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Hair Transplant Podcast

Premiering in 1998 on New York City’s 77WABC radio and subsequently syndicated in every major market in the country, Spencer Kobren’s The Bald Truth is recognized as the first and longest running broadcast dedicated to prompting a candid conversation focusing on the emotionally devastating and life altering epidemic of hair loss.

The IAHRS and The American Hair Loss Association advocate mentoring at all stages of a hair transplant surgeon's education and throughout their career, however, due to the the entrepreneurial and extremely competitive environment created by many of the old guard of this speciality, true mentoring has not been a priority in the field, IAHRS accepted member Patrick Mwamba, M.D. joins Spencer Kobren in studio to discuss.

According to the ABHRS website "The American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery is internationally recognized as the only 'board certification' focusing on hair restoration surgery for physicians worldwide.” While both the IAHRS and The American Hair Loss Association recognize the tremendous effort the ABHRS and its leadership has put into attempting to create a reasonable standard of care for this unregulated field, being a Diplomate of the ABHRS only signifies proficiency in being able to pass both a written and oral examination. Past President of the ABHRS and accepted member of the IAHRS, Scott Boden, M.D. joins Spencer Kobren in studio to discuss.

It is no secret that some of the biggest names in hair transplant surgery were not earned on the merit of their work, but by the effectiveness of their marketing and PR. Be smart, do your homework and if a clinic or surgeon is more interested in promoting his body of press than his body of work, move on.

IAHRS accepted member, Arika Bansal, M.D. discusses the importance of having realistic expectations when considering hair transplant surgery. Proper patient education is vital, and if you are not fully educated on the entire scope, possible pitfalls and limitations of hair transplant surgery, then surgery might not be right for you.

Hair transplant surgery can be an incredible, life changing option for those who make good candidates for the procedure, but in today’s cut-throat, turnkey, hair transplant mill environment, if prospective patients aren’t privy to the the information they need to make truly informed decisions, they are literally putting their lives in danger. Newport Beach, hair transplant surgeon and IAHRS accepted member Amir Yazdan, M.D. sits down with Spencer Kobren to discuss.

IAHRS accepted member, Manchester, UK hair transplant surgeon Dr. Asim Shahmalak stops by the studio to discuss the importance of honest, open patient education and the dangers that today’s hair transplant patients face when trying to navigate this treacherous field.

Spencer Kobren speaks with IAHRS founding member, Boca Raton hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Glenn Charles about the the importance of patient selection and the reality that not every hair loss sufferer makes a good candidate for surgical intervention.

Spencer Kobren speaks with IAHRS accepted member, Atlanta hair transplant surgeon, Ken Anderson M.D., about the complete lack of oversight in the field of hair transplant surgery and how this effects patients and the field as a whole.

Spencer Kobren speaks to IAHRS accepted member, Phoenix hair transplant surgeon Scott Alexander M.D. about the misinformation and confusion consumers face in today’s devolving hair transplant industry. No matter how “advanced” the technology, when it comes to hair transplant surgery, outcomes (good or bad) are dictated by people, not machines.

FUE hair transplant surgery is arguably the most nuanced and difficult discipline of cosmetic surgery to perform well on a consistent basis, however, many product manufacturers, untrained cosmetic surgeons and hair transplant marketers will have you think that surgical hair restoration is a simple “one size fits” all nothing procedure. Bottom line: no matter what piece of equipment a physician or clinic purchases, all devices are 100% user dependent and can be extremely dangerous if not used by a physician and staff who has proper training and "time on tissue.”

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The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons is a consumer organization that selectively screens skilled and ethical hair transplant surgeons. The IAHRS does not offer an open membership policy to doctors practicing hair transplatation, and is the only group that recognizes that all surgeons are not equal in their skill and technique. Its elite membership seeks to represent the best in the discipline, the true leaders in the field of surgical hair restoration.