Hair Transplant Promises - Ask For Proof

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.

Joe Tillman: You know, let me jump in on this because I'm actually dealing with a couple of guys right now that are going through this exact scenario that you're going through. They're asking themselves, and they're being told different things. It's not related to the hair shaving issue, it's related to other issues. The principle is the same. If any doctor gives you a confirmation that they can do something for you, you better make damn well sure ... did I say that right? Damn well sure, that they have a body of evidence to back that up.

One of my pet peeves in this industry is when a doctor tells you, "Oh we can just use some nape hair to soften your hairline," which is complete and utter bullshit. If you're told this, ask the doctor for five examples showing a soft hairline made with nape hair. If they can do it, then great. Then, you know that there is something to what they are telling you. If they can't show those to you, and not just nape hair or whatever it is that you're talking about, then you need to ask that doctor, "If you can't show me examples of what you're proposing to do to me, to show me that it works, then what is there for me to believe that what you're suggesting is actually a valid suggestion?"

It has to go beyond ... the doctors that you're talking about are great doctors. I know them both personally. I know Dr. Cooley better, but they're both good at what they do.

Spencer Kobren: By the way, we lost our caller. I guess his call might have been distracted.

Joe Tillman:  I hate when that happens. But, the point is-

Spencer Kobren:  Call back, caller. Let me see.

Joe Tillman: They're both good at what they do. If either one of them are-

Spencer Kobren: Hello?

Caller: You hung up on me.

Spencer Kobren: No, it just hung up.

Joe Tillman: That was you.

Caller: What the hell?

Spencer Kobren: Sorry, man.

Caller: No, sorry about that. You hung up.

Spencer Kobren: No, maybe something just disconnected.

Caller: We were getting to the key part. Sorry.

Joe Tillman: What was the last thing you heard, caller?

Caller: Talking about Spencer, an 80 year old man and his bald junk or something. I'm just kidding.

Joe Tillman: Yeah, that kind of stood out, too, yeah.

Caller: The last thing I heard, or the last thing that I remember?

Joe Tillman: The last thing you heard. Yeah.

Caller: You were saying the doctors will do anything. Like something about ... you were about to say they can soften then the phone hung up.

Spencer Kobren:  Okay, he's talking nape hair.

Caller: Yeah.

Joe Tillman: I'm using the nape hair to soften the hairlines analogy. I have yet to find any doctor on the planet that can show five examples of nape hair work for a hairline.

Caller: I think that...

Joe Tillman: There are doctors out there that talk about it as if it's a daily occurrence at the clinic.

Spencer Kobren: Nape hair is the hair that is the lowest point at the nape of your neck, or the highest point on the nape of your neck.

Caller: Oh, okay.

Spencer Kobren: The lowest point of your hairline on your neck.

Caller: I gotcha.

Joe Tillman: I was using that as an analogy for doing your research. If you're being told by any doctor that they can do something for you to help your case, you need to ask for examples or search for examples on their website. Ask for examples through email or whatever, of the type of work that they're proposing to do for you. Because, if they can't provide that kind of validation for the suggestion, then you need to ask that doctor, "Why are you suggesting this for me when you can't send me examples to show that you know what you are doing?" Not in so many words, because it's-

Spencer Kobren: Yeah, that sounds rude. Here's the thing ... and again, Joe is 100 percent right. Most people sit down. They get their consultation. The doctor tells them what they can do, and if it's something that sounds like it's going to be easy to take their problem away, that this physician can actually take that problem away from them and help them to live the life they want to live, they're not thinking logically. They're like, "Wait a second. This guy says he can do it. I want this done." Most people won't step back and do what Joe suggested.


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