1. Meet with a number of surgeons, not just one. Listen to their plan for your hair for the next 20 years. Listen to their advice on how many grafts to take now and where to put them. Opinions vary.
2. Hear they thoughts about not doing surgery at all. What choices do they bring to the table? Do they advise scalp micropigmentation (SMP) as an option? What are their thoughts about using minoxidil, finasteride or other treatments after surgery? Do they mention it at all?
3. Find a surgeon you trust and can work with. Decide if you view this as a short term or long term relationship. Figure out if your surgeon views this as a short term or long term.
4. Make sure you have time away from work, social and other obligations. 5-10 days is very nice but be sure to get a good understanding of what to expect during your recovery.
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299