SLENT announces a new division in their practice, a provider in Hair Restoration, Thomas Ortiz
Thomas grew up along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After high school he attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. While attending and completing a full time college curriculum in the sciences, he worked at the Southern Eye Bank of New Orleans and the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) as a surgical technician. After completion of his degree, Thomas joined his first hair restoration clinic in Atlanta, Georgia with John Cole, MD. Here he found his calling in hair restoration and specifically with Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
In 2003, Colleagues Dr. J Cole, Dr. Patrick Mwamba,, Thomas Ortiz and Nelson Nance, collaborated together to re-think an old technology in hair restoration. This old procedure was abandoned in the 1980/90’s because it produced unnatural horrific results. The hair plug as it was called was not only unpopular in hair restoration, it caused the industry as a whole to be untrustworthy.
The team in Atlanta decided to attempt re-invent the wheel. Traditionally the only option for people was the strip excision which provides good results but leaves a linear scar in the donor area. So the team worked on a second option. After months of trial and error, technical difficulties, and long hours, the Follicular Unit Extraction also known as FUE was finally conceived. Instead of a large 3-4mm punch that made large “plugs” in the donor and unnatural “islands” of hair with spaces of baldness on the recipient area, a much smaller circular punch of 1.0mm was used. The incorporation of a professional grade Carl Zeiss Surgical loupes to magnify the scalp as though you were looking through a microscope also changed the procedure dramatically and added to the efficiency of the procedure. The smaller punch provided a virtual scarless donor and the grafts were more natural when used in balding areas. Perseverance and time led to the adoption of FUE worldwide. Today the FUE procedure is a stand alone primary option and/or a secondary option in hair restoration for hair restoration clinics.
Thomas, Dr. Mwamba, and Nelson parted ways with Dr. Cole after 7-8 years. Every team member successfully increased the awareness of FUE to the masses. Thomas worked with many well know leaders in hair restoration. These hair specialists: Dr. Jim Harris, Denver Colorado, Dr. Ron Shapiro, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Paul Shapiro, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Arthur Zaccho, Apex, North Carolina, Dr. Bisanga, Belgium, Europe, and Dr. Sara Salas, Tijuana, Mexico were among the physicians that Thomas honed his own skills as a hair technician and consequently provided FUE to their services.
Thomas returned to the south to Louisiana and Mississippi after a long 7 year stent in Minnesota with Ron Shapiro, MD. Here he joined Dr. Jason Guillot at the South Louisiana Ear, Nose, and Throat (SLENT). Dr. Guillot and Thomas together with their knowledge and surgical specialties, created a new department at SLENT and deemed it SLENT-HR, South Louisiana Hair Restoration. SLENT-HR serves the Northshore of the I-12 Corridor from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Slidell, Louisiana as well as the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They are equally passionate about restoring hair with the highest quality, a pure ethical approach, and at an economic fee to benefit the patient.
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