Why pay for a consultation?
This clinical consultation is performed by our hair specialist and Dr Peter Paraskevas. During the consultation the patient receives a thorough explanation and assessment of the viability of hair restoration options.
We will discuss...
Patient hair loss, if the patient has seen other doctors, how long he/she been losing their hair, if the patient has been taking medication, and an explanation of FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplant surgery.
We discuss what the patient is wanting to achieve (we are realistic with the patient about their goals). We assess if the patient is suitable for surgery. A PATIENT IS NOT ALWAYS A SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR SURGERY. Age, the condition of the scalp, (scarring), the density of the donor area, the quality of grafts, and hair loss to date are all factors in determining the suitability of the patient for hair transplant surgery. If the patient is suitable we will then discuss FUE hair transplant surgery in detail. FUE is the only hair restoration surgery we perform at Melbourne Hair Transplant Clinic.
We also discuss why a patient should not consider FUG/FUT surgery as an option.
FUG/FUT (donor strip surgery) will leave all patients with a long linear scar across the back of the head, no matter how good the practitioner may be in the excision of the piece. So, what happens during FUG/FUT surgery? The surgeon excises a long strip of donor skin/follicles. The doctor then exits the theatre - his/her job is done. In FUG/FUT, it is the technicians who are responsible for dissecting the grafts under the microscope and implanting them into the recipient area. Ask yourself: who is really performing the surgery, the surgeon or the technician? With FUE (follicular unit extraction) the surgeon is present and active during the entire process.
What happens if a patient is not suitable for hair transplant surgery?
We discuss all other treatments that are available to the patient. Such as:
What if you are suitable for hair transplant surgery using the FUE method?
We assess the patient’s donor area and determine the amount of donor hair that they have. We assess the recipient area and do the same. This is measured and calculated in a precise mathematical way; giving the patient the best possible outcome/result. Density measurements and photos are taken of the patient.
What is FUE hair transplant surgery?
During your consultation, we will also discuss in detail how FUE is performed. FUE surgery is performed under local anaesthetic. The patient is fully awake and sitting upright throughout the whole procedure.
How experienced is the doctor?
We discuss the doctor’s experience to date, their role in detail, and how involved is the practitioner in surgery. We go into great detail answering questions like: Who extracts the grafts one at a time? From where? How are they extracted? What method is used to extract them? Does this effect the overall density of the hair in the donor area, post extraction? What instruments does the doctor use? What difference do the instruments make in the extraction and implantation? Who makes the incisions when implanting? How are the incisions made? What are they made with? Who implants the grafts/follicles into the recipient area?
We discuss the technician's experience and what they do in surgery.
FUE surgery pre-operative and post-operative instructions
Patients receive detailed instructions about how much down time the patient needs post-surgery, what the patient can do and not do post-surgery, and for how long.
We follow-up with patients several times up to 18 months post-surgery, until the patient's grafts reach their full growth potential, and explain how we are different to other clinics.
Patients receive a detailed quote at the end of the consultation which is valid for 3 months.
We understand that some patients may prefer to travel for procedures like this and want to make it as easy for you as possible. We start by providing the initial consultation through Skype. When you travel to Melbourne for your transplant, we'll organise the airport transfers for you and if you need a convenient place to stay, we recommend the Hotel Sofitel. All under one roof, Melbourne Hair Transplant Clinic is located in the same building as the Sofitel Hotel, for easy and discreet access.