The world’s top 25 hair transplant surgeons
All hair transplant surgeons are created equal, right? Wrong. As Dr. John P. Cole of Bisanga & Cole hair transplant clinic in Athens stated during a recent interview with Spencer Kobren on The Bald Truth podcast: “This industry is in more danger today than it’s ever been.”
An article by Spencer Stevenson for Apetogentlemen
Unfortunately, he’s 100% correct. Things are messy out there. In the last 10 years or so, there’s been an explosion of activity in the industry and dime-a-dozen operators have sprung up all over the world. It seems anyone can slip into a pair of gloves, grab a scalpel and start hacking away at some poor guy’s scalp. Don’t think I’m exaggerating either – I’ve heard some terrible horror stories, and seen the evidence. But today, you’re in luck. Because I’m going to share with you my personal list of surgeons and clinics around the world that I would feel confident sending my best friend to.
What brought you here?
Through a combination of consultation and research, you may have learned that it’s time for you to explore hair transplant surgery. You’ve tried other options; you’ve met with experts and you’ve done your very best to hold on to the hair that’s desperately clinging to your scalp. But can you entrust your precious remaining follicles to just anyone? No, of course not.
The hair transplant market is a ferociously competitive one, populated by the full gamut of players, from the dodgy “backyard” operator to the fully-fledged, highly trained professional with decades of experience. Speaking as someone who has undergone thirteen hair transplant surgeries, I can confidently say that I’ve seen it all… and experienced quite a bit myself. You want recommendations? I’ve got your recommendations, and believe me when I say I’m confident I know what I’m talking about.
Take it from the guy who’s had 13 hair transplant surgeries
I’ve met with many of the surgeons featured below personally and I’ve placed my own scalp in the very capable hands of a couple of them. I’ve done my time in the trenches. I’ve researched, read, visited, spoken to and met with a lot of hair transplant surgeons, and seen their practices up close. All the doctors listed here are, in my opinion, highly skilled and worth consulting with directly. They will provide you with an honest appraisal and, most importantly, they will tell you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear.
You may learn that hair transplant surgery is not an appropriate treatment for you at the current time, or that you’re not really a candidate for it at all. You might be told that you need far more extensive work than you thought necessary. If you do go along to one of the doctors listed below, you can take it from me that they will be telling you the unbiased, unfiltered truth.
In the interests of full transparency, I will say that I work directly through Spex Hair with a number of the clinics listed below who I know through my own experience are incredibly, skilful, ethical and trustworthy. My function is as a patient advocate and advisor. If you know anything about me at all, you’ll know that my prime focus is the patient and what’s best for him. I get the opportunity to talk daily to many patients (before and after their treatments) and the feedback I receive informs how I’m able to recommend doctors and practices. I’ve spoken with countless patients from a variety of clinics over the past 15 years.
It’s also important to note that this list is not exhaustive, and it is only my opinion. There are lots of great surgeons and clinics out there in the big, wide world and I would welcome hearing from you if you have questions or comments about any. My experience in this field meeting certain patients from a variety of clinics has enable me to form my opinion below. I’m limited to space too, and I’m certainly aware there are others well worthy of being included.
Finally, remember that surgery should be your last resort and there are a number of other less invasive options available to men dealing with a receding hairline, thinning hair or fully-fledged male pattern baldness.
The world’s best hair loss surgeons & clinics
Dr. Bijan Feriduni, IAHRS Member
Dr. Feriduni’s history in hair transplantation dates back to 1995. In 2000, he established Hair Clinic Dr. Feriduni in Belgium, employing a small team of medical assistants. The clinic’s focus is on maximum service, personal attention and a high level of privacy. Aside from Belgian patients, around half of the patients travel from other European countries to be treated by Dr. Feriduni who consults in English, Dutch, German and French. He personally supervises each patient’s progress and manages all pre- and post-operative controls from initial contact. The doctor is one of just a few hair transplantation surgeons worldwide to perform both FUST and FUE harvesting techniques on a daily basis. Patients can also have their facial hair restored and facelift and accident scars camouflaged. I know him personally and he is a very caring and skilful surgeon.
More resources for you to explore
When researching a hair transplant surgeon or clinic for your own needs, the following resources can help with your information-gathering process.
The Bald Truth:
A weekly hair loss radio show that discusses hair transplants, hair restoration and all available hair loss options. Hosted by Joe Tillman of hairtransplantmentor.com
and Spencer Kobren, the founder and president of the American Hair Loss Association, it has been on the air for more than 20 years and amassed a loyal, grateful following. It’s not a sales platform at all; it purely exists to hold the hair loss industry to account and to act as a fully credible resource for hair loss patients and other men’s topics. I co-host on a regular basis. The Bald Truth UK runs regularly too and segments can be found on Spexhair.com
Industry Associations: IAHRS (International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons), AHLA (American Hair Loss Association) and FUE Europe
Global Hair Loss Summit: This is the most relevant educational platform for clinics and surgeons new and old in the hair loss, hair transplantation and regenerative medicine fields. For further insight visit Global Hair Loss Summit
As someone who has experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of hair restoration treatments, I feel it’s my duty to implore you to do your due diligence when researching options for your own personal situation. I wish you all the best in your hair restoration pursuits and remember that surgery should always be a last resort.
Spencer ‘Spex’ Stevenson is well known to hair loss sufferers throughout the world and has been helping educate them for over 10 years. He has endured wigs, laser and ten hair transplants surgeries via different techniques. His website spexhair.com was set up to mentor and counsel others who are experiencing male pattern baldness and considering hair restoration via hair transplantation.
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