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Why Clinics Don’t Tell You About Hair Transplants That Go Wrong

- Tuesday.November 03. 2020

“They are very real and very damaging to the patients who are unfortunate enough to receive them. And often, they are irreversible. What you will have on your head, you will keep all your life”, says Dr Martinick.

Why Clinics Dont Tell About Hair Transplants That Go Wrong

Why clinics don’t tell you about hair transplants that go wrong

View a hair transplant clinic website or social media and you’ll most likely see photos of patients sporting a good-looking full head of freshly transplanted hair. This is the side of the hair transplant business the clinics want you to see.

But in many cases, it’s a totally false image. Let alone the actual hair growth 8 to 12 months after surgery.

It’s an idyllic portrayal of hair transplants promoted by sales teams. Their aim is to get people who are despairing about their hair loss to spend money on treatments that won’t necessarily leave them with a natural looking head of hair.

What does a 99% success rate really mean?

Some hair restoration clinics claim a 99% success rate or use words to that effect. But the criteria they use to define a success is very broad. Hair that’s transplanted onto a scalp and stays in the scalp can be regarded as a success, no matter how terrible it looks.

Patients, on the other hand, will most likely define a successful hair transplant as a procedure that leaves them with natural looking hair that boosts their self-confidence. And it’s clear that, for some surgeons, nowhere near 99% of their hair transplant procedures achieve that.

You can still get a good hair transplant

Dr Martinick says, “There are plenty of skilled practitioners who take pride in their work, taking time to create the right look for their patients with the hair transplants they perform. The result will depend on the skill and experience of a competent physician with an aesthetic eye. You must have come across other treated patients and you did not notice anything as the result was totally undetectable and natural. “

But, unfortunately, this exemplary work is often over shadowed by the work of less scrupulous physicians who are more interested in finances than follicles. They care little about the patients they leave looking terrible after a botched hair transplant. As far as these clinics are concerned, they’ve done their job, given the patient more hair, now onto the next scalp.

Every good side has a bad side

Hair transplants are a pretty common and safe procedure these days. But even with advances in treatment and technology, bad hair transplants certainly haven’t been consigned to the history books.

“They are very real and very damaging to the patients who are unfortunate enough to receive them. And often, they are irreversible. What you will have on your head, you will keep all your life”, says Dr Martinick.

But admitting to failures is—unsurprisingly—missing from the websites and promotional material that the less trustworthy clinics use to lure people into having a transplant. All prospective patients see is the good side, with the bad side literally brushed out of the picture.

Unfortunately, making money is the main goal of these clinics, with making patients happy a secondary concern. The results are often hair transplants that look like –fake transplants!

Why?  “Because you will only notice a bad hair transplant. Surgeons who care about their patients know that a good hair transplant has a natural result without it being obvious that the patient has had a transplant at all,” says Dr Martinick.

Choose a hair transplant clinic with care

We are a medical hair restoration clinic practising only medically approved solutions for hair loss problems. In medicine, there are ethics, moral principles, and values that govern professional conduct. The Australian Medical Board ensures that doctors are regulated by strict constraints, tight boundaries and adherence to regulations are applied at all times.

These guidelines do not apply to clinics that are deemed non-medical. Non-medical clinic owners, consultants, educators, and salesmen can make promises without accepting accountability. There are many fringe operators who manage to dispense misinformation, pushing the boundaries of truth to the extremes. They employ many ways to go around the trickery such as fake before and after photos, made up reviews or testimonials, and promoting FUE overseas.

When you’re thinking about getting a hair transplant, back up yourself with extensive research. Good surgeons will welcome the interest you’re taking in their work and their background. Clinics who are loathed to talk about such things might have something to hide.

Nevertheless, be reassured that there are surgeons who are ready to help you along with professional expertise and right treatment techniques that maximise the chances of you ending up with great results.


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