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About beard hair, repair HTs & HT doctors (those quite old and the young)


#1

Dear forums readers,
As hair transplant becomes more popular, there also emerges a heirarchy of doctors. All claiming to be the perfect HT doctors.
These range from the ancient predecessors to the young cowboys. Most of them having more confidence then ability.
It seems a rabid ego is seen as the best qualification to become a top HT doctor.


We performed the world’s first beard hair to scalp transplant in Feb 2006. And refined it to its current levels.
Given the amount of repair HTs we have to perform (at a rough guess, I would say 40 to 50% of our work is composed of repairing patients badly mutilated at hands of doctors claiming to be hair transplant surgeons); beard hair is a vital resource.

But why so many repair HTs?
Because at every level the doctors believe that they know all they need to know about HTs and everyone else is just making things up.


#2

It seems so difficult for the older generation doctors to comprehend that what they thought “the end point technology”, was a mere stepping stone.
Confronted with results, they scoff and look for illusions that do not exist, except in their own hallucinating minds.

Nevertheless, these predecessors are not the worst of the lot. Atleast, some of them try to do no harm.

Them we can disregard as cases of grapes growing sour. Old people are entitled to daydreams of their past glory.


#3

It is the young cowboys that horrify me with their cavalier approach.

10 years ago, atleast one friend or relative of any prospective patient had seen someone with a pluggy hair transplant. They were present as a warning voice.
Now, as celebrities get reasonably good hair transplants and acknowledge it, there is a scramble of people wanting a hair transplant.
A majority of them rush to their nearest plastic surgeon or dermatologist. And pay a heavy price.

Why does this happen? Doctors by nature are conservative and ethical. Why then, do they perform such mutilating surgeries in name of hair transplants?

It can not be greed alone. Most, if not all of them, have established practice and could earn enough performing a different surgery in which they were more competent.

The answer is ego.
At each level of the heirarchy of HT doctors, they truly believe that what they do is the state of the art.


#4

This is best explained by a recent development.
A group of doctors barely competent to perform hair transplants formed an organization, nominating president and vice president and other office bearers from among themselves.

A minimum level of competence was not considered a criteria for becoming a member.

I can imagine what an unsuspecting patient will think on seeing the plaque mentioning that his future HT doctor is a president of a hair transplant surgeon’s organization!

Ego makes the doctors believe that they know enough about hair transplants to be able to offer them to their patients.
Anything uncomfortable, they brush under the carpet saying that its not possible.


#5

The cowboy HT doctor thinks he knows all there is to know about hair transplants because he has read up, seen a video and knows all he has to do is to excise a strip, dissect the grafts and place them in recipient slits.

In his mind, he truly believes his abilities.
And he knows only 30 to 40% grafts grow from a strip surgery. Therefore, he knows they have to be placed in random odd directions to give the maximum benefit to his patient.

Similarly,
The strip doctor knows fue is not possible.
The fue doctor knows fue is not possible with smaller punches.
The fue doctor using small punches knows beard hair is no good.

And so it goes on.


#6

The problem is not of greed among doctors.

I do not think greed is the dominant factor in case of most doctors.

The problem is their inflated ego.

At all levels, they refuse to believe anything except that they are the best.


They would do well to remember an ancient story.

When god Ram mortally wounded the demon lord Ravana, he sent his younger brother to get valuable knowledge from Ravana. Because Ravana, even though the villian of the story, was a very learned person.

Proud and brave Laxman (the younger borther), swaggered along and stood at Ravana’s head and ordered him to submit his knowledge now that he was on his deathbed. (Laxman truly believed Ravana could not have any knowledge that Ram did not already have).
Ravana laughed and sent him away.

Seeing this, Ram went himself. He stood with folded hands at Ravana’s feet and requested him for his knowledge lest it be lost for eternity.
That was a battle of ego that Ram won over himself.

Regards,
Dr. A


#7

“We performed the world’s first beard hair to scalp transplant in Feb 2006. And refined it to its current levels”. On hairsite yes. http://www.ishrs.org/mediacenter/pr/pr3.htm. And I do not buy into all this autocloning process. But the grafts did grow in recipient site. But using the strip method for extraction is horrible.
Doing it the Fue method is the way to go if you so choose to use beard hair in scarred areas or to add crown density.


#8

» “We performed the world’s first beard hair to scalp transplant in Feb 2006.
» And refined it to its current levels”. On hairsite yes.
» http://www.ishrs.org/mediacenter/pr/pr3.htm. And I do not buy into all this
» autocloning process. But the grafts did grow in recipient site. But using
» the strip method for extraction is horrible.
» Doing it the Fue method is the way to go if you so choose to use beard
» hair in scarred areas or to add crown density.

the link is broken.


#9

health
New Method Of Hair Transplants Helping Balding Men
Method Makes Men’s Beards Renewable Sources of Transplantable Hair

POSTED: 10:37 p.m. EST November 25, 2003
UPDATED: 2:43 p.m. EST November 26, 2003

NEW YORK – Men who have been fighting baldness for years can now get the hair for their transplants from a different part of their body – their face.

FeedRoom

New Hair Transplant Method

Dr. Gary Hitzig, who is a hair transplant recipient himself, came up with the idea of taking hair from the face for transplants. Hitzig said for the transplant to survive, the hairs had to come from the thicker, hardier chin or sideburn hair.


#10

» health
» New Method Of Hair Transplants Helping Balding Men
» Method Makes Men’s Beards Renewable Sources of Transplantable Hair
»
» POSTED: 10:37 p.m. EST November 25, 2003
» UPDATED: 2:43 p.m. EST November 26, 2003
»
»
» NEW YORK – Men who have been fighting baldness for years can now get the
» hair for their transplants from a different part of their body – their
» face.
»
» FeedRoom
»
» New Hair Transplant Method
»
»
» Dr. Gary Hitzig, who is a hair transplant recipient himself, came up with
» the idea of taking hair from the face for transplants. Hitzig said for the
» transplant to survive, the hairs had to come from the thicker, hardier chin
» or sideburn hair.

any documentation about the beard hair transplant that he did, how many grafts?


#11

I remember hearing about these claims from reading a summary of the ISHRS meeting in 2003. You might want to search there site to find more info. I posted the link but for some reason it was not working the other day. Again I do not buy into his auto cloning but grafts did grow. So the concept was explored back then.


#12

Thank you for the correction Duck.
Indeed, we shall refine the statement - Our clinic was the first one to perform beard hair to scalp transplants by fue method in Feb 2006.

Other doctors have followed suit over the years. Some whole heartedly, others were literally shown the route. The latter are still backpedalling and issuing spin statements.

This is what they sound like… (We say beard grafts can be put only in scars… we say beard grafts can be put on top, but not in hairline… we say we are finally doing beard hair to scalp :slight_smile: ).

As long as they reach there, we dont mind how much they thrash about. :smiley: