Choosing a Team
For the attention of prospective HRBR patients.
It has come to our attention that a number of other hair transplant clinics in the UK and Ireland are claiming to be associated with HRBR and its surgeons.Dr. Maurice Collins, HRBR’s founder and medical director, has no association with any other hair transplant clinic. HRBR’s only location is its purpose built hair transplant facility, Samson House in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
Finding the best hair transplant team for the job is vital where hair loss is concerned. Your appearance is at stake. Here are some important factors to consider:
- Are you dealing with a salesperson or a qualified medical professional?
- What about pre-operative consultations?
Who is performing the actual surgery
- How experienced is the hair transplant surgeon and the transplant team?
- How involved are you in the planning process?
- What technique and technology are being used?
- What about quality control and training?
- What do other patients say about their experiences?
These criteria directly impact the success or otherwise of the surgery:
The most significant factor in selecting the right team for your hair transplant is the hair transplant surgeon. This industry is unregulated. Many people currently offering the procedure have minimal training in surgery and little experience. If you wish to choose a top hair transplant surgeon, it is vital to research and validate their qualifications and experience.
One of HRBR’s patients summed it up perfectly when he said, “To have trust and confidence in your surgeon is of utmost importance.”
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) involves a thin strip of hair bearing skin being surgically removed from the donor area on the scalp. It is considered the international gold standard of hair transplantation. The FUT procedure requires state of the art microscopes for the precise preparation and placement of follicular unit grafts. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) involves the removal of individual follicular units from the donor area on the scalp, one by one. A blunt-tipped punch tool is used to do this. Graft yield is usually higher using the FUT procedure.
Following the removal of the hair grafts from the scalp the method of transplantation is identical in both FUT and FUE techniques.
For many patients the optimal treatment plan would involve the use of both techniques over the patient’s life. Therefore, it is important for patients to attend a clinic like HRBR that can offer both techniques to them.
Advances in hair transplant technology are happening all the time but many hair restoration clinics choose not to keep pace with them. This is primarily for cost reasons. At HRBR, we believe that investment in the latest technology is key to delivering a world class service.
The amount of available donor hair determines the likely outcome of the surgery. Donor hair is a limited resource and must be treated with the utmost respect by the transplant team. Bearing this in mind, patients should be realistic about the possible results and fully understand how hair transplants work.
Many hair restoration clinics opt for quite heavy sedation of patients so that they will be in a drugged state during the procedure. The FUT technique induces very little, if any, pain. We prefer to keep our patients fully conscious and in conversation with the transplant team. Most patients spend the day watching movies and relaxing.
The hair surgery cost is also important to consider. The cost of performing a hair transplant to a high standard is considerable. This is due to the number of highly skilled medical staff and technicians required. There is no such thing as a low cost surgical option for hair loss. A cheaper transplant done by a team doing inferior work may prove more expensive in the long run.