Surgical Hair Restoration: What to Avoid in a Surgeon
Currently the field of surgical hair restoration is not regulated by either
the U.S. government or the medical community. Any licensed physician can
legally perform hair transplant surgery without any prior surgical training or
accreditation of any kind.
However, a handful of extremely skilled and ethical physicians do perform
excellent hair transplantation in this country. These physicians have had
extensive training in surgical hair restoration and are at the top of their
field. Their state-of-the-art techniques are truly transforming lives.
Like good health and youth, most of us take a thick head of hair for granted -- that is, until it is gone. For many people, hair transplant procedures can help bring back the appearance of a full -- or, at least, fuller -- head of hair.
The American Hair Loss Association fully endorses hair transplantation when
performed by qualified, ethical physicians. However, finding a qualified hair
transplant surgeon can be challenging. Do not underestimate the complexity of
this important task. Consider the following advice:
Avoid turning to the Yellow Pages when seeking a hair transplant
Avoid referrals from your dermatologist or family practitioner.
While your family doctor or dermatologist might mean well, the fact is that
most physicians in this country know very little about the scope and pitfalls
of this demanding cosmetic procedure. Unless your doctor has personal
experience with the hair transplant physician he is recommending, our advice
would be to say thanks, but no thanks.
Avoid referrals from your hair stylist. In some cases, hair stylists may
receive compensation from hair transplant surgeons for referrals. Be
Avoid large hair transplant groups or practices that employ or contract
physicians to perform hair transplantation under a common umbrella.
Avoid practices advertising on television infomercials. While these larger
groups have the ability to buy public opinion through expensive and flashy
television, print, and radio marketing, this may not equate to superior
Finally, remember, just because a "company" or "practice" claims to be one
of the largest does not mean that they are one of the best. The American Hair
Loss Association recognizes that these large practices do employ some skilled
and ethical physicians and that it is possible to attain satisfactory results.
Do your homework first before you decide on a surgeon.
Published on March 1, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from the American Hair Loss Association