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Hair-raising facts: Why using the whip is essential

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One of them was Athar, a 35-year-old resident of Jamia Nagar in Delhi. In a salon in northwest Delhi, he had hair transplant surgery. Athar's family claimed that shortly after the treatment, he experienced major side effects like facial swelling and scalp pain before passing away. His family is still struggling to accept that their main provider of income passed away as a result of something that may have been prevented. "I lost my son," I said. Nothing will help him return at this point. Athar's mother remarked, "But I hope no other family has to go through this. Her supplications appear to be being heard. The proliferation of salons performing the surgery was noted by the Delhi High Court in May of this year. Asserting that such salons operated "completely in teeth of medical ethics and in defiance of standard protocol," Justice Anoop Kumar Mendiratta urged the Center and the Delhi government to see to it that such practises were monitored; people were made aware that such procedures could be fatal, and medical protocols were formulated at the national level.  

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The National Medical Commission (NMC) published comprehensive guidelines on who can undertake hair transplants and the necessary equipment. Watching in seminars, on YouTube, or on similar platforms is not sufficient training to begin cosmetic procedures, including hair transplantation, according to the NMC ruling. A complex surgical procedure requiring many hours of surgery is hair transplantation. The quacks are having a field day since there are no established standards for expertise and infrastructure. I believe that the operating surgeon should either be a dermatologist with specialised training in hair transplantation or a plastic surgeon. To handle any issues that may develop during the process, the hair transplantation centre needs to have a suitable operating room and a connection to a local hospital. As people have grown more sensitive about their appearance over the past few years, according to Manoj Khanna, a founding member and former president of the Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons of India, hair transplantation has developed into a successful industry. The NMC recommendation is a positive development. To lower the incidence of morbidity and mortality linked to problems from hair transplants, it must be severely enforced, he said. According to NMC guidelines, the procedure should ideally only be performed by individuals who have had professional surgical training, such as MCh/DNB in plastic surgery or MD/DNB in dermatology. The highest council for medical education has cautioned that "ghost surgery"—the substitution of surgeons without the patient's knowledge and permission—would constitute misconduct. The NMC has also provided a thorough outline of the infrastructure and people necessary for carrying out cosmetic treatments, including hair transplants.

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