An In-Depth Look at the Consultation Process
The consultation is by far the most important appointment a patient will have throughout the hair restoration process. It is an integral learning experience for both the doctor and patient, and a great opportunity to answer each other’s questions before beginning any treatments.
I find that this one-on-one time allows me to really listen to my patient’s concerns and understand his or her needs. For instance, I can help the patient pinpoint what exactly is motivating him or her to consider hair restoration. Is the patient going through a divorce? Has the patient suffered a painful sunburn on the scalp? Or is the patient fed up with negative comments about his or her hair loss? Maybe the patient is bothered by something specific about his or her hair, like shedding, a bald spot, or a receding hair line.
All patients are different, and I have to understand their concerns in order to provide them with the best care possible. Only then can I explain a realistic treatment outcome, stressing how a multi therapy approach to hair restoration will affect and improve their lives. I even use this time to recommend the best hairstyles for the patient during and after any treatments.
Check back in two weeks for my third installment on the consultation process – the important discussion of medical history and how it can ensure a safe and effective hair restoration process.