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posted by arfy Homepage, 19.05.2016, 09:35

If you read Dr Woods' opening posts, they are completely reasonable, and do not warrant Joe Tillman's nit-picking sentence-by-sentence criticisms.

It's ironic to see that Joe Tillman is a professional consultant for less-experienced FUE doctors now, since he was one of the most vocal skeptics about FUE when it first emerged internationally 15 years ago, or so. Joe Tillman's past track record with FUE really kind of sucks. He has discouraged lots of guys from getting FUE in favor of strip. He encouraged lots of guys to get transplants in general. He is on the wrong side of history with FUE. Joe Tillman should not be posting in this thread at all.

Dr Cole makes patients fill out a form saying that graft yields might be lower than ___% (different levels of graft failure depending on when the surgery occurred). Everybody knows that this clause is a "get out of jail free card" in a court of law. At least Cole provides the legal disclaimer in advance - many clinics only show it to you on the day of surgery (which should be illegal). If I'm not mistaken, some of the doctors now have a clause that the patient cannot publicly complain. Dr Woods has no legal disclaimer at all.

Over the past 15 years, I've seen a couple of patients who said they were disappointed with Dr Woods yield, but these patients only received a limited number of grafts. I am not aware of any Woods patients who had virtual TOTAL GRAFT FAILURE after paying for megasession graft counts, as I experienced with Dr Cole. I am not aware of any patients who experienced serious shock fallout, which is a real risk with strip surgeries. I have not seen any Woods patients with massive scarring, as patients of Dr Brandy, Puig and Mangubat have. Dr Woods does not have the same kind of "screwups" that some other doctors do, as Joe Tillman is implying in this thread. For Joe Tillman to suggest there is some kind of comparison there is not just misleading, it's highly offensive.

In my opinion, while not perfect, Dr Woods is one of the very few ethical doctors in the entire field, and over time he has been proven right about key issues with FUE. These were some of Dr Woods' predictions about the future of FUE, which were dismissed or called "self-serving" by industry insiders like Joe Tillman at the time (roughly 2001, 2002):

- Unethical doctors will apply "hair mill" salesmanship and conveyor-belt surgical techniques to FUE in an effort to maximize profits, while carelessly exposing the patients to risk of failure.

- Inexperienced FUE doctors will attempt too-large sessions which will have lousy percentages of graft survival, and will inadvertently damage surrounding hairs in the donor area.

- In many cases the new FUE patients will be unaware of the damage for years - the wasted donor area and loss of viable surrounding hair.

Unfortunately, I have been a victim of all of these predictions. The root problem with hair transplants goes far beyond a comparison of techniques like "FUE vs strip". It's a highly corrupt and immoral industry which at it's core is based around exploiting the insecurity of self-conscious guys with too much money and not enough common sense.

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