The best way to find a hair transplant surgeon is through a referral either from your plastic surgeon, dermatologist, family physician or another patient who has had the procedure. Do not be tempted by infomercials or aggressive marketing campaigns promising you a full head of hair. Read real patient reviews on sites like RealSealf.com that have verified reviews of doctors. Be sure as you read the doctor reviews that they are reviews of patients who have had a hair transplant and not general reviews of a variety of procedures. You should be wary of any medical practice that is a part time hair restoration practice or a practice that utilizes sales people to try and sell you a hair transplant. Once you have found a hair transplant doctor that you are interested in do further research to see that they have a great reputation as well as superb results.
Is the Doctor qualified to be a Hair Transplant Surgeon?
In choosing a hair transplant surgeon, find out if they are board certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS). Hair transplant surgeons should also be members of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and a few have achieved the fellow status as a Fellow of the ISHRS (designated as FISHRS in their credentials).
FUE and FUT Surgical Technique
Most full time hair restoration surgeons perform both FUT strip procedures and FUT by FUE. Since the proliferation of automated FUE devices there has been a proliferation of FUE only clinics or part-timers starting hair transplantation in which non physician staff are performing the majority of the procedure. Having an FUE device does not create a hair transplant surgeon. Surgeons that do only one type of procedure, i.e. either FUT or FUE, they are going to be biased towards the technique that they perform and are unlikely to give you a balanced view. When making a decision, be certain to consult with a doctor who performs all of the procedures that you are considering. Remember, the most important part of the decision is: Can this surgeon provide me with the artistic excellence you want and will they leave me with as small as scar as possible no matter the technique.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both FUT and FUE, therefore it is important for you to have a good understanding of both procedures so that you and your doctor can decide which is best for you and your long term goals of hair restoration.