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Seven Signs You’re in The Wrong Hair Restoration Clinic

So, you’ve decided you’re ready to get a hair transplant, and all you need to do is figure out where you’re getting it done. A bad hair clinic is the last thing on your mind. These days, you have quite a few options, and we can’t blame you if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your choices. We also know that some of them are more tempting than others, although there are a few things you should know about certain clinics you’ll encounter in your search. To help you avoid damage to your health and hair, we’ve put together a handy list of ways you can tell you’re at the wrong hair restoration clinic.

  • The price seems too good to be true.

Just like any other medical procedure, hair transplants come with a notable price tag, and we can understand why someone would be intrigued by the more affordable competition. However, when the price goes way down, it almost always means they’re cutting corners somewhere. Whether they’re cheaping out on clinic upkeep & equipment, or lacking in other things we’ll discuss in this list, you may very well get a subpar experience that ends in disaster.

  • They see a lot of patients in a short span of time.

If a hair restoration “expert” boasts about being able to perform eight procedures in a single day, you might want to hold back your amazement. Any hair transplant, whether it’s a FUE or FUT procedure, is going to require extremely careful attention to detail, and will take a good amount of the day to successfully perform. If the person running the clinic is having people come in en masse, it’s more than likely that they’re not putting in their full effort & care into each procedure. 

  • The facility isn’t exactly clean.

Like any other medical & surgical procedure, a hair restoration procedure needs to happen in clean, sterile conditions. If you notice the office is generally dirty, or find that the tools aren’t stored in the safest & most organized way, the risks are even greater than those that meet the eye. Your chance of infection skyrockets if the operating room isn’t kept in pristine condition, and disorganization around the office is a clear indicator of a clinic’s general lack of professionalism. 

A botched hair transplant performed at an outside clinic.
  • The person performing the procedure isn’t a licensed physician.

No matter what those as certain clinics might tell you, having anyone besides a licensed physician performing your hair transplant is extremely ill advised. There’s a lot of medical knowledge that goes into hair restoration, and having someone lacking that knowledge working on your scalp, beard, eyebrows, or any other part of you is the wrong move. It’s not enough for them to be in the room while an assistant does it, either; if there’s any sign that an assistant or technician will be handling the procedure, find the door as fast as you can.

  • They don’t have lengthy experience in hair restoration.

Just being licensed as a physician isn’t enough, though. You’ll want to be sure that your hair restoration surgeon, like Dr. Yazdan at Modena Hair Institute in Newport, Beverly Hills & Las Vegas, has specific experience in performing those procedures. Beyond mere familiarity, he’s extracted over three million grafts across the FUE & FUT procedures he’s performed in his career. There are specific aspects of hair transplant procedures that can only be learned over time, and it should be a priority for you to make sure that the person working on your hair has worked with cases like yours in the past. 

  • They lack a diverse array of tools.

As any experienced hair restoration surgeon knows, every patient brings different challenges to the table. With that in mind, a clinic only having a few different tools at their disposal should be a massive red flag for you. Not every tool works for every person, and anyone pushing that sort of one-size-fits-all logic is prioritizing their convenience & bottom line over your hair and health. In contrast, the best hair restoration surgeons you’ll find will have a very wide range of tools to utilize in any given procedure.

  • They market certain tools more than the person using them.

Lastly, in step with the previous point, you should keep a wide distance between you & a clinic that promotes a certain machine or tool like it’s the doctor performing the transplant. Tools assist in getting these procedures done successfully, sure, but the surgeons are the ones doing the actual work. If a clinic shies away from talking about the surgeon in favor of touting their equipment, there’s a real possibility that an unqualified “expert” (or even a technician) is guiding the highly-praised tools & putting you at risk in turn.

When you come to one of Modena Hair Institute’s California or Nevada locations, we promise you’ll be met with nothing but professionals & the highest standards in the industry. We limit ourselves to one procedure a day so we know our patients are properly cared for, and hold our clinics to strict sanitary standards. Dr. Yazdan performs every procedure at Modena, helped by his close & dedicated team of assistants, and the combination of his experience & training means you’ll be in good hands. We keep a strong selection of tools at hand to properly treat individual cases, and we know the tools are only as effective as the hands putting them to use. 

If you’d like to schedule a consultation & learn more about what we can do to help you restore your hair, check out our website & contact us today to set up an appointment. 

Help! I got a hair transplant and my hair looks worse than it did before!

This is a common complaint we hear on the message boards and from patients seeking a revision or reparative hair transplant. This is an unfortunate outcome of hair transplantation and not one that we expect to see after a successful surgery. Many things could cause your hair to look worse off after surgery than it did before. Below, I break down some of those causes.
Failed or botched surgery. A failed or botched surgery could result in your scalp and hair looking much worse than it did before surgery. This could be the result of an infection, necrosis, folliculitis, graft death, damage to grafts during extraction/placement, over-extraction, over-excision, and the list goes on. Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done after a failed surgery, except wait until the scalp heals and seek out an experienced surgeon who specializes in repair hair transplants. If you are concerned about infection of swelling you should meet with a doctor. If you no longer trust your original hair surgeon, you should meet with other surgeons in your area to get 2nd and 3rd opinions.
Shock loss. This is a hair loss condition that effects the native hairs in the area surrounding the extraction and recipient zones. Sometimes, the trauma induced by hair transplant surgery can cause the surrounding hairs to go into a state of shock and fall out. This condition can be temporary or permanent. It is likely to be permanent if the hairs were on their way out, meaning they were likely to fall out in the coming years as a result of your progressive hair loss. Shock loss can be prevented with the use of medical management and expert technique by the surgeon so as to limit the trauma to the surrounding hairs.
Graft shedding. This is the best case scenario to explain your post-surgery look. Graft shedding is a normal part of the hair transplant process, in which the newly transplanted grafts shed the current hairs, and allow for the new hairs to grow in once they cycle through their growth phase. This process can take some time, thus why we recommend waiting 6 months – 1 year to determine the full results of hair transplantation.
If you’re concerned about the results of your hair transplant and would like to get a 2nd or 3rd opinion on your case, give us a call today. Here at Modena, our doctor’s specialize in medical management of hair loss, complicated hair transplant cases, and reparative hair surgeries.

Turkey hair transplant surgery gone wrong

Here’s why you should think twice about getting a hair transplant surgery abroad. This patient came to our office seeking a restorative hair transplant surgery to fix his botched surgery. He traveled to Turkey to get a “more affordable” hair transplant. He was told he would be getting
an FUT/strip procedure and would be getting the most “bang for his buck.” Upon returning home, the patient began noticing darkening on the top of scalp. He also noticed a wide linear scar that stretched across the back of his scalp that was extremely visible.
The patient tried contacting his doctor but was unable to get a hold of him due to the time difference and lack of returned calls/emails by the physician. Within just a few short months, his scalp looked like this. The once black area developed into dead scalp tissue and severe scar tissue with complete graft failure and hair loss. The linear scar never recovered and there is a hair loss in a linear pattern across the scalp.
Unfortunately, this is a common outcome we see of hair transplants done abroad. Doctors in other countries are not held to the same high standards that doctors in the US are held to. The
early blackening of the scalp is a tell-tale sign of necrosis. This is caused by infection and is completely preventable if the surgeon is skilled, experienced, and has a clean, sterile environment. Once necrosis occurs, it is very difficult to treat. This patient will likely not have hair growth in the dead tissue area again. His best hope will be aggressive PRP treatment to try and heal the area and break up the scar tissue. If the scalp is able to regain some blood circulation and healthy tissue again, then transplanted hair may be successful  in the area. Any attempts at remedying this case will be hopeful at best, as there are no guarantees with botched hair transplants.
You can prevent this from happening to you! Your hair transplant is an investment in your future appearance. Find a good, trustworthy hair restoration surgeon that is local. While it may cost you more up front (compared to Turkey’s prices), you’ll save more time, money, and stress in the long run.