This book is a comprehensive guide dedicated to both surgical assistants and physicians; it can serve as a self-study for the novice as well as a reference book for experienced surgical assistants. Considering that the topics shared in this book cover the intricacies of the surgical assistant role, it is also intended for physicians so they can train their staff and supervise their team. In addition, this book will outline the requirements for staff hiring; provide general knowledge on hair biology, hair loss and hair restoration; will address how to develop the technical skills necessary for assisting in hair transplantation, and finally present a unique without-a-live-patient training that can accelerate a trainees learning curve and thereby decrease a trainees nervousness and improve his or her proficiency. In addition, it will provide in-depth information on quality standards and guidelines for quality control as well as address patient care and assistant teamwork. TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1. Basic Hair Knowledge 360; About Hair Growth; Hair in General; Hair Anatomy; Hair Growth Cycles; About Hair Loss; Male-Pattern Baldness; Female-Pattern Baldness; About Hair Restoration; History of Hair Restoration; Basic Principles and the Evolution of Hair-Transplant Surgery Non-Surgical Options; Medical Treatment; Camouflaging Products; 2. Staffing and Training 360; Staff Selection and Interviewing; Surgical Assistant Training; Phase I Training; Phase II Training; Surgical Flow; Medication; Assistants Duties; Surgical Set-up; Performance Progress and Evaluation Disinfection; Sterilization; Patient Follow-up Inventory; 3. Graft Preparation 360; Magnification and Lighting; Donor Tissue; Harvesting Techniques; Donor Tissue Evaluation; Slivering Technique; Instruments; Setting-Up the Cutting Field; Quality Control and Performance Evaluation; Graft Preparation; Technique; Dissecting Strategy; Quality Control and Performance Evaluation; Graft Yield Estimation; Instruments; Challenges and Solutions; Scar Tissue; White Hair; Curly HairEthnic Hair; 4. Graft Placement 360; Recipient Area; Hair Direction and Angle; Recipient Sites; Technique; Proper Graft Handling; Placing Method; Placing Strategy; Instrument Selection; Quality Control and Performance; Evaluation; Challenges and Solutions; Popping; Bleeding and Oozing; Grafts Sinking In Sites Difficult to See; Long Hair; Lax Tissue; 5. Patient Care 360; Before the Surgery; In Preparation for Surgery; Immediately Before the Surgery; At the End of Surgery; Final Check; Postoperative Instructions; Follow-up; Immediate; During the First Year; Postoperative Shock Hair Loss; Critical Thinking; 6. Other Things to Know 360; Standardized Photography; Ergonomics; Teamwork; Dividing Tasks; RelationshipsAttitude; Stress Management
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Emina Karamanovski is a Physician and serves as Hair Transplant coordinator in Lam Facial Plastic Surgery Center and Lam Institute for Hair Restoration Plano, Texas.
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