Are you considering hair restoration surgery? If so, it is extremely important to ensure that you are being treated by a licensed hair restoration surgeon who has been properly trained and holds a current license. There is an increased risk of having an unlicensed technician perform any or all of your hair transplant which could result in a misdiagnosis, a failure to diagnose hair disorders or diseases, an unnecessary or ill advised surgery, and/or a lack of coverage by malpractice insurance.
According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, the following aspects of hair transplant surgeries should only be performed by a licensed hair restoration surgeon:
- Preoperative diagnostic evaluation and consultation
- Surgery planning
- Surgery execution including:
- Donor hair harvesting
- Hairline design
- Recipient site creation
- Management of other patient medical issues and possible adverse reactions
- Post-operative care
Dr. Arthur Gray, Licensed Hair Restoration Surgeon
Dr. Arthur Gray is a licensed hair restoration surgeon, a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, and a board-certified anesthesiologist. He completed his Medical Doctorate at the Medical College of Georgia and received the Top Resident Award during his residence in anesthesiology at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Gray served in many leadership positions during his time spent at the HCA Coliseum Hospital in Macon, Georgia, including Chief of the Medical Staff. He has worked at level one trauma center Navicent Health, formerly the Medical Center of Central Georgia, since 2003. View Dr. Gray’s profile on the ISHRS website or read Dr. Gray’s bio here.
Important Questions To Ask During A Consultation
The ISHRS recommends that patients should ask the following questions when meeting with a licensed hair restoration surgeon:
- Who will evaluate my hair loss and recommend a course of treatment? What is their education, training, licensure, and experience in treating hair loss?
- Who will be involved in performing my surgery, what role will they play, and what is their education, training, licensure, and experience performing hair restoration surgery?
- Will anyone not licensed by the state be making incisions or harvesting grafts during my surgery? If so, please identify this person, explain their specific role and why they are legally permitted to perform it.
- Is everyone involved in my surgery covered by malpractice insurance?