A hair loss patient who had seen me a few years ago, and who’d had a bad experience in the past with a hair transplant elsewhere, recently re-contacted me to let me know he was now thinking of moving forward with revision surgery. I reviewed his chart and recommended a 3000+ graft case and encouraged him to stop in so I could see his head again and so that he could see a case in progress and have all of his questions answered.
This morning he sent me an email saying he was really motivated to proceed and had it narrowed down to me and another doctor out of our area and he wanted my advice on why he should pick me.
Those of you who have seen me in person know that I’m not a big salesman, but rather prefer patients to choose me based on my track record. I prefer informed and educated patients who come from forums such as the Hair Restoration Forum and Social Network.
The following paragraphs are my advice to him and, as I typed it, I thought it was reasonable advice to anyone considering surgery, whether by me or any doctor.
I’ve never heard of the doctor you refer to but that means nothing. My advice to you is:
- Do your research. If he’s got a lot of good cases on the various hair loss forums he’s probably fine. Physicians like Dr. Fellerand me and perhaps 15 others post regularly so almost anyone can find 200 cases or more that I (or those other doctors) have performed. You don’t need to see 200, but I’d want to view several.
- If you are choosing between two hair transplant surgeons who really offer the same product, pick the one you think you can get along with better for 8 hours. But, make sure you are picking between two doctors who really offer the same product.
I’d be happy to work with you, but do all the research you want and then decide. I don’t do much in the way of comparisons with other practices. I just post a lot of cases and let the market of informed consumers decide.
Good luck in your decision.
Now I realize that proceeding with surgery is a big decision for balding men and women and that I’m not the only clinic in town. But, I do think that an educated patient tends to make better decisions. That is the main value of these consumer oriented hair sites in my opinion.
Educate, educate, educate! Then make the best decision you can.
Dr. William Lindsey
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