Hair Transplant Surgeons: The best of the best, the ones that don't advertise?

I'm a 28 year old male who has been battling MPB since around the age of 17. So far I've had 4 hair transplants and have achieved a mostly full head of hair, minus a noticeably thin spot in the crown area. My donor area is still thick, and I think one more procedure should finally win the battle once and for all. Money is not really an issue, so my question is this: If Brad Pitt was losing his hair, who would he go to?
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Best Hair Transplant Surgeon: Finding the Right One for You

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A question asked by many people considering hair restoration is, “How do I find the best hair transplant surgeon?” This is a very good question. You have to look at several factors when choosing a hair transplant doctor:

  • Training – Some doctors who are board-certified with different medical boards do not necessarily have the proper training to be an effective and successful hair transplant doctor.  Ask the doctor if he is a fellowship-trained hair transplant doctor. This means he has spent one year learning the art and science of hair restoration. 
  • Experience – How long has the doctor been performing hair restoration with consistently good results? 
  • Results – Don’t be afraid to ask if you can see plenty of before and after photos from the doctor you considering. If possible, see if you can meet some of his previous patients in person. Nothing can replace the experience of directly seeing and touching the hair of a patient who had this procedure performed previously by the doctor.
  • Board-Certification – The American Board of Hair Restoration is the only medical board exclusively dedicated to hair restoration. The doctors on this board have to pass written and oral examinations to be considered and this only happens after they have done a certain number of hair transplants, have proof of their training and can show examples of their case load. While there are doctors with other board-certifications such as dermatology and plastic surgery who perform hair restoration, hair transplantation is not a requirement of any of those boards.

After doing proper research about the best hair transplant surgeon for your medical needs, you should make an appointment and go see them in person. Spend your consultation asking proper questions because you need to have a good feeling about the doctor performing your hair transplant surgery.

Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

How to choose the best Hair transplant surgeon?

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How to choose the best Hair transplant surgeon?

This is one of the most difficult things to do especially when many surgeons write the same things on their websites. However, still you got to choose one. So, I think asking the following questions can help you to make up your mind in a better way. 

1. Education &training: Is the doctor Board Certified?
This is the first parameter which should be taken into account at the time of choosing the doctor. The American Board Certified or the Fellows of the ISHRS who have proven their hard work, dedication and commitment to the cause of hair transplantation in the professional examination format as well as amongst the peer group always hold an edge over the rest of the doctors. 

2. Experience: For how long has the doctor been practicing Hair transplant?
The longer the period, the more is the chance of his delivering the better results. But make sure that you ask about his experience of doing hair transplants and not just practicing medicine.

3. Is the doctor exclusively practicing hair transplant  or doing it along with other procedures?
A doctor who is exclusively practicing hair transplant is always better than the one who is doing it as just one of the procedures 

4. Are you happy with the results put up on their website or brochures?
Results are one of the most important criteria to select your doctor. But make sure that the pics are not photoshopped. Rather, it is difficult to morph the videos, so it is always better to judge the results from the result videos or the video testimonials. Then you should be able to appreciate the naturalness of the hairline, the softness, and coverage of the recipient area. Not only this, you should also see the donor area as most of the patients undergoing huge FUE sessions often land with moth eaten appearance of the scalp after surgery.

5. Does your doctor regularly attends the conferences and present his work in the conferences?
A doctor who keeps on attending the conferences is more updated about the new advances in his field as compared to the other one. If he also presents his work regularly, then there is a fair chance that he is respected in his peer group and his opinion will carry more weightage 

6. Does your doctor do the surgery himself?
Nowadays, the number of hair transplant surgeries have increased but so has the number of shadow surgeries i.e. the surgery which is to be done by the doctors is being performed by the technicians. The surgeon just consults and doesn’t do the extraction or the slit making process as is recommended by the bigger associations of hair transplant like the ISHRS or the AHRS India. Just make it clear from your surgeon that who is going to do these two steps

7. Has your doctor clearly understood your concerns?
According to me, if you have got a favorable answer to all the above questions, then it is most important to find out if your surgeon has clearly understood your concerns. You will not be satisfied if after transplant, you get a good crop of hair but this was not what you wanted.

In the end, I would like to say that you should take proper time and do adequate research to make your choice because the “Hair once lost from the donor area will be lost forever”.

Kapil Dua, MBBS, MS
India Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Questions to consider

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Many factors should be taken in to consideration when choosing a surgeon. Do your research and ask yourself: Who’s results do you like the best? Who’s philosophy matches what you are looking for? Does that doctor consistently produce great results? How involved in the procedure is the doctor? These are just a few of the questions that should be asked.

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How to find the best hair transplant surgeon

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The best hair transplant surgeon will be one who listens carefully to your goals and expectations and works with you personally to achieve what will look natural and more youthful.  When arranging a consultation, be sure that you will have time to address all your questions with your physician.  You should feel comfortable asking any questions, reviewing photos of patients with similar hair loss patterns to yourself, and speaking with previous patients.  It should go without saying that the doctor (not a technician) is the one removing the grafts and making all the recipient sites.

Seek a physician who is a Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and a Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, as these doctors have demonstrated a commitment to their education, ongoing training, and excellence in their specialty.  Ideally, hair transplantation should be the primary focus of their medical practice.

Good luck and wishes for success!

Scott Boden, MD
Hartford Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Hair loss specialist

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To find out the best in the field you can check ISHRS site and check doctors' back ground and numbers of years of experience and affiliations.  You can also check each doctors website for before and after pictures and do a consult to get familiar  with their approach.  And of coarse every doctor in this site thinks they are the best so you need to do your own research and find the one that customizes a plan that best fits your needs and concerns. 

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Dr Rassman

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Dr. Rassman trained many of the top hair transplant surgeons around.  He was the surgeon for many of the actors and directors in Hollywood.  He was the surgeon to many of the hair transplant doctors in the world.  He presented FUE to the world in 2002 and patented the technology behind ARTAS and Neograft.  

I admit, this is a biased answer since I was trained by him.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 102 reviews

Choosing the Best Hair Transplant Surgeon

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Hair transplant doctors who treat high profile individuals often sign confidentiality agreements to protect the privacy of celebrities who do not wish the public to know about their procedures.

This is why we often don’t know who these individuals turn to for their hair restoration procedures.

However, there are other individuals like Wayne Rooney, for example who openly share their experiences with fans.

Also, at our clinic, one of our patient videos features an actor from the television Shameless. He has kindly agreed to showcase his results and discuss his feedback about his procedure.

If you are interested in finding the best of the best, it will be important for you to do your own research. Don’t rely on conceptual, anecdotal information.

But rather, look at many different examples of patient results that the doctor is able to show. This can be in the form of still ‘before and after’ images or patient videos which not only feature these types of comparison photos, but also their verbal feedback as well.

General factors to look for include:

  1. number of grafts used
  2. growth yield success
  3. how natural the final results appear to be (e.g. do the grafts reflect natural looking angles, directions and orientations?)
Also try to find examples of patients whose hair restoration challenges are similar in nature to what you are trying to address.

Hope this helps!

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Who is the " Best Surgeon"? Who do celebrities go to for plastic surgery and hair transpalnts?

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There are many qualified doctors who can deliver a great result for you. Because you have had previous procedures, a careful, and talented, hair restoration doctor is needed.  A "factory" type environment where everyone has the same procedure will not do well.

The best fit for most patients comes from word of mouth referrals from happy patients.  Our high profile patients are treated no differently than any one else-- privacy, respect, caring, and a flawless performed hair transplant procedure.

Celebrity patietns value provacy adn seek out smaller offices with high attention to detail.  Frequently the publicists and  mnagement team have had direct experience with teh physician. It is rarely the practice with flashy web ads or paid click links.

Meet with 2 or three experienced doctors, and get a sense of the results, the care environment in the office, the confidence of the team.  Maybe do not obsess over perfection-- find good enough, and you are more likely to be happy.

Who would Brad Pitt go to for a hair transplant

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We extensively educate our patients with a slide presentation on our computer and explain our preoperative medication regimen and postoperative medication regimen, as well. Additionally,we use a unique and scientifically proven method of platelet rich plasma to enhance graft take. Thus far we have 100% satisfaction and 100% take of our grafts.   Personally, I have had the NeoGraft hair transplant and have excellent results and I had no downtime. Remember, the grafts are harvested with the NeoGraft equipment with precision obtaining pristine grafts.  I have no incision on the back of my head and a full head of hair and I am going to have my second procedure which will be my last procedure. 

How wound Brad Pitt go to for a hair transplant?

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You would have to ask Brad Pitt that question.  I have perfomed hair transplants on famous actors, CEOs of large companies, heads of state, etc... Why, it is because I defined the modern field of hair transplantation including FUE and the robot. That means that I am well known all over the world and received the Golden Follicle award by the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgeons, a world class distinction.

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.