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Old 06-28-2012, 11:42 AM
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Thank you for your comment Jotronic. To protect the patients confidentiality, I would sign a Non-Disclosure agreement. I do think that this is something patients would really want, but have been noticing that the doctors might be fearful or hesitant. I can understand they do not want to be compared to unattainable results, no one would, but I would not be illustrating perfection. I would show the different possible outcomes including a worst case to best case scenario. This way the client fully understands the risks. At the end of the day, I would think the patient would rather see a preview than not. Of course, some people take more risks. If they are extremely confident in the doctor's skills, then the CG render would only aid in the visualization of the doctor's success rate. It's such a valuable resource and I am hoping physician's will take to it. I really believe a HT center can benefit tremendously with this ability. It's for the patients more than anything else.
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:11 PM
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Thanks rev3 for the comment. I would be glad to offer you a free scan and CG render if you are ever in the Los Angeles area. You make a very good point that I think HT clients will find very valuable pre-op.


facial plastic surgeons do this to decide on nose, chin and cheek projection for deciding on size of implant

patient and doctor knows this is only a projected outcome and not a guarantee

but a tool that both can use in deciding "what is possible" and "what might look best"

myself, i am having a difficult time deciding the best placement of temple angle and points
3/4 angles of the head in 3D would make all possible options clear....whether or not these results are achievable is another matter. But this approach can bring both patient and doctor into agreement more readily
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:29 AM
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I personally like the idea of 3D software that can provide prosective patients with a realistic representation of what they can achieve with hair transplant surgery. Lord knows I could have benefited from this kind of technology when I was going through surgery. However, hair transplant surgeyr is much more than a covering baldness with a certain quantity of grafts. How would this kind of software account for other variables that affect the result such as hair shaft diameter, strategic placement of the grafts by the surgeon, angulation, distribution, hair counts (numbers of hairs per graft), scalp/hair contrast ratio, etc.?

Ultimately, I am concerned that relying on such technology too heavily may create unrealistic expectations as to what a patient can achieve with hair transplant surgery. However, as long as patients understand that this technology is just one of several tools to help give prospective patients an idea of the kind of results they might achieve and isn't a true real life example, it could prove to be a valuable resource.

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