Photograph Credit score: Dr. Shamila RawalShamila Gupta Rawal, MD, a board-certified otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon, specializes within the administration of hair loss and rejuvenation of the face and neck at The Rawal Institute for Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medication. Dr. Rawal the one hair restoration surgeon offering complete surgical and non-surgical remedy for all sorts of hair loss in Madison, Wisconsin, with an expansive affected person base that travels in from coast-to-coast.
What’s your biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement is having opened my very own non-public solo-surgeon observe in 2019, increasing exponentially through the pandemic, and concurrently sustaining my household’s sanity throughout a full-year of quarantine and homeschooling. Going via the rising pains of a brand new enterprise whereas additionally nurturing my household via the life-changing pandemic has required all cylinders to be firing concurrently and continually. I’m immensely grateful that I’ve had the help of my husband, dad and mom, and youngsters throughout this time. I’m additionally pleased with myself for assembly all these challenges with persistence and beauty whereas conserving spirits excessive at house and on the workplace. Teamwork makes the dream work, and main with compassion is essential, particularly in difficult instances.
What’s the way forward for your discipline?
The way forward for hair restoration lies within the optimization of surgical approaches and wound therapeutic in hair transplantation, the development of medical modalities for follicular salvage and resuscitation, applied sciences to amplify and increase one’s given donor graft provide, and the invention of means to permit scarring alopecia sufferers to have a profitable restoration.
In non-surgical rejuvenation of the pores and skin, we’re repeatedly discovering new methods to harness the regenerative capabilities of the physique through development elements, stem cells, and cell signaling molecules, to assist keep the pores and skin barrier, optimize pores and skin elasticity and integrity, and scale back irritation.
What’s the largest false impression about your discipline?
The largest misconceptions about surgical hair restoration are that FUT, or follicular unit transplantation, extensively often known as “strip surgical procedure” is an archaic method and that FUE, or follicular unit extraction, can solely be carried out with assistance from a robotic or automated machine. Each FUT and FUE are nonetheless carried out equally usually by most respected surgical practices, and automatic machines or robots will not be needed for glorious outcomes. Surgical success lies within the palms of a talented surgeon, with the expertise and coaching to resolve which strategy is indicated finest in a given affected person. In my observe, I carry out FUT and FUE every 50% of the time, for each women and men. Any surgical planning entails a radical dialogue with the affected person about their life-style and targets, in addition to consideration of the amount of viable donor space and hair restoration necessities each within the brief and long-term.
What are your most requested procedures?
My most requested procedures are hair transplant surgical procedure (each FUE/FUT, female and male, scalp, eyebrow, and beard), PRP (platelet-rich plasma) for hair restoration and pores and skin rejuvenation, energy-based and mechanical collagen induction therapies, earlier transplant corrections, and scar revisions, injectables and skincare consultations to handle photoaging, discoloration, pimples, and rosacea.
What surgical developments are you most enthusiastic about?
I’m most excited for additional developments in regenerative and pro-generative applied sciences, to permit extra sufferers with restricted or unhealthy donor provides to bear hair restoration efficiently. I’m usually requested if one can obtain transplant grafts from a member of the family, or if stem cell injections can develop new hairs. Whereas the reply to the primary is sure, theoretically, however not suggested medically, and to the second is instantly, no, however not directly, probably sooner or later, it will be fantastic to have the ability to present extra choices than we presently must supply donor grafts.
What are you finest identified for?
I’m finest identified for conducting trustworthy, considerate, and diagnostically correct consultations, empowering my sufferers with a number of knowledgeable choices and committing to offering my sufferers with the best high quality and most moral care, by performing all consultations, procedures, and surgical procedures myself.
What’s your most memorable affected person response?
I’m at all times humbled when my sufferers cry tears of pleasure whereas evaluating their earlier than and after footage at follow-up appointments, or after they inform me that their pores and skin not solely seems to be good however FEELS good.
What units your observe aside?
My observe is exclusive in that I strategy hair loss and age-related modifications to the face and neck from the attitude of a highly-skilled head and neck surgeon. My coaching has afforded me an intimate information of and facility with the anatomy and conduct of the tissues of the top and neck, in addition to sound medical information of the pathologic processes that may have an effect on these organ techniques. It’s crucial to me that I carry out each step of the method from session to remedy myself as a result of if there may be an sudden or atypical discovering through the remedy course, I can depend on my training and coaching to redirect instantly and never merely proceed rote mechanical steps–another characteristic which units me aside from some hair restoration and aesthetic practices that rely closely on technicians or non-clinical suppliers. Each affected person undergoes a radical medical historical past assessment and examination with a microscope, in an effort to appropriately determine and deal with the supply of their hair loss or pores and skin issues, slightly than simply “Band-Help” restoring it. I prescribe personalized, dynamic, multi-modality remedy methods, to permit for initially aggressive resuscitation of weakened hair follicles or broken pores and skin, adopted by regular upkeep of outcomes. Lengthy-term follow-up of my sufferers permits me to switch our remedy methods as their ongoing wants change over time.
What do you’re keen on most about your occupation?
I really like the flexibility to assist my sufferers reclaim the a part of their shallowness that has been misplaced via the pure technique of ageing, trauma, or sickness, or hormonal modifications. Lots of my sufferers fear that they’re being useless and are additional self-conscious about in search of assist for hair loss or photoaging of the pores and skin. I actually imagine that the restoration of 1’s self-confidence is the best reward I may give, permitting them to reside their life most fully.
What’s your career-defining process?
My career-defining process employs a blended medical and surgical hair restoration strategy, utilizing each FUT and FUE surgical methods, mixed with supportive pharmacologic brokers, regenerative medication applied sciences, and low-level laser gentle remedy for optimum scalp well being restoration.
What new providers are you excited to supply?
At my observe, I focus on medical and surgical hair restoration (FUE/FUT), incorporating regenerative medication applied sciences like PRP (platelet-rich plasma), energy-based units, and even scalp micropigmentation. I additionally focus on rejuvenation of the face and neck, once more utilizing regenerative medication applied sciences, energy-based units, injectables, in addition to my very own medical-grade skincare line.