Hair Transplants Gone Wrong

skin necrosis after attending unregulated hair transplant clinic

Hair Transplants can go wrong and we are seeing more patients turn up in our clinic to have their’s fixed. This is completely disheartening- find out more and read this blog.

Beware of the Black Market Hair Transplant Clinic

This is a campaign launched by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. It is highlighting the dangers of going to a hair transplant clinic for cheap procedures. There are many problems patients face when they turn up to these types of clinics. We have talked about them extensively in our recent blog- please click on it to find out more:

A Sad Story About A Businessman In India

Sadly, a gentleman in India has passed away after undergoing a hair transplant. We don’t know yet whether the transplant caused his death. He presented to a hospital with a swollen mouth with breathing problems so it is possible he had an allergic reaction to a medication given after his surgery. However, the details about his procedure are very worrying.

He had an astronomical 9000 grafts taken out in one session! We cannot stress how dangerous this is.

At The Treatment Rooms London we can safely extract 2000 grafts in one day. If you require more we will plan your surgery over multiple sessions. This makes sure:

  • Your grafts have the highest chance of survival and growing
  • Reduces the length of the procedure and your fatigue
  • Makes your recovery more comfortable

Taking out 9000 grafts would have probably depleted his donor hair zone with a see-through effect. It is also far too many grafts to be taken out in one session of Follicular Unit Excision. Most of those grafts would likely have not been re-implanted in time for them to survive. The gentleman’s surgery was during the night and lasted 12 hours. This is a long time for the grafts to be potentially of the body. We wonder whether his surgeon could have considered operating over 2-3 sessions. Not only would this have meant a smaller “bite-sized” hair transplant but would have been safer for the patient too.

What Should You Look For In A Hair Transplant Clinic?

In the UK, a hair transplant clinic should fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be CQC registered
  • Have a GMC-licensed Surgeon

To operate legally in the UK, a hair transplant clinic should meet these criteria. If you are looking to undergo the procedure please make sure you check these details. Hair transplants can go wrong if you find yourself in a clinic that is not regulated and have surgeons operating unlawfully in the UK.

Going Abroad

There are black market hair transplant clinics everywhere including the UK. However, there are currently a higher proportion of these clinics in countries like Turkey and India. Patients travelling to these countries for their transplant put themselves at high risk of poor outcomes and life changing complications.

One of the most important aspects of having a hair transplant is being able to contact your surgeon straight away if anything goes wrong. Having an open line of communication is key. Don’t be coerced into going abroad or a black market hair transplant clinic. Take your time to make your decision. Try and choose a clinic you can go back to if you had any problems or questions.

At The Treatment Rooms London we go the extra mile to keep in touch with all our patients after their procedure. We understand undergoing surgery can be daunting. Holding your hand throughout this process is what we do best.

Have You Been Affected By A Poor Hair Transplant?

Every week we are seeing patients come to The Treatment Rooms London asking for help. We understand the sense of guilt and frustration you might be feeling after having a poor transplant. It might be hard to initially reach out but please feel free to contact us. We will see you free of charge and explain to you the different treatment options available to you.

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UK Hair Transplants

UK Hair Transplants

UK Hair Transplants– why is the UK one of the best places in the World to have your hair transplant? This blog helps to explain some of the reasons why.

Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is a term used to describe people going abroad to have a medical or surgical treatment. It has always existed and in many ways is a good thing. In some countries some treatments may simply be unavailable. Medical tourism therefore opens doors for patients to go and seek treatment from a Surgeon or Doctor who is practicing in a different country.

Modern Day Medical Tourism

However, with the rise of social media and posting of before and after pictures, medical tourism has showed an ugly side. Some clinics are now able to aggressively advertise treatments attracting people from abroad for low cost treatments. In many cases these treatments are cheap because the clinic is cutting corners in the quality of care. This may include not even having a qualified Doctor or Surgeon carry out the treatment, (1,2). This really does put patients at risk. The worldwide press was shocked to hear about Leah Cambridge who died from going to Turkey to have her cosmetic surgery. The lure of cheap treatment can be enticing but should not trump quality of care.

Medical Tourism and Hair Transplants

For hair transplants, clinics offering cheap hair transplants often combine the treatment with the following advertisements:

In the UK, hair transplant clinics are bound by the Advertising Standards Authority. The ASA puts a framework in place whereby clinics cannot advertise false claims or incentivise patients to undergo a medical treatment- including having a hair transplant. This means patients are given the time to reflect on whether a UK hair transplant clinic is suited to them. It also gives patients a chance to objectively assess a hair transplant clinic and surgeon on their expertise and experience in performing the surgery. There are no “add-ons” like those listed above to cloud a patient’s judgement.

Ultimately, a patient should judge a hair transplant clinic and surgeon on the following baseline criteria:

  • The licensing and regulation of the clinic and surgeon
  • Trust in the surgeon and their experience around managing hair loss not just hair transplantation

UK Hair Transplant Clinics

There are many UK hair transplant clinics like The Treatment Rooms London. These clinics, like ours, should be:

  1. Registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  2. Only employ licensed Doctors and Surgeons who are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC)

cqc thread liftThere are over 100 UK hair transplant clinics and some may not fulfil the two stipulations above. It is always important to double check the clinic. Feel free to go onto both the CQC and GMC websites to search for the clinic.

  1. CQC
  2. GMC

The Treatment Rooms, London is listed HERE on the CQC’s website.

The UK healthcare system has always put patients at the centre of care quality. The country has frameworks and legislation in place to ensure that safe and quality care is provided in any clinic. This means that as a patient you can expect your clinic and its surgeons to act professionally and provide objective advice to your concerns.

UK hair transplant clinics are considered the elite for a reason. They have been set up under a British medical system geared to ensure safe and quality care for patients. Doctors and Surgeons often lead their patient’s care, providing direct one to one care. This will ultimately benefit a patient in the following ways:

  • The patient can ask questions about his or her procedure at any time directly to the person in charge of their care
  • The Doctor or Surgeon can check the quality of grafts- making sure everything is being done to ensure the patient’s best outcome
  • Better aftercare management, as the Doctor or Surgeon have been directly present during the transplant- noting any difficulties or problems that may have occurred

Choosing a UK Hair Transplant Clinic

If you live in the UK, choosing a UK hair transplant clinic is an easier decision. As you may know already, hair transplant surgery is a long day and being able to go back home to rest afterwards is important.

Secondly, as a transplant involves surgery, there can be side effects and complications. You will want to see or touch base with your Surgeon at your convenience. Not only will this mean your mind is put at ease but also any treatment that is needed can be started immediately. This is obviously very difficult if you have had your transplant abroad.

The Treatment Rooms London, A UK Hair Transplant Clinic

The Treatment Rooms London is South London’s First Hair Transplant Clinic. We take pride in seeing our patients one to one. We cut no corners when developing holistic, personalised hair treatment plans. These plans should always take into account your current and predicted hair loss.

Without factoring in how you will continue to lose hair, a definitive treatment like a hair transplant can be futile. Hair transplant clinics abroad may advertise a one-stop-shop for all hair transplants. However, you need careful planning before undergoing the procedure. We have seen too many gentleman coming from abroad having had a bad hair transplant. Their experiences can be frightening with poor surgical technique, over-harvesting of hair and lack of hair loss planning for the future. What if you continue to lose hair behind your hair transplant? It will ultimately render your hair transplant useless and you may find yourself back to square one.

If you needed more advice about your hair loss or about hair transplants in general our Doctors and Surgeons would love to see you. Book yourself a free consultation at The Treatment Rooms London by clicking HERE.

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References:

  1. https://abc13.com/health/arrested-medical-assistants-botox-not-fda-approved-police/5126525/
  2. https://abc7chicago.com/health/medical-assistant-gave-patients-illegal-botox-injections-police/5125331/
  3. https://www.itv.com/news/central/2019-02-12/lip-filler-disaster-prompts-parliament-debate-cosmetic-surgery-botox/
  4. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45731191
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  6. https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/5-considerations-before-having-a-hair-transplant/
  7. https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/are-hair-transplants-dangerous/
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  9. https://www.bahrs.co.uk/

Beware Of The Hair Transplant Black Market

black market hair transplant campaign

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery has officially launched its awareness campaign around Black Market Hair Transplant Clinics. In this short blog we explain what is going on.

As you may have read in our earlier blogs, (click here), we are seeing poor hair transplants being performed by unregulated clinics. Sadly, patients are seeking help from clinics to treat their hair loss and come away even worse than when they first visited.

There is a growing number of black market hair transplant clinics that are performing dangerous and poor transplants. As a result the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), the global leading authority of hair loss treatment and restoration, has released a worldwide campaign. It’s called “Beware Of The Hair Transplant Black Market”.

Why has the campaign been launched?

The black market of hair transplant clinics consists of clinics that are primarily run by technicians. Sometimes there might be 1 doctor and 10-60 technicians who operate in a “conveyor belt like” manner. The doctor present in the clinic is mainly there for show only. Sometimes they don’t have a valid medical license or a job permit. Ultimately, corners are cut in patient care and patients have no recourse to make a complaint.

Without proper clinical care, patients come away from these clinics with injuries such as:

  1. Scarring
  2. Over-harvested donor areas
  3. Poor, irreparable hair transplant results

The risk of technicians performing hair transplants is certainly daunting. It is illegal for technicians to make any cuts or incisions in the UK. Currently the main Black Market Hair Transplant Clinics are located in:

  1. Turkey (#1 Destination)
  2. Pakistan
  3. India
  4. Iran
  5. USA

These clinics normally try and attract patients with the following methods:

  • Paying large sums of money for marketing- using terms like “no pain” “no scars” “leading clinic” which are entirely misleading
  • Providing no clinical advice to patients on whether they are a good candidate for hair transplant surgery or not, i.e. they operate on anyone who pays
  • Technicians performing the surgery and anaesthesia with no Doctors. This means prices are cheaper for patients as the clinics they visit don’t have to employ a fully licensed hair transplant doctor
  • Offering large numbers of grafts at cheap prices e.g. 2000-4000 graft extractions per session with no regard for the patient’s degree of balding. Their mantra being quantity is better than quality but resulting in an over-harvested donor area
  • Attracting patients by advertising 4-5 star hotel accommodation, transportation and airfare
  • Offering a certification of quality (meaningless)
  • Guaranteeing results- knowing patients are coming abroad and will not return to complain about over-harvesting and poor implantation

What is the campaign?

The campaign has just started and is aiming to achieve a number of key objectives particularly around patient education.

Education and Awareness

Patients are being misled by false advertising. Adverts on Facebook, Google and Instagram with pictures and videos about hair transplant surgery being so easy that patients can be operated on in an “assembly line” is misleading.

Hair transplant surgery is essentially surgery. It requires a properly trained hair transplant surgeon (sometimes two surgeons) who are practising under a license and in a regulated clinic. Different patients have varying hair types and hair loss patterns so a “conveyor belt- like surgery” will not be applicable to all. It actually ignores the high attention to detail hair transplant surgeons must have in order to give patients safe, natural and long lasting results.

In the UK there are strict guidelines as to where you should go for hair transplantation. If you wanted to read more please click here. These guidelines include:

1) Choosing a Hair Transplant Surgeon who is GMC registered
2) Choosing a Hair Transplant Clinic that is CQC registered

The campaign is also collecting stories, photos and videos from Doctors and patients. If you have been affected by a poorly performed hair transplant then get in touch to share your experience (click here). Black Market Hair Transplant clinics threaten the integrity of hair transplant surgery including its Doctors and Surgeons who are dedicated to its practise.

What now?

The beware of the Black Market of Hair Transplant Clinics campaign has just started. Expect some new developments on the topic by the ISHRS and BAHRS. We want to make it clear, The Treatment Rooms London fully supports this awareness campaign.

We continue to see patients suffer at the hands of hair transplant technicians and unlicensed clinics. Hair transplant surgery is complex and the surgery is just the beginning of a long hair growth journey. Starting off on the wrong foot can be devastating. No patient should have skin necrosis as the result of poor surgery technique or suffer the effects of an over-harvested donor area.

We encourage any patients looking to have a hair transplant in London or the wider UK landscape to do their homework on the clinic and surgeon they are visiting. If you wanted to know more about this topic then please click here to read our blog.

References

  1. https://ishrs.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/BlackMarketAwareCampaignISHRS-ENGLISH_PPT_01-27-19.pdf
  2. https://ishrs.org/bewarehtblackmarket/
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