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The TRUTH About The Hair Transplant Industry

10/7/2019 9:13:50 PM

The hair transplant industry has a long history of ignoring the four pillar of medical ethics which are autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice. The hair transplant industry was a lawless industry before the internet. In fact, in the early 90's there were sanitation workers performing hair transplant surgery. That's right! Garbage men were performing surgery. In this article, we will be sharing some dangers of the hair transplant industry and how to avoid them.

Misleading Patients with Fake Testimonials and Stolen Photos

Unfortunately, this hasn't gone away with the internet, some would argue that this is even more prevalent today than ever before. Social media has taken over, and now these deceitful hair transplant clinics have found a new way to fool their patients.

Some hair transplant clinics hire actors to pretend to be one of their patients, if it looks  too god to be true, it isn't. In addition, these clinics steal other hair transplant surgeons before and after photos and pass them off as their own results. This issue has become increasingly harder to control, especially because black market FUE clinics are popping up all over the world at an alarming rate. 

Be Weary of Surgeons Who Promise The World!

There are limitations with hair transplant surgery. Surgical hair restoration does not stop the progression of genetic hair loss. Therefore, patients may have find themselves chasing their hair loss with surgical procedures. This is a bad position to be in if you're a patient.

A lot of surgeons gloss over this crucial information. Patients do not want to find themselves chasing their hair loss with surgery, because eventually they will run out of hair. The donor supply is a finite resource, which must be utilized carefully. Unfortunately, some surgeons will do or say anything to get patients in their chair. 

HowTo Avoid These Dangers?

Truthfully, the best way to avoid these dangers is to join an unbiased hair restoration community. A big reason why the hair transplant industry has improved in certain parts of the world is thanks to hair loss forums like the hair restoration network. These forums give patients a voice and a place to exchange their stories whether they're good, bad or downright ugly. 

Prior to the internet and hair loss forums there was no place a patient could discuss what happened to them, especially because most of the time patients felt ashamed and embarrassed. The anonymity of the internet allows patients to express their concerns without fear or retaliation. 

Not every community is created equal, there are still some communities today that silence patients for their financial gain. These communities typically hide bad reviews out of public view or in 'private' sections. It is important to join a community that allows the good, bad and the ugly to be shared openly for discussion.

 Only through the collective wisdom, does the community grow and prosper. To quote the great Martin Luther King "there is power in numbers and there is power in unity" this is the backbone of any community. 


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    All Articles by Melvin Lopez

    Melvin is an Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network and the Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 3 time hair transplant patient having received over 5,000 grafts via FUE. He has over 3,000 helpful posts on the popular hair restoration network discussion forum. He has over 13 years of experience in healthcare management. He enjoys helping hair loss sufferers overcome their insecurities and depression in relation to their hair loss. Aside from his healthcare management work, he writes articles, moderates the hair loss forum and creates YouTube videos for the Hair Transplant Network YouTube channel.