Do you use computer imaging with your patients, to manipulate a current patient picture into a “target goal” picture? I did not see any info about this on your website, but it certainly seems to me the best way to ensure both patient and doctor share the same vision. Thank you.
We have been offering open house events for 14 years so that prospective patients can see, first hand, what the actual results are from hair restoration surgery. The use of computer imaging is frequently misleading, just as photography can be, because it shows what the operator wants to show and does not take into account the real elements that make ‘coverage’ for hair replacement surgery. Things like hair thickness and hair character can not accurately be portrayed with computer imaging. The view can also be misleading. Frontal views, for example, are often better than top views for showing more fullness.
Setting patient expectations is at the core of what I do. I have written extensively on the artistic elements in the hair restoration process and published these observations in prestigious medical journals and text books. I do not believe that correct expectations can be set by the imaginary world created by computer images. As a side note, although many doctors do computer imaging, few will give the patient a picture of what they might look like from such imaging systems. The reason is simple: such a picture is like a contract, which can be used in court against the doctor if the result in that picture is not obtained. If the correlation between computer generated images poorly defines the differences between projected results and the actual results, then this tool does not set proper expectations for the bald buyer. It is clearly better when you examine a person up close, who has actually had a surgical hair restoration procedure and holds his ‘before’ picture for you to examine with his ‘after’ presence in person.
This computer imaging is vastly different for a nose job where a nose is altered in length, or taking out a bumb. A breast augmentation is also a simple computer image to demonstrate because size and location with support or poor support is easly altered on the computer as it would be in surgery. Most patients who show at the open house, will let you feel the thickness of their hair and then you can compare your thickness with theirs. In addition, the hair character (curly vs straight) will be evident. You can look from many views, even the worst view so that you absolutely know what will happen to you. What you see is going to be what you are going to get.
Hair is very different and that is why we rely on the open house format. I do not want to mislead anyone.