How to Find a Good Hair Transplant Surgeon


Natalia Casas, Staff Writer

Natalia Casas is a bilingual (English-Spanish) writer whose work has appeared in magazines and on websites across Latin America and the United States. Her areas of expertise include fashion, health, lifestyles, travel, and self-improvement. She is a professional English-to-Spanish translator and holds a mass communication and journalism degree from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in MedellĂ­n, Colombia.

October 29 2007

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You've done your homework and finally decided you need a permanent solution to your hair loss issues. You've tried different products, potions, and remedies with no visible results. At this point, you have more questions on your mind than new hairs on your head! Is hair transplant surgery really the best choice? What happens during a hair transplant procedure? Who is the best hair transplant surgeon for me?

All the uncertainty will vanish once you take the time to find the right hair transplant surgeon for you. can help you find a qualified hair transplant doctor quickly and easily. Regardless of how you find your hair restoration specialist, here are a few suggested areas to research to help you make your decision:

Surgeon's credentials and reputation. What diplomas are hanging on the wall? Has the hair transplant doctor taken additional courses, attended seminars, or done specific research on medical hair restoration? Look for answers to these questions even before your first visit. Search for his or her name on different sites on the Internet. Try to find out information over the phone when you call to make an appointment and verify it while at the office. And last but not least, check if the doctors you are considering have certification from the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.

Former patients. Ask the doctor if you can speak with former clients who have had the hair transplant procedure. Ask them about their experience, not only with the procedure but also the kind of service they received at the doctor's office (by the doctor and the staff) before, during, and after the hair transplant surgery.

Listen to what he or she says. A hair transplant surgeon should answer your questions, offer advice and give you a sense of confidence; a doctor shouldn't give you a sales pitch. A qualified hair-loss doctor will pay attention to your questions, explain the procedures, and recommend the best solution for you without pressuring you to take any steps. Be sure you feel comfortable with the doctor and the staff. If a doctor won't listen to you and discuss your needs, then find another doctor.

Get it on paper. Ask the hair transplant doctor to give you a written plan of the medical hair restoration procedure he or she recommends for you. This plan should clearly indicate the fees and other costs of the hair transplant procedure. Remember: You can consult with as many hair transplant surgeons as you need to help you make the best decision.

Do not overlook any hair transplant doctor just because of the distance or the price. These are important factors to take into consideration, but they are not the most crucial ones. Make a checklist that includes all these variables and start eliminating those names that don't meet your criteria.