Hair Transplant: Facts vs. Expectations

If we asked you to make a guess about the greatest difficulty faced by the doctors working in the field of aesthetic medicine, what would your answer be?

Some may think it is the tiresome working hours or making corrective interventions for people’s faces. Is that the right answer?

The greatest challenge faced by a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist is satisfying the patient’s expectations.

Actually, the problem lies in the meaning of the term “patient”. In medical terminology, a person seeking an aesthetic intervention is rarely defined as a patient.

A person who undergoes surgery to fix a deviated nasal septum, for example, can be called a patient, but can we categorize a person who receives implants for plump cheeks or lips just look better as a patient? Or can a bald person who wants to restore his former appearance be defined as a “patient”?

The answer is no.

If you are not treating a disease, and if you are doing something to improve the aesthetic appearance of the person, then the person is not a patient.

If you perform surgery to remove kidney stones, the patient can return to the former state of health. A patient with the flu may recover within a week if they receive the required treatment. A bone fracture can heal after applying a plaster cast for a few weeks.

But can we completely meet the expectations of a person who lost his hair and wants his hair to be returned to its original state at age 18? The answer will depend on various factors like patient’s age, gender, and characteristics of the donor region.

Today, the rate of success in hair transplant procedures has increased significantly as compared to the past.

We can easily say this based on recent scientific research and our own experience.

While you travel on a bus, shopping in a supermarket or watching a game in stadium, you actually see many people who have had hair transplant but you cannot tell if they have had the operation, as today we can achieve a very natural appearance. Nevertheless, it is better to define this as a “positive change in appearance” rather than call it “working miracles”.

In people with a productive donor region, a hair transplant may prove quite effective and achieve thick hair appearance – they can even have hair like “David Beckham’s”, a popular example of good hair among many people, but words like “miracle” or “wonders” can only be used for extraordinary situations.

Such promising words are heavily exploited by illegal hair transplant centers, which causes unrealistic expectations among people with extensive loss who may never regain full and thick hair.

Our craft and art come into play at this very point. We aim to achieve an outcome that will meet the person’s expectations at the maximum level possible within the physical possibilities.

We are well aware that only a conscious and skilled team with a solid scientific and technical background, continuous education, accumulation of knowledge, and empathy skills can achieve this result.

For that reason, we are constantly striving to make our better best and we never settle for less