these months in different ways; for some, a sense of anticipation and excitement for the broaching new era with hair will override everything else. But sometimes impatience and irritability take hold when day for day one looks into the mirror without being able to see any incipient new hair growth. Patients need to be aware that each case is different. Some will be delighted with first results after just a few months while others have to wait much longer. Indeed, sometimes a dramatic hair growth spurt will not take place until after the regular waiting period is almost over. Unfortunately, you have no choice but to put your focus toward the end of the 12-months-long waiting period to avoid losing patience in case new hair growth takes hold sluggishly. If, from the outset, you adjust your expectations to waiting 12 months, as a rule, you will less likely have to deal with serious mental stress.

Prepare well for the waiting period, after which you can expect to see the final results

People react very differently to unusual situations. But overall, there will generally be some hurdles to overcome during the time frame before and after a hair transplant. As mentioned above, this can – depending on your disposition - be a time of great excitement or it can be somewhat anxiety-laden and stressful instead. If you reach into your own psyche, you can probably foresee whether you will perceive the time surrounding upcoming hair graft surgery as stressful. Some people allow themselves to get bogged down in details and lose all perspective initially. If you too worry about how you will cope during these months, we can tell you, based on patient statements, that it would be helpful to prepare yourself far in advance for all the eventualities that you may face. This includes also such details as the following:

It might be a good idea to save up your vacation days (as far as this is possible) with the intention of taking them right after undergoing the hair transplant. You might consider a confidential talk with your employer. You might want to ask yourself the following questions: “Who can help me out with my grocery shopping etc. until my wounds have healed and I can do this again myself?”, “What kind of head covering am I allowed to wear?”, “If I am unable to get time off from work, will it be possible for me to get through my work day wearing a cap? If not, what alternatives present themselves?”

Planning for all of these essential criteria in advance will give you some peace of mind and lessen your tension very significantly. Countless patients have attested to this. Perhaps, by tackling all of these issues in the run up to the procedure, you too will be able to achieve a state of mind in which joyous anticipation predominates. This will allow you to experience the waiting period in a positive light.

Please also consider: You may experience a challenging psychological process as you await the final results of your hair restoration treatment

Those of you who are unable to get into the right mood or have a difficult time dealing with unusual situations shouldn’t hesitate for one moment to seek professional guidance. “Help for self-help”, this is how you should view it. Indeed, often just a few sessions of psychologically-based counseling have sufficed to significantly enhance a patient’s ability to find the right frame of mind and regain a sense of confidence. Most people initially feel empowered to master just about any kind of situation. It later turns out that they are being pushed to their limits – along with their closest relatives – during this 12-month-long period. This is especially the case when the hair transplant results don’t correspond to their expectations. In some cases, long years of unsuccessful therapies to stop hair loss will have preceded hair transplant surgery. This, of course, will also have adversely affected the individuals concerned. For men, it tends to be comparatively more difficult to accept outside help. But these days one shouldn’t hesitate to consult and psychologist / therapist. The United States, where people even boast of having an own therapist for their various needs, is already several steps ahead of us in this development. During the difficult phases nothing is as important as having a harmonious private life. Having a family that is supportive will enable you to emerge strong and intact from these challenging circumstances. It will also enable you to enjoy to the full your new hair and your enhanced quality of life. Don’t hesitate to seek help; there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of!

If you have questions about the result, we recommend that you get into direct contact with your consultant or hair restoration surgeon

Most patients will prefer a personal point of contact in this matter to begin with. Nevertheless, at this junction, it should once again be pointed out that any questions that come up concerning the result – as well as other related issues and worries - can be resolved most quickly and directly by contacting your hair surgeon and / or consultant first. If you have involved Hairforlife to provide advice, you can also benefit from our long-term outstanding collaboration with a whole network of cooperation physicians. Many issues, thus, can be easily and quickly cleared up through our channels. And this circumstance will put you at ease when it comes to anticipating the final result of your hair transplant. Generally, you should only expect to experience a bit of off-and-on impatience and anxiety owing to the 12-month long waiting period. If, however, you should indeed have real cause for concern, Hairforlife can take influence with the recommended doctors and hospitals and thereby provide support for you.

Even hair restoration experts of global renown can’t perform miracles

You can safely assume that Hairforlife will only recommend experienced, serious and renowned hair experts. But keep in mind that even when all criteria are carefully observed: Doctors can’t perform miracles. While the medical field offers many possibilities, there are limits – both with hair graft surgery and in other medical areas. Every operation and medical treatment carries a certain risk that can never be excluded completely. When it comes to people (hair expert / patient) errors do occur, even under the best of circumstances. And patients carry risk factors that are inherent in their physical make up. Thus, while one can create optimal conditions, success can never be guaranteed. As a patient, you can contribute to minimizing your risk by opting to trust only experienced hair experts.

Medical progress on all fronts has been enormous. What is cutting edge today can already be out-dated and obsolete tomorrow. On the whole, this is very good news. New insights are continually flowing into the practice of hair transplant surgery as technological advances are being implemented. This development is taking hold in all areas of the medical field. With regard to hair transplants this entails the need for patients to consider so-called “transitional periods” in which recommendations are subject to change within just a short span of time. The recommendation given will be in line with what leading hair experts at the time of your hair transplant consider most suitable in view of newest developments and innovation in the field. Hairforlife is always guided by the latest realities at any point in time. Thanks to visits with leading experts and hospitals at regular intervals, we make sure that our patients are privy to all the state-of-the-art possibilities.

Should you have any questions or other issues concerning your hair transplant or results following the obligatory 10 to 12 months waiting period, please send a detailed e-mail to Hairforlife. So far, we have always managed to find a solution in the interest of our patients.

As with any Medical procedure, there can be no guarantee

You are surely familiar with the term "lege artis," (literally “the law of the art”), which also circumscribes how medical care is optimally practiced the various medical fields. All treatments and operations on the human body are performed in accordance with lege artis, in other words, each doctor will always act to the best of his or her knowledge and conscience to ensure that latest insights and the most advanced treatment methods are applied. "Lege artis" thus also shapes the basis for the hair grafting process. Despite these optimal preconditions, however, no doctor can give a guarantee for the success of the treatment. Just as little as a doctor can exclude, for instance, that a patient might develop side-effects when using a particular medication. A doctor will always put into place the best possible conditions to even the path for successful medical treatment. But whether these precautions can be brought to bear in every case lastly depends upon systemic factors of each individual human body. Consequently, healing processes and results will vary.

Patients sometimes pay considerable sums for hair transplants and it’s not surprising that they have high expectations for receiving optimal care and having a satisfying outcome. In the course of the euphoric excitement about the prospect of new hair, taking a realistic view of the possible risks involved is often neglected. Hair experts will always point out - first and foremost - what kinds of negative attendant circumstances can occur. But, in conducting their work lege artis, the treating physician will also illuminate other influences, which are not ascribable to the actions of the doctor. Doctors are not obligated to guarantee a successful result, and this is something that patients don’t always keep in mind.

In the concrete case of hair transplantations, there is another aspect, which is in the patient’s interest that comes into play. Renowned hair experts, as you can well imagine, depend on an outstanding reputation. Thus, one can generally expect them to be accommodating when it comes to free touch-ups, especially if a fair and friendly interpersonal relationship is in place.

The importance of FAIRNESS in all aspects of life

Dealing with Internet forums and other public platforms

For both Hairforlife and for me, Andreas Krämer, a coherent, fair and successful relationship between patient, doctor and consultant has always been a matter of special importance. That is why this section will once again emphasize the vital importance of honesty and fairness. Hairforlife can only guide and support you with perfect planning, execution and follow-up care if all involved parties make every effort to establish best possible conditions. Nevertheless, during the course of my consulting activities, I have seen how things, unfortunately, do not always shape up for the best. This is why I would like to solicit your attention once again.

If a particular outcome proves to be unsatisfactory and demonstrable reasons prompt a discussion with the responsible hair restoration surgeon, one should avoid engaging in speculation. In the interest of finding a solution beneficial to the patient, it is advisable to take up direct contact with the practitioners involved instead. In our daily lives, we would not behave otherwise. This course of action thus is also the most appropriate and fair approach to resolving matters concerning a hair transplant. It is vitally important to speak first with your consultant or your physician/clinic if you have a problem. This approach will ensure the best possible conditions for optimal follow-up treatment if needed. In most cases, moreover, Hairforlife can actively influence internationally recognized hair experts due to its longstanding and excellent cooperation with them. Your follow-up treatment (or another arrangement on that score) can thus get underway in the best possible way.

Fairness and honesty are the prerequisites for successful inter-personal cooperation

Anyone can understand that a doctor might react in a rather ill-tempered way if their patient turned to the Internet about a hair transplant issue before giving them an opportunity to have a say in the matter. (Perhaps even in a way that makes the doctor appear to be incompetent.) In Internet forums, like-minded people will readily discuss a matter and draw conclusions. Unfortunately, not everyone sees the importance of arguing based on fact and objective data. Tempers may quickly flare. As a consequence, the reputation of a hair restoration expert may take on considerable damage. Suddenly, the foundation for constructive discussion and optimal patient care is pulled away. Ultimately, there are only losers in this type of situation. In the final analysis, when the foundation of trust has been impacted, neither the doctor nor the patient (of the consultant if involved) can be happy with such an unpleasant situation. The general mood will likely influence the consultation outcome concerning free follow-up treatment (or other arrangements made in an effort to finding a solution that is in the interest of the patient). It is safe to assume that talks concerning these matters would have been conducted in a more positive way had everything taken place in a more fair environment.

For further clarification:

Common experiences concerning one’s own hair transplant surgery are readily discussed in relevant Internet forums. Discussions ensue based on published case documentations and this, of course, is something that is very helpful and informative for others affected by hair loss. In principal this is very positive. Someone who is facing hair loss and currently looking for the suitable doctor will benefit and get orientation from such reports. During the waiting time of up to 12 months following the operation, in some cases, it could appear as though the desired result might not be forthcoming. This will occasion a desire to consult with the responsible doctor in the hope of finding a solution (and the hope for an accommodating concession on his/her part). Here, prudence and fairness have always proven to be beneficial in engendering a successful cooperative effort. Based on experience, a well-balanced atmosphere between all involved parties has generally always been able to lead to a good result that is in the interest of the patient.

For me, as an independent consultant for hair transplants, this subject is a personal matter that holds special importance. At the conclusion of my consulting package, which consists of preliminary talks, guidance during the actual process as well as follow-up support, I want to be able to part ways with clients who are fully satisfied with the experience. I want to be sure that you reaped every benefit from the positive influence that Hairforlife can take on your behalf. I am sure that fairness plays a significant role in all aspects of your life; this is also precisely what will enable us to achieve successful inter-personal cooperation and allow you to move on toward a happy and successful future with a new head of hair.

Thank you for your kind attention!

Warm regards,

Andreas Krämer

Hairforlife, Counseling Center for Hair Transplantation