As a hair transplant surgeon, I feel compelled to respond. If you do your research (Yelp, Realself) and demand to meet one-on-one with the doctor’s patients, the hit and miss issue disappears. We have held what we call Open House Events every month and have been doing this for 27 years. At these events, former patients come to help prospective patients understand the process and see their results. Talking and meeting with former patients have no substitute for building confidence in your choice of surgeon. At these events, we also have live surgeries for prospective patients to view and speak with the patients undergoing the surgery. Many times men bring their wives and girlfriends to these events making it even more beneficial. I realize that many of the readers of Reddit are not in Southern California to visit us during one of these open house events, but there are substitutes with good phone consultations and calling references, which are made available for newcomers.