A medical diagnostic is an important aspect of a hair transplant consultation; this can access if you are a bad, good or great hair transplant candidate. It is important to be in possession of the facts to make an informed decision; don´t rely on “you look like a great candidate”
1. Donor Surface Area measurement
Maybe more important with FUE compared to FUT but either way, it is important to map out the area so a long-term plan can be made if and when hair loss progresses and another hair transplant is required in the future.
2. Donor hair density calculation per cm2
Your hair density is vital to how strong your donor hair is. The density is strongest around the back of your head compared to the sides. The average hair density changes are dependent on the individual´s background.
3. Hair Characteristics
Aspects such as the hair calibre, curly or straight hair, the contrast between the skin complexion and hair colour need to be measured as it can change the planning for the hair transplant.
4. The average number of hairs per Follicular Unit (FU)
The follicular units are groups of hairs normally ranging from one to four hairs per grouping. It is vital there is a split between the number of hairs otherwise the hair count will be too low and a hair transplant result will be weak.
5. Calculation of any miniaturisation
This is natural to have some but if too much of the hair is fine it will impede the quality of a hair transplant.
6. Scalp Laxity
Important with the FUT hair transplant technique because it determines how many grafts can safely be removed in a procedure.
7. Assessment of graft numbers available
An important consideration as it will manage the planning for a hair transplant now and in the future.
8. The optimum technique to utilise
Both techniques have pros and cons and it can be dependent on how many grafts are required as well as the donor hair characteristics which is the best technique to use.
9. Hairline & temple point design
Creating a new hairline is an art and facial bone structure as well as age and the potential for future hair loss much be considered to ensure a hairline looks natural today and in the future.
10. Goals and Expectations
Talking with the doctor to ensure you goals and expectations are reasonable and can be met.