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.