Physician Answered Q & As

Finding The Right Hair Transplant Surgeon

I am seriously considering having a hair transplant, but I am very afraid after reading some of the horror stories on the internet. I almost had a hair transplant with Dr. Dominic Brandy but recently found so much bad information about him. When you go in for a consultation everything seems so legitimate, that is why I am so nervous about the process. I really want to go for it since my hair loss makes me so self conscious but I want to be sure I choose a qualified surgeon. I am happy that I have found this organization and I’m hoping you can tell me what I should be looking for when choosing my hair transplant surgeon. I am afraid of making a mistake.

I feel the perfect start in looking for a qualified surgeon is through the IAHRS. 

This is also what I would look for in a surgeon when considering a hair transplant, or any surgery for that matter.
1. Look for a physician who has been formally trained in a residency or fellowship in the procedure you are interested in.
2. Look for a physician who is using the latest technological advances for that surgery ( i.e.- follicular unit grafts dissected with the aide of the stereoscopic microscope).
3. Look for a physician who is going to be personally involved in every step of the process for that surgery (i.e- performs one hair transplant a day since a typical surgery can last 6-8 hours). Avoid a physician who performs several surgeries at the same time (which means a technician is doing much of the surgery unsupervised since the doctor cannot be in 3-4 rooms at once).
4. Look for a physician that teaches the surgery to the residents at a major teaching medical center, which adds credence to his expertise.

I also feel it is important to get second opinions when every your considering any type of surgery, since it will only educate you more and will help you find a physician for which you feel most comfortable.


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The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons is a consumer organization that selectively screens skilled and ethical hair transplant surgeons. The IAHRS does not offer an open membership policy to doctors practicing hair transplatation, and is the only group that recognizes that all surgeons are not equal in their skill and technique. Its elite membership seeks to represent the best in the discipline, the true leaders in the field of surgical hair restoration.