Why I chose to be a Hair Transplant Surgeon:
I often think how lucky I am to be able to do what I do and when I look back at the path that brought me to this point, it certainly wasn’t a direct one! I trained initially as a Plastic Surgeon and then as Burns Specialist – a journey that took 18 years to complete. When people get burned they sometimes lose their scalp hair and eyebrows and the hair transplant methods I was taught in the NHS weren’t very sophisticated so I travelled to Brazil and Canada to learn more cutting edge techniques. It was a natural evolution to use these skills not only for reconstructive cases but also for men and women with androgenetic alopecia.
During my training years, I also did a Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship during which time I decided that facelifts, fillers, lasers and other ant-ageing treatments were not something I felt comfortable doing. I don’t see hair restoration as an anti-ageing treatment since not everyone loses their hair as they get older. I see it more as a disease that is treatable.
After almost 20 years in the NHS and having reached the pinnacle of my burns career, I decided to convert my part time private practice in Hair restoration to a full time career. Joining Farjo Hair Institute not only allows me to work with partners who pay the same attention to detail, quality in outcome and excellence in patient care that I pride myself in, but also lets me continue to pursue my interest in teaching and research.
I am often asked if I regret leaving the NHS and if I feel that what I do now is less worthy than what I did previously and my answer is a resounding ‘no’! Although I am no longer saving lives I know with certainty that every day I am still changing lives for the better.
During his distinguished career as a Burns Surgeon which culminated in being the Lead Clinician at London's only Burns Centre and also being the Clinical Director for the London and South East of England Burns Network, Dr Williams published frequently in the medical literature. However his most important written achievements were co-authoring the following documents:
The National Burns Major Incident Plan
The Needs of Patients with Burn Injuries in Planning for Trauma
The National Burn Care Referral Guidance
Greg has written articles on Hair Restoration for magazines such as Trends in Urology and Men’s Health, Body Language Journal and the International Journal of Aesthetic and Anti-Ageing Medicine, He has been invited to author the Hair Transplant Chapters of the Oxford Textbook of Plastic Surgery, The Oxford Handbook of Plastic Surgery, and the University College London Handbook of Plastic Surgery.
One of his main focuses is on the regulation of the Hair Transplant Surgery field in the UK and as the current President of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery (BAHRS), he has written the Professional Standards and Codes of Conduct for both Hair Transplant Surgeons and Hair Transplant Surgical Assistants, and these have been published in the ISHRS Hair Transplant Forum International. He has also authored UK Hair Transplant Clinical Standards on behalf of the BAHRS and will be contributing to the future Hair Transplant Training Curriculum and Criteria for Hair Transplant Surgeons Credentialing as part of the Department of Health's regulation of cosmetic interventions.
Dr Greg Williams has given many talks on hair related subjects including at the Scar Academy UK (St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London), the Clinical Cosmetic Reconstructive Expo (Olympia, London) and the FACE Conference (Queen Elizabeth ll Conference Centre, London in September 2013. He was honoured to give the first talk on Hair restoration in the 30 year history of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and has been an invited speaker at the Royal Society of Medicine and the European Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (ESPRAS)
Teaching and Education:
Since 2003, Greg has lectured Plastic Surgery trainees on Hair Restoration and more recently has been appointed to the Faculty at University College London's MSc programme where he lectures on Hair Anatomy, physiology, biology, embryology and genetics as well as the causes of hair loss and hair transplant surgery.
Greg has been a member of the faculty at ISHRS-Sponsored Live Surgery Workshops in Manchester and at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Malaysia. He also lectured at the world's first ARTAS robotic assisted live surgery workshop held at the Farjo Hair Institute in November 2013 and again at the second one held in March 2014 where he has taught doctors from around the world.
TV - Bodyshockers 6/2/14 and 20/2/14. Botched up Bodies 29/1/15
Radio – Mutiple radio interviews including at BBC Broadcasting House 22/10/13