The field of hair restoration has given rise to significant changes and notable technological advancements over the past 5 to 10 years. And yet for all the growth, more people have entered the field not fully qualified to provide the assistance and solution you want.
It has become more imperative than ever to thoroughly research hair restoration clinics before selecting the right fit for your individual needs. After all, even the most sophisticated technology is of no use if the surgeon and team don’t specialize in hair transplants and undergo continuous training stay on top of the latest advancements.
Before choosing a hair restoration clinic, consider the following criteria.
- First, check the clinic’s website. Does it showcase before and after pictures, provide testimonials, and showcase the doctors and staff? It also should include information about the surgeons, including their education, training, and specialties. A consumer-friendly website also will detail at which stages of the procedure the doctor will be involved as well as how many patients they typically see in a day. Who will be assisting the doctor and in what capacity?
- What types of hair restoration solutions does the practice offer and which do they specialize in? Do they offer non-surgical options as well as follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation? Make sure a clinic you are considering has been practicing hair transplant surgery exclusively for at least seven years and has not simply added “hair transplants” to their practice. Keep in mind that while a practice may have been around for decades, they can be novices in the hair restoration field.
- Are the doctors and staff involved in regular training to continuously learn about emerging technologies while improving their skills? Ask what certifications they hold and make sure they are from legitimate institutions.
- Ask the clinic to provide a minimum of twenty before-and-after photos of previous patients. For the most part, they should be taken from the same angle, with the same or similar background, and the same lighting. Images should clearly show the thinning or balding area along with end results. Also ask to see images of donor scars on the back of the scalp. Confirm that the images presented to you are of actual patients and not marketing photos provided by manufacturers.
- Request the names and contact info of a minimum of six patients whom you can speak with to discuss their experiences with the doctor and staff. If possible, meet a couple patients who have similar skin and hair characteristics to you so you can see the results in person.
- Contact your state medical board and check the Better Business Bureau to find if any complaints have been filed against the hair transplant doctor or their practice. If so, what was the nature of the complaint and how was the issue resolved?
At DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, we invite the closest scrutiny you can muster. Hair transplants and restoration are what we do, and all we do. Once you’re satisfied the meet your criteria, contact us for a free consultation, during which you can ask any additional questions you might have. We want you to feel fully comfortable with our work from start to finish.