Dr Oz: Hair Restoration Scams
It was time to expose companies who prey on women who feel ashamed or embarrassed about their hair loss. Investigative reporter Elisabeth Leamy set out to expose companies taking advantage of hair restoration and scamming consumers into spending money. Elisabeth reported that hair restoration is a booming business with transplants up 27% since 2012. Costly clinics are promising fool-proof results but horror stories and bad experiences are becoming more and more common. Hair loss surgeries gone wrong result in excessive bleeding, infection, scarring, and failure to actually restore hair. But Dr. Oz also shared some lovely success stories, including a lady named Tanya who even has a YouTube channel to talk about how amazing her doctor (Dr. Matt Huebner) is at doing hair transplants and restoration surgeries for African American women!
Dr Oz: Hair Transplant Surgery
The problem is that unskilled doctors or technicians are attempting the procedure without sufficient training. The lack of training is more common than you may think, thanks to three-day courses and even online training that promise to train doctors or technicians on how to perform hair restoration techniques.
Elisabeth went undercover with a woman named Ann who suffers from thinning hair. Together, they visited a hair restoration clinic with terrifyingly bad online reviews. Ann was told by the doctor there that they guarantee their work 100%. But lets see the truth on the next page…
Dr Oz: Hair Restoration Surgery = Wild, Wild West of Medicine
Elisabeth then joined Dr Oz and admitted that she went into the investigation thinking hair restoration was only something “rich people did.” But when she entered the waiting room of the clinic, she noticed how full the room was with ordinary Americans. Dr Oz explained that there are only two medications are approved by the FDA for hair loss, which he will talk about later, but there’s also hair transplant surgery. When the surgery is done correctly, the results look amazing and natural.
Dr Oz was then joined by one of the best hair restoration surgeons in the country, Dr Matthew Huebner.
Dr Oz: Thinning Hair Surgery Procedure
Dr Huebner has performed more than 1,000 hair restoration procedures that take between five and 12 hours to do. So when he sees physicians conning women, it understandably makes him angry. As he explained, it’s such an emotionally-charged thing for a woman to lose her hair and now there are all these places preying on that. That’s why it’s more important than ever to do your research first. The scary reality is that you’re more likely to get a bad hair transplant than a good one nowadays.
Is It Safe to Do Hair Restoration Surgery Overseas?
Dr Huebner came from an emergency medicine background himself so he knows most of medicine is regulated, but hair transplants isn’t considered a “true” surgery in the same way a breast augmentation or liposuction is. That means hair restoration isn’t regulated with the same kinds of rules and restrictions. There’s no board certification in hair transplants.
Dr Huebner also wanted everyone to know that just last year a 22-year-old medical student died three days after a hair transplant from a huge infection. More and more people are traveling to other countries in hopes of getting hair restoration procedures for cheaper, not realizing they’re putting more than just their hair at risk.
Hair Restoration Reviews in India, Turkey & Pakistan
Additionally, as bad as the physical results may be, what Dr Huebner has seen more of than anything is emotional scarring. There are five different ways of performing hair transplants in foreign countries like India, Turkey and Pakistan and there’s a big push for a procedure where they take little extractions individually from the back of the head, rather than a strip. There’s a myriad of complications that can occur and if someone isn’t trained in the right way, it can be a true disaster.
Dr Oz: Tanya’s YouTube Channel for Hair Restoration
Dr Huebner shared that it takes at least nine months for the doctors he trains to become comfortable enough to represent his practice and put out good work. When done the right way, there’s no denying that the procedure has truly changed lives and given women and women more confidence. Dr Huebner shared before and after photos of a woman named Tanya who became a big advocate for him and what he can do for African-American hair. She even has a YouTube Channel! Checkout this video featuring Tanya and Dr. Matt Huebner:
Dr. Huebner also explained to Dr. Oz that African-American hair types are much different than caucasian hair types, which is all the more reason why a doctor must be specialized to do the procedure.