If you are considering hair restoration surgery, it is important to be well-informed throughout your experience. As the leading authority on hair loss treatment and restoration with more than 1,100 members throughout 70 countries worldwide, the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery, will help you through this process, and set you in the right direction.
Make an Informed Decision
If you are considering hair restoration surgery, it is important to find a qualified surgeon who has proper training, experience and certifications. Even minimally invasive hair restoration procedures are, in fact, surgery requiring medical expertise. When performed by trained physicians, today’s hair restoration surgery safely and effectively creates natural-looking, permanent results that are virtually undetectable.
Following these steps can help you make an informed decision about hair restoration surgery:
1DO YOUR RESEARCH
Learn about hair loss causes and treatments, to become more familiar with terms and treatment options. Though each patient’s result is individual, it helps knowing you are not alone. Hear from real hair restoration patients and their experiences, in their own words.
2FIND A DOCTOR
Find a qualified, trained physician who is right for you through our Find a Doctor, a list of doctors who have met the requirements for ISHRS membership. Several of these physicians throughout the world have gone on to meet exceptional educational criteria as a Fellow of the ISHRS. Be sure a properly trained, experienced and licensed physician is responsible for your treatment. Consider asking questions about the physician’s training and experience when scheduling your consultation.
3PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
The first consultation with your hair restoration physician about your hair loss is critical to your satisfaction. An in-depth discussion of goals, expectations and hair loss treatment plans goes a long way to achieving optimal results. Develop a list of questions ahead of time to ask your physician during your appointment, to ensure both you and your physician have the same expectations of results. A prepared list of questions also provides insights into your physician’s training, experience and comfort level with the unique needs you may have.
4GAIN CONFIDENCE IN YOUR PHYSICIAN – OR – GET TO KNOW YOUR PHYSICIAN
Being comfortable with your physician is necessary, and your consultation appointment with your physician is a perfect time to become familiar not only with your options, but also with your potential physician. A patient’s trust in their physician is often as much a matter of “comfort level” as it is knowledge of training and experience. Before you commit to hair restoration surgery, get to know your physician, and make sure he or she is a right fit for you.
5DETERMINE TREATMENT OPTIONS
During the consultation, you can expect to go through your full medical history with your physician. You may also be requested to have tests run to determine an accurate diagnosis and determine causes of your hair loss. Once this diagnosis is made, your physician will be able to discuss recommended treatment options, costs and timelines to achieve realistic results.