NHI Medical is proud to provide information to prospective patients who want to know how to choose a quality doctor for performing a hair transplant. We believe in the core values established by the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS). ISHRS is dedicated to achieving excellence in patient outcomes by promoting the highest standards of medical practice, medical ethics, and research in the medical hair restoration industry.
What should I be looking for in a hair transplant docor?
There are guidelines for selecting a great doctor for any cosmetic medical specialty and these same guidelines apply for hair restoration surgeons. You should look for a doctor who:
- Is caring and compassionate
- Takes an interest in you as an individual
- Takes the time to learn about your problems and does not impose his/her views on you
- Listens to what you have to say and addresses your concerns
- Gives you advice as they would their own family member
- Is willing to educate you and bridge the gap between his/her knowledge and yours
- Prepares you for a realistic outcome (does not over promise)
- Has excellent credentials in the specialty/field you need
- Is artistic
- Has an excellent reputation/reviews in the field
What should I look to avoid in a hair transplant doctor?
Some doctors use gimmicks to “sell” you a surgical procedure. You should never be a victim of a doctor’s selling skills. When selecting a surgeon for your hair restoration procedure, consider the following:
- Beware of doctors that show photos of “celebrities” to make the viewer believe they performed surgery on those individuals.
- Confirm that the photos the doctor has shown you are photos of their actual patients and not stock photos.
- Beware of doctors who show you terrible outcomes from other doctor’s practices as a scare tactic.
- Watch out for marketing “hype” by a hair restoration doctor that may mislead the public and violate various state and federal laws by using terms such as:
- “Scarless surgery” – FUE will produce many round scars.
- “No incision” – FUE is considered an incision.
- “No cutting” – FUE involves cutting.
- “Cloning” – As of 2019, there is no cloning of hair.
- “Hair multiplication” – As of 2019, there is no hair multiplication.
- “Non-invasive” – All surgery is invasive, even FUE.
- “Eliminates the need for additional procedures” – This is a major red flag.
“Pain free” – There is always some pain.
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