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What questions to ask during a consultation?


#1

I have booked a hair transplant consultation and would like to know what are some of the questions I should ask? I know I do not want strip but other than that what else do I need to find out fromthe doctor?


#2

» I have booked a hair transplant consultation and would like to know what
» are some of the questions I should ask? I know I do not want strip but
» other than that what else do I need to find out fromthe doctor?
Hey,
ask about the experience of the staff,transection rate, and pros & cons of the HT method


#3

» » I have booked a hair transplant consultation and would like to know what
» » are some of the questions I should ask? I know I do not want strip but
» » other than that what else do I need to find out fromthe doctor?
» Hey,
» ask about the experience of the staff,transection rate, and pros & cons of
» the HT method

Forget about transection rate, doctors can lie about the transection rate and you can’t prove it one way or another.


#4

Something good to discuss would be your donor hair, if you have enough grafts available for another procedure in case you need to thicken up any other areas if your hairloss progresses. What is the future plan. Do you want to get on medications to try and preven future hairloss etc…

Its good to write down your questions, that way when yo uare in front of the doctor you don’t foregt to ask anything.


#5

» I have booked a hair transplant consultation and would like to know what
» are some of the questions I should ask? I know I do not want strip but
» other than that what else do I need to find out fromthe doctor?

Chances are that it’s not the doctor who will be doing the consultation with u, I am willing to bet u will be meeting with a salesman rather than the doctor himself.


#6

» Chances are that it’s not the doctor who will be doing the consultation
» with u, I am willing to bet u will be meeting with a salesman rather than
» the doctor himself.

Just speaking for our clinic, when you schedule a consultation with DR. Armani, the meeting is with Dr. Armani himself.

We do also offer information sessions with consultants. Often times the consultant has had a procedure with Dr. Armani (almost always), so this meeting also offers the chance to see a result in person. The consultant because he has had a transplant has a thorough knowledge of what the procedure and post op process is like.


#7

» I have booked a hair transplant consultation and would like to know what
» are some of the questions I should ask? I know I do not want strip but
» other than that what else do I need to find out fromthe doctor?

Ask for post op care instructions, if he is being elusive about that, run.


#8

» » I have booked a hair transplant consultation and would like to know what
» » are some of the questions I should ask? I know I do not want strip but
» » other than that what else do I need to find out fromthe doctor?
»

After you paid the money, you are gowned, in a chair, lovely friendly smiling girls will hover around you, and you are smug about getting a great deal

The pre med is taking effect, and you feel hopeful and anticipate all that you were told will come true

Then, in your twilight numbness, you are asked to sign some ROUTINE disclaimers and waivers. The assistant is charming and appears totally genuine

This document means all you were promised is NOT valid.

And regardless of what happens to you, the doctor has a get out of jail free card.

Get the disclaimer in advance.

READ THE BLOODY THING

Show it to your attorney, family and trusted confidants

These disclaimers are cleaverly disguised

They usually start out with, “there may be swelling…” and stuff like that

By the time you get to clause 32 , which you automatically sign WITHOUT READING, just as you do when buying a car from GM or FORD, the real deception kicks in

You have NO rights, NO recourse, NOTHING…

Dr Ray Woods


#9

» » » I have booked a hair transplant consultation and would like to know
» what
» » » are some of the questions I should ask? I know I do not want strip
» but
» » » other than that what else do I need to find out fromthe doctor?
» »
»
»
» After you paid the money, you are gowned, in a chair, lovely friendly
» smiling girls will hover around you, and you are smug about getting a great
» deal
»
» The pre med is taking effect, and you feel hopeful and anticipate all that
» you were told will come true
»
» Then, in your twilight numbness, you are asked to sign some ROUTINE
» disclaimers and waivers. The assistant is charming and appears totally
» genuine
»
» This document means all you were promised is NOT valid.
»
» And regardless of what happens to you, the doctor has a get out of jail
» free card.
»
» Get the disclaimer in advance.
»
» READ THE BLOODY THING
»
» Show it to your attorney, family and trusted confidants
»
» These disclaimers are cleaverly disguised
»
» They usually start out with, “there may be swelling…” and stuff like
» that
»
» By the time you get to clause 32 , which you automatically sign WITHOUT
» READING, just as you do when buying a car from GM or FORD, the real
» deception kicks in
»
» You have NO rights, NO recourse, NOTHING…
»
» Dr Ray Woods

I can’t tell if this is Dr. Woods’ sense of humor or not but is it true that there will be disclaimer that the patient must sign? What are they like?


#10

» I can’t tell if this is Dr. Woods’ sense of humor or not but is it true
» that there will be disclaimer that the patient must sign? What are they
» like?

No. I am not joking

On countless occasions this has happened

There are so many guys who I see who have decimated donors and poor growth

I ask, “what did you sign?”

And many say “I Dont remember”

They eventually find out they signed a watertight protection document…not for the patient…but for the doctor

And why dont they remember ?

A common pre med is HYPNOVAL.

Brilliant stuff. A great tranquilizer

It also has an AMNESIC capability

That means your memory is wiped during that period

And the others just trusted and signed on the dotted line without realizing the implications

I wish I was joking. But I am not

Dr Ray Woods


#11

» » I can’t tell if this is Dr. Woods’ sense of humor or not but is it true
» » that there will be disclaimer that the patient must sign? What are they
» » like?
»
»
» No. I am not joking
»
» On countless occasions this has happened
»
» There are so many guys who I see who have decimated donors and poor
» growth
»
» I ask, “what did you sign?”
»
» And many say “I Dont remember”
»
» They eventually find out they signed a watertight protection
» document…not for the patient…but for the doctor
»
» And why dont they remember ?
»
» A common pre med is HYPNOVAL.
»
» Brilliant stuff. A great tranquilizer
»
» It also has an AMNESIC capability
»
» That means your memory is wiped during that period
»
» And the others just trusted and signed on the dotted line without
» realizing the implications
»
» I wish I was joking. But I am not
»
» Dr Ray Woods

It’s funny this was brought up, I did sign some papers but my doctor never gave me a copy to take home with me so I don’t have a clue what I signed, I assume those were the disclaimers or waivers for the surgery. What Dr. Woods said about the patient’s psychology is very true, the disclaimer was the last thing on my mind. I was thinking about my hair the whole time especially whether the doctor/technicians were placing the grafts correctly to create the design I wanted.


#12

» I have booked a hair transplant consultation and would like to know what
» are some of the questions I should ask? I know I do not want strip but
» other than that what else do I need to find out fromthe doctor?

Dear garyg,
One of the most important part of the consultation should focus on the treatment plan. Before committing to your HT, you should know what all long term options are available to you in case you lose more hair.

Apart from the above, the following 3 need to be discussed -

  1. Area that needs to be transplanted (preferably in sq cms.)
  2. Density of the follicular unit grafts that will be placed in this recipient area.
  3. Hairline placement. The more youthful/lower the hairline, the more the number of grafts that may be required.

Do not let the clinic give you a graft estimate based on their own limitation (in terms of how many grafts they can extract and use). There are many “unfinished” hair transplants that result from such an approach.

Be clear in your own mind what you wish to get from the hair restoration (partial coverage, full coverage, only hairline coverage, crown swirl area coverage etc.).
Articulate it clearly to the doctor.
Ask him how many grafts that will require. Verify that mathematically (recipient area in sq cms X number of grafts per sq cm). That should be a good first step.

Regards,
Dr. A


#13

»
» Verify that mathematically
» (recipient area in sq cms X number of grafts per sq cm). That should be a
» good first step.
»
» Regards,
» Dr. A

» Verify that mathematically …???

A good first step is to be aware that we are not drilling steel

It is flesh and blood…your flesh and blood

Federal Reserve Bank fractionated interest rate lending dynamics and mathematical double talk on how to screw you…should not apply here

lets not go there boys

But if you want to…I will

Dr Ray Woods


#14

» I can’t tell if this is Dr. Woods’ sense of humor or not but is it true
» that there will be disclaimer that the patient must sign? What are they
» like?

Dr. Woods has a very unique sense of humor, do a search for his posts, you’ll learn a lot about the HT industry and you will get a good laugh too.


#15

As far as I know the medical community in the USA is legally prohibited from having you sign papers once the drugs go into your system.


#16

» »
» » Verify that mathematically
» » (recipient area in sq cms X number of grafts per sq cm). That should be
» a
» » good first step.
» »
» » Regards,
» » Dr. A
»
»
» » Verify that mathematically …???
»
»
» A good first step is to be aware that we are not drilling steel
»
» It is flesh and blood…your flesh and blood
»
» Federal Reserve Bank fractionated interest rate lending dynamics and
» mathematical double talk on how to screw you…should not apply here
»
» lets not go there boys
»
» But if you want to…I will
»
» Dr Ray Woods

That is an ignorant and insulting thing to say. Arvind suggests that a patient verifies that the number of grafts proposed are actually available and you say do not bother this is not a bank. Well, it is!!! It is a hair bank with a limited supply and a limited reality in terms of what can be taken.

I have no idea what has driven such an obtuse comment by you unless you wish to insult Arvind at the expense of reason???


#17

Once you know your

  1. donor availability (by strip FUHT, FUSE, beard etc.)
  2. donor requirement based on what you wish to acheive (hairline only, crown only or all norwood areas),

you can decide whether it is worth going ahead with a transplant. In older times, HT doctors would sometimes give graft estimates of, for example, 3000 grafts to a NW 5 or 6.
The patient may think he will get hair over all areas and the doctor plans to realistically provide a frontal framing with deeply recessed temples and a bald crown. (Thats where the term “realistic expectations” comes from).

Today, that should not happen. As an aware patient you should know what a particular number of grafts can acheive for you before you go for your first hairtransplant.

Discuss these things with your doctor.
Regards,
Dr. A


#18

Well said Dr Arvind…something that was never discussed with me, and I’m paying the price…in every way.:frowning:


#19

» » » I have booked a hair transplant consultation and would like to know
» what
» » » are some of the questions I should ask? I know I do not want strip
» but
» » » other than that what else do I need to find out fromthe doctor?
» » Hey,
» » ask about the experience of the staff,transection rate, and pros & cons
» of
» » the HT method
»
» Forget about transection rate, doctors can lie about the transection rate
» and you can’t prove it one way or another.

Thanks, what does transection rate mean?


#20

Thanks everyone for the advice, my appointment is for this week I will let you guys know what happens. BTW what is the consensus on this platelet plasma treatment?