To me, the thought of getting a HT, even from one of the top ranked HT doctors, is a very scary proposition. I can cite more than one instance where a Google search has turned up patients who have gone to “one of the the best doctors in the world” and gotten butchered.
IMO, the majority of patients should not get a HT because, they would look better bald. I see many claims by physicians stating that their HT’s are completely natural looking, but the photos don’t always back up these statements.
I think some bald guys get so obsessed with the fact that they have bald heads, that they fail to see that an unnatural HT looks worse than the bald head. Some of these guys are spending over $100,000.00 to look worse than they would have looked had they simply made a psychological adjustment and gotten on with their lives.
Before any person undergoes HT, they need to remind themselves that they are probably overly sensitive and obsessed with their appearance. If you are that sensitive about your appearance, how are you going to feel about walking around with an unnatural looking HT on your head? Will you get paranoid that people will know it is a HT? Will you become more self-conscious about how the HT looks than you were about how the bald head looked?
Personally, I would love to get a HT and be one of the patients that ends up getting the “wow” result. However, I’m not delighted about the prospect of becoming one of the patients, with the horrible result, who ends up blogging hundreds of irate hate articles. Add to that the fact that I really can’t afford the HT in the first place, and HT quickly starts to become a no go for me.
HT is an inconsistent procedure. My best advice to anyone considering it is to limit your risk. IOW, don’t allow a doctor to dense-pack your head in a hair-bearing area in one visit. Don’t be the first patient to undergo a new procedure just because it is being offered at a discount. Don’t be the first patient to undergo a treatment by an experienced strip surgeon who is just beginning to learn an already accepted technique such as FUE. If you are young and just starting to bald, don’t allow the doctor to give you a dense teenage hairline. Try to be realistic about what you can expect from the treatment. Etc. You have limited donor hair, which makes it more valuable than the money you are spending to have it moved from one place to another. So treat it like the gold that it is and don’t make hasty emotional decisions.
Due your research, proceed with caution, and make the best choice. After all, you will live with the outcome of that choice for the rest of your life. Look at the full body of work performed by the physicians you are considering and ask yourself what you would do if you turned out to be one of their worst cases. But you also have to give the doctors some leeway. Just because they made a mistake doesn’t mean they are a poor choice. People make mistakes. The important thing is whether their body of work shows that they learn from their mistakes and don’t repeat them. IOW, have they become better surgeons due to having made some real bone-head mistakes in the past?
It’s very unfortunate that the HT industry is unregulated. This allows clinics to only feature their very best work. So be sure and do a thorough Google search on any clinic or doctor you are thinking of using so that you can be certain that you are judging as complete a body of work as possible. If you find a case that concerns you, don’t be afraid to ask the doctor his side of the story. HT can be a good choice for some patients. But it can also be a terrible choice for others. It is up to you to limit your risk and get the best outcome you can. Keep in mind that no HT at all just might turn out to be the best decision you can make. That is not a slam on HT; it’s just to say that people need to proceed cautiously. Don’t make up your mind you must get a HT before you even do the research it takes to figure out whether it will be a good decision for you.