Dr. Fas Arshad Shares the Questions You Must Ask Before Hair Transplant Surgery

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Dr. Arshad FRCS - board certified facial plastic and hair transplant surgeon.Dr. Ashard

Presented by Amir Bakian

As an internationally renowned expert in Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) hair transplant surgery and lead surgeon at The Hair Dr Clinic in England, UK, Dr. Fas Arshad has a unique insight into the needs of his patients. He has performed over 2,000 successful operations with significant experience in the leading hair transplantation graft harvesting techniques.

Now, Dr. Arshad is sharing his insight with potential hair transplant candidates around the world, giving them the knowledge that they need to make an informed, confident decision on what will be a life-altering procedure.

As with any other type of surgery, patients should conduct thorough research into the clinic or hospital, the surgeon performing the operation, and the results that have already been achieved. By asking several core questions, you can find the right solution to fit your needs.

Question 1: Am I a good candidate for hair transplantation?

First of all, the potential hair transplant patient must establish whether they are a good candidate for the procedure, and this can be more difficult to establish than it sounds.

“Age, extent of hair loss, family history and pattern of hair loss all play an important role in deciding this,” states Dr. Arshad.

A thorough assessment by an experienced surgeon is essential before proceeding with surgery. This allows the surgeon to assess the amount of hair that is available to be re-distributed to the areas of the scalp where the hair is thinning.

Dr. Arshad shares, “An important principle for potential candidates to bear in mind is that the process does not create new hair but rather re-distributes existing hair, and therefore there must be enough hair to transplant for the procedure to be successful.”

This process, by some surgeons, is referred to as homogenization.

Dr. Arshad is also a strong advocate of potential candidates first stabilizing any ongoing hair loss they may be experiencing.

He continues, “Using medications that are clinically licensed for hair loss can effectively slow down ongoing male pattern hair loss and in some cases even thicken areas where the hair has thinned out.”

This is an important first step in the process.

Question 2: Is the outcome of hair transplant surgery acceptable and matches the candidates’ expectations?

Modern day hair transplant techniques, such as Follicular Unit Excision (FUE), have positively transformed outcomes. However, by far the most common reason for patients to be disappointed after surgery is their expectations not being correctly managed. Hair transplantation, especially FUE, is a very safe procedure with very limited risk of complications.

However, before embarking on this journey, Dr. Arshad states, “One must consider if their expectations both in the short and long term can be met.”

Hair transplantation cannot achieve the same density as what occurs naturally in patients with no hair loss, over multiple sessions the density can be safely built up to achieve a very natural appearance.

“Most people with a moderate level of hair loss will require at least 2 procedures.”

As patients age, they will inevitably have some level of further hair loss therefore further procedures may be required. The need for ongoing procedures can be counteracted by using medications that effectively slow down ongoing male pattern hair loss.

Dr. Arshad goes on to say, “In cases where I have been consulted by patients that have had surgeries in other clinics and developed complications, a common theme appears to be unregulated clinics over packing areas with hair grafts that can lead to the scalp tissue blood supply being compromised. This can lead to a poor cosmetic outcome and needs to be avoided. Density can always be built over multiple sessions, but serious complications (although thankfully rare) are very difficult to correct.”

Dr. Arshad publishes his work through a dedicated YouTube channel, giving a real-time look at the process as well as the results in multiple conditions.

“With videos, you can show wet and dry hair, and you can run a comb through to show the true density,” Dr. Arshad says. “This gives much greater insight than simply looking at Before and After photos.”

Question 3: Is the surgeon a specialist in hair transplant surgery?

There are many plastic surgeons working in clinics around the world, however, many of them might be specialists in other areas, performing hair transplant surgeries on a limited basis. When it comes to a procedure this important, you want to choose only those who are truly experts in their field – surgeons who make this type of operation their main area of focus.

“I have a background in facial plastic surgery, so I perform other types of surgeries such as rhinoplasties and facelifts,” Dr. Arshad says. “But my main specialist area is hair restoration surgery – this is reflected in the fact that I have a full-time practice offering hair transplants.”

Because of his focus on one key area, Dr. Arshad is able to dedicate his full energy and attention to giving his clients the best possible experience, including guidance and educational resources before and after the procedure.

When doctors split their focus among too many specialists, the door opens for a lack of refinement, which is certainly required in hair restoration surgery.

“Sometimes in this industry you find that surgeons who dabble in hair transplants tend to delegate most of the procedure,” Dr. Arshad says. “Once you get into the realm of over delegation, you allow for more errors in the procedure, and this can lead to substandard results.”

Question 4: Is the surgeon accredited and regulated?

For potential hair transplant candidates trying to find the right surgeon for their procedure can be a difficult task. It is important to choose a surgeon that is accredited and has a track record of maintaining high standards.

Dr. Arshad shares, “I always recommend that patients look for surgeons who are part of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS).”

The ISHRS is a leading medical society dedicated to promulgating the highest standards of medical practice.

“Most surgeons around the world that specialize specifically in hair restoration surgery will be a member of this society.”

The ISHRS is dedicated to achieving excellence in medical and surgical outcomes by promoting member education, international collegiality, research, ethics, and public awareness.

Question 5: What are the results like specifically for this surgeon?

Of course, when you are researching the best hair transplant surgeons, the best evidence is often their results. However, it is a bit more complicated than that. Results can vary from one patient to the next, so it is essential to connect with surgeons who can meet your particular set of needs.

“One surgeon may specialize in a certain type of hair such as curly hair, and another may specialize in patients with extensive hair loss by providing mega sessions,” Dr. Arshad says. “It’s not just a case of who is the best surgeon in the world or even in your area – it’s who is the best surgeon for you.”

The best places to research results are on the clinic’s website which should have an extensive results gallery with a variety of hair types and cases. Speaking to former patients and watching videos of the results for example on YouTube is also recommended. While you are conducting your research, be sure to look for similar hairlines and hair types to get a better idea of what the surgeon may be able to achieve for you.

Overall, conducting thorough research before receiving hair transplant surgery can lead to a much higher chance of satisfaction with the outcome of the procedure while giving you the peace of mind knowing that you are working with a specialist you can trust.

Dr. Fas Arshad is the lead surgeon at The Hair Dr. Clinic in the UK. He specializes in performing refined hair transplants which involve high-density hair placement and distribution with attention to hair orientation along the hairline to mimic nature. He is a full member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS), the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons (EAFPS), the British Medical Association (BMA) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS).

To learn more about Dr. Arshad’s work in hair transplants, please visit www.hairdr.co.uk or follow the Hair Dr. Clinic on Instagram.

 

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