Who is Qualified to Do a Hair Transplant?

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Hair transplant success depends on an excellent team

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Unlike almost any other cosmetic procedure, an excellent hair transplant requires an excellent team. The surgeon is only part of the equation. I am responsible for hairline design, donor harvesting and closure, and recipient site creation (where the grafts go into). My team is responsible for graft dissection and placement. Having an excellent team is mandatory.

Almost any surgeon/physician can do hair restoration, but as the other physician has answered very few do it well. Looking at one's before and after results can be a testament to one's skills.

Knowing as much about safety regarding when to transplant and when not to is very important. I believe that good judgment must involve both understanding the medical aspects of hair loss (types of hair loss that you can't operate on, medical management, etc.) as well as surgical expertise (artistry and technical skills).

Finally, ethics is key. Too many clinics have hard driving salesmen to push you to do a case that the surgeon might otherwise think is dangerous or inappropriate. Ethical judgment on when not to operate is very important. hope that helps.

best,

sml

p.s.: here is a short video in which i talk about if any physician is trying to get into the field, what he or she should be thinking of regarding all of the above points.


Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Any physician can technically do a hair transplant. What...

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Any physician can technically do a hair transplant.

What you want to look for is a physician who understands hair loss and can create a natural looking hair line that will last for 10-20 years, not just 2-3. Most patients want to fill in bald areas, but an experienced and trained physician knows that just filling in bald areas will create an unnatural appearance as natural hair loss progresses. Qualified physicians are those that have trained in hair restoration, understand natural hair loss patterns, and will take the time to educate patients on what constitutes a natural hair line.

Unfortunately, some physicians who technically know how to perform hair transplants do not understand hair loss and create hairlines which are not natural.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Who is Qualified to Do a Hair Transplant?

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You might think that to be qualified to do a hair transplant you need a particular qualification.

Fact is, as long as you have an MD after your name you can technically perform hair transplants.

Because of the lack of regulation in the "hair transplant industry"  you need to make your decisions very carefully. 

The American College of Surgeons do not recognize hair transplants as a specialty. Therefore you can't become "Board Certified" in that area. 

Hair transplants are something that is learned in addition to what we have become "Board Certified" in such as plastic surgery.

When talking with different clinics, look at the doctors experience, make sure you look at before and after pictures, talk with actual patients and find out about the experience of the technicians that will be assisting the MD.

Jon E. Mendelsohn, MD
Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

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Who can do a hair transplant?

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Technically, any licensed physician can do a hair transplant.  That's were it gets tricky.  Since anyone can advertise for it, it's imperitive that you find those MOST qualified.  As a physician who is dual fellowship trained in both facial plastic surgery and hair restoration I think this is optimal training.  Hair transplant is more than a technical challenge, but artistry.  Creating a hair restoration plan that will maintain flexibility for the patient and produce an aesthetic and natural result that is lifelong is key.  Other intangibles (Do you like your surgeon? Does he have a kind and considerate staff?) are all important.

John Bitner, MD
Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Qualified Hair Transplant Surgeon

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Qualifications are determined by experience. Hair transplants are easy to do, but it is difficult to get a good result. Remember, hair loss is progressive. Unfortunately, I have seen many patients who had hair replacement surgery at a young age and subsequently had severe additional hair loss. Without adequate donor area, the final result may be deforming. A qualified surgeon has the experience to estimate the ultimate extent of alopecia.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Choosing the Right Hair Transplant Surgeon

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Any licensed doctor is legally permitted to perform hair transplant procedures, which can make finding a "good" hair transplant surgeon a bit tricky. Typically, the procedure is offered by plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and other doctors who work in aesthetic medicine. When you're doing your research, pay close attention to the doctor's credentials, including how many years he or she has been performing hair transplant surgery. Before-and-after photos of previous patients are also a great resource. If you schedule a consultation, don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions, including how often the doctor performs this procedure. Stick to your gut when evaluating a doctor. If something rubs you the wrong way, keep searching. Best of luck!

Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Qualifications of a Hair Transplant Surgeon

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Excellent hair transplant physicians have developed from a range of different training backgrounds, but the procedure is often done by dermatologists, facial plastic surgeons, and plastic surgeons.  The most important things you should consider when looking for a hair transplantation surgeon are:


1.) Physician’s education: high quality training, board certification, up to date in latest hair transplant techniques.  2.) Experience: Has he/she performed many successful hair transplantations?  3.) Clear communication and rapport:  Do you feel confident that the doctor clearly understands your goals and objectives?   Good luck with your search!

Paul L. Leong, MD, FACS
Pittsburgh Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Choosing A Hair Transplant Surgeon

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Since hair transplantation is not recognized as a specialty within itself, any board certified doctor can technically perform hair transplant--only as far as medical certifications go. But a qualifying certificate does not denote the skill, experience, or artistry of a surgeon. When looking for a hair transplant doctor, be sure that he/she has--in addition to the proper certifications and licensing:

  • Ample experience
  • Video and/or photo documentation of past cases
  • High success rates among said cases
  • The proper tools (preferably handheld), a competent staff, and a well-equipped operating room

Determining a good hair transplant surgeon goes beyond the basic medical qualifications. The right surgeon is perhaps the largest contributing factor to the success or failure of your procedure.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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How to choose a surgeon to perform a hair transplantation

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Many physicians can perform a hair transplantation procedure for a patient.  The skill of the surgeon for the procedure,  however, is to be able to outline a proper hairline pattern  for the patient that will maximize the available grafts taken from the posterior scalp to give the appearance of the  greatest density of hair for the patient.  Needless to say, the quality of the surgical techs assisting in the preparation and placement of the grafts is paramount to the successful completion of a hair transplantation procedure.. Always ask about the members of the team that will assist the surgeon in performing your surgery.

 

I may be very biased, but I truly believe a Plastic Surgeon is best equipped to  perform surgery of this type, but must admit  that there is less  pure surgical  experience required to perform a hair transplantation than  the more complex surgeries that we all  are asked to do.

 

Good luck to you.

 

Frank Rieger M.D  .  Board Certified Tampa Plastic Surgeon

Francis (Frank) William Rieger, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Hair transplant or hair restoration experts

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Doctors who specialize in hair restoration or hair transplantation are usually plastic surgeons or dermatologists.  The bottom line is just like any other type of procedure, the physician must be an expert in selecting the right patients for the procedures and having the experience and skill to achieve excellent results.  Hair transplantation is also dependent on a team of skilled technicians to help the physician cut and place the grafts. 

The keys to good results are

1. Selecting the proper patient

2.Creating a proper hairline

3. Placing the grafts with proper orientation

4. Seting realistic expectations with the patient. 

Ramtin Kassir, MD
Wayne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

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