Sorry it has taken me a couple weeks to follow up but I want to thank you and Dr. Epstein SO much for a wonderful course! I truly learned a lot during my time there and am excited about including hair restoration into my practice. Will certainly recommend your workshop to my colleagues!
Our 7th annual FoundHair live surgery training course was just completed, and 10 doctors from around the world were in attendance, observing 10 different hair procedures from hairline lowering surgery to FUE hair transplants to eyebrow and beard restoration to the use of body hair to the scalp.
FUE and FUT HARVESTING
During the three full surgical day different hair transplant procedures were presented. Both FUE and FUT graft harvesting procedures were demonstrated in detail so attendees understand how to do it properly and most efficiently. FUE is still a particular interest of most doctors who attend our course, so this time they were able to observe follicular unit excisions from different areas-scalp, beard, chest and back. Different devices for FUE were also presented and explained – sharp vs. dull punch, rotating vs. oscillating devices, different punch diameters and techniques depending on the donor area. How to properly plan the number of grafts for the FUE and evenly use donor area was addressed during several cases.
There were several cases when hairline design was done. As these are the most common surgeries, the faculty took time to explain how to design a natural looking hairline. Attendees were able to learn the difference between good and poor hairline design, how to determine the number of grafts, to decide on the type of grafts for certain zone in order to obtain not just natural look, but also to achieve good density. During a long discussion over the lunch, attendees had a chance to design hairlines of various patients and Dr. Epstein and Dr. Kuka Epstein were able to direct their approach.
HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS
In the afternoons, there was a variety of good lectures doctors can attend. The most interesting on was for sure on different therapies of hair loss. As this field of hair loss therapy is expanding, the faculty made sure to introduce all available treatments and to define protocols how to apply them. Very important lecture was on treating women for hair loss, as women make a huge part of one’s practice.
Since every day there were 3-4 surgeries, attending doctors were able to observe closely a variety of surgeries that are unique in the field of hair restoration such as: beard restoration, eyebrow restoration and eyebrow repair procedure, eyelash transplant. These procedures are not typically done in every hair transplant practice, and doctors have learned how to implement them into their future hair practices.
There were two extensive workshops during the training program. One was on preparing the grafts for the FUT procedure and on planting grafts. Different techniques of planting were demonstrated-with forceps and with the KEEP implanters. Attendees had chance to try both and to see which one is better for them. The other workshop was a management workshop. Drs. Epstein and Kuka Epstein discussed a business aspect of running a hair transplant practice and guided attendees how to start their practices. Work outside the OR was discussed, how to create traffic on the website, how to attract first patients, how to maintain a good flow of patients, best ways of marketing etc. As every time, this was a very interesting time of the training program and several office managers attended this workshop.