How To Choose a Hair Transplant Doctor

As a person is likely to undergo hair restoration surgery only once in his life, it is of utmost importance to choose the right doctor in order to get the best results which will last for life. The final outcome of surgery depends upon the skill, knowledge, sincerity, hard work and compassion of the doctor.

Before finalizing the doctor, one should look into the following aspects:

1. A review of patients on whom the doctor performed hair restoration: there should be a substantial number of patients available and ready to voice their overall experience and their interaction with the doctor

2. The center should be in a position to provide details of the index patient with whom you can interact and also clear your inhibitions about the surgery.

The results of hair transplantation should be analyzed on the basis of following:

a. Hairline: It should look totally natural. It should be M – shaped and the deepest points in both the corners should be aligned in the same plane as the outer angle of eye. Frontal hairline should be feathery.

b. Angle: It should vary between 10 to 15 degrees.

c. Curl: The concavity of the hair points downwards.

d. CrownThe hairs should be arranged in a whorl pattern with less density in the centre of the whorl and more density towards the periphery of the whorl. There should not be any halo around the transplanted area.

In a nutshell, it should not be perceptible that the person has undergone transplantation.

“Transplanted Hair Should Look Non-Transplanted”

1. The hair follicle should be at the same level as normal hair. No elevations or depressions should be seen.

2. The planted hair should be dense so good coverage is provided to the bald area.

3. A large number of grafts should be planted in a single session.

4. In advanced grades of baldness, the hair has to be planted artistically in such a way that an illusion of full head of hair is provided to give the patient a younger look.

The Doctor :

1. He should be well qualified with good practical experience in hair restoration.

2. He should have the ability to do both FUT and FUE with great proficiency. It is advocated that in advanced stages of baldness, a combination of both FUT and FUE, renders the best results.

3. The doctor should also be trained in basic and advanced cardiac life support.

4. The doctor should be able to give an unbiased opinion on the appropriate treatment for baldness. He should have a holistic approach to treat the patients of hair loss. The doctor should not push the patients for the surgery. There are medical treatments which can be given in early stages of hair loss.

5. Full time vs Part time:Is the doctor doing hair transplantation as a solo practice? If he is also doing other cosmetic surgeries then his focus and energy is divided or diluted. This might not do justice to hair transplantation.

6. The doctor should attend the national and international conferences and workshops. The ISHRS (International society of hair restoration surgery) is the largest and the most advanced society of hair restoration surgeons committed to physician training and patient education. It is also committed to research and defining the highest ethical standards in the hair restoration practice.

The Centre:

1. The centre should be focused upon patient care and not upon booking the dates and number of patients per month.
The PHILOSOPHY of the centre should be: Science…Ethics…Commerce, not the reverse.

2. Should be clean, tidy and hygienic with a pleasing ambience.

3. Should carry out stringent measures for hospital infection control. Regular microbiological investigations should be done to detect the presence of any growth of micro organisms in the operation room.

4. In the ideal situation, the operation room should also have the facility of laminar flow.

5. The ideal hair restoration operation theatre should be spacious with adequate lighting with LED lights.

6. The surgeon should use high quality magnification in the range of 4X to 6X.

7. The implantation should be carried out using no root touch technology.

Why Is There Cost Variation Among Different Centers?

There are many reasons for cost variations between centers. A higher cost does not imply better results.

1. Some centers have a huge budget allocation for the marketing and advertising. They tend to recover the cost from the patients.

2. Some centers run a chain of clinics and get the work done by hired doctors/technicians. The cost varies according to the charges of doctors and technicians at that particular center.

3. The number of hair transplantation technicians: Some centers hire part time technicians who perform surgeries at multiple centers, hence demand a higher emolument. This has a drawback of the technicians lacking dedication.