There are greater interest and demand for hair transplants than ever. New hair transplant clinics are opening rapidly and cosmetic clinics are offering the procedure at record numbers. Demand, as always, is the major reason for this new availability. Patients also have greater reason to research clinics than ever before.
Excelling at hair transplantation, particularly FUE, requires years of specialized training. Many clinics are attempting to bypass this necessity through equipment or over-reliance on medical techs. Less scrupulous clinics, meanwhile, knowingly make false claims about their competence.
For Drs. Bisanga and Cole, founders of Bisanga and Cole Hair Transplant (BCHT), this is a disturbing trend. First, misled patients contend with results that range from subpar to appalling. Second, clinics emphasizing best practices must compete against dishonest clinics that offer cheap rates by cutting corners and neglecting patients.
BCHT aims to disrupt the current plunge in quality hair transplantation. Accomplishing such means offering the best a patient can expect at rates competitive with generic chop shops. Top-caliber results, as patient advocates and qualified surgeons point out, depend on numerous details. Keep reading to find out what defines excellence at a hair transplant clinic.
Excellent hair restoration clinics always have quality surgeons. As mentioned in the intro, training, and practice are what lead to expertise. Follicular unit extraction (FUE), the best technique available, requires dedication to gain proficiency.
Surgeons typically train with an established surgeon in a workshop environment. Those who show promise then begin conducting procedures at a well-regarded clinic. Many gain the skill set to begin their own practice within a few years. Near all quality hair transplant surgeons, therefore, can trace their training and influence to an experienced surgeon in good repute.
- Experienced enough to actively train and oversee beginning specialists
- Researched improvements to techniques, equipment, treatments, or training
- Presence, or leadership positions, within larger hair transplantation organizations
- Recognition and/or accolades from established hair transplantation societies
Drs. Bisanga and Cole land within all four categories. Premier hair transplant surgeons, they have actively trained numerous surgeons and advocated for progressive, results-driven mentalities within the industry. Their accolades are many. Dr. Bisanga, for instance, holds leadership roles in FUE Europe while Dr. Cole is the recipient of the ISHRS’s 2013 Golden Follicle Award. Both have also done a tremendous amount of research to advance hair transplantation’s possible results.
Skilled Nurses and Techs
Quality surgeons are essential. So, too, are skilled nurses and technicians. FUE is particularly time-consuming and labor intensive. Every hair, clusters of up to a half dozen follicles, must be extracted and then carefully transplanted. Nurses and techs perform essential tasks, as well as assist the surgeon when necessary. Like surgeons themselves, most undergo training to ensure competence with techniques, roles, and equipment.
However their knowledge base and skill set, though, nurses and techs should remain such. One growing trend is having surgical techs complete the majority of a transplant. Worst yet, some are conducting the entire procedure. Either scenario is a result of surgeons over-relying on these professionals who, in turn, typically use automatic devices that deliver subpar results.
Nurses and techs should have proficient knowledge bases, yes. Hair transplant training for a surgeon, though, uses knowledge that nurses and techs never have to learn for their certifications, let alone perfect. The difference in expertise almost always affects the transplant’s quality.
As with emphasizing great surgeons, BCHT’s medical staff is top caliber. Many of the assistants have worked with Drs. Bisanga and Cole for decades. The most experienced collaborate with the two doctors to train medical teams.
Maintaining Best Practices
Scrupulous adherence to best practices is a must for hair transplantation. These standards define the planning, undertaking, and aftercare for an excellent result. The clinic, in turn, must arrange itself according to these standards: consultation, equipment, post-procedure support, etc. The below sections are major elements of best practices.
A good consultation is the first step for quality hair transplantation. During it, a surgeon or other specialist will gauge the current progression of hair loss. They will also assess personal characteristics. This includes the type of hair, patient age, and availability of donor hair.
Near every specialist only require high-resolution photos to offer consultation. Some patients may also require an assessment in a shared space, though only if the case is advanced. This is most common for those with unique hair loss or in need of hair transplant repair.
Hair might be generic, but everyone’s aesthetic is unique. Of course, there are major similarities and hair transplant specialists assess the current state of baldness first. Then, they predict the hair loss future coarse and how to best preempt it. The overall goal is for the patient to end up with a believable, long-lasting result that fits their specific looks and age.
This entails assessing the current amount of hair loss, yes, but also planning for future needs. Many patients, after a number of years, will require a hair transplant touch-up. Such is particularly true for those who pass on treatments that encourage hair retention and growth. Overharvesting is a common mistake of irresponsible surgeons, leading to both sparse-appearing donor areas and an inability to repair the procedure. Along with scarring and disappointing results, the risk of overharvesting is one reason patients should select reputable surgeons.
Equipment truly matters in hair transplantation. Punches for FUE must meet quality standards; in their material, their sharpness, and handling. Further, punches dull after a certain amount of uses and are impossible to manually re-sharpen. Most surgeons will go through several punches during a long procedure. One of the foremost innovators in the field, Dr. Cole has designed several types of specialized hair transplant punches. They range from manual to mechanical and, in fact, are the most used brand in the world.
Just because the equipment is technically advanced, though, does not mean it offers quality transplants. Particularly, this includes automatic and robotic options. Less stringent clinics are notorious for techs doing entire procedures using automatic tools. Said devices deliver less than stellar results. Robotic options, meanwhile, are time-efficient but only apply to patients with specific hair types. They also lack the quality of mechanical or manual devices. For this reason, BCHT only uses the two latter.
An Active Surgeon
A surgeon should always do the vast majority of a transplant. Their medical education, as doctors, offers vital insight for how to best handle medical equipment and keep patients safe. Specific training and experience in hair transplantation, meanwhile, is what ensures quality results. Techs and nurses, of course, also build proficiency through education, select training, and experience. However, said learning is very different than surgeons’. It’s as simple as primary roles vs. auxiliary roles.
Safe and Sterile Clinic
Clinics, of course, should always fulfill contemporary guidelines of a safe medical environment. The clinic itself, and particularly the operation room, should be sterile. Ditto for equipment. Further, the clinic should have all the necessities in case of infrastructural problems; a backup generator if there is a power outage, for instance.
Balanced Patient Load
Chop shops will regularly schedule as many patients per day as possible. Their goal, after all, is to maximize profit before their clinic is found out by patient advocacy groups or concerned surgeons. The truth is that hair transplantation is both physically and intellectually demanding. Surgeons and nurses/techs typically work on one or two patients per day. The greater number of surgeons and assistants a clinic has, the greater amount of patients it can effectively treat.” That mentioned, in such circumstances, the patients should be clear on the doctor who will perform the procedure.
The technique determines the hair transplant’s quality and success. FUE is the most in-demand form of hair transplantation but there are different types. Each variant of FUE depends on the equipment type, the patient’s needs, and the surgeon’s training. Drs. Bisanga and Cole are proficient in many hair transplant methods. They include FUE (shaven and no-shave), body hair transplantation (BHT), and hair transplant repair. FUT is also an option in select cases; BCHT recommends FUE if at all possible, though.
A prime benefit of BCHT is the quality of its FUE technique. Among the most minimally intrusive in the world, it almost always leaves little to no visible scarring. Transplant success rate, meanwhile, is over 97%. Further, with the combination of ACell, 30% to 40% of all donor follicles regenerate. This advanced form of FUE is only available at a handful of clinics.
Most hair restoration clinics will offer a range of treatments. PRP is the most prevalent. Its quality, though, depends on manufacturing. BCHT uses the highest standards when generating patients’ PRP treatments. From the condensation phase to additives, patients should expect the best. PRP also adds significant benefits to hair transplants, namely sooner activation and better growth. Patients typically receive PRP treatments regularly; from once a month to once every quarter year. The addition of ACell prolongs its effects dramatically; those who receive PRP + ACell treatments enjoy renewed growth so long as injections happen once or twice a year.
Stem cell treatments are of important note too. Still comparatively rare, these serums are like PRP. Instead of condensing blood plasma, though, they involve small biopsies of the scalp. From there, the follicular stem cells receive blending to become an injectable treatment. This choice is already showing huge promise, with hair growth and health outperforming PRP. Stem cell treatment results will likely continue improving with further research.
BCHT is Setting New Standards of Excellence
A state-of-the-art clinic, expect the best from BCHT. Great for patients, emphasis on quality results sets an important precedence. Our rates are competitive against “chop shops” to encourage positive change in the hair transplant industry. Patient advocacy and best practices come first, as does outreach to interested surgeons and clinics.
Your comfort and future happiness matter. BCHT offers a luxury experience and, vitally, great hair transplants at competitive pricing. Receive a procedure from renowned surgeons in beautiful Athens. We look forward to hearing from you!