I see that many HT docs are offering FUEs and claiming how great they are. Where did they learn this and how can the consumer know what we’re getting is really quality work and not just a publicity scam?
It is best to ask to see the doctor’s patients and meet them directly. Do not accept photographs alone, for they may not be what they appear to be. FUE is becoming the ‘hip’ thing to offer patients to start to build a practice. It takes about 8 months from the time of the surgery until the results are known. For the dishonest doctor, that could become the ‘funding’ for a new venture and claims of expertise are easily made throughout newspaper ads and internet websites. Training is almost impossible to obtain unless you have a large hair transplant practice and are willing to practice on a dozen or so FUE grafts on every patient you perform a strip surgery upon. That is how I learned how to do them, 1-2 at a time per patient over 9 years. The main difference between me and others is that today’s self proclaimed expert can reference the standard I set and published. For me it was more complex than that, because I never knew it was really possible to obtain consistency until I had been doing it for years. The question you did not ask is about claims of success are measured. Self-proclaimed success in harvesting is clearly dependent upon ‘self reporting’ without audits. Trust is everything and integrity is at the core of the surgeons being. I can not advise upon this point for the buyer has responsibilities to research it heavily (please see The Truth About Cheap Hair Transplants for more info). As I always end these types of comments, let the buyer beware.