If you are considering traveling to get your hair transplant and you need to send online hair transplant consultation photos, this could be one of the most important videos you watch during your research. Throughout my career there have been several constants that haven't really changed, such as questions about Propecia and side effects, patients freaking out about lack of growth four weeks after surgery, and in the case of this video, patients sending in bad online hair transplant consultation photos that make no sense at all. The photos are out of focus and you can't see the details of the hair. The lighting is horrible where everything is overexposed or underexposed, the patient has used a harsh flash or their hair is styled as if they're going out for a night on the town with their friends, effectively HIDING the hair loss issues that they are sending in their online hair transplant consultation photos for in the first place! Even in the past when I've outlined some basic requirements for patients when they take their online hair transplant consultation photos for submission the problems persisted.
Why did I make an online hair transplant consultation photos video? Because if you don't get your photos right the clinic may give an inaccurate assessment and when you are traveling for your surgery you can't afford to arrive for surgery with a misdiagnosed situation. This can cause problems for not only you but also the clinic and one thing you have to understand is that when doctors are looking at online hair transplant consultation photos they aren't looking at them through the eye of a photographer so they themselves cannot tell if the photos are good or not, unless they are just far too out of focus that the deficiencies are obvious. Some of the issues that arise from poorly taken online hair transplant consultations photos include assessments that can be a couple thousands grafts too high or even too low. This can be the case for how much hair you need or don't need but also for how much hair you have in your donor zone. I remember one case I was involved in where the patient sent in photos and after he was accepted as a patient and the assessment was sent, he flew half way around the world to the clinic I was working for and after he came in for his face to face assessment he was determined to not be a surgical candidate AT ALL! The patient had basically wasted 1500.00 to fly to another country, taken time off of work, and additional expenses, because his photos were poor and did not show the actual issues as they existed in reality. In his case, had he gone to an unethical clinic after he sent his online hair transplant consultation photos they may have still performed surgery since he traveled so far in the first place, which is the last reason to have a hair transplant.
Having assessments that are inaccurate but the patient is still a candidate can still cause problems that will affect the final outcome of the procedure and, more importantly, the patient's final level of satisfaction with the procedure and their result. Can you imagine flying to another state, province or country with dreams of a fuller head of hair only to find out that your donor zone can only provide half the amount of hair that was estimated and you can only get light coverage for your balding area? I've seen it happen and it never turns out good in the end because the patient's expectations are shattered in a very negative way. These are just some of the issues with bad online hair transplant consultation photos but you get the point. Watch this video, use your common sense, and always ask yourself if the problem you see in the mirror is reflected in your photos. If not, take new online hair transplant consultation photos until you get it right. To help with this I've created the world's first infographic to help you with the basics so you don't have to watch the video over and over. Download and save the image for future reference.
Some points that I could not fit into the video due to time limitations:
- You can use a hair band to hold your hair back if it's too long or you have trouble moving it out of the way to expose thinning or loss.
- If you wet your hair, don't photograph it while soaking, just run a comb under some water to comb the hair out of the way.
- If you do have to move hair out of the way, include an extra photo showing it styled so the clinic can get a better perspective of your situation.
- Your hair should be clean so it doesn't clump together. This makes it look thinner than it really is.
- ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ask if you can see the issue in the photos that you see in the mirror. If the answer is "no", start over.