This question comes from a member of our hair loss social community and discussion forums:
I’m interested in consulting with several doctors about hair transplant surgery. Some of these doctors charge a consultation fee while others do not. Is there normally a fee for a hair transplant consultation?
Each hair transplant surgeon runs his or her practice in a unique manner. Some believe in offering free consultations. Others may need to charge a small fee in order to pay office rent and employee salaries. Others may have offered free consultations in the past, but became overwhelmed and instituted a small fee in order to balance time spent consulting and time spent operating.
I think the fee aspect sometimes creates confusion for potential hair transplant patients. Some believe doctors charging a fee are doing so to increase profits; others think offering “free consultations” may be a sales tactic to book procedures. In my opinion, neither is probably true. It likely boils down to personal philosophy, time management, and the costs of operating a medical/surgical practice.
Altogether, I don’t think patients should avoid good doctors simply because they charge a consultation fee; nor do I think patients should see a doctor they are uncomfortable with simply because he/she offers free consultations. I recommend researching hair transplant surgeons and selecting a number of physicians for consultation. Understand which physicians charge a fee and determine whether consulting with this doctor is an important piece of your hair transplant journey. Remember, hair transplant surgery is permanent, and a consultation fee is a small price to pay for stellar results in the end. Also, some surgeons will apply the cost of the consultation fee toward your surgery if you schedule. Make sure to ask about these sort of policies during the consultation.
Blake Bloxham – formerly “Future_HT_Doc”
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