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I am very proud feature in this year’s 2021 edition of The Top 25 Hair…
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.
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.
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.
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, putting the patient before profit. 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, 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.
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 truth and integrity of the hair loss treatment industry.
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. 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. A superb surgeon and person and I have a proud association with him and his clinic.
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.
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. 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.
Dr. Özlem Biçer has pursued excellence in surgical hair loss treatments for more than two decades. Her expertise was gained in hospitals, private hair loss practices and aesthetics clinics. In 2004, Dr. Biçer opened her first licensed clinic in Turkey in 2004, with full approval and accreditation from the Turkish Ministry of Health. Since then, she and her team of expert, highly experienced surgeons have attended to thousands of patients from around the world and delivered life-changing results around their hair loss issues.
Today, Dr. Biçer’s clinic performs FUE, FUT by Micromotor, FUE by Manuel and FUE without shaving, at an average rate of one hair transplant per day. Patients can count on technical excellence as well as genuine empathy and strict adherence to medical law. Dr. Biçer is highly regarded in the global hair transplantation industry for her exceptional know-how, her dedication to patient satisfaction and for training a long list of up-and-coming surgeons who now follow in her esteemed path.
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.
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.
Dr. Erdogan started in the field of hair restoration in 2000, assisting several hair surgeons in their private clinics. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to and meeting several of his patients. He started to perform FUE in 2004 by combining both FUT + FUE techniques. He currently is performing only FUE procedures in his fantastic ASMED Medical Center in Istanbul, with the assistance of four other doctors and 20 nurses. Most of his patients travel from far afield to visit the centre and have surgery performed there.
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.
I had my most recent surgery with Dr. Albena Kovacheva at The Harley Street Hair Clinic and can speak volumes about the benefits of being treated there by her and the entire team at the clinic. This world-renowned team includes senior surgeon Dr. Greg Vida who in my experienced opinion – after being privy to many of his FUE surgeries and seeing patient results in person – is one of the most experienced, skilful and proficient surgeons in the world, too. He was recently interviewed on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ show about the volume of repair work he is having to perform to help solve surgery on patients who went to unsavoury clinics.
Among the businesses’ many accolades, it was the clinic of choice for professional English footballer Wayne Rooney, which in turn changed the face of the industry overnight. 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. Chiara Insalaco majored in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Rome La Sapienza, and has trained alongside world-renowned surgeon Dr. John Cole. With a relentless drive to arm herself with the most innovative hair transplant techniques, over the years Dr. Insalaco visited a number of the world’s leading clinics and spent time with highly respected surgeons across the US, Turkey, Belgium and in her native of Italy where she now runs her own clinic Insalaco Clinic.
For the last six years she has continued to work closely with Dr. Cole, as well as the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, leading a pioneering research project which focuses on regenerative medicine (PRP, STEM CELLS) and its application when treating alopecia. Dr. Insalaco remains an active member of The Italian Society for Hair Science and Restoration and is one of a handful of Italian experts to feature on the Public Register of Trichologists. Dr. Insalaco is also a proud founding faculty member of The Global Hair Loss Summit.
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. Emorane Lupanzula started his medical career by graduating from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium with a focus on Acute and Emergency medicine, which was his primary focus for several years. Dr. Lupanzula founded Medikemos Clinic and has been providing consistently excellent results along with ethical patient care to all who enter since 2011. He offers both FUT and FUE and what is unique about him is he performs all extractions and incisions himself. He is regarded as one of the most respected surgeons in the industry by his peers and well worth his inclusion in this list.
Patrick Mwamba is a very highly regarded and active member of many organisations. In 2000, Dr. Mwamba – who now runs The World Hair Transplant Centre – began working with Dr. John P. Cole at New Hair Institute. Dr. Mwamba immediately fell in love with the art and science of hair transplantation and homed his skill and passion to be deemed one of the most highly regarded surgeons in the world today. His compassion for hair loss sufferers led him to dedicate his efforts, full-time, to the practice of hair transplantation.
Alba Reyes is an expert in hair transplant surgery with 20 years of clinical experience. Specialising in FUE and FUT transplant methods, she offers her services at Hair Transplant Clinic in the Dominican Republic. Her career as a hair restoration surgeon began in 1999 after extensive training in leading clinics in Israel, Canada, the United States of America, Brazil and Spain. With the objective to offer the latest techniques to her patients, Dr. Reyes participates each year in international conferences and workshops and consistently provides her patients with the highest level of service possible.
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.
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. Dorin graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Bio-Chemistry from Stony Brook University, NY in December 1993 and is the co-founder of True & Dorin Medical Group. He is one of the finest hair transplant doctors in the hair transplant industry who’s consistent dedication to his craft has made him respected by his patients and peers the world over. Proficient, skilled and experienced in FUE and FUT with an overwhelming number of consistent results. He is an active member of the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons and several other medical organisations.
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 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.
Thitiwat Wirarojratchakul is a fantastic hair transplant practitioner in Thailand who, like all the other doctors on the list, always puts the patient first and is a very skilled and caring physician. He has been offering hair transplants for over 10 years, completing more than 8,000 cases in that time. The Founder of Million Hair Transplant Centre, Dr. Wirarojratchakul is committed to developing techniques – including FUT, FUE, ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant, Sonicated PRP and Regenera Hair Cell Stimulation – and expertise that help deliver the best hair transplant results for his patients.
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.
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 and performs SMP in house too. 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. He puts the patient first above all else and their wellbeing is his ultimate priority. I’m proud to work with his patients as his international patient advisor.
He is also the developer and creator of GroMD Shampoo and GroMD Follicle Spray, which have quickly garnered worldwide acclaim from hair loss sufferers. Their potent ingredients are specifically formulated to block the primary cause of male pattern baldness (DHT) while protecting and strengthening hair against progressive loss.
Tsvetalin Zarev graduated from Medical University, Sofia in 2010. He works actively in the transplantation industry with particular focus on large FUE cases at his Galatea Clinic, creating somewhat of a name for himself. He preforms and specialises in hair, eyebrows, eyelashes and beard hair transplants, and has been doing so for the last 9 years. During this period Dr. Zarev has used manual as well as motorised FUE technique. I had the pleasure of meeting and watching him conduct an outstanding presentation in Manchester in 2019 where he presented a 14,000FU Giga session via FUE case that had people mesmerised.
When researching a hair transplant surgeon or clinic for your own needs, the following resources can help with your information-gathering process.
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.