How to chose the most qualified hair restoration surgeon
With the popularity of hair transplantation on the rise, so many doctors are adding hair transplant to their practice. As so many non specialized doctors start to offer hair transplant, how can clients choose the most qualified doctor that offer the best hair transplant? To add to the confusion, there are many internet sites that promote doctors for a fee, so how is one to recognize a legitimate organization from a marketing site?
Finding a qualified hair restoration doctor can be very challenging for the patient. However there is two qualifications that set apart an experienced hair restoration surgeon for excellence from others. Those are the designation of Diplomat of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS), and the designated Fellow member status by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS).
Hair restoration surgery is a medical and surgical subspecialty that has matured over the decades since its introduction in the 1960s. By the 1990s, hair restoration surgery as a cosmetic subspecialty had matured to the position of requiring standards for assuring the highest level of knowledge and skill in practitioners of hair restoration surgery. The medical profession has such a mechanism in place-the medical specialty board that certifies qualified specialists in their elected specialty or subspecialty. Leaders of hair restoration surgery adopted the medical-board approach to certification, and organized the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS).
Board certification and diplomatic certification has both public and professional implications. The primary purpose of certification of medical specialists is to assure the public of a physician’s knowledge and skill. Among colleagues, certification in hair surgery by the ABHRS has implications of professional quality and standing.
The requirements for certification are rigorous, and they are applied by all medical boards. The hair surgeon must pass written and oral examinations, and then recertify by passing an exam every ten years.
What It Means to be a Fellow member of the ISHRS?
The designation of fellow member was established in order to recognize members who met its exceptional educational criteria.
In order to be considered, the hair restoration surgeon must achieve a specific level of points in a system of various educational parameters such as serving in leadership positions, American Board of Hair Restoration (ABHRS) certification, writing of scientific papers, teaching at scientific programs, among others.
It is a great honor for a member to achieve this designation of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). This recognizes the surgeon who strives for excellence in this specialized field. To maintain this status, the surgeon must continue to meet established educational criteria over time.
Dr Meshkin is honored to be recognized as a designated long standing member of ISHRS by his peers and also be certified diplomat by ABHRS for his knowledge and skill as a specialized hair restoration surgeon.
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