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Last but not least, ask to meet patients who have similar hair and skin characteristics as you. It is very important to view patients with these similar characteristics to assess the hair transplant physician's ability to provide you with a realistic and beneficial outcome.

3. If the hair transplant doctor or hair transplant group you are considering claims to be performing follicular unit hair transplantation, ask the following questions:

a. Are the grafts microscopically dissected?
b. Do all the technicians use stereo-microscopes?
c. How long have the technicians been using microscopes to dissect follicular units?
d. How many stereo-microscopes are being used during a procedure?
e. Does your hair transplant doctor use a single-bladed knife to excise the donor strip? You want the answer to be "yes."

4. Contact your state medical board to see if any complaints have been filed against the hair transplant doctor or hair transplant group.

5. During your initial consultation, be sure to meet with the hair transplant doctor who will be performing your surgery. If your hair transplant doctor is not available, leave immediately and do not have a hair transplant performed by that hair transplant physician or hair transplant group. If you meet with a "medical consultant" remember the following:

a. The consultant should be there to provide you with basic information on the hair transplant procedure.
b. He or she is most likely not a medical professional and should not provide you with specific medical or surgical recommendations.
c. Consultants do have their place in this field, but cannot replace a consultation with a medical professional.

6. Is your hair transplant doctor's practice dedicated solely to surgical hair restoration? If not, what percentage of his/her practice is?


Published on March 1, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from the American Hair Loss Association

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