When Is The Right Time To Have A Hair Transplant?

Greetings,

Today I want to discuss a question I am commonly asked which is “when is the right time to have a hair transplant procedure?” The answer is different for every person. Each time I examine a prospective patient I try and estimate the full extent to which the hair loss will progress over the patient’s lifetime. This is imperative in order to understand how much donor hair the person will have available for the amount of balding area that will present over time. The individual needs to understand and internalize the amount of hair loss they will eventually have and try best as possible to see if they can be happy with a realistic result based on their supply to demand ratio. Young patients may not want to know their eventual hair loss amount or may want to proceed with a treatment plan that does not take this into account. This is not an option, as it is our job as hair restoration surgeons to educate the individual and only do what is right for the patient both in the short term and long term.

In general, I like to wait until the patient is at least 25 before performing the hair restoration procedure unless hair loss is taking a severe toll on the patient’s psychological health and I believe that the eventual loss of hair will not preclude the individual from being a good candidate for the procedure. In addition, that the prospective patient has a good grasp on what is a realistic result both in the short term and long term.

I always tell my patients when they ask me, “do I need to do the hair transplant now?”. No one needs to do this at any point. This is an elective procedure that people undergo in order to make them feel better about themselves. To reclaim a piece of the person that they once had. Something that was once part of their body and their appearance, that was taken away from them. When you get to the point that you don’t like looking in the mirror anymore at what you see on your scalp, then that is the right time to have a hair transplant procedure (assuming you are chosen as a good candidate and you have realistic expectations).

The psychological component of hair restoration surgery is one of the largest factors involved and it is our duty as hair restoration surgeons to educate our patients and allow them to make the best educated decision for themselves both in the short term and long run.

 

All the best,

 

Marc Dauer, M.D.

Pitting in Hair Transplant Procedure

Greetings,

Today I will demonstrate a phenomenon known as “pitting”. This occurs when the transplanted grafts are placed too deeply and it causes the hairs to look like they are growing out of a hole or a pit. This is a completely unnatural look and can easily be avoided by placing the grafts properly with a small amount of tissue protruding above the skin. In the case of this patient, his previous procedure was performed at an unnamed large hair transplant chain operation and 2 different  nurses were used to place each side of the hairline. In this case the left side had extensive pitting and the right side did not show the same amount (see the photos below). This is one more reason why quality control is so important in hair transplant procedures. We as physicians are only as good as the nurses placing the grafts and unqualified nurses placing the grafts can lead to results like you see here. My nursing staff have been with me over 10 years each and they have all been working in the field of hair transplant surgery for over 15 years each. Most of my nurses have worked on my scalp personally, and I trust them implicitly, as I am smart enough to know that my results are only as good as they are, and they are great.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.

This photo shows "pitting" from a previous hair transplant.

This photo shows “pitting” from a previous hair transplant.

This is from the same patient the other side of the frontal scalp that does not show significant pitting.

This is from the same patient the other side of the frontal scalp that does not show significant pitting.

Natural Hairline Design in Hair Transplant Procedures

Greetings,

There are many different variables that come into play when creating a completely natural hairline through hair transplant surgery. The most important is the artistic capability of the hair transplant surgeon. Below is a photos of a patient of mine showing his hairline design immediately post procedure and a close up photo of the transplanted hairline 1 year later. The result is a completely natural hairline that appears natural even when pulled back.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.

Close up hair transplant hairline photo

Close up hair transplant hairline photo

Hair Transplant Patient Testimonial and Results

Greetings,

Here is a patient of mine who received just under 2600 grafts via FUT to the frontal and mid scalp. The results are shown at 10 months.

The patient describes his experience and how his results have changed his self confidence.

I hope you enjoy watching.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, MD

New Hair Transplant Patient Testimonial

Greetings,

Here is  patient of mine describing his experience and showing his results 9 months after his procedure. His results are already impressive and he is very happy. He should get more density over the next 3-6 months as the transplanted hairs continue to thicken.

I hope you enjoy watching.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.

Follicular Unit Extraction- FUE Grafts- Are They Are The Same?

Greetings,

Today I will discuss the grafts from FUE and how they can differ. Firstly there is the size of the tool used to extract the grafts. Even though many tools claim to be a certain size some are measured from the internal diameter and some from the outside diameter. This may not see like that much difference but an extra .1mm of punch size can leave significantly more pinpoint scarring in the donor region. Many of the automated systems including the ARTAS robotic system tend to use larger punch sizes (1mm and even larger) which can leave significantly more scarring in the donor region. I use a sharp tip that measures .9mm from the outer diameter. For very course curly hair types I also have sizes that go up to 1.05mm when necessary and when extraction body or beard hair I also have tips as small as .8mm. The .9mm is an excellent “work horse” tip that allows for beautiful graft extractions in experienced hands. I have a photo of the grafts from my FUE patient yesterday and as you can see they are all intact and most are multi hair follicular units which is another advantage of FUE in that it allows you to choose the larger follicular units and leave the smaller ones behind.

Not all FUE hair transplant surgeons are created equal and it is of utmost importance that you see good examples of your surgeons FUE results and grafts prior to proceeding with this type of procedure.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.

FUE grafts extracted with a 0.9mm punch tool.

FUE grafts extracted with a 0.9mm punch tool.

 

Hair Transplant Patient At 7 Months

Greetings,

Here is a patient of mine 7 months after I completed his hair transplant of approximately 2500 grafts. The harvest was performed via FUT. The patient’s growth is extremely robust for the 7 month mark and he should still see more increased cosmetic density over the next 6-7 months. He is thrilled with the results as they stand and looking forward to more hair growing in.

I hope you enjoy watching.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.

FUE Hair Transplant Patient Testimonial

Greetings,

Here is a follicular unit extraction hair transplant patient of mine who describes the results from his procedure and how it has changed his appearance.

I hope you enjoy watching.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.

Eyebrow Transplants on Good Morning America

Greetings,

Here is a link to a piece that aired today on Good Morning America featuring Eyebrow Transplants, that had me discussing the procedure, and 2 of my patients discussing their experiences undergoing the procedure.

I hope you enjoy watching.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.

New Hair Restoration Patient Testimonial

Greetings,

Here is a new hair transplant patient testimonial of a patient of mine. The video was taken immediately after the patient’s procure and also 2 weeks later. The patient describes in his own words what the procedure was like as well as the immediate post procedure time period. I hope you enjoy watching.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.

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