Spencer Kobren invites Joey Brown, Executive Vice President of SmartGraft, in studio to discuss the vision and mission of the company, as well as the issues that surround selling devices like this to poorly trained and unskilled physicians. While SmartGraft is certainly one of the most sophisticated small footprint, FUE extraction devices being manufactured today, remember it's just a tool and is only as good a the hand that wields it.
Whether you are a physician interested in offering hair transplant surgery or a patient considering it, if you're asking which turnkey hair transplant method/device is best, you’re not ready to enter the field or undergo surgery. Spencer Kobren and IAHRS accepted member, Miami hair transplant surgeon, Paul Rose, M.D., discuss the “one size fits all” model of the new device driven hair transplant industry and how detrimental it can be to patients who are not fully informed about what any FUE “method" device can and cannot do.
Hair transplant surgery is one of the most nuanced, elegant and difficult forms of cosmetic surgery performed today, but for some reason many new physicians entering the field and device makers never seemed to have received “the memo.” Listen to TBT’s “Undercover Tech” as she clues in prospective hair transplant patients as to what is really going on in these turn-key hair transplant practices. Remember, no two cases are alike and if you think one device or one way of doing things will benefit all patients, you are being sold a bill of goods.
Having the ability to correct punch misalignment, on the fly, which would overcome angulation issues during the dissection of hair grafts, would be an incredible advancement in the field of surgical hair restoration. Essentially "dummy proofing" the dissection and extraction process, allowing practitioners to remove intact, non-transected or damaged hair hair follicles every time would be a game changer. IAHRS accepted member Sanusi Umar, M.D. discusses his new FUE punch and how he believes it will help to overcome many of the issues being seen with more traditional punches.
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.
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.
Spencer Kobren speaks with IAHRS accepted member Para Mohebi, M.D. about the decline in overall acceptable FUE hair transplant surgery outcomes, and why the field is taking such an ugly turn. If you are considering hair transplant surgery, remember, if your doctor doesn’t know at least as much about the procedure as their techs, you might want to consider doing more research.
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.
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.
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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.