Like most fields in medicine, hair transplant surgery has evolved in the past decade because of new technology and an increased number of surgeons. However, this means bogus products, quacks, and pseudoscience that may result in health problems in the future plague the field. Increased advertisement of hair loss products in social media platforms, newspapers, magazines, radio and television elevates the risk of patients getting substandard and harmful procedures. Here are tips on identifying a certified and reliable hair transplant surgeon.

Research

In your search for a certified and experienced hair transplant surgeon, you should start at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons  (ISHRS) and British Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons ( BAHRS ) ISHRS and BAHRS are a non-profit medical organization that selectively screens ethical, experienced, and skilled hair transplants. It does not provide an open membership policy to physicians practicing hair restoration and transplant surgeries.

The Experience of the Surgeon

Hair transplant and restoration procedures are usually complex and require years of expertise and mastery to succeed. Your surgeon would need years of practice and surgeries to achieve the necessary experience. Therefore, do not hesitate to ask for proof of experience and the number of patients the surgeon has handled. In addition, ask for the type of procedure used in the surgeries. As the surgeon gives you the before and after photos of previous patients, you should have a minimum of ten pairs of pictures of the earlier clients to judge their expertise. In addition, ensure that the photos have been taken at the same angle, with the same background and lighting. Furthermore, request pictures of donor scars on the back of the patient’s scalp.

Patient Testimonials and Reviews

You can request the surgeon to list a minimum of six patients to get their testimonies. Also, search the internet for reviews of the surgeon and the facility to get more insight before the procedure. You can ask other physicians who have previously worked with the surgeon and their team to gain a broad understanding. Furthermore, you can organize a meet-up with some patients to inspect their skin and hair characteristics and see the results.

Hair transplant is like any other type of surgery and requires expertise and practice of due diligence to give the best results and avoid complications. Aside from reading patient testimonials and visiting the ISHRS and BAHRS, it would help if you established the technique that the surgeon would use, the qualifications of the technicians, and the success rates. Following the above tips will ensure that you get the best hair transplant treatment.