Since hair transplant surgery cannot be considered an urgent medical procedure, the BAHRS advises patients not to leave home to have hair transplant consultations or surgery until such time that the government’s advice on travel restriction changes.
The BAHRS creates hair transplant surgical checklist to improve patient safety
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends the use of a surgical safety checklist for all surgical procedures https://www.who.int/patientsafety/safesurgery/checklist/en/ and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England looks for evidence of use in its inspections of clinics that offer surgery.
The BAHRS endorses this initiative in order to be compliant with National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) 5 Steps to Safer Surgery.
However, the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist does not take into account certain questions that would help to increase the safety of hair transplant surgery procedures so the BAHRS has developed a specific hair transplant surgical safety checklist which was launched at the BAHRS Annual General Meeting on 1st March 2020.
All BAHRS surgeon members are encouraged to use this checklist.
BAHRS 2020 Conference is a huge success
The BAHRS 2020 Conference held in association with Aesthetic Medicine Live at London Olympia on 29/2/20-1/3/20 saw a Faculty of leading national and international speakers deliver talks on a wide range of hair loss and hair restoration topics. It is undoubtedly the premier annual UK conference for practitioners of all backgrounds interested in hair restoration. For a link to the programme click here
The decision by the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct to suspend a hair transplant surgeon for allegedly allowing unqualified and unlicensed individuals to perform a hair transplant procedure is consistent with ISHRS policy.
The BAHRS is proud to be a founding member of the ISHRS Global Council
The BAHRS was represented at the ISHRS World Congress Global Council meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on 13 November 2019 by President Greg Williams, Vice President Chris D’Souza and Treasurer Dilan Fernando.
At the Global Council meeting topics of concern to Regional Societies were discussed including the increasing problem of cheap and poor quality hair transplant surgery health tourism.
In addition, Greg, Chris and Dilan filmed a number of video clips with the ISHRS audiovisual team endorsing the Fight the FIGHT campaign and highlighting what the BAHRS is doing in the UK to lobby for regulation of the hair restoration surgery field and for the recognition of the BAHRS Professional Standards.
Historic 1st meeting of Hair Transplant Surgical Assistants in the UK hosted by the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery
There were many useful topics discussed including developing professional standards for freelance hair transplant surgical assistants and a register.
ISHRS Launches Fight the Fight Public Awareness Campaign to combat fraudulent and illicit Hair Restoration practices worldwide
The BAHRS supports the ISHRS in this campaign and actively lobbies the relevant organisations to address this growing problem in the UK.
The BAHRS recommends that, when looking for a hair transplant clinic in England, patients ensure that it is CQC registered and has a ‘Good’ rating across all areas.
As the hair transplant surgery field is unregulated, there is little oversight of online advertising especially from overseas clinics. BAPRAS encourages young men with minimal degrees of hair loss to visit the Think Over Before You Makeover section of their website for more information.
The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) supports the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery (BAHRS) in its position that Hair Transplant Surgery for male and female pattern hair loss is a treatment for a diagnosable genetically caused and hormonally mediated medical condition, and that in the majority of cases should not be considered ‘cosmetic surgery’.
The BAHRS issues Position Statement that Hair Transplant Surgery for male and female pattern hair loss should NOT be considered as cosmetic surgery.
The BBC highlights the problem with misleading advertising of hair transplant surgery.
Hair Transplant Surgical Assistants should be aware that jail sentences are possible for doing surgery on patients without medical training even if the patients give consent. Making FUE incisions in the skin constitutes doing surgery as defined by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England.
Hair transplant patients are being lured to black market pirate clinics across the world, at an alarming rate. They are promised low prices and guaranteed results. Unfortunately, these ‘clinics’, where surgeries are performed by non-doctors with little or no training, are causing irreparable harm. ISHRS members warn consumers to do all necessary research prior to surgery and to find a doctor in which you can verify their credentials. Your safety and well-being are at risk if you don’t do your homework.