Combat Fraudulent Hair Restoration Practices Worldwide
Fight The FIGHT, which stands for Fight the Fraudulent, Illicit & Global Hair Transplants, was started by the ISHRS to address the alarming problem of unlicensed non-physicians performing hair restoration surgery around the world.
Patients are lured to these illicit clinics by misleading advertising claims promising low prices and guaranteed results, often with disastrous results and significant health risks with little to no recourse for correction.
Members reported specific problems encountered in these patients including scarring, unnatural hairlines, poor hair growth, wrong hair direction, depleted donor area and infections.
For example, in Turkey, Iran and several countries throughout Europe, fictitious clinics are luring patients from around the world to travel to these countries for hair restoration procedures. However, the vast majority of patients are having their procedures performed by technicians who do not have medical licenses or surgical training.
In this instance, a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or other physician purchases a commercially marketable device that can help perform one step of the hair transplant procedure. Instead of performing the procedure themselves, these physicians hire technicians by the day to perform most, if not the entire, procedure — including surgery planning and surgery execution (e.g., graft removal, hairline design, and making scalp incisions to place the grafts)*. Patients are being led to believe either a doctor will be performing the procedure or assured by a doctor that the technicians are “experts and as good as any doctor in performing hair transplants”.
FUE Surgeons Directory want to encourage our member to support ISHRS with their campaign to raise awareness.
for more info and images visit their website: https://ishrs.org/2019/11/01/ishrs-launches-fight-the-fight-public-awareness-campaign/