Most botched hair transplants can be corrected by an expertly trained hair transplant surgeon. A properly trained doctor is someone that not only learned the medical mechanics and artistry of a hair transplant in their residency or fellowship but applies this knowledge himself/herself and does not delegate the surgery to unlicensed technicians.
What should patients look for before choosing a hair transplant surgeon?
- How was the physician trained?
- How long has the physician been performing hair transplants?
- Does the physician actually perform the entire surgery or is it delegated to an unlicensed hair transplant technician?
- Does the physician teach medical residents at a major training university hospital?
- Contact the state medical board to see if there are any complaints or sanctions on the physician’s record.
- If a doctor owns a motorized FUE surgical drill, ask who will be operating the drill. If a technician operates the motorized drill, report him/her to the local authorities and state medical board.
Unbeknown to the patients, there are many unlicensed technicians performing their hair transplant surgery, thus resulting in botched results. Some FUE device companies and unethical physicians do this for monetary gains. This is not only illegal but could also be criminal since it aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine.
A proper evaluation during the consultation between the patient and hair transplant physician expert (not a sales or tech consultant) establishes proper consent and expectations. The physician is able to make the correct hair loss diagnosis and determine if FUT or FUE is best for the patient. Taking the time to design a natural hairline with natural hair groupings gives the patient the most natural looking results. Being meticulous and not rushing the hair transplant procedure is always in the best interest of the patient.
For all the aforementioned reasons, I am the only one performing the hair transplant consultation with the patient, I am qualified to expertly repair botched hair transplants by other doctors and technicians, and I proudly only perform 1 surgery a day.