Surgical Hair Restoration: Surgeons' Credentials


The information provided to the public by the AHLC is remarkably outdated and can be dangerous if followed in some instances. It is not affiliated with the American Hair Loss Association. We recommend avoiding the AHLC when researching medical treatment for hair loss.

American Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons: The ASHRS is another educational organization created by physicians to further the field.

According to its member application, "membership in the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ASHRS) does not qualify a physician as being certified to practice hair restoration surgery and that membership alone in the said society is for educational purposes only."

The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons: The IAHRS is a consumer organization that selectively screens skilled and ethical hair transplant surgeons. The IAHRS does not offer an open membership policy to doctors practicing hair transplantation, and is the only group that recognizes that all surgeons are not equal in their skill and technique.

Its elite membership seeks to represent the best in the discipline, the true leaders in the field of surgical hair restoration. The IAHRS's goal is to provide a safe place for prospective patients to choose a surgeon based on skill and not on their ability to buy public opinion through advertising.

The American Hair Loss Association recognizes IAHRS membership as an elite credential in this field.

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery: The ISHRS is a nonprofit voluntary organization of more than 700 hair transplant doctors. The ISHRS provides continuing education to physicians specializing in hair transplant surgery.

Membership in the ISHRS does not constitute competence in the field and should not be considered a qualifying credential. Currently there are no set standards for admittance into the ISHRS. Therefore any doctor performing hair transplantation can become an "active" member of this strictly educational organization.

The American Hair Loss Association acknowledges the tremendous value of the ISHRS in the field of hair transplantation. However, its educational efforts should not be confused with any kind of credentialing process.

World Hair Society: Little is known about The World Hair Society; what it has contributed to the field is unclear. Even so, it is found as a credential on many physicians' resumes.

Published on March 1, 2010

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