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Nurse practitioners and Hair Transplantation

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In certain states a nurse practitioner can open a clinic without a supervising doctor. Could a nurse practitioner open a clinic that performs FUE hair transplantation? Fue hair transplantation only involves local anesthetic and removal of individual hair follicles from the back of the scalp that are later placed at the front of the scalp. Could a nurse practitioner with years of practice and experience in the field of hair transplantation open a clinic and perform these procedures?

Alicia777

Specializes in Surgery.

Contact your local BON. Anyone here would just be guessing unless they're doing that job in your state..

It would depend on your state but often hair transplantation including FUE is considered surgery and therefore outside the SOP for NPs. The International Societey for Hair Restoration Sugery however does support NPs and PAs providing transplant procedures. "ISHRS strongly recommends that only a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant practicing within the scope of his or her license perform hair restoration surgery."

Doing them without an onsite physician might be much more complicated. It all boils down to how the BON in the state you practice in views the procedure. They'd be the only ones who could give you a conclusive answer.

Edited by pro-student

Many procedures done by a np are considered minor surgery. So my guess is as long as your state does not say no, and you have documented training not just on the job experience you can probably do the procedure.

Jeremy

Many procedures done by a np are considered minor surgery. So my guess is as long as your state does not say no, and you have documented training not just on the job experience you can probably do the procedure.

Jeremy

True, by the OP's question was about opening an independent nurse-managed surgical clinic without a supervising physician. That's a great deal different from the vast majority of NPs who work under some type of physician oversight/collaboration and not in independent clinics.