Women's hair loss is an increasing concern for many people who want to donate their hair. Many women donate their hair and not use it. If you are thinking about donating your hair, there are some steps you can take to make sure you will get it from a qualified donor.
You may have noticed ads on television and on the Internet offering a cash payment for a hair from a female donor. Before you take a hair from a friend or relative, be sure the person is registered with the American Society of Hair Restoration Specialists (ASHR). Donors with this organization have signed a contract promising that the hair will be used only for the special needs hair transplant procedure. The payment should come out of your own pocket.
If you receive a check for $1000 or more, then the check may be from an unregistered donor, and you should write a letter explaining the situation. ASHR does not keep statistics on the number of donors who are unregistered. You should also let the donors know you will be sending them the results of the hair.
If you are donating your hair, you should contact your doctor to find out what type of treatment is best for your special hair transplant needs. Your doctor can recommend the best surgical procedures for your condition. Your doctor will discuss with you the risks and side effects associated with any surgery.
You should talk to your surgeon before agreeing to donate your hair. It is important to your surgeon that you are happy with the outcome of the surgery. You should ask plenty of questions and try to understand the process and the outcome.
One of the most important questions you should ask your surgeon is how you will be paid. Your surgeon should tell you what he or she would charge you. It is also important to find out how many days you will need to stay in the hospital after the surgery.
The time you spend after surgery in the hospital is going to depend on the level of medical treatment. The nurses you work with will help you adjust to your new life. In some cases, you may need special housing after surgery to allow you to recover.
While you are waiting for your recovery to run its course, you will need to find temporary accommodation for yourself. It is best to be as close to your surgeon as possible so you can quickly be assessed for placement. If you cannot find an immediate place to stay, you may wish to rent a home and then go back to your former residence when you can afford to do so.
As soon as you can, you should meet with your surgeon. It is important to establish whether your new doctor is comfortable having you donate your hair. He or she should provide you with a referral to another medical specialist who is willing to accept your donation.
Once you have received that referral, the doctor or surgeon will likely discuss the costs. He or she will want to discuss how much your hair would cost and whether or not it is covered by insurance. Most doctors will offer you free counseling but will vary in what they offer.
If you are financially able to donate your hair after all, you should discuss whether or not your donor's financial health is known. You should ask if the hair would affect your insurance, and if your insurance will pay for your surgery.
A potential donor should always seek out the doctor or surgeon who offers the highest quality of service. This will ensure that the procedure will be of the highest quality. It may be tempting to be flexible and accept payment upfront, but this will not guarantee a smooth transition.