What the event of HAIRCON is all about?
HAIRCON is an unrivaled type of conference of hair restoration experts in India where hair care experts from all across the globe and India participate together and establish one f it kind of a learning experience. Any medico who is presently performing hair restoration is ambitious or to be one just cannot afford to miss this chamber of deputies.
AHRS India is currently the renowned organization which is pledged towards fostering research and awareness in the field of hair transplantation surgery. The one of its kind congress was founded on 27th October, 2008 with the following motives:
- To promote and manage the development of Hair Restoration Surgery in India along robust, scientific, ethical and successive lines.
- To stimulate, control and co-ordinate training and research in Hair Restoration Surgery
- To advise distich hair transplant organization of teaching programs in the respective field in India
- To stimulate dissipation and dispersion of knowledge of Teaching of Science and Art of Hair Restoration Surgery amongst associated members of the medical and Para medical profession.
- To spread awareness and deliver scientifically appropriate information about hair transplantation to the general public.
Around a decade back, Hair transplant surgical process was typically a new concept in India that was being performed by a few surgeons only. As with the time, emerging medical talents and innovative techniques landed in, the awareness about the transplant procedure increased among the Indian physicians and the masses alike.
The spring of hair transplant in the society and the medical world gave rise to the need for a common platform where all the concerns regarding hair transplantation could be discussed. In that period of time, in the year 2008, the founder members of AHRS India, to name a few- Dr. Kapil Dua, Dr. Aman Dua, Dr.Tejinder Bhatti, Dr. Sanjiv Vasa, Dr. Lakshyajit D. Dhami, Dr. Rajendra Singh Rajput, Dr. Ashok Vardhan Reddy; identified this need and established a platform which received an international accreditation also by the name of “Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons of India”.
- New & modern techniques now coming up
With the whirlwind of constant developments and advances being made in the domain of hair restoration surgeries in India and abroad, the boulevards are open for speedy growth of this association. Let’s take a brief look at the huge strides taken by AHRS:-
- Position Statement on Cell based hair restoration treatments such as stem cells based therapies
- Hair doubling
- Hair multiplication
- Hair cloning.
The AHRS, recognizing the fact that with the existing evidence and at ongoing stage of research stem cells, hair multiplication and hair cloning cannot be regarded as “Acceptable treatments” for any form of hair loss issues.
Any physician wishing to perform such treatment must do so as an experimental treatment after acquiring applicable ethical clearance and legal permission from verified governmental bodies according to standard guidelines for clinical trials.
- New challenges & the solution in Hair Transplant
Understanding the science behind stem cells based therapies:
Hair transplantation is one of the surgical procedures of hair restoration which involves transfer of permanent hair follicles from the sides and back of the head to bald area. The most prospective restriction of hair transplantation is the fixed amount of donor area that can be utilized in a specific individual. It has been the aspiration of hair restoration specialists and patients alike, to have a never-ending supply of hair for restoring bald areas in suffering people.
Converting thousands of hair follicles from a single hair follicle was one such process. This technique was wrongly addressed as “hair cloning”, engages forming of hundreds of follicles out of a single follicle. However this method is not real hair cloning and is more properly realized as a laboratory engineered cell growth or cell based therapy.
- Best practices to adopt in Hair Transplant
In the last decade, the developments in tissue engineering methodologies and stem cell biology have elevated the hope of possible cell based therapies which could bring under control of the donor area limitation.
The distinct conceptual theories proposed by AHRS on how the stem cells based therapy would work:
- These stems cells may be able to generate new hair follicles
- They may trigger the remaining existing follicles transforming the vellus (thin) hair follicles into thicker terminal follicles.
Until now there is no broadcast or report which has expressed creation of new follicles in the bald scalp of humans. Most of the clinical experiments in humans have illustrated that infusing of stem cells into the scalp resulted to some thickening of existing vellus hairs.
This outcome is similar to that obtained with traditional treatment (oral finasteride and topical minoxidil). The exact mechanism which results to this thickening is unknown. As the time period of the advantages is also not known it is therefore difficult to anticipate whether a single treatment will be needed or multiple treatments will be required to sustain the benefits. Therefore, currently the cost incurred on these cell based therapies may not rationalize its temporary advantages.
- Experience is shared with participant Drs. by qualified speakers round the globe who are masters in this industry
The well-known international delegates, Dr. Alex Ginzburg, Dr. Koray Erdogan and Dr. Ali Abbasi participated in the first ever HAIRCON conference that was held at Ahmedabad in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. Sanjiv Vasa ( President, AHRS India), Dr. Bhatti ( Secretary) and Vice President Dr. Rajendra Singh Rajput. This conference was attended by around 100 delegates. The focal point of the conference was the live surgery workshops for hair restoration using both Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) techniques. The seminar turned out to be a mega success with discussion over different methodologies of hair restoration from different countries sharing a common platform for the first time in India.
The recent 7th Haircon was held in scenic beauty hill station, Lonavala in 2015. The seminar was organized by Dr. Narendra Patwardhan and attended by over 200 delegates from different parts of the world and India. The highlight of the seminar meeting has been the live surgical demonstration and an exclusive academic discussion on different topics of hair transplant that went on for two days. The seminar was time and again a big HIT and was highly appreciated the International as well as National participants.
- International Faculty and Speakers at HAIRCON
Here you will be introduced with the expert doctors and speaker of HAIRCON who have contributed a significant part towards hair restoration development and transformed many lives all over the world.
Dr. Alex Ginzburg, Israel
Dr. Alex has completed his dermatological studies in Israel in year 1987 and obtained his medical degree in Argentina. Dr. Alex has successfully conducted over 3,500 hair transplants in Israel, since 1992. Presently his major practice is mechanized FUE, but the expert is well equipped in the expertise of strip FUT as well.
Dr. Alex is a faculty member and an active participant of many congresses all over the world. He has personally trained many medicos in the science and arts of hair transplant surgery at his own clinic in Israel. He is a former and fellow Board Governor of the ISHRS.
Dr. James A. Harris, United States
The past President of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS), Fellow Member of the ISHRS and Fellow sponsor of the American College of Surgeons is a Clinical Controller and consultant of Hair Transplantation at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. He has also been the principal instructor and investigator for Restoration Robotics, a company that has introduced ARTAS System.
Dr. James is the chairman of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery’s FUE Research Committee, and directs the organization’s research practices in the field of FUE. He also won most coveted Golden Follicle Award 2014 for important medical contributions to the domain of hair restoration. He is currently MD,FISHRS United States.
Dr. Sajjad Khan, UAE
A Diplomate of American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS), possess 20 years of professional Experience in Hair Transplant. He is widely known to have successfully performed numerous of Burn Trauma, Reconstructive and Cancer Survivors Hair Transplant surgeries. Dr. Khan’s strong skills in the field helped him to restore the facial features of burn patients. Dr. Khan is the pioneer behind the invention of the PMP (graft preparation) mechanism for making follicular units with an LCD projected video scope. The mastermind is responsible for both growth technique for density in hair transplant procedures and the depth control instrumentation.
Dr. Nilofer Farjo, Manchester
She is presently posted as Founding Director, FARJO Hair Institute (MBChB,BAO, LRCPI) while boasts 23 years of experience in the hair related field. Recently she was the Program Chair of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the ISHRS that held in Chicago in the year 2015. She is also the Board Member and Treasurer of the European Hair Research Society (EHRS).
She was felicitated with the ISHRS Platinum Follicle Award for outstanding contribution towards hair related scientific research in year 2012. She is an expert in performing mechanized, manual and robotic FUE, as well strip FUT.
Dr. Antonio Ruston, Brazil
He is a pioneer specialist in Plastic Surgery accredited by the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery. He is an active member of various International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery associations. Dr. Ruston has its hands down specialization in performing a single high-volume hair transplant surgery per day, a “Megasession,” in which up to 2,500 grafts can be transplanted.
He has gathered impeccable experiences from visiting many prestigious hair transplant centers around the world and is well-esteemed and renowned all over. He has a firm belief of utilizing the existing technology and implementing his aesthetics or skills, hair restoration surgery can offer outstanding and completely natural results.
Dr. Vincenzo Gambino, Italy
Dr. Gambino is an active member of various internationally authorized medical associations. With his over 25 years in the industry, he is regarded as the best doctor to perform Low level laser hair loss therapy. He was the first surgeon in Italy to have performed head-to-pubic-area transplantation, and he recently spearheaded the chest-to-head-hair transplantation surgery in Italy. He initiated his specialization in hair transplantation with the Elliott-Thomas Medical Group in New York City and is presently serving a 3 year term as president of the Italian Society of Trichology ( S.I.Tri.).
Dr. Ronald Shapiro, USA
Ron Shapiro, MD, Medical Director of Shapiro Medical Group is renowned all across the globe as an ace surgeon in the field of Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation (FUT). He co-authored the crucial medical textbook, Hair Transplantation, 4th Edition (published by Marcel Dekker) in year 2003 and 2010. This textbook is referred to as the “Bible” of hair restoration and is used by doctors all over the world.
Dr. Ron was given the Golden Follicle Award certified by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) at the time of their annual meeting in Sydney, Australia. This prestigious award is given for his excellent outstanding endowment towards the advancement of the medical conceptual of hair transplantation surgery.
Dr. Shapiro is recognized as one of the top physicians in hair transplantation field. There are numerous of posts and listings by patients in the forums of clinical websites witnessing the surgeon’s skills and the quality of the staff at SMG.
Dr. Bessam Farjo, United kingdom
Dr, Farzo is a Founding Director, FARJO Hair Institute (FISHRS, MBChB,BAO, LRCPI). The specialist is recognized to have extensively performing hair restoration surgery since 1993. He is currently mastering over both FUE and FUT including Robotic. He is the Past Co-founder and President of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery and Past Board Director of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
Dr. Jean M. Devroye, United States
Dr Jean has been exclusively specialized in hair restoration practices for more than 10 years, which has now become his devotion. The scholarly specialist has developed his own device for deriving follicular grafts. He uses 2 techniques of hair restoration i.e., FUT and FUE.
Dr Devroye was a program chair for the ISHRS European Hair Transplant Workshop in Brussels in year 2014 and is also a fellow member of the Board of Governors of the ISHRS. He has been actively participating and sponsoring several congresses and workshops around the world.
HAIRCON 2017 is the most awaited event of the year for hair restoration experts from all over the world and patients alike. So brace up to get the most out of it and get rid of the hair loss issues.