This patient received 250 grafts just a few years ago (not from me, obviously). He knew things were going wrong when the doctor put wooden toothpicks (which could leave behind splinters) into the recipient sites which were made on his head. He overheard the staff chuckling at how he looked. He told me that before selecting his original doctor, he researched the field over the internet and had a few doctor consultations. He selected the original doctor because he was promised a great result and he believed that promise. As the hair started to grow, he became very self conscious and progressively depressed. Going out into social situations made him uncomfortable, even just going out of his house (something he rarely did once the grafts started to grow).
Cosmetic surgery of any type reflects people and their innermost feelings about themselves. I wonder if doctors understand how substandard cosmetic surgery like this can impact a person’s life. This nice young man’s life was in ruins and his fear of going to still another doctor who could possibly do even more harm, did not drive him to learn how to correct the problem until very recently when he ran into us on the internet. First, we spoke over the phone and then he set up a surgery with me and flew in. When I saw him this week, he was frightened with flashbacks of his original horrific experience
Just to be sure everyone is clear — the photos that are shown below are of this man’s substandard work and an example of what a doctor could do if he/she does not use state of the art hair transplantation technology. The term “hair plugs” is still incorrectly used for the modern technology we invented, but the lingering images (reinforced by patients such as this) are hard to abandon. Looking at the results that were once commonplace, one can clearly see that referring to this old technique as “plugs” is not out of line. Fortunately, I took steps to correct the appearance of these plugs by coring some of them out and transplanting more hair to fill in the entire frontal area. All of the plugs that were removed were cut into follicular units, and then re-transplanted into the scalp. I expect that he’ll be much, much better off after this first procedure with me of 2600 grafts grows in, which was done this week.
Here are the photos of his pluggy look referenced here (click to enlarge):