The Third FoundHair Training Course-now intercontinental!
The Third FoundHair Training Course was held in October and we had a very good time with international attendees coming from Europe, the Middle East and North America. Despite high interest in our teaching program, we are still limiting this training program to only eight doctors so each doctor gets our thorough attention and opportunity to learn closely all aspects of the procedures.
For sure, the number one topic that is still raising interest both in physicians and patients is the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique, so in all three days of the course we were able to present FUE cases for scalp as well as beard and or eyebrow restoration. The critical thing was to teach doctors not only proper technique, but also when and why to decide on using FUE versus FUT. FUE is clearly- and for good reason- the much more popular method, but is not indicated for every patient. As we emphasize the importance of the donor area, we made sure that several things were well explained:
- what is considered the “safe donor area” for FUE harvesting;
- how to mark out the donor area;
- how to decide on the size of the donor area;
- how to determine the size of the punch for harvesting;
- how to avoid overharvesting in big procedures.
Course attendees were able to see the FUE method in a variety of different patients: Caucasian, African-American, women, and also presented was body hair harvesting- the extraction of grafts from different parts of the body such as the beard, the chest, the abdomen, and the back, to be used in cases where more grafts are needed than what can be provided by the scalp. This is a huge advantage of the FUE method and is an important option for those patients who possess lots of body hair.
Dr. Gorana Kuka discussing donor area prior to the procedure
Creating hairlines and distributing hairs in a natural fashion was presented on actual patients, as well as during lunch classroom sessions. Using photos of actual patients, attendees were able to design hairlines as they would do in similarly looking patients, then apply these skills to real patients. This was very practical as it provides doctors who are starting their own hair transplantation practice an opportunity to practice how to do it.
Dr. Epstein explaining how to create a hairline
Other hair restoration procedures such as eyebrow, eyelash and beard restoration were taught during this course as well. As these procedures are now an important part of our practice, it was our desire to let attending doctors see how valuable they are for patients, and how they can become a niche of one’s practice. Although they are a bit more demanding to master, the excitement of the doctors was obvious since these procedures can be incorporated into hair practices very easily. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an increasingly popular and legitimate way of preventing and treating hair loss, and we made sure to present how it is done properly. In the afternoon, lectures with discussion covered specific topics including the full scope of hair loss therapies, diagnosing different types of hair loss, complications, difficult cases, reparative procedures and many more. The graft planting and dissecting workshop was one of the highlights of the course, permitting doctors a lot of hands-on experience with actual grafts.
Our assistant Mercy is teaching how to dissect grafts under the microscope
During planting workshop
Furthermore, our team of office managers along with Drs. Epstein and Kuka tried to provide sufficient information on how to build, manage and expand a hair practice. This part of work is essential in today’s world of internet, social media and networking so our team shared our experience with what actions made sense to build a name and to get patients.
During the course, doctors can purchase the equipment needed to perform the procedures, as we have a booth with Kenny Moriarty from A-Z Medical Instruments, our preferred provider. This means attendees are offered all the instruments and tools needed to perform hair restoration, including our favorite FUE devices.
Equipment can be purchased during the course thanks to Kenny Moriarty from A-Z Medical instruments
The Foundhair Training Course is designed to offer to attending doctors three days of exceptional experience in how to learn to confidently perform hair restoration procedures. This time we had doctors who are beginners in this field, but the course is able to provide those with experience in the field with a wealth of ways to improve one’s practice. For all course attendees, we offer online help for a year, as a way to help the performing of procedures. It was very fun as we had doctors coming from all over the world. Our next course will take place in April 3-5th, 2017.
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This was a program of our Third FoundHair Training Course