YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BEFORE I LET OUT PICTURES!
I don’t know where to begin. Recently, I have been somewhat of a skeptical with BHT (Body Hair Transplantation). As a technician, I have been involved in hundreds of BHT cases and am probably the first technician to ever extract a BHT (in the united states). Most physicians that perform BHT do it as a two step process. 1. The physician scores and punches the graft. 2. The technician or simply slides the graft out.
BHT in my opinion is unpredictable at best. Over the past 5 years, out of all of the cases of BHT with Drs. , Umar, Woods, Bisanga, Jones, and a couple of others have had very few completely successful results if any at all. If there were 100 cases, then 1-2 at best came up with some kind of a result. This failure/success rate brought on a large number of skeptics as well as spawned a large number of snake oil doctors charging an arm and a leg and stating to patients that growth will happen at a certain percentage. This is simply false.
No one… and I don’t care what any doctor says… no one can predict if a BHT will grow or not. There are so many factors involved in its success. Some aggressive proponents say to the patient… well any coverage is better than coverage. A false statement because you cannot predict growth. Consider these questions:
- Should BHT be offered as an alternative to scalp hair? NO
- Should BHT be abandoned? NO
- Should meggassessions be offered to any patient at this time? Absolutely NOT!
- Should the patient be informed that BHT has a zero predictability at best? Yes
- Should the patient use every medical/surgical traditional method before ever considering BHT? Yes
- Should the patient even after full disclosure and exhausted all other resources, still be cautious? Absolutely yes
- Has BHT been known to grow for a period of time then die and never come back? Yes… in many patients
- Are there any successful patients that their BHT is growing after a year or more? Yes… I can count on one hand.
- If a doctor states to the patient, “You WILL see an X% of growth by an X number of years. It grows.” Should the patient be wary? Yes in fact consider leaving that office. Your best interests are not being considered.
- Can BHT cause scarring? Yes it can and I personally have seen one horror scarring case. It may have been a fluke but it sure scarred me. And no it was not any doctor I ever worked for.
I don’t apologize for writing this prologue because it was wrote for the ghost reader and other posters as a warning that BHT is still not the Holy Grail. The patient today was a referral from the great Dr. Ron Shapiro. This patient exhausted his donor resources in the 80’s and 90’s. About a year or so ago he heard about BHT. Fortunately for him he came to Dr. Harris… I only say this because even Dr. Harris is a skeptic. The first time I asked him about how he performs BHT he said, “The Jury is not out on BHT Tom.” So when this patient came to Dr. Harris, he was fully informed of its unpredictability and was fully aware that he had a great chance of nothing growing… as well as a very low chance that it might provide some coverage.
Having said this, the patient began serial BHT transplants with low numbers. He only would come in every 3 to 6 months and get 500 BHT grafts placed. Dr. Harris uses the SAFE technique which employs blunt dissection concepts used in all major surgery today. The punch size that Dr. Harris uses is 0.75mm. Especially in BHT, should the smallest punch be used, period. There is too much of a risk for potential scarring so one must start out small.
Well there is a hall of fame for BHT that I have been keeping tabs on. My dear friend DJ, Sofarsogood, and two more patients all are considered to be hall of famers. They are fortunate. Today you have to add one more guy in the BHT hall of fame. Today his pictures will surprise you as it did me.