I have read that some states allow "advanced practitioners" to perform hair transplants, is that different than a hair tech?
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Some clinics that offer hair transplant have techs do 99% of the surgery. This is illegal but it is done.
However, why would you go to a doctor who has someone else perform the surgery?Some cosmetic clinics that offer hair transplant on the side have techs do 99% of the surgery. This is illegal but it is done. Let's hypothetically say that the techs are better than doctors. Again, why would you go to the doctor in the first place to have surgery done by an unknown tech?
How to Avoid a Bad Hair Transplant
You ask very good questions. The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) has a warning about the proliferation of clinics that use technicians for the whole procedure. Unethical providers who want to add income to their practice will use this approach. There are only about 100 full time hair transplant surgeons in the USA.
Legality of hair transplantation
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