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.” 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 with a few 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 to many patients before and after their treatments and the feedback I receive informs how I’m able to recommend doctors and practices.
A crucial element of my recommendations is that all the doctors listed below support the message conveyed by the relevant standards and authorities in the field. These guys care about the industry and its ethics, integrity and quality of treatment based on what I’m privy to and know of them after 15 years working daily in this field.
It’s also important to note that this list is not exhaustive. 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 personal opinion below. I’m limited to space too, and I’m certain there are others well worthy of being included. I’m excited to meet more of them at the upcoming FUE Europe Conference in Manchester in June 2019, where many will speak and give us insight and perspective on their craft.
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
This list is presented in alphabetical order. All of those doctors mentioned here are members of credible industry associations that work tirelessly to promote the integrity of the hair loss treatment industry.
Dr Scott Alexander, IAHRS Member
Phoenix, Arizona (USA)
Dr Alexander of Biltmore Surgical Hair Restoration offers microsurgical, highly advanced, artistic hair restorations for men and women. His experience as a general surgeon means he treats every surgical procedure as if it were being performed in a hospital operating room. He is one of a small number of restoration surgeons who use sterile techniques along with sterile gowns, gloves and drapes while removing the donor tissue. Today, Dr Alexander’s career is dedicated exclusively to hair loss treatment. He’s an illustrious member of the IAHRS and I’m proud to work within his clinic as he is one of the most caring, skilful physicians in the field.
Dr Ken Anderson, IAHRS Member
Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
Dr Anderson of the Anderson Center for Hair is a triple-board certified facial plastic surgeon who, since 2003, has dedicated his career to the treatment of male and female hair loss. The award-winning Dr Anderson has attained postgraduate training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The Anderson Center for Hair was the first in Georgia to offer patients the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant system, which extracts individual hair follicles one at a time with a tiny punch, eliminating the need for scalpels and sutures.
Dr Edward Ball, IAHRS Member
Dr Ball was one of the first patients to undergo an FUE hair restoration procedure using the ARTAS Robotic System and this gives him unique insight into the patient experience. The Maitland Clinic (featured image, top) offers a bespoke, extremely personal service and is known for the naturalness of the results delivered for patients. Dr Ball’s background is in general practice, cosmetic medicine and plastic surgery. He has additional training in dermatology and microsurgery and was individually selected to undertake his Fellowship in Hair Restoration Surgery in California under the mentorship of Dr Craig L. Ziering. FUE and FUT procedures are offered at his Hampshire clinic.
Dr Alan Bauman, IAHRS Member
Boca Raton, Florida (USA)
Dr Bauman is doing extraordinary things out of his internationally-recognised Florida-based practice, Bauman Medical. Established in 1997, the clinic offers everything from eyelash transplantation to artistic FUE hair transplant surgery for men and women; a wealth of bespoke medical hair loss treatments like top-rated compounded minoxidil Formula 82M, topical finasteride, lunchtime PRP with ECM and PDOgro for hair regrowth; as well as an in-house trichology salon for optimum scalp health. His nearly 12,000 sq ft standalone clinic has been labelled by the industry as “The Hair Hospital” and as a full time hair restoration surgeon he is tirelessly and passionately working at improving his results and the patient experience, even after personally treating over 20,000 patients and performing more than 8,000 hair transplant procedures.
Consistently top-rated by Aesthetic Everything and recently highlighted by Forbes as one of “10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare in America”, Dr Bauman takes great pride in artistic results and offering the latest techniques via the most technologically advanced equipment available – I’m proud to work with him. He is certainly setting the standard for many to follow, in my opinion.
Dr Robert Bernstein, IAHRS Member
New York City, New York (USA)
A world-renowned pioneer of modern hair transplant surgery, Dr Bernstein is the founder of Bernstein Medical Center for Hair Restoration in New York. His practice is at the forefront of robotic hair transplant technology and he collaborates with Restoration Robotics to improve the ARTAS system. Some of the advances that have emerged as a result of his collaboration have included customisable punch sizes, robotic recipient site creation, automated graft selection, more efficient graft harvesting and a “long-hair” technique the permits Robotic FUE without the need to shave the entire donor area. Dr Bernstein is the most published author on FUT and FUE and is considered an authority on all aspects of hair loss and transplantation.
Dr Tejinder Bhatti, IAHRS Member
Practising as a plastic surgeon since 1996, Dr Bhatti is the founding Secretary of the Indian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons and a member of the ISHRS. He was elected to the Governing Council of the prestigious Association of Plastic Surgeons of India in 2007, among other prestigious accomplishments and memberships. His Darling Buds practice was the world’s first clinic to move from performing 100% FUT hair transplants to 100% FUE instead. Patients appreciate the personal interaction, both in person and via online channels, the state-of-the-art care, economical prices and absence of high-pressure sales and marketing. I’m proud to work with his patients as his international patient advisor.
Dr Christian Bisanga, IAHRS Member
Dr Bisanga attained his Doctor of Medicine degree in Surgery and Obstetrics in Belgium and then received his hair transplantation qualification in the US. Upon returning to Europe, he co-founded the BHR Clinic, which focuses on FUE hair transplants. The doctor is actively involved in studies and research within the industry and has pioneered his own graft extraction methods and protocols. He trains new doctors in the art of this technology and established another European clinic before BHR. Recognised as one of the top hair transplant surgeons in the world, he is known for his work in repairing some of the most difficult cases to the absolute highest standards. Dr Bisanga is also acknowledged for performing the largest FUT grown-out result in Europe, with 6,000 grafts. He’s an active contributor to FUE Europe’s campaign and an active member of The ISHRS.
Dr Scott Boden, IAHRS Member
Wethersfield, Connecticut (USA)
The only fellowship-trained, board-certified hair transplant surgeon in Connecticut, Dr Boden is renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and refined aesthetic judgement. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, one of fewer than 150 surgeons worldwide to receive this distinction. His practice, Hair Restoration Center of Connecticut offers surgical and non-surgical options for men and women suffering from hair loss. FUE, FUT and ARTAS are offered, as well as hair transplant repairs, eyebrow hair restoration, transgender hair transplants and beard hair transplants.
Dr John Cole, IAHRS Member
Atlanta, Georgia and Miami, Florida (USA)
A surgeon with decades of experience, Dr Cole has dedicated his career exclusively to hair transplant surgery since 1990. He was one of the first 30 physicians to become a Diplomat of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. His Forhair practice specialises in FUE hair transplantation and additional services include hair transplant repairs, stem cell treatments, scalp micro pigmentation and body hair transplantation.
Considered an authority in the field, Dr Cole is prolific in his encouragement for proficient, ethical operators to band together and stand for an industry that settles for nothing less than full integrity. He is the Chairman of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and has invented a number of instruments to improve the efficiency and speed of hair restoration surgery. He has also been instrumental in organising the most anticipated hair transplant conference to date in Manchester in June 2019 under the banner of FUE Europe.
Dr Jerry Cooley, IAHRS Member
Charlotte, North Carolina (USA)
Dr Cooley has undertaken intensive training in dermatologic surgery and hair transplantation. During his studies, he performed lab research on “cloning” hair follicle cells using cell culture. The Hair Center focuses mainly on hair transplantation while also offering general and cosmetic dermatology. Dr Cooley promises ultra-natural results and takes pride in developing a personal relationship with every patient to ensure a full understanding of the individual’s goals and desires.
Dr Jeff Epstein, IAHRS Member
Miami, Florida and New York City, New York (USA)
Dr Epstein is a Facial Plastic Surgeon, board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has specialised in hair transplantation since 1993 and is a well-known spokesperson for the industry. Recognised as an expert in follicular unit grafting, follicular unit extraction, reparative hair transplants and women’s hair restoration, he personally performs all consultations and procedures. Seventy per cent of Dr Epstein’s Foundation for Hair Restoration patients travel from 45 different countries and all over the United States to be treated by him. Patients can also receive beard, eyebrow and eyelash hair transplants and non-surgical options such as Platelet Rich Plasma, stem cell therapy, LaserCap and Laser Light Therapy.
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.
Harley Street Hair Clinic, Associate IAHRS Membership Pending
I had my most recent surgery at Harley Street Hair Clinic and can speak volumes about the benefits of being treated there. Among its many accolades, it was the clinic of choice for professional English footballer Wayne Rooney. In my opinion, the clinic’s Director, Nadeem Khan sets a benchmark for patient advocacy and he is committed to providing hair loss sufferers with excellent and tailored advice. The treatment is focused on FUE transplantation, which I have found to deliver superb results. I can personally vouch for the high levels of professionalism, patient care and world-leading expertise at the surgery and work with the clinic daily as a patient advisor.
Dr William Lindsey, IAHRS Member
McLean, Virginia (USA)
Dr Lindsey is an award-winning, board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years’ experience who offers FUE hair transplantation. He is highly trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and in 2000, established himself in Northern Virginia to practice these disciplines. His Lindsey Medical Hair Transplant clinic offers incredibly natural and aesthetic hair transplants, utilising high density, ultra-refined FUT via both strip method and FUE method. He routinely performs mega-sessions for patients. I’ve had surgery with him in the past and it was superb. I work with his overseas patients as his advisor too.
Dr Ron Shapiro, IAHRS Member
Bloomington, Minnesota (USA)
Founder and director of the Shapiro Medical Group, Dr Shapiro is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. His clinic specialises in both FUT and FUE and is a master of hairline design. Recognised for his deft hands-on technical ability, he is routinely invited to demonstrate his techniques at major conferences across the globe. He is known as a caring physician and dedicated patient advocate and in 2000 was honoured by the Italian Society of Hair Restoration Surgery with the “Archimedes” award for excellence in hair restoration. He is a co-author of Hair Transplantation, 4th Edition – widely considered across the world to be the “Bible” of hair transplantation.
Dr Geza Sikos, IAHRS Member
A certified plastic surgeon since 1984, Dr Sikos is a board-certified plastic surgeon and hair transplant specialist. He has undertaken comprehensive training in the US and other countries and is a member of a number of important hair restoration industry associations. His Sikos Hair Transplant Clinic is highly regarded in Europe as a quality practice where patients will receive the highest standard of care. Around half of the patients who attend the clinic come from other European countries, to avail themselves of his world-class services and reputation. Dr Sikos performs mostly FUE surgeries however will also provide FUT-strip harvesting techniques. As well as scalp hair restoration, patients can seek treatment for restoration repairs, beard transplant and chest and pubic hair restoration.
Dr Robert True, IAHRS Member
New York City, New York (USA)
Dr True’s rich medical background in Emergency Medicine eventually led to a passion for hair restoration in 1991. Attracted by the blend of artistry and technical discipline, Dr True spent six months under the tutelage of Dr RM Elliott before co-founding his hair restoration practice, True & Dorin Medical Group, in 1992. The practice offers the pain-free CompuMed Wand to administer local anaesthesia, just one of the ways he delivers the best possible patient experience. Both FUT and FUE treatment options are provided, as well as hair transplant repair, Platelet-Rich Plasma and non-surgical options.
Dr Carlos Wesley, IAHRS Member
New York City, New York (USA)
Since earning his medical degree from Yale Medical School, Dr Wesley has earned multiple awards for excellence. Today, he specialises in the medical and surgical treatment of men’s and women’s hair loss. He is also the founder and CEO of Pilofocus, a biomedical tech company that’s dedicated to scarless surgical hair treatment. Dr Wesley’s New York practice, Carlos K. Wesley MD offers both FUT and FUE treatments as well as scarless surgery. He is a lecturer and published author and pursues ongoing research interests at Yale, helping to develop a unique surgical technique that may improve the yield of transplanted hair follicles, whilst rendering scarring imperceptible.
Dr Jerry Wong, IAHRS Member
Dr Wong’s medical experience extends back to 1973 in General and Emergency Medicine plus anaesthetics and surgery. Since 1997 he has dedicated his career solely to hair transplant surgery. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and an active member of many organisations. Dr Wong’s practice, Hasson & Wong offers live, in-person consultations in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, Canada as well as San Diego in the US. The practice has performed over 20,000 hair transplants – an unusually large number for any practice across the world – and is today focused firmly on FUE treatments.
Dr Amir Yazdan, IAHRS Member
Newport Beach, California (USA)
The Modena Hair Institute specialises in both the FUE and FUT/strip hair restoration surgeries and Dr Yazdan is one of the few physicians who routinely performs FUE for African American and Asian patients as well as those from other ethnicities. He also offers body hair transplantation to repair previous botched hair transplants. Dr Yazdan has, himself, performed over one million FUE graft extractions and harvested more than two million FUT grafts. He can additionally assist with eyebrow and facial hair transplantation, non-surgical Platelet Rich Plasma therapy and scalp micro pigmentation.
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.
- Industry Associations: IAHRS (International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons), AHLA (American Hair Loss Association) and FUE Europe.
- Forums: Join in the conversation, learn from others and share your experiences, all in the comfort of a supportive online environment. Try BaldTruthTalk, HairLossExperiences and BelliCapelli Hair Forum.
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!