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The Hair Replacement Revolution
A Consumer’s Guide to Effective Hair Replacement Techniques
James Harris and
It is with great appreciation that we recognize those individuals who helped
in the production of this book. We must thank our families and friends, who
kept asking, “Are you finished yet?” You provided encouragement and support.
We must also thank physicians Dr. Michael Beehner,
Dr. Sharon Keene, Dr. Keith Kaufman, Dr. Bobby Limmer, Dr. Bradley Limmer,
Dr. Bernard Nusbaum, Dr. Elise Olsen, Dr. William Parsley, Dr. William Reed
and Dr. Walter Unger for their contributions, which
came in many forms—pearls of information, helpful criticisms, photograph
usage, and simple support. We must thank Mr. Peter Friedaur of Züri
SalonSpa of Denver, Colorado, for lending his input on styling considerations.
We are also very grateful to Mr. Mike Mahoney of www.IWantHair.com for his
professional assistance in simplifying the complexities of hair additions.
Special thanks to Mr. Tony Lauro for his assistance in preparing the manuscript
and for helping with the background research. Thanks to our publisher, Mr.
Rudy Shur, for his expertise, as well as his recognition of the importance
of a book of this type. We would like to express gratitude to our editor,
Ms. Marie Caratozzolo, for her unwavering enthusiasm, patience, editorial
acumen, and perseverance. A special thanks goes to the office staff, especially
Shanee Courtney, RN, BSN, for the countless number of times they assisted
us throughout this project; we are very lucky to have had your help.
In the thirty-six years I have been transplanting hair, I have taught hundreds
of physicians from all over the world, Dr. Emanuel Marritt amongst them. His
combination of intelligence, enthusiasm, attention to detail, openness to new
ideas, and high ethics were obvious and unique in my experience. This book
“for non-physicians” by Dr. Marritt and Dr. James Harris, the man he chose
from amongst many to take over his clinical practice, is not only an outstanding
gift to the public, it is a gift to all hair replacement specialists.
The Hair Replacement Revolution is a work that is long overdue. It offers the
very important first step for anyone who is interested in a treatment option
for hair loss. From my many years in this field, I know only too well the problems
that can occur when an individual has not done sufficient research before choosing
a hair loss treatment. I have seen first-hand the devastating and permanent
disfigurements that can result from improper surgical treatments. I also know
scores of people who have spent their time and money on cosmetic hair additions,
only to be disappointed by systems that were either poorly constructed or inappropriately
designed for their age or facial structure. No less upsetting to me is having
to continually witness the growing parade of hopeful individuals who are willing
to ingest any pill or elixir, try any topical cream or shampoo, or use any
product that promises to give them the hair that they desire.
Through their collaborative effort, Drs. Harris and Marritt have provided a
book that objectively guides the reader through the physical realities of hair
loss, provides the truth about the legitimate available treatment alternatives
(the positives as well as the negatives), and increases consumer awareness
of industry falsehoods. Their work offers a wealth of information for anyone
who wants answers to pertinent hair restoration questions in order to avoid
potential traumas or disappointments.
A unique blend of science and artistry, the field of hair replacement surgery
has grown exponentially over the past few decades. As co-editor of the 2003
edition of Hair restoration, I can attest to the fact that it is a constantly
evolving procedure in a field whose scientific and technological advancements
are ever-changing. Although my views on some of the information presented may
differ somewhat from those of Drs. Harris and Marritt, this book is the perfect
starting place for those who seek a clear and honest presentation of the facts.
In a further effort to help readers research their options, keep up with current
news, and locate professionals in the field, Drs. Harris and Marritt have also
included a list of resources, including helpful websites. Keep in mind, however,
that there are dozens of qualified professionals who may not be listed on these
sites. By reading this book and learning how to ask the right questions, readers
will be able to find both the right process and best hair restoration professional
to meet their needs.
A hair replacement revolution can be as good or bad as any “revolution.” Your
best friend is this book.
Walter Unger, MD
Co-editor of Hair Restoration, 2003 edition
New York, NY
Excerpt(s) from THE HAIR REPLACEMENT REVOLUTION by James
Harris, MD, and Emanuel Marritt, MD, Square One Publishers (c)
2003. Used by permission.
Hair Loss information
on this site has been contributed by hair loss specialists
and surgeons who have years of experience in the field of hair