Choosing a Team

For the attention of prospective HRBR patients.

It has come to our attention that a number of other hair transplant clinics in the UK and Ireland are claiming to be associated with HRBR and its surgeons. We would like to clarify that Dr. Maurice Collins, HRBR’s founder and medical director, has no association with any other hair transplant clinic. HRBR’s only location is its purpose built hair transplant facility, Samson House in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Finding the best hair transplant team for the job is paramount where hair loss is concerned and your appearance is at stake. It is also important to establish the overall approach taken to a hair transplant procedure. Are you dealing with a salesperson or qualified medical professional? What about pre-operative consultations? Who is performing the actual surgery and how experienced is the hair transplant surgeon and the transplant team? How involved are you in the planning process? What technique and technology are being used? What about quality control and training? What do other patients say about their experiences?

There are certain criteria which must be carefully considered, as they directly impact the success or otherwise of the surgery, namely:

The Surgeon & Support Staff

Probably the most significant factor in selecting the right team for your hair transplant is the hair transplant surgeon. Unfortunately, the marketplace is rife with people offering the procedure who have minimal training in surgery and scant surgical experience.If you wish to choose a top hair transplant surgeon it is imperative to research the qualifications and experience of the surgeon to ensure that they are bona fide. It is also relevant to factor in the logistics.

One of HRBR’s patients summed it up perfectly when he said, “To have trust and confidence in your surgeon is of utmost importance.”

The Technique

Ultra Refined Follicular Unit Transplantation (URFUT) involves a thin strip of hair bearing skin being surgically removed from the donor area on the scalp, it is considered the international gold standard of hair transplantation because it uses stereomicroscopes for the precise preparation and placement of follicular unit grafts. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) involves the removal of individual follicular units from the donor area on the scalp, one by one, without the need for a standard surgical (linear) incision. Instead, a blunt-tipped punch tool is used to extract the individual hair follicles from the scalp.

Following the removal of the hair grafts from the scalp the method of transplantation is identical in both techniques.

For many patients the optimal treatment plan would involve the use of both techniques over the patient’s life and therefore it is important for patients to attend a clinic that can offer both techniques to them.

The Technology

Advances in hair transplant technology are happening all the time but many hair restoration clinics choose not to keep pace with them primarily for cost reasons. At HRBR, we believe that investment in the latest technology is key to delivering a world class service.

The Donor Hair

The amount of available donor hair equates to the likely extent and success of the surgery because it is finite and is thus the only limiting factor in hair transplantation. Donor hair must therefore be treated with the utmost respect by the transplant team. Also in this context, patients should be realistic about the possibilities and fully understand how hair transplants work.

The Experience

Plenty of hair restoration clinics opt for quite heavy sedation of patients so that they will be in a drugged state during the hair transplant procedure. The URFUT technique induces very little, if any, pain so we prefer to keep our patients fully conscious and in conversation with the transplant team.

The Cost

The hair surgery cost is also an important consideration. The cost of performing a hair transplant to a high standard is considerable due to the number of highly skilled medical staff and technicians required. There is no such thing as a low cost surgical option for hair loss, and a cheaper transplant done by a team doing inferior work may prove more expensive in the long run than a top quality job done by an experienced professional team which actually costs more.

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