It would stand to reason that a transplant procedure in which the patient functioned as both the donor as well as the recipient and the organ of transfer was something as outwardly simple as a human hair – that the collective mindtrust that is the modern medical community would have perfected the art and science of hair transplantation some time ago.
The fact is that credible visual evidence ‘on the street’ both supports and belies this supposition in that the obviously visible and unbecoming hair transplant – a relic of times gone by – provokes fear and loathing in the mind of the prospective client and perpetuates the myth that a hair transplant is something to avoid at all costs while today’s contemporary work – which is indeed sufficiently invisible so as to slip by undetected – leads we the creators of today’s genuinely fine quality work to lament the fact that "our best work goes unnoticed".
This fact is fine for the women or man who is thrilled with the imperceptible change in their appearance that provoke unwitting compliments from friends and family that perceive a positive change in the appearance of their cohort while we as the benefactors are left unrecognized. As physicians we should be sufficiently rewarded with the quiet knowledge that we are capable of helping another without our praises being sung from the hilltops.
But then there is the reality of needing to announce one’s self in today’s competitive world of cosmetic medicine and there-in lies the rub…
Does it not follow that when constructing a media piece that there rises up within us a compulsion to announce our prowess to the world – both for pride’s sake in having created something worthy of admiration – as well as for the benefit of educating the masses so that a yesteryear mindset will be discarded in favor of updated accurate information that will promote better choices to everyone’s mutual benefit ?
And yet in this over-regulated and obsessively politically correct climate of the new millennium the political powers that be contend that the population needs their protection from unscrupulous practitioners of the arts who assuredly would prey upon the ignorant were it not for the stifling presence of regulatory bodies and agencies. Protect us from danger? Yes and with prejudice when necessary. But how about a free voice for the artist and entrepreneur to proclaim truthful statements attesting to quality of service along with a confidence in the consumer to discern fact from fiction and separate the wheat from the chaff ?