I just happened to run across this Q & A from two years ago and felt obligated to set the record straight with regard to the qualifications one should seek in a hair transplant surgeon. It is simply absurd to suggest (see below) that "the doctor [needs to be] board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to ensure they [sic] have the proper training." This does a great disservice to the many outstanding full-time hair transplant surgeons whose original specialty was something other than plastic surgery, who participate in continuing medical education activities, and who, in some cases, are recognized by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. Board certification in plastic surgery is of little reassurance if hair restoration surgery is simply one item on a large menu of cosmetic procedures offered by the surgeon; in these cases, the surgeon and his or her assistants may lack the experience and judgment necessary for achieving excellent results. Bottom line: you can have a poorly performed hair transplant by a board certified plastic surgeon who dabbles in hair transplants with inexperienced staff and who rarely attends educational meetings, and a beautiful result from a urologist or dermatologist or emergency medicine physician and their experienced staff who perform hair transplants full-time.
Hair club was bought by Bosley a few years ago and Bosley and medical hair restoration were bought by a Japanese wig company about ten years ago. The company is trying to have a monopoly with hair restoration. they are like any other franchise company, how they do depends on the doctor that is performing your surgery at that particular clinic.
Bosley is Hair Club.. They're the same company. The company is owned by a Japanese wig company called Aderans. They employ many doctors. Some are great. Some are not. Just like the doctors here (or anywhere else). Some are great. Some are not.
The most important factor when choosing a surgeon is not where they work but how they work
Look for a physician who is dedicated to hair transplant surgery, has good results and satisfied patients
See lots of before and after photos and make sure you enjoy working with that physician!
it matters not if the physician is a dermatologist (some of the founders of this specialty were dermatologists) or plastic surgeons or emergency medicine physician - what matters is they do great work and care
simple as that!
Many hair transplant clinics use salesmen at the initial consultation to sell you the procedure. You only meet the doctor at the time of surgery and probably won't see them again. Often times the doctor is not a plastic surgeon or even a surgeon at all. Make sure you meet the doctor and they are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to ensure they have the proper training.
Many places do good work. Ideally, rather then trust a company, you want to find out who exactly is doing your procedure at the clinic or company. You should decide based on the particular doctor that will be doing your case that day. Research the background and experience of that physician.
Bosley purchased Hair Club a few years ago. Both companies are owned by Aderans, a Japanese wig manufacturer. Like any group of doctor, there are great doctor, good doctor, poor doctor and terrible doctors. You need to know what you are buying and as I always say 'let the buyer beware'.