The perceived stigma of restoring one’s hair has decreased significantly.
Dr. Robert Leonard, chief surgeon and founder of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, was recently accepted into the first class of fellows at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, where he is founding secretary and past president. Comprised of 61 surgeons, Leonard and his peers are distinguished as top professionals in the hair-restoration industry.
Leonard holds an M.D. from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also a fellow at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, past president of the Rhode Island Society of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, past secretary of the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline and a board member of the University of New England.
PBN: You’ve spent 25 years in the field. How have your clientele and practice changed since you first started?
LEONARD: Hair restoration surgical technology has come a long way in 25 years. My practice has grown from a single office to a total of seven facilities since I founded Leonard Hair Transplant Associates in 1989. I believe that the perceived stigma of restoring one’s hair has decreased significantly with the advent of undetectable surgical results. Another significant difference is the exponential increase of women seeking my surgical services. In fact, 22 percent of my surgical patients in 2013 were women. For men and women, hair thinning or hair loss can really impact their self esteem. I believe that, today, people are more open to taking steps to fix issues.
PBN: How does the ARTAS Robotic System benefit you and your clients?
LEONARD: ARTAS is the first and only FDA-cleared, physician-controlled, computer-assisted robotic technology for hair transplantation. This device provides a minimally invasive solution without the presence of a linear donor scar. Currently, I am the only surgeon in Rhode Island utilizing this device.
PBN: As a world traveler and speaker, have you found that different cultures have different views on hair loss?
LEONARD: I have been truly blessed for numerous things in my long career – one of them is being able to travel the world to teach colleagues in many countries. I have to say, though, that hair loss is viewed pretty much the same in all of them. I have lectured in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. People around the world like having their hair. Offering medical and surgical treatment options are welcomed by people from throughout the world. I speak on a variety of topics including current surgical techniques, the hair-loss consultation and how important it is, medical therapies for hair loss and the psychological aspects of hair loss, among others. •