June 23 2005, 2:19 pm PT | Posted in: Training
When you buy a cheap airline ticket and you are flying American Airlines, neither the airline nor the seat is shoddy. But when you buy a cheap hair transplant, you may not be getting a ‘legacy carrier’ doctor. Cheap hair transplants means that it is highly possible that you will get the pluggy doll’s hair look, inexperienced surgeons, poorly trained teams of people working on you, and an absence of quality control. I know of one of my former technicians who did a hair transplant on a friend on his dining room table. The procedure was done outside the United States and his friend would have bled to death had he not gone to a hospital to stop the bleeding. On a more local level, I have seen many patients over the years who were enticed by a new doctor who wanted to build his experience by offering discount prices. Sadly, they now needed an experienced and ethical doctor to undo the damage. Fundamentally, I can recommend if you are committed to going to the cheapest place for a hair transplant, that you do your homework. Make sure that you extensively research their medical licenses, how they were trained in hair restoration, how long they been performing hair transplants, what techniques do they use, their board certifications and in what field, are they active members of recognized hair medical societies (like ISHRS), and what do their results look like – because you will usually get what you pay for.
I’ve touched on this before in a previous blog entry, Bargain Hair Transplantation.