How to choose the best hair restoration specialist for your hair loss

With the popularity of hair transplantation on the rise, so many doctors are adding hair transplant to their practice as a side job. As so many non specialized doctors start to offer hair transplants, clients wonder if all hair transplant surgeons are the same or if they differ in their practice or experience. The question clients ask is how can one choose the most qualified doctor that offers the best hair transplant? To add to the confusion, there are many internet sites that promote doctors for a fee, so how is one to recognize a legitimate organization from a marketing site?

Finding a qualified hair restoration doctor can be very challenging for the patient.

Hair restoration surgery is a medical and surgical subspecialty that has matured over the decades. By the 1990s, hair restoration surgery as a cosmetic subspecialty had matured to the position of requiring standards for assuring the highest level of knowledge and skill in practitioners of hair restoration surgery. The medical profession has such a mechanism in place-the medical specialty board that certifies qualified specialists in their elected specialty or subspecialty. Leaders of hair restoration surgery adopted the medical-board approach to certification, and organized the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS) in the late 1990s.

Board certification and diplomatic certification has both public and professional implications. The primary purpose of certification of medical specialists is to assure the public of a physician’s knowledge and skill. Among colleagues, certification in hair surgery by the ABHRS has implications of professional quality and standing. The requirements for certification are rigorous, and they are applied by all medical boards. The hair surgeon must pass written and oral examinations, and then recertify by passing an exam every ten years.

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It is a great honor for a member to achieve this designation of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). This recognizes the surgeon who strives for excellence in this specialized field. To maintain this status, the surgeon must continue to meet established educational criteria over time. Dr. Meshkin is one of the original 30 hair restoration surgeons to earn diploma certification by ABHRS and be recognized as an active long standing member of ISHRS for his outstanding contributions to the field of hair restoration surgery. In addition Dr Meshkin is one of a few verified hair transplant doctors on Realself which is a recognized organization for qualified cosmetic surgeons with specialties. Dr Meshkin was one of a few who was recognized as Realself 100 doctors for 2015, 2016 and 2017 in excellence for his contribution as hair restoration doctor to the Realself community.

In addition to these organizations, the hair restoration specialist must have knowledge and experience in all of the latest surgical and medical hair treatment options and techniques. The specialist should be able to explain the best available options to meet the patients' concerns. If hair transplant is a viable option, the hair restoration surgeon must show pictures of previous patients whom they have performed the techniques on. Pictures are the most essential way to see samples of the doctors work. The hair specialist should be able to provide at least 20 before and after pictures from past work.

Dr Meshkin is honored to be recognized as a designated long standing member of ISHRS by his peers and also be certified diplomat by ABHRS for his knowledge and skill as a specialized hair restoration surgeon. He is also a verified Hair restoration specialist on Realself. Clients can see hundreds of before and after photos on on yelp and follow him on social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and TikTok.

To find out more about your hair loss, visit one of Dr. Meshkin's hair transplant and hair restoration clinics in Los Angeles or in Irvine locations. Dr. Meshkin will use the latest techniques and gives the best hair restoration recommendations customized to your needs and concerns.

If you are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning you can contact us at (949) 219-0027 to schedule for a consultation or visit our website at