When it comes to researching a hair transplant surgeon, prospective patients should not be lulled into the false sense of security that a "Harvard trained," board certified plastic surgeon is in any way more skilled or more ethical, than an internist with no surgical residency. Hair transplant surgery is an extremely specialized, difficult and elegant form of cosmetic surgery that takes incredible commitment to learn how to perform to state of the art standards. In this game, where you were “educated” is less important than how you were educated, and understanding the nuances of proper patient selection as well as how to “first do no harm.”
While device manufactures are trying to convince physicians as well as customers that they are producing the most state of the art devices to to perform modern day hair transplant surgery, the truth is that not all tools work well on all patients and in all practices. A true state of the art hair transplant has less to do with the tools being used and more to do with those who are using the tools.
Spencer Kobren and Spencer (Spex) Stevenson speak with a UK caller about how devastating it was for him to first realize he was losing his hair. While society does not “allow” men to discuss how hair loss effects their lives and even seems tolerant of public “bald shaming,” many dealing with hair loss are emotionally struggling in ways those not affected by it can fully understand.
Is it really in the prospective hair transplant patient’s best interest for website owners to allow anonymous forum posters the freedom to criticize and even defame clinics that they never had surgery with? With some forum moderators contributing to this type of misguided and unprofessional online character assassination, others maintain a firm stance against directing the narrative in order ensure that a fair and level discussion about clinical complaints takes place. If you are currently researching hair transplant surgery this is a segment you should watch.
Long gone are the days of the Better Business Bureau and the repercussions of being “reported” to the triple B. Today, consumers can bypass everything and make specific and direct complaints that can be seen by tens of thousands of people in a matter of hours. The problem is that we don’t know who is making a legitimate complaint and who is just trying to stir up trouble for their competitor. Jeff calls the show to share his perspective as a legitimate repair patient.
The extremely competitive, sadly commoditized, entrepreneurial environment of cosmetic surgery has not only made it more difficult for skilled and ethical hair transplant surgeons to practice their craft, but has made the field a much more dangerous place for hair transplant consumers. Sadly things are only getting worse. Spencer Kobren and IAHRS accepted member Sanusi Umar, MD, FAAD, FASDS discuss the competitive nature of this field and what can be done to improve the current environment in order to make it a safer place for consumers.
As the hair transplant industry continues to grow out of control, it's apparent that many novice surgeons, patient consultants or sales reps, haven’t a clue of the importance of patient selection when it comes to this extremely difficult discipline of cosmetic surgery. Anyone can sell a hair transplant to a vulnerable hair loss sufferer, but that doesn’t mean its in the best interest of the patient. Spencer Kobren and TBT UK contributor Spencer (Spex) Stevenson discuss the reality of appropriate patient selection and how some people should never even consider undergoing hair transplant surgery.
For those who make good candidates, and find the right surgeon and surgical team, hair transplant surgery can be an extremely positive, life changing experience. For the countless consumers who fall prey to hair transplant device maker marketing and inexperienced novice practitioners, the outcomes can be disastrous, and the field is becoming more confusing and dangerous every year. Martin calls the the guys on the UK show to discuss his success story and why he believes he has such a positive hair transplant experience.
As they say, there is a sucker born every minute and in the new world of device driven hair transplant surgery, many of those suckers are the naïve cosmetic surgeons who invest in what they believe are turkey solutions to enter the extremely lucrative world of hair restoration surgery. Whether you are a potential hair transplant patient doing their research or a plastic or cosmetic surgeon interested in learning the discipline, this is a segment you'll want watch.
Hair transplant marketing has hit an all time low and many clinics will promise potential patients the moon without even having a minimal body of evidence that illustrates their ability to meet the patient’s expectations. Bottom line: it is up to prospective patients to do their due diligence and ask doctors and consultants for verifiable evidence that they can actually provide you with the outcomes they are promising. You’ll be surprised how many can’t.
IAHRS accepted member Dr. Baubac, explains the importance of patients having a full understanding of the hair transplant process as well as their particular needs before even considering undergoing hair transplant surgery. If you don’t know at least as much as the consultant, you have not conducted enough research. Do your homework
Spencer Kobren speaks with TBT’s undercover doc about the dark underbelly of the hair transplant industry. Is your hair transplant “surgeon” breaking the law and putting patients at risk? Apparently that is a matter up for interpretation according to many cosmetic surgeons now offering hair transplant surgery in their practices.
Spencer Kobren speaks with IAHRS accepted member Michael Vories, MD, about the dumbing down of the hair transplant field and the extreme risks that patients are taking if they don’t do their due diligence by thoroughly researching their hair transplant surgeon. Bottom line: In today’s environment, it seems that many of the technicians in the field know more about hair transplant surgery than the “surgeons” patients are entrusting your care to.
Spencer Kobren and Joe Tillman speak with a caller who is concerned about having to take time off from training post surgery. Bottom line: Hair transplant surgery is a financial and emotional investment that takes some sacrifice in order to ensure the best possible outcome.
Spencer Kobren Speaks with ABHRS Diplomate Dr. Ken Williams about the current dangers facing today’s hair transplant patient and the total lack of effectiveness in establishing a straight forward message that articulates the minimal standard of care and education patients should expect and demand from their hair transplant providers. Caveat Emptor, “Let the buyer beware.”
We all want the perfect head of hair, but when it comes to hair transplant surgery, it’s important to remember that each and every procedure comes with real risks. If you’re a hair transplant patient who is currently comfortable with his appearance, attempting to add just a little more might not be worth the risk.
While it might seem insane that an NYC sanitation worker was performing late night hair transplants back in the 90’s in New York, what's happening in the field today is just as shocking. FUE hair transplant surgery is a far more demanding procedure than the type of strips being performed in the late 90s, and now there are even less qualified labor technicians performing the entirety of these procedures, all under the “watchful” eyes of the physicians who own these cosmetic surgery mills.
There are countless “walking wounded” looking to have botched hair transplant procedures repaired so that they can move on with their lives feeling comfortable in their own skin. However, for many men in search of repair, the commitment of living another 6 months of their lives looking worse before they look better can be daunting. If you’re considering repair hair transplant surgery this is a segment you’ll want to watch.
Spencer Kobren and Joe Tillman speak with a caller who voices his disappointment in the current state of the hair transplant field and explain why the hair transplant industry is more dangerous for consumers than it has been in more than two decades.
SMP (Scalp Micro Pigmentation) is one of the latest and most heavily marketed hair loss “solutions” being offered in the hair loss industry today, Essentially a permanent or semi-permanat cosmetic scalp tattoo, SMP is offered as both an alternative to hair transplant surgery as well as an adjunct to surgery. The key to researching this procedure is to remember that all SMP is not created equal and not every hair loss sufferer makes a good candidate for this cosmetic tattooing processes.
While there is usually a set criteria for a prospective academic presenter to be accepted to lecture at a medical conference, the requirements are not necessarily indicative of any verifiable expertise in the field. In general, physicians submit a short abstract of their proposed presentation which then undergoes a peer review process. Depending on the size of the conference, even novices in the field might be allowed to present if the review committee believes the presentation will fill seats. If your hair transplant surgeon markets themselves a being “published,” or as a lecturer in the field, take the time to do your homework to ensure your hair transplant surgeon is a true expert at their craft and not just an accomplished cosmetic surgery marketer.
As always, Spencer Kobren speaks candidly from The Advanced FUE Los Angeles workshop about how important it is for physicians interested in offering hair transplant surgery in their practice, to really learn the craft before investing in any “turnkey” device. Bottom line: The fastest way to destroy your hard earned reputation is to jump into hair transparent surgery without being properly trained.
Spencer Kobren speaks with IAHRS founding member Paul Rose, M.D. live from The Advance FUE Los Angeles workshop in Redondo Beach, CA. about some of the devastating outcomes being produced by untrained physicians and clinics who are simply purchasing heavily marketed hair transplant devices and who are not even comming close to providing the minimal standard of care to unsuspecting patients.
Have the medical device manufacturers, novice hair transplant practitioners and ill-informed patients accepted less natural and even sparse results as the new normal? Sadly, it appears that a new narrative is being created and expectations are lower than they’ve been in years. Remember, it is possible to get a great hair transplant but sadly, most of what is being offered today by these turn key practices is mediocre at best and that seems ok with today’s hash-tag, cosmetic surgery consumer and mainstream cosmetic surgery marketing websites.
IAHRS accepted member, Atlanta hair transplant surgeon Daniel Danyo, MD, speaks with spencer Kobren about conventional strip surgery and its relevance in today’s standard of care, even though he chooses to perform FUE exclusively in his practice.
The internet is a cesspool of misleading sales and marketing tactics targeting vulnerable hair transplant consumers, making research even more difficult. No matter how much good research you have done, understanding that all cometic surgery comes with risk of disappointment, or worse, is vital before undergoing treatment.
As the hair transplant industry continues to evolve the number of FUE experts and pioneers seem to be growing exponentially. If your surgeon claims to be an expert at this extremely difficult and labor intensive form of hair transplant surgery, make sure he/she really is.
If the risk of having a hair transplant can possibly be greater than the reward, hair transplantation might not be for you. Jeff from Connecticut calls in to talk about his successes and his mistakes as a young man desperately trying to remedy his hair loss.
There seems to be a new breed of hair transplant “surgeon” marketing their wares to unsuspecting consumers. Some experts claim they believe that the legal practice of medicine might be up to interpretation when it comes to hair transplant surgery. So if you think that medicine is a tightly regulated industry, think again.
Los Angeles hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Sansui Umar, calls the show to discuss the possible advantages of the use of ultrasonic energy to help score the skin and extract grafts in FUE hair transplant surgery.
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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.