A full head of hair is associated with youth and vigor no matter your chosen gender identity. Since not everyone is genetically predisposed to keep their hair for their entire lives, hair restoration will always be seen as a viable option for those with the financial means. There are many factors that go into determining whether someone is a candidate for hair restoration. Some of those factors include age, gender, ethnicity, lifestyle, genetics, medical history, and even hairstyle preferences. Hair loss can occur due to a variety of often intersecting reasons including aging, stress, illness, medications, and hormonal changes. Hair loss can also be caused by certain diseases like alopecia areata, trichotillomania, androgenetic alopecia, telogen effluvium, cicatricial alopecia, and scarring alopecia. Hair transplant surgeons must be licensed to practice medicine and then go on to learn their craft by working with experienced surgeons in the field. These follicular magic workers form practices ranging from a single surgeon to dozens of surgical teams.
The hair restoration industry is massive. Starting a hair restoration business, which is essentially a medical practice, can be a daunting process without proper organization, market positioning and licensure. In addition to being run by a licensed medical doctor, hair transplant clinics need support staff technicians to dissect donor tissue as in follicular unit transplant (FUT) procedures and extract follicles in follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedures. Once harvested, the follicular units need to be skillfully placed in the recipient area. Transplant clinics need to present services in a clinical context and have the before and after pictures to present positive results. This means hiring licensed professionals in the space, ideally starting with a veteran hair replacement specialist who is able to mentor junior specialists. This provides for advancement in the field. Professional affiliations are also important, as conferences will provide opportunities for networking as well as the ability to explore the latest industry-wide developments in the hair restoration field. Most practices have use of an electronic medical record (EMR) or electronic health record (EHR) system to keep track of patient care and progress, invoicing and patient billing. Hair restoration services are typically paid for in advance. Because of the high transaction amount, hair restoration facilities should be properly underwritten to ensure that payments are received and not held in risk. The presentment of advance payment is ideally sent out directly to patient emails or as a text to pay link. Some clinics will prefer accepting payment over the phone or in person.
Whatever shape your hair restoration business takes, Payment Integrator will help make sure it grows. We have frictionless solutions that integrate with a variety of EMRs and EHRs. For in-person payments we have a variety of devices to accept swipe, dip and tap credit card and debit card transactions with all major card brands as well as e-wallet options like Apple Pay and Google Pay. We also provide virtual terminals so you can accept payments over the phone. Our hosted payment page (HPP) presents a branded payment link to eliminate the need to handle a credit card number over the phone. All of Payment Integrator’s billing solutions are secure, PCI compliant and operate in a tokenized P2PE environment.
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