There is a great deal of information about Hair Restoration Surgery available on the internet, some of which is misleading.
There are also many hair restoration surgery websites and social media marketing campaigns that do not comply with guidance contained within the BAHRS Professional Standards for Hair Restoration Surgeons and from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
4 important points to bear in mind when looking for a hair transplant surgeon:
- Be wary of hair transplant clinic websites that don’t list who the doctors are, what are their qualifications, and what is their hair transplant surgery experience.
- Never allow a non-doctor (patient advisor/clinic manager) to make definitive surgical planning decisions eg hair transplant design, number of follicular unit grafts/hair follicles required, transplant design.
- Ask at the consultation who will be doing the surgical steps of the hair transplant procedure including making FUE (Follicular Unit Excision) incisions in the skin and ensure it will be the doctor. At the time of surgery make sure you know who is doing the FUE incisions and it is who you gave consent to.
- All clinics in England that offer hair transplant surgery must be Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered. In addition, all locations/facilities in England where hair transplant surgery is performed must also be CQC registered.
The following documents provide advice to patients from the BAHRS.
- BAHRS Advice to Patients on Factors to Beware of when Choosing a Hair Transplant Surgeon/Clinic
- BAHRS Advice to Patients Considering having Hair Transplant surgery Abroad
- which steps of a hair transplant surgery procedure should the doctor do and which steps can the non-doctor do?
- The Importance of Insurance