Can Any Doctor Become a Hair Transplant Surgeon?

There’s a little known fact that patients exploring their options for hair transplant procedures rarely know. Shockingly, it’s relatively easy to call yourself a hair transplant surgeon. In fact, there are many “hair transplant surgeons” that don’t do much surgical work at all themselves and instead rely on automatic devices and robots to do the work for them.

Have your hair transplant procedure performed by a surgeon that is board-certified, like Dr. Ronald Philip Chao, MD of Regen LA. Avoid robots and machinery. Often times, they will be operated by technicians who know nothing about hair transplants. They may have no real experience or certification in hair transplant surgery specifically.

Technical Requirements to Call Yourself a Hair Transplant Surgeon

Realistically speaking, there are only two requirements to legally refer to yourself a hair transplant surgeon/doctor:

  1. A medical license, indicating graduation from medical school and completing one single year of internship in any medical area.
  2. The desire to call yourself a hair transplant surgeon.

This is all that is required. So if you’ve visited other hair transplant doctor sites, you may very well be visiting the site of a person with no real experience in hair transplant surgery specifically. While there is an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) that provides recognized Board Certificates in hair transplant surgery to deserving doctors if the doctor in question is not listing this on their site, it is very likely they have no such certification.

Beyond the two requirements, Ronald Philip Chao MD is board certified by the ABMS and has years of experience in the field of hair transplants with thousands of successful procedures.

Robots vs. Real Surgeons

While robots often sound interesting to patients seeking to undergo hair transplants, don’t let the technology fool you. Often these robots are simply meant to get patients in and out without the “hair transplant doctor” having to even break a sweat. A robot will never have the precision of a surgeon and in many unique situations; a robot can’t be fully utilized anyway. It takes a trained eye to perform hundreds to thousands of grafts successfully. Why would you trust that work to a machine? Why would you pay more to have a machine do the work when Regen LA charges less in almost all cases and has a trained surgeon ensuring your procedure is done right?

Have your scalp handled comfortably and skillfully? Choose Regen LA in Redondo Beach and say no to robots!

Inflated Costs of Wannabe Surgeons

Don’t let higher costs fool you. There are many doctors out there who charge more to create the appearance of a more upscale experience. Particularly in the Los Angeles area, many doctors use the desire for beauty and the focus on appearance in the community to create the illusion that a higher price means higher quality.

At best, they’re working at a higher rate with the same skills and tools available at Regen LA. At worst, they’re working with lesser skills and shoddy equipment or robots. Why pay more to get less? Why trust your surgery to a doctor simply because he/she charges more and claims to be an upscale practice? A little research will reveal that the cost-effective priced option is actually of better quality.

Don’t Take a Chance… Get a Free Second Opinion at Regen LA

We offer a free virtual consultation to all of our potential patients to speak to them about their options for hair transplant surgery. Interested in FUE, FUT, or laser hair restoration products like Capillus, we can point you in the right direction. Additionally, saving a little money doesn’t hurt either.

In many cases, patients find that even if they are not located in the Los Angeles area, they may still save money traveling to us to complete their hair transplant procedure. Regardless of what your specific circumstances may be, Regen LA aims to always be the best choice for your hair transplant procedure.



  • UC Berkely & Yale Trained Surgeon
  • Residency at the University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (FAACS)
  • Research Fellowship at Cornell University Medical College

Dr. Ronald Philip Chao is one of the top hair restoration surgeons in the Los Angeles area. For many years, Dr. Chao has delivered results with exceptional patient care, discretion, and pride in his work.



If you’re one of the 80 million Americans suffering from hair loss, the regenerative medical team at Regen LA suggests learning as much as possible about hair restoration prior to making a decision on how to address your hair loss. Not every procedure is right for everyone.

That’s why at Regen LA in Redondo Beach, we pride ourselves in helping our patients choose the best procedure for them. Research your hair restoration doctor before having the procedure performed. Find a doctor who is skilled, focused, and dedicated to performing hair transplant procedures. Additionally, ask to see “Before & After” photos.

At Regen LA, we’re proud of our results and happy to provide them. They can be viewed HERE. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to look into the patient experience. Reviews and testimonials from Regen LA and Best Hair Transplant’s vast assortment of satisfied clients can be viewed HERE.


Regen LA
1970 S. Prospect Ave., Suite 2
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 281-6160