Hair Transplant Is a Life-Changing Experience So Choose Your Doctor Carefully
Not only do we get patients from the greater Los Angeles area and all of California, we also see patients from the rest of the United States and other countries. Although many people are willing to travel to find the best hair transplant center for treatment of their baldness, some may prefer to find a local doctor. Here are some qualifying points to help you find the right hair transplant surgeon for your hair restoration needs:
Ask the surgeon about their medical background. Proper training in dermatology and plastic surgery are not always sufficient. Hair restoration has its own training and mentorship programs. Find out about the prior training of the doctor to see if he/she has proper fellowship training in hair restoration.
It’s important to make sure your hair transplant surgeon has enough relevant experience to give you the results you desire. Experience does not always translate to years performing surgery. In the last few years, the field of hair restoration has undergone a radical transformation and many doctors who have been performing hair restoration for years had to fine-tune and upgrade their skills. The best hair transplant surgeons are the ones who have years of experience but have kept current with the most advanced hair restoration techniques. Experience, education and innovation go hand in hand and are the main elements of a technologically advanced hair restoration practice.
Method of Performing a Hair Transplant
Choose a doctor who is familiar with different hair restoration techniques rather than one who is only comfortable with one technique. This allows him/her to be flexible and make the best choice for your hair restoration needs. You should also ask questions to make sure the doctor is knowledgeable about the technique he wants to perform. For example, if the doctor wants to perform follicular unit transplant through follicular unit extraction (FUE), you need to ask the following questions:
Are the grafts extracted using microscopic or automated methods?
Is the doctor the one who extracts the grafts?
What is the role of the technicians in the procedure?
Does the doctor employ different methods to extract hair?
If the doctor wants to perform a hair restoration through FUT, ask the following questions:
Are the grafts microscopically dissected?
Do all the technicians use stereo-microscopes?
How long have the technicians been using microscopes to dissect follicular units?
Do you use several methods of graft extraction or only one?
Ask to see plenty of before and after photos of previous patients who had the same technique you are considering. Make sure to ask the doctor which technique was used to achieve the results in the various photos.
Open houses are great places to meet the previous patients of a doctor. If your doctor offers one, attend it and be prepared to examine the transplanted areas of the previous patients. The goal of a successful hair transplant is that you should not be able to detect the transplanted area from a natural and full head of hair.
You can also ask the office if you can visit and talk with any previous patients in person. If the practice is open to it, this will give you the best chance to see the results in person and also ask a real patient any questions you might have about the procedure.
Word of Mouth
There is nothing better than hearing about a practice from a family member or a friend who had a great experience with that office. Although some people may not be open about their hair transplants, there might be someone in your close circle of friends/family who does not mind discussing his experience.
An alternative to word of mouth is online reviews. Use reputable online sources to find more information about hair transplants and the practice. You can check doctor reviews on some specialty sites such as Hair Transplant Network, The Bald Truth and Realself.
You can do plenty of research before choosing a hair transplant doctor but your search is not complete until you make an appointment to meet the doctor in person. Discuss the procedure with the doctor after doing your homework and educating yourself about the hair transplant process.
Innovation and Research
The field of hair transplant is still relatively new in cosmetic medicine and is evolving daily. The doctors who want the best for their patients usually do not stick with the status quo. They have to use the most advanced techniques of hair restoration while constantly looking for new and better ways to perform a hair transplant. It’s easy to identify these hair transplant surgeons thanks to their volume of research, publication and presentations.