Hair restoration surgery forms an important part of cosmetic surgery requiring the practitioner to possess adequate knowledge and skill. This is of utmost importance as hair transplant surgery is a specialization, which should be done by an experienced cosmetic surgeon only. For should the procedure goes awry, it can leave lifelong scars on the patient not to speak of inducing mental agony and shredding his or her confidence to the hilt. So, how, as a layman, can you be convinced of the expertise of a hair transplant surgeon? Is there any standardized protocol, certification or recognition that is accepted everywhere? How can you be certain of finding the best doctor for hair transplant in India? The answer is ABHRS or the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
What does ABHRS mean?
It is an acronym of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and is accepted worldwide as the gold standard for surgeons carrying out hair transplant procedures. It establishes an industry recognized certification that validates the expertise and experience of a cosmetic surgeon specializing in hair restoration. So, should someone be ABHRS certified, he or she can be credited with the following accomplishments.
- Passed a rigorous certifying process comprising oral and written examination.
- Vast experience in the field as the ABHRS process would require the surgeon to submit documented evidence of conducting 50 hair transplant procedures, 150 operative case log, and achieving quality results.
- Upholds the code of ethics that underpin the strategies for hair transplant surgery.
The History of ABHRS
Founded in 1996, ABHRS came about as a result of an agreement reached among the participating members in a seminar on hair surgery that was held in the year 1995 in Chicago, USA. The seminar witnessed members discussing the importance of having a recognized certificate and a suitable certifying authority. Thus, ABHRS became the de facto and de jure international certifying board for hair restoration surgery. Besides, in the year 2000, ABHRS started issuing certificates titled ‘International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery’ to the international candidates. This was instituted at the request of the President of the European Society of Hair Restoration. With its headquarters in Munster, Indiana, the USA, ABHRS is the only psychometrically and statistically proven examination to be accepted globally.
How many ABHRS certified hair transplant surgeons are in India and the world?
The steep qualification, expertise and experience have ensured that there are a handful of surgeons numbering only 15 in India and 200 globally. The ABHRS certified surgeons are called the Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. It is notable that out of the 15 ABHRS certified hair transplant surgeons in India, Dr Satya Saraswat (MS, M.Ch, DNB – Gold Medallist) and Dr Preeti Saraswat (PG Dip in Clinical Cosmetology) from the Saraswat Hospital in Agra belong to the hallowed list. The two names can be found at https://bit.ly/2UUgEWv.
The specialized procedure of hair transplant can restore lost hair and confidence in a person. Since hair transplant procedures require the use of advanced technology not to speak of possessing the necessary skills, it is better to be done by the best doctor for hair transplant in India. This is where you should opt for the ABHRS certified surgeons like
Dr Satya Saraswat and Dr Preeti Saraswat from the Saraswat Hospital in Agra for excellent results.