Who Should Perform the Hair Transplant?
Hair Transplant is a minimally invasive minor surgery to regrow the hair on the bald scalp (skin of the head) of bald men. Mostly it is an answer to the most commonly found cause of baldness in men called as “Alopecia Androgenetica” or “Male Pattern Baldness”. This is the common type of baldness that starts usually in 20’s to 30’s on the front and top of genetically prone men who have this problem running in their family i.e., their fathers, mothers or either maternal or paternal side is suffering from this disease. While a few medications are helpful in this disease, transplant remains a viable choice for most men suffering from this common ailment.
Whereas hair transplant has become the cornerstone of treatment of male pattern baldness, it’s cost remains an impediment to seek this highly effective form of treatment for millions of bald or balding men throughout the world. Doctors from many specialties perform this form of surgery – which was originally invented by a Dermatologist named Dr. Norman Orantreich in1952 in New York City. Since then Dermatologists (skin specialists) mainly have been on the forefront of developing, refining and progressing the art and science of Transplant Surgery. After the formal training to take care of the diseases of the skin, haartransplantation Frankfurt many dermatologists opt to go for further training in this refined surgery under the mentorship of experienced skin surgeons (Dermatologic Surgeons). Many of them then choose limit their practices to hair transplant surgery and are identified as Hair Tranplant Surgeons, although ACGME (Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education) in United States does not recognize hair transplant as an independent specialty. In fact most of the world’s best transplant surgeons as well as the originator of this technique was the specialist of the diseases of the skin, hair and nails (dermatologist).
Since the technique itself is not very difficult to perform, many specialists including, general surgeons and plastic surgeons have been performing this procedure. Even general practitioners, emergency room physicians and other specialists have in some instances given up their original specialty to adopt hair transplantation as their livelihood. While any good physician should be able to learn one specific form of transplant surgery, he/she may not become master of it easily as it involves not only the surgery but the artistry aspect of it as well. Thus most of the so-called hair transplant surgeons either have refined their techniques over the number of years or have been mentored by those skilled in this art for decades. It is thus wise, to ask the surgeon one chooses to get the surgery done by, as to whether he has been specifically trained in diagnosing the diseases of the hair to identify those hair disorders that may otherwise not require hair transplant. Many times hair loss can be treated effectively by medications and does not need the hair transplant at all. If a surgeon is not familiar with the diseases of the hair, he may choose to even perform hair transplant surgery on those cases who may not be good candidates for the hair transplant surgery.