With COVID-19 ravaging our lives and the economy in so many negative ways, I think it’s important to try to keep some sense of normalcy. For me, as a patient advocate and ambassador for the hair loss industry, I’ve been maintaining contact with clients who need me whilst staying on top of the latest developments in the sector.
Hair loss, like many other life circumstances, does not go away just because there’s a pandemic happening. There are still millions of men and women out there who, whilst understandably concerned about what is happening to the world around them, are also as distressed as ever about their hair.
A Welcome Reset For The Hair Loss Industry
COVID-19 will see the introduction of unprecedented restrictions on hair loss clinics – something which was desperately needed long before now. As a result, many of the unscrupulous operators have caved and folded (or will very soon) as they can no longer compete on a level playing field.
Ethics and impeccably high standards of hygiene and attention to detail are, finally, going to be non-negotiable and demanded by a generation of newly informed and educated patients. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s bitter sweet that it took something as devastating as COVID19 to act as the catalyst.
With all the noise now gone from the “backyard operators”, ethical clinics can now be seen and heard much more clearly, along with trusted third-party industry authorities and resources. With the majority of the world in some form of lockdown, if you are considering hair transplant surgery, now is the time to really scratch the surface and become informed and empowered with the facts.
You may or may not already know whether you’re a candidate for a hair transplant. But the preparation and groundwork you put in now will stand you in good stead for when COVID-19 restrictions are eased and you have a concrete plan in place to tackle your hair loss once and for all.
What You Can Do Now If You’re Worried About Hair Loss
It goes without saying that the hair transplant industry looks set to be closed for the foreseeable future. So, in the meantime, let’s take a look at some options available to you right now, with a view to a possible hair transplant once we’re back to a semblance of normality.
Initial Consultation Process
A reputable, honest clinic will always have your best interests at heart, so this is your chance to ask all your questions and get a clear idea of what to expect in advance. A reliable organisation of clinics and surgeons to consult with is The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons.
At the current time, many practices are offering telemedicine/telehealth consultations via Skype, FaceTime, Zoom or WhatsApp, with video functionality allowing you to show your doctor the condition of your hair and scalp. Obviously it’s not as good as an in-person examination (and you will still require one of these once we’re out the other side), but you will still get an idea of whether you are a viable candidate for a hair transplant and are able to ask any queries you may have.