I will post my interview with Dr. Nigam soon. If you have any intelligent questions to ask him besides accusations and mockery, please feel free to post them in the comments below (I can read the comments, even if I do not display them at present due to some spam software issues).
In 2013, Dr. Nigam from India became the most discussed person in the world hair loss industry when measured via internet forum mentions. Despite my skepticism about his current abilities and results, I am somewhat more optimistic about his potential for a breakthrough compared to the potential of most well known companies in the western world. Over the ten plus years that I have followed (on and off) developments in the hair loss industry, I have noticed that most companies in the developed world initially have fancy websites and powerpoint and video presentations, only to fold after raising substantial venture capital and other means of funding.
Reasons for failure range from lack of more funding, to tediousness of FDA approval, to lack of sufficiently better results compared to Propecia and Rogaine, and so on. Essentially, the scammers in the developed world are very professional and boring, while the scammers in the developing world are far more entertaining. If Dr. Nigam turns out to be a bust, at least he will be the most entertaining fraud among the 100s we have witnessed (when including miracle product vendors and fake hair transplant results’ exhibitors) in the last decade.
The main reasons for my moderate optimism about Dr. NIgam are:
- His unparalleled enthusiasm, including: attending all sorts of conferences worldwide; communicating with virtually all experts in the hair multiplication and hair cloning sectors; participating in internet hair loss forums; giving interviews; no ego :-) etc…
- His willingness to share and collaborate with the reputable Dr. Mwamba, and in all likelihood, other hair transplant surgeons in the near future per what he implied to me in his interview.
- The fact that India has far less stringent medical regulations than the western world, enabling experimentation that would be deemed illegal in the west.
- Dr. Nigam’s biotechnology background and seemingly impressive knowledge (per Dr. Cole, he “talks a good game”).
- The availability of literally thousands of patients in India due to the country’s huge population and, in my opinion, higher rate of (cultural and genetic?) antipathy towards hair loss. Have any of you noticed the proliferation of hair transplant surgeons with a significant online presence in the country in recent years (e.g., Dr. Bhatti, Dr. Poswal, Dr. Radha and so many more)? Some moderately famous Indian actors have already been treated by Dr. Poswal, with photos on his website.
I hope that my interviewing Dr. Nigam does not play any part in your going or not going to him for treatment. I would not want to go to him until there is far more evidence about the safety and efficacy of these procedures (plus until I lose some more hair). But it is truly wonderful to see a different more enthusiastic, collaborative, rapid-results-oriented approach coming from the east. According to Dr. Nigam, some of the surgeons at the recent ISHRS Conference called him “the rebellious doctor”.