Hi Dr. Woods,
Regarding your first post response, you misquoted my statement and by keeping the entire paragraph in the quote contextual meaning would have been preserved.
On to the meat, I think to say that most images are faked is giving too much credit to clinics. In my experience clinics simply don’t have the understanding of the technology necessary to fake their photos. Now, making the results look as good as possible, that is another story altogether, because doctors will use the best photos and video of a patient result to share online. Everyone is guilty of this, including you, but at the same time, what else are they supposed to do? Dr. Woods is guilty of the same thing so I see this as a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Thing is, there is nothing wrong with this as patients should have enough common sense to know that the best result will be shared, not the worst. Many times they don’t, and in fact, sometimes it is as if it has to be beaten into the patient’s head that what they see online is not as revealing as it could be, but one does what one can.
In the above paragraph I’m talking about two separate scenarios. When I refer to you giving too much credit to doctors to manipulate photos I’m talking about photoshop or photo manipulating software because earlier you have mentioned how it is like Hollywood special effects, or something along those lines. You even said you met a guy that was responsible for this??? That is where I say that you give doctors too much credit. But then the part you left out was where I said that, yes, doctors do share only the best looking photos that reflect only the best case scenario of a result. I agree with this 100%. It is here that I mention that you do the exact same thing. You are just as guilty as any clinic when you show your results. In fact, when I look at your before/after photo gallery, with ten sets of photos (four of them are of you), four out of six results are in darker lighting than the before image and are out of focus. I think this has to do with you taking still images from your videos which is taking shortcuts. Buy a camera and learn to use it. You’re a smart man.
And no doctor in the history of the world , no matter how great, can claim 100% patient satisfaction rate…not me, not anyone.
HOWEVER, I HAVE NEVER "F…KED UP " anyones head, as you put it. That is a 100% claim that over 25 years with no legal disclaimer, is unsurpassed by any clinic in the world.
It’s good that you are open about not having 100% satisfaction rate (no one does) but I have news for you. When a patient is not satisfied, that’s a fck up. You may not think so because they aren’t left with a wide donor scar or punch plugs but when a patient doesn’t get the growth they expected, the density they expected or the coverage they expected, or the scarring just wasn’t as difficult to see as they hoped, they see it as a fck up. Period. This can’t be argued. Is it wrong? Of course not, you do the best you can do, but it is what it is.
I am not taking on the standard of care in this industry ,or going to war with it. Legally I would be crushed…for telling the truth.
I’m not sure how you think you would be “legally crushed” by taking on the standard of care in the industry. If you started naming names or “rocking the boat” (as one of your fans likes to say), then you’d have to back your accusations with proof and you’d be protected. With no proof you would in fact be crushed by the libel lawsuits that would result, and rightfully so, indeed. You can’t make specific accusations without proof. It is my opinion that if you wanted to take on the industry you would be concentrating on the current state of the FUE market and help to push the notion that a doctor should be doing the procedure, not a small army of technicians without formal medical training.
I can only advise on the dangers and what to look out for.
Since I blew the whistle 25 years ago, people have listened and it is no where near as bad as it was. I am happy to leave it at that
I’m not so sure. I think the current state of the industry is just as bad, if not worse, than it was ten years ago but in a different manner. Patients are not nearly as educated as they once were and you touched on this with your “rapid fire” comment. It has to do with how FUE has evolved since your introduction of the procedure and quite frankly I think you are responsible for much of how FUE has devolved to it’s current state. The marketing for FUE is absolutely out of control. Had you been more open about sharing the information that you still, to this day, keep secret then others would not have been forced to reinvent the wheel. Instead of charging 150,000.00 for a doctor to train with you a more modest fee of between 10K to 20K would have been easier to absorb and you would have been able to have more control over the evolution and penetration of the technique into the market. Even just licensing the rights for a modest fee would have allowed the procedure to spread in a more controlled manner thus making it less attractive to others to try it on their own. Now we have the Neografts of the world and, even more dangerous is the Turkish technician model that will soon permeate out of the third world and into Europe, North America and your own backyard in SE Asia.
You must feel sick seeing how your contribution to the field has been bastardized and turned into, literally and figuratively, a Turkish bazaar. I know I do. Did you know that Syrians are set up on the border with Turkey offering FUE for €300.00 per session? They advertise in local papers in Ankara and near the border. What I’ve seen with my own eyes would shock you. You can see some of it on my Youtube channel.