A Vantage Point of Medical and Dental Professionals on Hair Restoration Surgery by Dentist: A Cross Sectional Study


Authors : Shalini Ravi; Bharathwaj V V; Dinesh Dhamodhar; Sathiyapriya S; Prabu D; Rajmohan M; Sindhu R; Vishali M

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 8 - August

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7110813

Hair restoration surgery is a surgical solution for hair loss which offers natural results in recent times. There is a controversy amongst various streams of doctors of whom should perform hair restoration surgery. The ultimate goal of this study was to know the perception of medical and dental professionals on hair restoration surgery performed by dentist. A Cross sectional study was conducted among 101 medical and dental professionals. A self-validated questionnaire was used which includes knowledge-based questions. The content validation of the questionnaire was done by 3 dental professionals in the department of public health dentistry. This questionnaire was distributed among various professionals. Descriptive statistics were performed for all variables collected. Chi square test was done to find the association between the sex and their perception, association between the speciality and their perception and association between the location of practice and their perception. As per Contemporary study, 51.50% of the participants agreed that dental surgeon can perform hair transplantation surgery. Major part of them was dental professionals practicing at Ramapuram. The P Value<0.05 considered statistically significant. Irrespective of their gender, their opinion on hair restoration surgery by dentist was same. There is no significant difference between them. There is significant association between their speciality and their perception on hair restoration surgery by dental surgeon. This study reveals us that dental surgeons are fairly qualified to perform hair restoration surgery if they undergone any specific course for the same. Professionals knowledge in hair transplantation surgery (i.e., type of incision performed, technique used, preferred site for donor hair in surgery) was satisfactory. Although they are qualified their efficiency and legality is still a question mark. To avoid confusion among fraternity MCI/DCI need to frame proper guidelines for doctors of who should practice hair restoration surgery. Their perception in respect to hair restoration surgery performed by dental surgeon was relatively in good basis but further awareness needed among society towards dental surgeon to recognize their service in the field of hair restoration surgery.

Keywords : Hair restoration surgery, dental surgeon, medical professionals, knowledge, perception.

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