Sarasota is a beautiful city in the gulf coast of Florida known for its cultural life style and relaxing beaches. With its many activities, such as its Ringling Brothers Museum, its spectacular Sarasota Jungle Gardens and its Sarasota Circus, it’s no surprise that many have made Sarasota home. When it comes to hair restoration, there are also numerous options available in Sarasota. They key, however, is knowing what characteristics to look for when choosing the Sarasota hair MD for your hair restoration surgery.
The first characteristic that a quality hair surgeon should possess is being a licensed board-certified cosmetic surgeon. In Sarasota, there is a physician’s assistant that uses “Dr” before his name because he’s obtained a Phd (a doctorate degree) but isn’t a real, licensed doctor. He works under the license of a medical doctor, who has no experience at all in the hair restoration industry. He has been interviewed by news agencies, which are paid for, and called “Dr. so and so” on television. We find this to be incredibly irresponsible and very advantageous on the part of this individual, considering he’s in the medical industry and using “Dr” in front of his name, which confuses the public. A prospective patient should research to make sure the person they are considering is an actual licensed MD as the first priority in choosing their surgeon.
The second characteristic a valid prospect should possess is being a hair specialist. Common sense will tell you that the more hands on experience a hair surgeon has performing solely hair restoration, the better they will be at it. Lately, there has been an influx of plastic surgeons who are adding hair restoration to their long list of services, especially offering the FUE method using the Artas or Neograft equipment (these companies market their tools aggressively online in order to maximize their sales and also make royalties for every harvest attempt, thus increasing prices that patients end up paying). Since the FUE method is less invasive than the FUT method, it allows many plastic surgeons to offer this service because they contract a technician to perform the entire surgery while the surgeon is performing another procedure, such as breast augmentation, liposuction or any other procedure in their long list of services they offer. They do this in order to maximize their business volume, hence profits, but the patient pays the price by not having a hair specialist and doctor perform their procedure…in addition to paying an extra $2000-3000 of royalties to a manufacturer of a tool.
The third characteristic should be membership to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. This is where all serious hair MDs should be attending in order to keep up with new methods and keep up with what’s working or is outdated in the hair restoration field.
This is also an excellent source of information for those looking to learn about hair restoration. You can find a great deal of information by visiting www.ISHRS.org.
Finally, the fourth characteristic a qualified hair surgeon should possess is having numerous before and after pictures of the patients he/she has personally worked on. There are new doctors in the field that try to make themselves out to be more experienced than they really are by lying about the amount of years and number of surgeries they have performed. They even write fake Google reviews in order to pump themselves up…but then give away their lack of experience by having none or very little before and after pictures. Common sense will tell you that if a doctor is as experienced as they make themselves out to be, they should be able to show you a good amount of before and after picture depicting great results.
In conclusion, if you are considering hair restoration surgery, take the time and effort in researching the right candidate to perform your procedure. Do not allow a physician’s assistant or technician perform your procedure. These individuals should be assistants to a licensed hair specialist surgeon and not trying to portray themselves as one.