Be Wise & Choose Right
About Practice Trends In India
Worked with various hair transplant surgeons all over Delhi in both government medical colleges and private practitioners. What I have found out and sadly so that in government hospitals patients are not treated well and the doctors learn hair transplant on them without any proper person to guide them and show them the right technique. Patients are made to wait for 2-3 months for getting their hair transplant done. The working environment is unhygienic as operation theater are not given for hair transplantation in the government hospitals. The usual story is that there are on an average 7-8 doctors learning hair transplant on a single patient turn by turn. To transplant few hundred hairs it takes them almost 8-10 hours. The results are more frustrating than the whole experience of hair transplantation. Of the few hundred hair only 10 or 20 hair finally make it to come out of the scalp after 6 months and no one ready to take the ownership of the procedure. The donor area for hair transplant in the process gets completely mutilated making further hair transplant extremely difficult. Over all the whole experience is devastating for the psyche of the patients. To get it done for free the patients end up getting scarred for their whole life.
Don’t Get Trapped By The Quacks
One must have seen advertisements in newspapers and on internet about the cheapest hair transplants performed by various trichologists. First of all there is no such degree/diploma or any university or institute which runs any certification course in hair transplantation. This whole concept is fraud. As per MCI guidelines only Plastic Surgeons are trained and allowed to do hair transplantation. Dermatologists can also do hair transplant after receiving training from a plastic surgery center. A plastic surgeon or a skin specialist can employ properly trained MBBS doctors under them and can allow them to assist them during hair transplantation but the hair transplantation cannot be left for them to perform without supervision and guidance. Rest all BAMS, BHMS or the likes of Dr Batra are doing unethical practice and causing permanent harm to hundreds and thousands of patients every year.
Cheapest Services are the Poorest Services
Now there are some doctors who claim to transplant 5000 hair grafts @ 20,000 or 30,000 in a day. This is false advertising and this feat in next to impossible and financially non-viable for the person performing it. But then why are they doing it so cheap? They are actually making fool of the common man. What they are doing is taking money from you and then they transplant some 100-200 hair follicles with their roots and about the same number of hairs with no clue of their roots. What they are doing is that they are practicing on you and not just for free but are also charging you many thousand bugs for being their guinea pigs. In the process thousands of hair follicles are damaged and thousands of other find refuge in their drains. The scalp gets permanently damaged and then you spend lakhs of rupees to get corrective procedures which can never restore the original state of your scalp. Many choose to bear this for the rest of their lives. Sometimes these patients become laughing stock of other people and at other times they get sympathy of the people around them.
Pay For The Coffee and Not For Karan
On the other extreme of the spectrum there are those 5 star rated centers which charge you lakhs of rupees for getting hair transplant done. Some are having many fancy machines of few lakhs to many crores of pricing tag on them. They have on them the financial burden of many many crores of properties and machinery. They have to make payments in lakhs per months to their “client managers” and marketing team. Some have financial contracts with big corporate houses and have to fend them. Who is going to pay for all this? It is the client, the person who wishes to get rid of their bald look who is going to pay for all their bills. What is you are paying to them for getting hair transplantation is not more than 20% of your total bill. With the rest of your money you are paying their property bills, in-house maintenance charges, paying to their “client managers” who lure you into all this and some other charges which are not to be mentioned. The salary of the “client managers” runs into lakhs and they pay few thousand bugs to the doctors whom they employ to assist them in hair transplant. What can be the reason for this?
Hair Transplant Robot: The Technology in Infancy
Now talking about the fancy machines and robots(?). All their claims and concepts about hair follicle survival, feather touch technique and minimum graft damage vanishes the time they talk about the machines. All their videos are available on You Tube. One can go through their videos and can make out few important things:
- The removal of hair by these machines in no way can be called “feather touch”. Rather it is too rough a procedure for hair follicles to bear. Machines making hundreds of revolutions per second produce lot of heat locally due to friction and this heat can damage the delicate hair follicles.
- Now the “no touch technique” uses suction to extract the hair follicles from the scalp. True there is no human touch involved in the extraction but one can see the hair follicle striking their hard suction tubes hundreds of times tumbling here and there before reaching their destination in their container filled with fluid. With every strike the follicular cells are damaged and there is shedding of stem cells each time. What about the sterility of these tubes? Do these tubes cause inflammatory or immunological reactions against the hair follicles once they get transplanted? If there is no reaction then can a portion of these tubes be implanted into human body?
- The hair follicles then get collected in the container which is part of the machine. Now each time a follicle is extracted from the scalp, the hair follicles in that container dance with the whirlpool movement of the fluid in the container. And the stem cells are getting shed continuously and also there is swelling of the hair follicle cells. Imagine our fingers dipped in water for 20 minutes. What happens to our skin? How long these hair follicles have to stay in that solution? For the whole duration of hair follicle extraction which can be around 2 hours or more. What happens to the viablility of these hair follicles?
- Now comes the most laughable part. Which machines are used to implant the hair follicles in the donor area? Till this date THERE IS NO MACHINE OR ROBOT WHICH CAN IMPLANT THE HAIR FOLLICLES IN DONOR AREAS. People doing hair transplantation using all sort of fancy machines or robots end up implanting the hair follicles using forceps or plungers. So why so much of “untouchablility” for human touch during the graft harvesting process? Whom are they trying to fool? Why will you pay lakhs of your hard earned money for their fancy technology which is still in infancy? One can spend this money in charity for the millions of deprived children of India. Rather than inflating the bank balance of these million dollar foreign companies one can spend money on education of the poor and deprived children of our country.