What makes a surgeon specifically a hair restoration surgeon? Since there is no real official medical specialty in hair restoration surgery, surgeons usually start out in other fields of medicine such as general surgery, cosmetic or aesthetic surgery, dermatology, plastic surgery or others. Some hair transplant surgeons have wandered into the field through their own hair transplant experiences. Others surgeons are intrigued by a growing and challenging area of medicine where innovation, artistry and precision are of the upmost importance.
No matter what the reason is for selecting this area of medicine, the hair restoration surgeon, especially FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) surgeons require a great deal of training and experience. Since FUE is in constant evolution, surgeons need to keep up-to-date with the latest techniques and instrumentation. This is done through workshops and conferences, medical literature, onsite training, forums and peer information sharing.
Now, the next question… What makes a good hair restoration surgeon? There are qualified and experienced surgeons worldwide. For most people, cost is a large consideration, but that should that should not be the only consideration when selecting a surgeon. Decide which surgeon can provide you with the result that you are looking for, and which surgeon can give you the most natural and homogenized appearance. Surgical technique and instrumentation used is another consideration. Some techniques have better success rates than others due to graft survival rates that are greatly affected by extraction methods, instrumentation and storage.
Talk to others who have had the procedure. Compare results. Do your homework and don’t let cost alone steer you in the wrong direction towards an unsatisfactory result that you will have to live with for quite some time.