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Seven Signs You’re in The Wrong Hair Restoration Clinic

So, you’ve decided you’re ready to get a hair transplant, and all you need to do is figure out where you’re getting it done. A bad hair clinic is the last thing on your mind. These days, you have quite a few options, and we can’t blame you if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your choices. We also know that some of them are more tempting than others, although there are a few things you should know about certain clinics you’ll encounter in your search. To help you avoid damage to your health and hair, we’ve put together a handy list of ways you can tell you’re at the wrong hair restoration clinic.

  • The price seems too good to be true.

Just like any other medical procedure, hair transplants come with a notable price tag, and we can understand why someone would be intrigued by the more affordable competition. However, when the price goes way down, it almost always means they’re cutting corners somewhere. Whether they’re cheaping out on clinic upkeep & equipment, or lacking in other things we’ll discuss in this list, you may very well get a subpar experience that ends in disaster.

  • They see a lot of patients in a short span of time.

If a hair restoration “expert” boasts about being able to perform eight procedures in a single day, you might want to hold back your amazement. Any hair transplant, whether it’s a FUE or FUT procedure, is going to require extremely careful attention to detail, and will take a good amount of the day to successfully perform. If the person running the clinic is having people come in en masse, it’s more than likely that they’re not putting in their full effort & care into each procedure. 

  • The facility isn’t exactly clean.

Like any other medical & surgical procedure, a hair restoration procedure needs to happen in clean, sterile conditions. If you notice the office is generally dirty, or find that the tools aren’t stored in the safest & most organized way, the risks are even greater than those that meet the eye. Your chance of infection skyrockets if the operating room isn’t kept in pristine condition, and disorganization around the office is a clear indicator of a clinic’s general lack of professionalism. 

A botched hair transplant performed at an outside clinic.
  • The person performing the procedure isn’t a licensed physician.

No matter what those as certain clinics might tell you, having anyone besides a licensed physician performing your hair transplant is extremely ill advised. There’s a lot of medical knowledge that goes into hair restoration, and having someone lacking that knowledge working on your scalp, beard, eyebrows, or any other part of you is the wrong move. It’s not enough for them to be in the room while an assistant does it, either; if there’s any sign that an assistant or technician will be handling the procedure, find the door as fast as you can.

  • They don’t have lengthy experience in hair restoration.

Just being licensed as a physician isn’t enough, though. You’ll want to be sure that your hair restoration surgeon, like Dr. Yazdan at Modena Hair Institute in Newport, Beverly Hills & Las Vegas, has specific experience in performing those procedures. Beyond mere familiarity, he’s extracted over three million grafts across the FUE & FUT procedures he’s performed in his career. There are specific aspects of hair transplant procedures that can only be learned over time, and it should be a priority for you to make sure that the person working on your hair has worked with cases like yours in the past. 

  • They lack a diverse array of tools.

As any experienced hair restoration surgeon knows, every patient brings different challenges to the table. With that in mind, a clinic only having a few different tools at their disposal should be a massive red flag for you. Not every tool works for every person, and anyone pushing that sort of one-size-fits-all logic is prioritizing their convenience & bottom line over your hair and health. In contrast, the best hair restoration surgeons you’ll find will have a very wide range of tools to utilize in any given procedure.

  • They market certain tools more than the person using them.

Lastly, in step with the previous point, you should keep a wide distance between you & a clinic that promotes a certain machine or tool like it’s the doctor performing the transplant. Tools assist in getting these procedures done successfully, sure, but the surgeons are the ones doing the actual work. If a clinic shies away from talking about the surgeon in favor of touting their equipment, there’s a real possibility that an unqualified “expert” (or even a technician) is guiding the highly-praised tools & putting you at risk in turn.

When you come to one of Modena Hair Institute’s California or Nevada locations, we promise you’ll be met with nothing but professionals & the highest standards in the industry. We limit ourselves to one procedure a day so we know our patients are properly cared for, and hold our clinics to strict sanitary standards. Dr. Yazdan performs every procedure at Modena, helped by his close & dedicated team of assistants, and the combination of his experience & training means you’ll be in good hands. We keep a strong selection of tools at hand to properly treat individual cases, and we know the tools are only as effective as the hands putting them to use. 

If you’d like to schedule a consultation & learn more about what we can do to help you restore your hair, check out our website & contact us today to set up an appointment. 

How a Cheap Transplant will Cost More in the Long Run

Given the current state of medicine, we understand why people want to save money everywhere they possibly can. The price of a typical hair replacement surgery is understandably prohibitive, and we understand that the promises made by discount clinics can be tempting. A cheap hair transplant is one of the tragedies of modern medicine history

However, you need to understand that their procedures are cheap for a reason. Whether it’s because they’re inexperienced, working with inadequate tools, overbooking their schedule, or letting assistants perform critical parts of the surgery, they’re always cutting costs somewhere. You won’t pay as much money in that moment, but we’d argue the price of going the cheap route increases from the moment the procedure is over.

The first way you end up paying is with your scalp. One only need to search for images of botched hair transplants online to see the consequences of anything less than expert care & attention. Scarring, infections, and more are common for patients of inexperienced surgeons & their assistants, and ingrown grafts resulting from these procedures will need a whole other operation to be removed.

Pictured: A botched procedure performed at an outside clinic.

That brings us to the second way you pay: money. Even though you might have gone to a cheaper clinic to save a few bucks, you’ll likely have to pay as much as you would have for a professional FUE or FUT hair transplant just to fix what they did to you. That being said, there’s no guarantee that hair restoration surgeon would be able to fix it for you. If you have insufficient donor areas or other insurmountable issues with your scalp, there’s simply nothing they can do but turn you away.

Furthermore, consider what your life would be like living with a botched hair transplant. It’s the third way you pay for a cheap transplant: your self-esteem. Hair loss & baldness are big enough confidence killers, but walking around with a scarred or infected scalp can be downright torture to those self-conscious of their appearance.

Pictured: Successful procedure performed by Dr. Yazdan.

With all of that in mind, you’re likely wondering how you can tell whether the hair restoration clinic you’re visiting will get the job done right. Thankfully, there are a few key ways you can figure this out for yourself.

For instance, here at Modena Hair Institute, located in Newport, Beverly Hills & Las Vegas, Dr. Yazdan limits his schedule to one procedure per day. This allows him the necessary time to properly perform a successful hair restoration surgery, unlike cheaper clinics that will book 2, 3 or more patients in one day & fail to give them true attention. Along with offering patients his time, he also gives them his full attention. Dr. Yazdan is the only person that performs hair restoration surgeries at all three of the Modena clinics, having his assistants handle appropriate tasks in the process instead of the procedures themselves.

Perhaps most importantly, he has the experience & knowledge to make sure he gets the job done right. You should always make sure that the person performing your hair restoration procedure, whether it be an FUE or FUT transplant, is a licensed medical professional with experience in these types of surgeries. That’s exactly what Dr. Yazdan is, and he utilizes that experience to make sure all his patients walk out of the door looking younger & feeling more confident than ever before.

Remember, going for the cheap option when it comes to an important medical procedure is never a good idea. You spend less money in that moment, but you end up paying far more in the long run, physically, financially & emotionally. Make sure you get it done right the first time, and make sure a real professional is taking care of your hair.
Visit us online to learn more about our clinic & procedures, and be sure to get in touch to schedule your consultation today.

Running a Hair Transplant Clinic the Right Way

amir yazdan the bald truth
At Modena Hair Institute, we’ve written extensively on the need for greater consumer literacy and transparency within the hair transplant industry.

We even created and distributed a consumer alert module which details the medical qualifications and professional standards that any potential hair transplant patient should look for in a reputable clinic.

This month at Modena we saw a patient from Austin, Texas for a hair transplant repair procedure. Sadly, he had described an all-too-familiar situation, which involved an unlicensed, uncertified and inexperienced clinic, advertising itself as ‘best in the industry’. His hair transplant procedure left him with less density, transplanted hairs that grew in the opposite direction and a pluggy final look.

Consumer literacy needs to be at the heart of the new revolution in hair transplant efficacy and industry trust. There are thousands of online channels which may offer advice and insight into the hair transplant industry, but most will lack substance and authoritative rigor.

Some of the forums and channels we’ve vetted and found trustworthy are:

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons
The Bald Truth

Dr. Amir Yazdan of Modena Hair Institute recently appeared on The Bald Truth to make further comments on consumer literacy and running a hair restoration clinic the right way.

Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.

Turkey hair transplant surgery gone wrong

Here’s why you should think twice about getting a hair transplant surgery abroad. This patient came to our office seeking a restorative hair transplant surgery to fix his botched surgery. He traveled to Turkey to get a “more affordable” hair transplant. He was told he would be getting
an FUT/strip procedure and would be getting the most “bang for his buck.” Upon returning home, the patient began noticing darkening on the top of scalp. He also noticed a wide linear scar that stretched across the back of his scalp that was extremely visible.
The patient tried contacting his doctor but was unable to get a hold of him due to the time difference and lack of returned calls/emails by the physician. Within just a few short months, his scalp looked like this. The once black area developed into dead scalp tissue and severe scar tissue with complete graft failure and hair loss. The linear scar never recovered and there is a hair loss in a linear pattern across the scalp.
Unfortunately, this is a common outcome we see of hair transplants done abroad. Doctors in other countries are not held to the same high standards that doctors in the US are held to. The
early blackening of the scalp is a tell-tale sign of necrosis. This is caused by infection and is completely preventable if the surgeon is skilled, experienced, and has a clean, sterile environment. Once necrosis occurs, it is very difficult to treat. This patient will likely not have hair growth in the dead tissue area again. His best hope will be aggressive PRP treatment to try and heal the area and break up the scar tissue. If the scalp is able to regain some blood circulation and healthy tissue again, then transplanted hair may be successful  in the area. Any attempts at remedying this case will be hopeful at best, as there are no guarantees with botched hair transplants.
You can prevent this from happening to you! Your hair transplant is an investment in your future appearance. Find a good, trustworthy hair restoration surgeon that is local. While it may cost you more up front (compared to Turkey’s prices), you’ll save more time, money, and stress in the long run.