In order to evaluate the donor area for hair transplant, an in person consultation is usually the best practice.
During the consultation the following might be discussed. A Trichoscopy takes a look at the donor area while examining the density of the follicles. In some cases, some donor areas might have dermatologic issues that might need attention. A scalp check is recommended to see if the donor area is suited for a hair transplant. A hair surgeon also can assess the pattern of hair loss to see if reversing alopecia is possible. Lastly, the number of donor hairs available for transplant; is calculated and verified.
As far as pain is concerned, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) methods, like ARTAS, minimize the effects due to the techniques used.
Whereas, strip methods produce the most pain due to extraction of the back of the scalp. Along with the hair follicles. In addition, to the nerves being cut out along the scalp. After strip surgery, patients usually feel anesthetizing and tingling on the recipient area, and pain along the donor site, due to tension and sutures placed.
FUE techniques don’t result in much pain and the amount of patients taking pain medications after procedures is minimal.
Improved results can be a achieved with the use of growth factors such as Platelet Rich Plasma, which can speed up the healing process.