Recently, Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. Hussian Rahal discussed hair restoration with the Ottawa Citizen – a popular Canadian news source.
In the article, Dr. Rahal discusses his hair transplant surgery technique, his hair restoration philosophy, and his past training. He also mentions the importance of patient driven communities, such as the Hair Transplant Network, and discusses quality results.
Curious to hear Dr. Rahal discuss his technique, philosophy, results, and training? If so, read on:
Dr. Rahal’s Hair Transplant Surgery Technique
According to the Ottawa Citizen, Dr. Rahal’s hair transplant surgery technique involves both Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) (in part with the new ARTAS FUE device). However, according to Dr. Rahal, he still recommends and utilizes FUT (the current “gold standard”) in 75% of his restoration cases. What’s more, Dr. Rahal has the ability to transplant up to 7,000 follicular unit grafts in one session when appropriate for the patient which can take in excess of 6 hours to perform.
Because Dr. Rahal is an approved member of our elite Coalition of Independent [tag]Hair Restoration Physicians, he utilizes the most cutting-edge ultra refined techniques and prides himself on single pass hair transplant mega sessions. Dr. Rahal also takes a highly artistic approach to hair transplantation which yields undetectable and natural looking results. Additionally, because Dr. Rahal usually limits his practice to one large procedure a day, he insists on being involved in all aspects of the surgery.
Hair Restoration Philosophy
Much like his approach to hair transplant surgery, Dr. Rahal’s hair restoration philosophy revolves around a focused, artistic, “perfectionist” mindset. According to Dr. Rahal, a large portion of his philosophy involves artistically framing a patient’s face and ensuring each follicular unit graft is implanted correctly and grows in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Additionally, Dr. Rahal believes in a very meticulous approach to hair restoration and often describes himself as a “perfectionist.”
Dr. Rahal also believes listening to music while performing hair transplant surgery helps him channel his artistic nature, and attributes his fondness for working with his hands and attention to detail to his upbringing on a farm.
When the Ottawa Citizen asked Dr. Rahal about his attitude toward hair restoration and why he finds such passion in his work, he replied: “You have to find your passion in life. When you do it, you’ll find peace and enjoyment in your life.” Based upon his excellent results and stellar reputation, it’s clear Dr. Rahal has found his passion and truly enjoys his work.
Dr. Rahal’s Past Training
Although Dr. Rahal’s hair transplantation training is unique and impressive by itself, he also underwent a thorough medical education before specializing in hair transplantation. According to the Ottawa Citizen, before beginning hair transplant training, Dr. Rahal attended medical school at the University of Ottawa, and practiced family medicine and sports medicine until the early 1990s. In 1993, Dr. Rahal’s brother underwent surgical hair restoration and after reviewing the work and further investigating the procedure, Dr. Rahal became intrigued with hair transplantation. From here, Dr. Rahal underwent hair transplant training and opened his own practice in 1995.
Online Patient-Driven Hair Loss Forums and Communities
According to the Ottawa Citizen, Dr. Rahal is highly supportive of online hair loss communities such as our Hair Restoration Forum and Social Community. The article discusses how online, patient-driven communities and discussion forums have elevated transparency in hair transplant surgery and offers potential patients a place to learn and communicate. Additionally, (according to the article) Dr. Rahal believes these communities have “raised the bar” for hair transplant surgeons and states: “hair replacement is a very exposed field. The web will make you or break you. We [hair transplant surgeons] have to excel.”
Quality Hair Transplant Results
Although his excellent track record and dedication to hair transplant surgery speaks for itself, throughout the article, Dr. Rahal continually explains the importance of quality hair transplant results. Dr. Rahal believes that an artistic, highly supervised, focused approach helps ensure quality hair transplant results. He also believes potential patients need to understand that this level of hair restoration excellence exists and explains: “a lot of people don’t understand that you can get it to look natural and undetectable. A lot of people think it will look like plugs.” However, Dr. Rahal goes on to explain that his main goal is to deliver quality hair transplantation and he accepts nothing less: “[patients] travel so far. You really don’t want to let them down … and for me, a poorly-done transplant is worse than hair loss.”
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