I’m often outspoken about the problems with ethics in our industry, and I know I just wrote about transplant failures a couple months ago… but I continue to see a large number of patients who are unsatisfied with the growth after their hair transplants. Part of me really hates writing these types of posts, because I just know I am turning some people off to the idea of surgery altogether. But really, these posts should serve as a way to educate yourselves. Transplant failure is a problem that can not be denied and an increasing number who received surgery from various doctors all over the world are visiting my office to ask for help as to why they aren’t seeing the growth they were promised. I’ve even received emails about the same issue. Although there are a number of reasons why a transplant could fail, it seems that these failures are mostly technical in nature and related to the hair transplant staff. In other words, the problem is avoidable.
So how does one avoid losing donor hair or paying for grafts that aren’t going to grow? Finding a surgeon with a staff that knows what they’re doing is a good start. An experienced staff is hard to hire, and I have been training my own technicians for years. The drop-out rate from training is high, but for those that we retained, the high quality of our work reflects the quality of our staff. I know what I am about to say is self-serving, but I do very limited promotion here and wanted to point out that we have a travel reimbursement program which offsets the cost of travel and hotel for those patients coming from out-of town. With our standby rates, it is hard to compete with the value NHI offers and in 8 months, few worry about what actually grew out.