When you're considering undergoing a hair transplant procedure, it's essential to make sure that the person performing the operation is highly qualified and experienced. The doctor should have postgraduate training in plastic surgery or dermatology with specific training in hair restoration, and should have at least 10 to 15 years of direct experience in the aspects of the hair transplant that will be performed on you. It's also important to ensure that the clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art medical machinery and that the doctor is up to date with the latest hair transplant techniques. The discussion about what specific certifications a hair transplant specialist should have is ongoing, but there are no hard and fast rules in this regard.
It all comes down to experience. Be cautious with people who only perform hair transplant surgery on an occasional basis, as they may not have enough experience and can make serious mistakes during a procedure that can affect the final quality of the hair transplant. Most major clinics have a team of experienced doctors who have performed thousands of hair transplants and are familiar with the latest techniques. You can ask how many years the specialist has been in the profession, how many hair transplants he has performed and what the results are, if he participates in national or international congresses and symposiums, and if there are local or global publications.
Hair transplant surgery is generally safe and effective when done correctly, especially when performed with the help of a state-of-the-art center. If you have a very mild form of hair loss (you have type 1 on the Hamilton-Norwood scale), you won't need a hair transplant. When you're ready to take the next step in addressing hair loss, the specialists at Northwestern Hair will be here to help.