Originally Posted by tdrake
Hi everyone Im here hoping to get some direction if possible and if I can hopefully help someone as well. I am 42 I have had numerous surgeries and spent thousands of dollars on hair transplants with so so results I am now left with huge scars in the back of my head in the donor area and a depleted bank account. It's going to cost approx 10 thousand to fix this, well lets say make it better.My question is why should I the patient have to pay for scars that I incurred having surgery? The common answer is to go talk to your doctor correct? Well which one ?My gut feeling is Im not alone here, the Hair Transplant Industry is so shady we all bounce around after we realized how demented some of these doctors are.Is there anyone out there in a similar situation?As for my title if I could I would just shave it all off! its too late for me but thats my advise to anyone considering hair restoration.
Thanks for taking the time to share your story. The truth is you are not alone. Most people considering surgical hair restoration are unaware of the scope and the pitfalls of this medical specialty, and most of the large chain hair transplant mills prefer to keep it that way.
While some perspective patients may understand the basic science behind these procedures, few have any grasp of the aesthetics and artistry required to perform them well. Unfortunately many of the physicians who perform these procedures are as ill informed as their patients.
Flashy marketing and high-pressure sales pitches dominate the field, making truly objective and rational decision-making by the patient nearly impossible.
You are one of the thousands of “walking wounded” left to deal with the mess created by unskilled and unethical hair transplant surgeons who litter this field.
The good news is that there are a handful of truly skilled and caring hair transplant surgeons that can help you. Since you are need of repair you must choose your surgeon wisely.
As far as the cost, it is criminal that you are forced to pay both emotionally and financially for the poor results that you received. The sad truth is that for most of the skilled surgeons out there, repair work makes up a significant part of their practices. Unfortunately it is more demanding on the surgeon and their staff to fix the past mistakes of other surgeons.
I’m providing a link to two articles I wrote for WebMD that will give you some insight when researching a surgeon to do your repair work:
Surgical Hair Restoration: What to Look for in a Surgeon
Surgical Hair Restoration: What to Avoid in a Surgeon
I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck!
If you have further questions please don't hesitate to ask.