OPERATION RESTORE PATIENT CASE STUDIES
Operation Restore – Pro Bono Program – Restoring self-image, self esteem and hair
Individuals who have experienced hair loss know all too well how one’s self esteem can suffer; but when baldness occurs because of a severe illness, disease or injury, the feeling of helplessness can be even more traumatic. Having seen the wonderful effects on a patient’s self esteem as a result of hair restoration, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery launched Operation Restore. This pro-bono foundation matches prospective hair-transplant patients with doctors who are willing to aid those who are without the financial resources to pay for hair restoration themselves, but who deserve an extra boost as they journey through recovery from a medical and emotional perspective.
Hundreds of children, men, women and teens have experienced life-changing results from Dr. Ziering and other doctors affiliated with Operation Restore who donate their time and resources for hair restoration. Many of these individuals are victims of cancer and suffered hair loss from aggressive treatments. Some have recovered from systemic diseases, and still others are casualties of traumas or fire that left severe scar tissue or skin grafts that did not promote hair growth. Operation Restore patients receive the same Ziering artistry in surgery and high quality of care before, during, and after the procedure. Dr. Ziering has been honored to provide these special hair loss patients a second chance to feel outwardly “normal” and to help in their process of recovery.
“As Dr. Z was marking up my head like DaVinci with a “sharpie,” I fleetingly had the sense my balding head was his Sistine Chapel. It was obvious that he really enjoyed what he was doing, and it must be infectious because everybody associated with Ziering had that same attitude: happy, friendly, caring and professional.” – Operation Restore Patient
Operation Restore Patient:
Cause of Hair Loss: Patient was treated for Lymphatic Cancer with chemotherapy that caused rapid hair loss. Soon after learning his cancer was in remission, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. He received treatment that may have reactivated his cancer, as it returned. A second round of chemotherapy and radiation left the patient nearly bald with patches of hair, giving him in his words a “mangy” looking appearance. Patient’s illnesses, as well as some of his treatments, likely exacerbated and accelerated his genetic propensity for MPA.
Patient’s Complete Testimonial
“If you’re fortunate enough to outlive your hair, one day you will look in the mirror and some fraud will appear, some how displacing the good looking dude you used to be. At that moment you realize your fortunes have changed. Have I suddenly become irrelevant? I’m no longer a CEO. Somehow my children are middle aged; my ex wife owns the house, and ladies who used to smile at me as we crossed paths, now stare at my head and cross the street.
In today’s Los Angeles Times sports section, I saw a quarter page ad for Ziering Medical. In it Dr. Ziering says, I meet people everyday who feel marginalized because of their hair loss. He continues they want to regrow their hair to look younger or to have freedom from having to start every day trying to figure out how to disguise their hair loss. He ends with reasons to invest in a hair restoration which include career, social, or just plain vanity. For me, he hit the trifecta. I did it for ALL those reasons. And it is oh so true to have to actually look at myself in the mirror… not my favorite thing… and try to figure how I’m going to reconfigure those few hairs into something more meaningful. When I finally came to the realization that nothing I did made any difference, I went to see Dr. Ziering.
The “Doc” is a very cool guy. As he was marking up my head like DaVinci with a “sharpie,” I fleetingly had the sense my balding head was his Sistine Chapel. It was obvious that he really enjoyed what he was doing, and it must be infectious because everybody associated with Ziering had that same attitude: happy, friendly, caring and professional. Every aspect of the procedure, before, during and after was as joyful as it could be considering what was happening to my head.
Previously, I had met with two other hair restoration specialists. For reasons I don’t really understand, I never had the same confidence level with them as I had with Dr. Ziering. It has only been two weeks since the procedure, so I can’t say I suddenly have “Elvis” hair. However, when I went back to Ziering Medical to have my sutures removed I met an older gentleman… probably my age. He nearly did have “Elvis” hair. He had just had his second procedure. He looked terrific and he knew it. I have no qualms about having a second procedure next year when I can offer up more donor hair.
In closing I just can’t imagine a better experience than Ziering Medical provided. If you’re reading this, you are probably follicle challenged. Do yourself a favor; let Dr. Ziering give you the almost magical gift of hair restoration.”