The rates of botched hair transplant surgeries continue to rise.
Doctors or technicians claiming to be successful hair restoration surgeons boast of their qualifications, abilities, and certifications. They claim you can have double the grafts all in one session. Best of all, you can have it for a steal of a price. This colorful narrative attracts desperate patients seeking a more affordable hair transplant option.
Unfortunately, if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. These inexperienced, unqualified doctors trick patients suffering from low self-esteem into compromising their hair transplant results.
Inferior qualifications, lack of experience, and absence of medical regulations abroad equal a recipe for disaster for hair transplant patients. Victims of botched surgeries are often left with unsightly scars, infections, and graft survival failure.
You can reduce your risk of becoming a botched hair transplant surgery victim by researching, asking questions, and weighing the cost-benefit analysis.
Below is a list of questions to ask your potential hair restoration surgeon during a consultation:
- How many years of experience do you have transplanting hair?
- Do you use a machine or hand tools to assist you in extracting and placing grafts?
- What size punch tool do you use?
- Do you have any before and after pictures?
- Do you have any testimonials?
- Are you certified by the ISHRS?
- Will you be the one actually performing my surgery?
- What percentage success rate do you have for graft survival and overall successful outcomes for hair transplant surgeries?
Keep in mind that doctors in countries other than the U.S. are not held to same strict medical standards. Getting your surgery abroad greatly increases your risk of having a botched surgery.
Here at Modena, we’ve helped many botched patients restore their hair. If you’ve been the victim of a botched surgery, give us a call for a consultation today.
The FUE method of hair transplant surgery is often referred to as the scarless surgery method. But is FUE really scarless?
FUE surgery was probably first named the scarless method due to the difference in extraction technique from the FUT/Strip method. The FUT/strip method utilizes the excision of a strip of scalp on the back of the head. The grafts are then extracted from this piece of scalp. This method leaves behind a scar where the scalp was excised.
The FUE method utilizes individual graft extraction from the scalp. Each graft is extracted one-by-one directly from the scalp. No scalp excision is required.
While no elongated scar is left behind by the FUE method, there is still a possibility for scarring. This comes from the punches that are being made in the back of the scalp to extract grafts.
That being said, if the FUE method of surgery is done correctly, with the latest advanced extraction tools and advanced skill and technique, scarring can be non-existent or at least non-visible to the naked eye.
According to Dr. Amir Yazdan, many hair transplant practices are utilizing a punch tool that is much too large and increases the risk for scarring. He states that most practices use a 1.0-2.0 mm punch to extract grafts. This is much larger than the 0.7 mm punch he uses at Modena Hair Center.
Why don’t they use a smaller punch tool? Dr. Yazdan states, “the smaller the tool the more skill that is required to properly extract the grafts. Not only do many physicians lack this level of skill, but so do robotic hair transplant assistants like the Neograft and Artas. These machines are notorious for leaving very visible punch scars.”
If you are interested in the FUE method of surgery and are hoping for the most scarless outcome possible, make sure to research your potential surgeon thoroughly. You’ll want to make sure they do the procedure by hand (not through robotic assistance), they are certified and registered as a hair transplant surgeon by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons, and they have plenty of experience.
If you’d like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amir Yazdan, give us a call today.
As medical science continues to advance, hair transplants become increasingly common. Unfortunately, so has the occurrence of botched hair transplant surgeries.
A botched hair transplant refers to a hair transplant gone wrong. Often times, patients that are victims of botched hair transplant surgeries look worse off after the surgery than they did before the surgery.
Botched hair transplants come in many different forms. It can be a bad FUT/Strip scar that has scar tissue that is highly visible, noticeable scarring in the extraction or recipient areas, or a minimal to non-existent graft survival rate.
According to hair restoration surgeon Dr. Amir Yazdan, this rise in botched hair transplant surgeries has increased dramatically in recent years. He states that when he first began transplanting hair about 10 years ago, fixing botched hair transplants made up an extremely small sample of his patients. Now, resolving botched cases accounts for almost half of his active surgery patients.
Botched hair transplants have damaging and lasting effects. Not only do they cause patients to spend double or triple what they would have if their first surgery was successful to fix their hair, but the valuable donor area of the scalp can be permanently damaged. This damage means that even a corrective surgery may not be possible.
So how do you make sure you’re not the next victim of a botched hair transplant surgery? Dr. Amir Yazdan says “research, research, research. An experienced hair transplant surgeon will have plenty of positive reviews, before and after photos, and won’t shy away from any questions.”
If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Amir Yazdan’s practice or how to avoid being the next victim of a botched hair transplant, visit his website at modenahair.com.