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The One-Way Street of Hair Loss Referrals

Hair loss referral one-way street

Hair loss referral one-way street

Non-surgical hair loss centers frequently refer clients (Hair Loss Referrals) to hair transplant surgeons when medical solutions offer the best client solutions. However, it’s rare for transplant surgeons to return the favor by referring patients for options like wigs, hairpieces, or extensions.

According to a recent survey by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), the most commonly prescribed treatments by hair restoration surgeons were oral and topical drugs like finasteride, minoxidil and ketoconazole shampoo. Hair additions didn’t even make the list.

Hair Loss Referrals in 2021

Source: International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery: 2022 Practice Census Results

While transplant surgery can restore hair to balding areas, it has limitations when the patient has limited donor hair. For example, surgeries results can sometimes be maximized by combining them with a hair system placed behind a transplanted front hair line to provide extra volume.  In this way, building reciprocal referral relationships between surgical and nonsurgical hair loss practices could be of significant benefit to patients.

Hair loss centers provide an arsenal of cosmetic options to conceal thinning hair and restore confidence. But the stigma around wigs and “fake hair” persists.

Increased education and open dialogue between hair restoration stylists and physicians could help erase the taboo while giving patients more treatment plans. Hair Loss Referrals should not be one-way street.