Which dermatologist has the best hair transplant?
A facial reconstruction specialist has an advantage over others when it comes to finding the right fit for a particular type of hair transplant, according to a new study.
“We know the best surgeon can do the best job for a patient, and the best cosmetic surgeon can perform the best surgery for a client,” said Dr. Michael A. Sacks, the lead author of the study published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
“But is it really accurate to say that the surgeon with the best graft and skin is the one that is the most effective?
It depends on the surgeon’s expertise and what type of surgery he or she has done.
We found that there is some degree of inaccuracy, but not too much.”
The study, which included more than 300 patients from four countries, focused on two cosmetic procedures: a facial reconstruction and a skin transplantation.
It was the first to look at the outcomes of the surgery, which involved injecting a dye into the patient’s scalp to replace the missing skin cells, in patients with severe hair loss.
The study showed that surgeons who performed facial reconstruction surgery performed about half the surgery as surgeons who transplanted the same scalp and skin cells did, according the authors.
Surgeons who transplants a healthy, naturally occurring hair graft performed about six times better than surgeons who injected dye into their scalp.
Surgeon after surgeon told ABC News the same surgeon could have performed the same graft and done the same procedure for two different patients.
“The difference is you have a patient with a genetic disease, and you have an organ that is going to have to be removed from the patient, so you have to do this transplant,” said Sacks.
The results also show that surgeons with more advanced surgical training perform about 10 to 20 times better graft and patient outcomes than surgeons with less training.
“What’s important is that surgeons can have these higher-quality outcomes because they have advanced training,” Sacks said.
The findings suggest that surgeons could save time and money by training more surgeons and treating more patients, Sacks added.
“It may not be practical, but it can save money,” he said.
“And that’s a great benefit for society, because we know we have to find a better way to treat people who have severe hair losses.”
The results of the survey showed that about 1.7 million Americans had severe hair disorders, with a prevalence of 2 percent.
It’s unclear why so many people have severe facial hair loss and how many patients have been successful in transplanting the missing hair cells.
Sacks, who has extensive experience in facial reconstructions, said that a person with severe facial baldness who underwent a facial transplant would have about a 100 percent chance of recreating it.
“A normal person who had the transplant may have about 50 percent success,” he explained.
“But that’s not a good outcome.
The hair transplant will regenerate and regenerate and not get any more severe.
If it doesn’t regenerate, it won’t be viable.”
Surgeons can’t remove the hair from the scalp with a scalpel, Sack said, and surgeons have to wait for the new hair to grow into a full beard.
“So we have a choice between trying to reconstruct that, and they’re going to be unable to remove it,” he added.
Sacking believes that in the future, surgeons could have a more efficient way of delivering a transplant, and one that can deliver results sooner and lower costs.
“Surgeons would not have to keep trying to get the graft to grow and transplant it,” Sack explained.
“It would be like taking a piece of tissue, and just having it grow.
So it would be less costly to give the graft, and also more effective.”
Sacks also said that the most successful transplant procedure could be delivered by a surgical team of two to three surgeons and a facial surgeon.