THE HAIR TRANSPLANT PROCEDURE

Hair transplantation is simply the transferring of hair from a “permanent” area of the scalp to another area in which hair has fallen out due to heredity or some other more unusual cause. For most men and women who lose the hair on the top of their head, the hair on the back and sides of their head is relatively thick and destined to remain there for the rest of their lives. This “permanent” hair is harvested in the form of a narrow “strip” of hair, which is then meticulously cut up under microscopic magnification to produce hundreds of tiny follicular unit grafts of 1-3 hairs each.

Hair Transplantation

In hair transplantation, these newly created tiny grafts of “permanent” hair are distributed artistically over the balding scalp according to a carefully planned pattern. They quickly take root and, after a short resting period of three to four months, grow – and keep on growing for the rest of your life.

To create great hair transplant results, a good amount of artistic ability is necessary on the part of the surgeon. He must have a “feel” for how to aesthetically create natural, feathered gradients of hair that are totally undetectable to those who will encounter that patient in the years to come.

After this new hair grows out, it can be washed, cut, colored, or styled in whatever way you like. There is nothing fragile about the transplanted hair. It behaves exactly the same as the rest of your native hair, except it is yours for a lifetime.

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THE HAIR TRANSPLANT PROCEDURE

Follicular Unit Transplantation

Follicular Unit Transplantation is the technique of permanent surgical hair restoration in which hair is transplanted from the permanent zone in the back of the scalp into areas affected by genetic balding, using only one’s own naturally occurring, individual follicular units.

What Are Follicular Units?

Hair naturally grows in clusters of one, two, three, and some times four hairs. These naturally occurring groups of hair are called Follicular Units. The follicular unit is very small and can only be identified under magnification. Notice that they are scattered about in an irregular pattern. This is how hair grows … in follicular units and in an irregular pattern.

So given how hair naturally grows, an excellent hair transplant replicates nature by relocating these naturally occurring follicular units from the donor area to the recipient site (balding area) – one at a time.

Follicular unit transplantation
Follicular Units

F.E.U. Hair Transplants
Follicular Units – Magnified

Follicular Unit Extraction

F.U.E. otherwise known as Follicular Unit Extraction is a newer method of removing donor hair follicles. With FUE we use specialized instruments measuring .7mm- .95mm in size and remove each follicle individually. The main advantage of this method versus FUT is that in FUE there is individual extraction of hair follicles with a specialized tool versus the removal of a strip of skin with FUT. This means that FUE leaves no linear scar in the donor region. Just small dots that are not visible unless the hair is shaved down to the skin.

Dr. Dauer is an expert in performing F.U.E., and routinely teaches other physicians around the world the art of performing FUE. Dr. Dauer has multiple different state of the art FUE tools and can choose the one best suited for the individual patient’s hair type. If this is something you are interested in, he can explain this procedure in more depth on the day of your consultation.

How is Follicular Unit Transplantation Performed?

The real key to performing this procedure successfully is to transfer each follicular unit intact from the donor area to its destination. In order to remove Follicular Units from the back of the scalp without damaging them, the donor tissue must be removed in one piece.

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The individual Follicular Units are then separated from the donor strip and trimmed under a microscope to create the ultimate micro graft. These micro grafts are then placed in very close proximity and in an irregular pattern that mimics how they naturally grow in the scalp. The end result is a hair transplant that looks natural because it applied the way hair actually grows.

Complete stereo-microscopic dissection has been shown to produce an increased yield of both the absolute number of follicular units, as well as the total amount of hair, in upward of 25% when compared to other techniques.

Also, the ability to do this successfully, and in a session of 1500 or more grafts (“a mega session”), has only come about in the past few years. The very small insertion sites permit many follicular unit grafts to be safely transplanted in a single procedure allowing the entire hair restoration process to be completed as quickly as possible. At this time only a small group of experienced hair transplant physicians perform this procedure with excellent results.

When performed by a skilled surgical team, Follicular Unit Transplantation can provide a totally natural looking result in as few as one or two sessions.

Why Aren’t All Transplant Physicians Using Follicular Units?

Basically the reason is that it takes time to change and adapt to these cutting edge advancements in technique. Follicular unit grafts require more time, skill, and expense to create compared to the mini/micro grafts.

Many hair transplant clinics, including the large commercial operations, find it more profitable to do the standard mini/micro graft procedure, because one doctor can do two or three patients a day using this older and less demanding hair transplant technique. This produces more revenue for the clinic but less than ideal results for the patient.

Follicular Unit Grafts

It is possible to achieve the appearance of naturalness and density on a consistent basis with natural follicular unit transplantation. This method requires greater numbers of grafts and technical skill in order to achieve the desired result. But once the technical skill to perform this technique is achieved the look is invariably natural. As stated earlier, Follicular Unit Transplantation is the “gold standard” by which all hair transplant techniques are measured.

READ ABOUT A TYPICAL DAY OF HAIR TRANSPLANT SURGERY, AND WHAT TO EXPECT

Hair Transplantation Information – FAQs

1. What causes baldness?
The cause of male pattern baldness is no longer a mystery. Research has shown that when the male hormone – testosterone is exposed to 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme in the hair follicle, it produces another hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes permanent hair loss. This hormone (DHT) causes the hair follicle to shrink and grow a finer hair that is lighter in color, shorter and less deeply rooted than its predecessor. Most often, the hair in the balding region will continue to grow at an increasingly slower rate until hair growth ceases completely.

The pattern of progression, and the extent and speed of male pattern baldness, is largely dictated by genetics, hormones and age. For men, this permanent type of baldness generally follows specific patterns. Even in the most extensive cases, a horseshoe shaped fringe of hair remains in the back and sides of the scalp. This donor fringe is insensitive to the balding process and will last a lifetime. This is because this hair is genetically programmed in the root, or hair follicle, to be resistant to the effects of DHT.

The hair in this donor area provides the basis for surgical hair restoration. These hairs, when transplanted into thinning or balding areas, will take root and grow, and continue to grow for the rest of a person’s life.

2. Are hair transplants permanent?
Since the hair used in hair restoration surgery comes from the donor area, which is not sensitive to the balding process, it will be permanent. This hair will retain its genetic characteristics even after relocation. It will grow and continue to grow for the rest of your life.

3. What is “follicular unit hair transplantation”?
This procedure has been called the logical end point of 30 years of evolution in hair transplantation beginning with traditional larger plugs and culminating in the move to one, two, and 3 hair follicular unit hair grafts, which mirror the way hair grows in nature. (Hair Transplant Forum Feb. 1997).

The key to follicular unit transplantation is to identify the patient’s “natural hair groupings” and use them intact to create from ” follicular unit hair grafts” that are composed of naturally occurring 1, 2, 3, and 4 hair grafts.

These follicular unit micrografts are much smaller than traditional untrimmed micrografts that contain equivalent amounts of hairs. Their size enables larger numbers of them to be placed in tinier, less traumatic incisions closer together.

Using this advanced technique a surgeon can move more hair in a totally natural way – creating a natural look at every stage of hair restoration.

4. Why are so few physicians performing all micro”follicular unit hair transplantation?
It’s known that using small follicular unit grafts of 1 to 4 hairs and sessions of 1500-3000 grafts are the ideal procedure for a patient who wants to achieve the most natural result with the least number of sessions.

Using smaller grafts results in the need for greater quantities, thus it is more labor intensive. It necessitates a larger staff and longer time commitment to achieve the desired result as well as a staff that is experienced in the art of dissecting “follicular units” and placing the grafts into tiny incisions.

5. How many sessions will I need?

How many sessions you will need depends on various factors – such as, how much hair loss you have now, the amount of hair loss you will have in time, and your goals and expectations – or how thick you want it to be.

6. What does Hair Transplantation Cost?
Generally hair transplantation has become a dramatically better value over the past several years. The cost of hair grafts have gone from a typical $25 per graft charge for the old large pluggy grafts, to prices ranging from $6 to $15 for today’s follicular unit grafts.

Dr. Dauer’s pricing is  moderate by industry standards and financing through Care Credit is available.

7. Since Propecia is now available, will hair transplantation be a thing of the past?
While Propecia and Rogaine have been proven to regrow hair, they will not grow all your hair back. Both products have not been proven to grow any significant hair in the frontal region, which is the main area of concern for most people.

Their greatest benefit seems to be in slowing down hair loss. Propecia and Rogaine can be part of an effective hair restoration plan. We prescribe Propecia in order to help maintain some of the hair which may be lost over time.

8. What about “Scalp Reductions”?
Scalp reductions were first introduced in the mid-1970s as a way of treating an individual with a midline bald spot. Although several design approaches can be used, an elliptical approach is generally the most common. With this procedure, an ellipse of bald skin is removed centrally in the crown area and the hair-bearing scalp on the sides of the head is stretched toward the middle to obtain closure.

Because scalp reductions do not allow for an upward and forward advancement of the entire scalp, they are not effective in treating patients who possess or have the potential for more extensive baldness. Due to this inherent surgical limitation, as well as the aesthetic drawbacks, which include an excessive stretching back of the bald area and increased receding at the temples, the scalp reduction procedure is considered outdated for the treatment of moderate to extensive baldness. Newer procedures offer more predictable and better aesthetic results, and often require fewer surgical sessions.

9. Does removing hair from the donor area on the back of my head leave a gap?
The scalp is very elastic. When the donor strip of hair is removed, the scalp on both sides is just pulled together and sutured. The only evidence of surgery is a thin line hidden under the hair that grows vertically on the back of the head.

10. Are there risks involved?
Elective surgery to improve physical appearance is universally accepted and is being performed successfully everywhere there are qualified specialists. Hair restoration procedures differ from general surgery, however, in that they involve only the outer layers of the body. You should not worry excessively about risks or complications, because they are rare.

11. Is hair restoration surgery painful?
The discomfort associated with hair restoration surgery is usually comparable to that of dental surgery. Pain medication is always offered, though its use is limited generally to the first 24 hours after surgery.

12. Will my transplanted hair require special care?
Your newly restored hair will grow and require the same maintenance as your original head of hair. It’s your hair and can be colored, permanently waved or styled in a variety of ways suitable to your lifestyle.

 

 

A TYPICAL HAIR TRANSPLANT PROCEDURE – A WALK THROUGH TOUR

About three weeks before the scheduled session, the patient is sent a list of “pre-op instructions”, and also a map and a brief description of what to expect during the first week after surgery. Our nurse-receptionist may assist the patient with any other arrangements they need help with, such as motel or travel arrangements.

The day of the hair transplant procedure, the patient is dropped off  picked up. We do not allow our patient’s to drive themselves home after the procedure. The hair transplant patient is encouraged to take a shower and shampoo their hair the night before and morning of the procedure. The patient is also encouraged to eat a generous breakfast the morning of the procedure. When the patient arrives, he is greeted by our staff and is handed a consent form and “medical history questionnaire” to fill out.

What to Expect…

Reviewing Consent with the Hair Transplant Patient

After taking the time to review, discuss and sign consent forms, the hair transplant patient usually makes one last trip to the bathroom and then is ready to get started. We first stop briefly in our small, in-office “photo studio” to take an initial series of photos from 5 different views, which can be looked at later on to measure the progress from the transplant sessions. The patient is then escorted into the procedure room for his or her day’s adventure.

Entering the Hair Transplant Procedure

The patient enters our spacious and comfortable procedure room in Century City, Los Angeles, with background music playing and changes into a comfortable gown. Dr. Dauer then reviews the plan with the patient and draws the proposed hairline on the scalp, along with the zones behind it which will be filled in with the appropriate size grafts. The patient is given one last look at it with mirrors, to make sure he agrees with the plan. One final photo is then taken of the plan drawn on the patient’s scalp.

The patient is then turned over onto the stomach in the “prone” position, on the belly. With the patient in this position, Dr. Dauer then shaves a very narrow horizontal strip of hair down to about 1mm in length in the area where the donor hair will be harvested. This strip is located about 1/3rd of the way up from the bottom fringe border, around the bump known as the “nuchal ridge” in the back of the head.

The donor area is then anesthetized with a series of small local injections and the pain is minimized by a special vibrating device that Dr. Dauer uses. There is no general anesthesia used in this procedure. The donor region is then “tumesced” (filled by injection) with a saline solution which also has a weak concentration of adrenaline in it to control bleeding, and Lidocaine (anesthetic) to numb the region. Then, a single strip of donor hair is meticulously taken out by Dr. Dauer with a specialized scalpel technique. Dr. Dauer is careful to limit the depth of the incision to 3-4mm in order to minimize any damage to the surrounding or underlying  tissue. The strips are then carefully removed and placed in chilled saline.

Dr. Dauer uses a very fine suture to close the donor region which results in a very fine donor scar and is much more comfortable to sleep on than staples, which other doctors commonly use. Dr. Dauer also performs a trichophytic closure on the donor region, which allows hairs to grow through the donor scar, making it even more undetectable.

One the donor harvest is completed, the patient then turns onto their back, and the angle of the surgical chair is adjusted to create maximum comfort for the patient.

Next Dr. Dauer “tumesces” the scalp in the recipient area. This means he injects saline into the area so that the skin is expanded and elevated. This serves to “widen the playing field” thus allowing Dr. Dauer to place the grafts even closer together, as well as elevate the skin away from the underlying blood vessels, thus protecting the vasculature in the scalp and allowing for more rapid recovery and greater growth of the transplanted follicles.

Dr. Dauer also has a machine that allows him to create custom cut blades for his receptor sites. The blades he uses range in size from .5mm to 1mm in increments of .05mm. This allows Dr. Dauer to use the smallest possible blade that works with the character of the patients hair, so that the greatest amount of density can be created with the least amount of scalp injury. Not all hair follicles are created the same and therefore it is imperative that the proper recipient blade is suited for the patient’s hair type. Dr. Dauer also has a specific blade handle which limits the depth of the blade so that it only goes as deep as the length of the patient’s hair follicle. This is also to protect the scalp from unnecessary injury in the course of the creation of the recipient sites.

All of these innovations allow Dr. Dauer to create the maximum amount of density in any particular area of the scalp, while minimizing the damage to the scalp.

In the next phase of the procedure Dr. Dauer meticulously creates all of the recipient sites for the transplanted hair follicles, into which the hair grafts will be placed. These are created following the pattern which Dr. Dauer drew at the beginning of the procedure, with special care taken that the direction of the hair is completely natural.

While Dr.Dauer is making these tiny incision sites for the recipient grafts, the assistants are busy dissecting the harvested donor hair into hundreds or thousands of small grafts. This process is done entirely under microscopic vision, which results in far superior grafts and better preservation of hair. There is ample communication between Dr. Dauer and the cutters, to insure that the exact number of recipient sites that are made matches the number of grafts that are cut. Oftentimes, Dr. Dauer will make only a few recipient sites for a certain type of graft and then do a “test placement”, to insure that the grafts and the sites match perfectly.

The final step in the hair transplant process is the placing of the grafts into the scalp recipient sites. There may be light-hearted back-and-forth conversation while the assistants carry out the all-important task of placing the grafts or the patient can watch tv or take a nap. When we are finished, Dr. Dauer carefully inspects the patient to be certain that the position and placement of the grafts are perfect.

The procedure, which usually takes anywhere from 6-8 hours to complete (depending on the number of grafts the patient is to receive), is now over. A small bag of medications and a clean brand new baseball hat are then given to the patient. The post procedure instructions are carefully explained and reviewed.

The patient then returns to see Dr. Dauer approximately 12-14 days after the procedure to have their sutures removed. If the patient is from out of town, arrangements are made for the patient to have the suture taken out by a physician close to their home.

The hair transplant procedure is minimally invasive and while there may be some minor discomfort, there is rarely serious pain involved. Dr. Dauer provides every patient with pain medication for the post procedure period, though it is rarely needed after 24-48 hours.
How Will I Look After a Transplant Procedure?

The first day after the procedure there are tiny scabs around each transplanted follicle that look like little grains of sand. If the patient has native hair in the region they can usually cover up the work with a creative hair style. Within a week most of the scabs are gone and the patient is left with the transplanted tiny hair follicles.

During the days following the procedure, the patient can return to work and recreational activities. We recommend refraining from strenuous activities such as weight lifting, racquet ball or tennis for 12-14 days to avoid accidentally damaging the grafts or stretching out the donor region. With FUE patients they are able to resume normal activities after 1 week. The hair is washed gently for 8 days by pouring water over the scalp. The grafts are not touched during this time. After 8 days the patient may resume normal shampooing of the hair.
There is usually a little redness of the scalp in the transplanted regions that dissipates over a period of weeks after the procedure.

Activities After Hair Transplants

You may return to work the day following the procedure as long as your work does not require strenuous activities. Light exercise such as walking is permitted after 3 days, but it is best to wait 12-14 days before participating in strenuous activities, workouts, or sports.

Dr. Dauer also recommends that you wear a hat for prolonged periods in the sun, to protect your scalp from sunburn, for a period of 3-4 months after the procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns about anything at all please do not hesitate to call Dr. Dauer.

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STRIP METHOD HARVESTING VS F.U.E.

The increase in both marketing and internet-hype of motorized follicular unit extraction has potentially created some confusing facts for both consumers and physicians, especially for those less experienced in hair restoration surgery.

Both FUT (Strip Method Harvesting) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) are excellent options for hair transplant harvesting. There are certain individuals who are better candidates for one versus the other. I will outline some of the advantages and disadvantages of both below.

FUT has been performed for decades with very consistent results. This process involves the removal of a strip of scalp from the donor region with the scalp sutured closed. This produces a linear scar that is typically about 1-3mm in width and when performed with a tricophytic closure (which I routinely do) results in hair growth through the scar, thus further camouflaging it. Normally patients can safely cut their hair down to a #4 haircut with no visibility of the FUT scar and some patients can go as low as a #2 haircut without seeing the scar. The scar is visible at a #1 haircut in most cases.

With FUT there is a slight increase in possible complications due to the fact that a strip of tissue is being removed and then the scalp sutured, but in general over 99% of my patients heal very well from FUT with thin linear scars. Patient’s that have severe hair loss patterns or predicted severe hair loss patterns in the future can maximize their donor by having one or two FUT procedures and then having FUE above and below the strip scar. FUT is also slightly less expensive than FUE.

FUE is an amazing procedure when performed by an experienced hair transplant surgeon. It involves the removal of individual follicles from the back and sides of the scalp with a specialized tool that separates the follicles from its skin attachments and subsequent plucking of the follicles. I personally perform FUE extraction in my practice whereas many physicians are utilizing technicians for this process. The tools for FUE have undergone major advances in the past decade and in skilled hands the results from FUE is equal to that of FUT. In certain cases it can even be better than FUT as with FUE it allows the surgeon to choose the follicles with more hairs per follicle, whereas with FUT you get what’s in the strip and can’t choose which follicles you harvest. There is also typically less discomfort post FUE (though post surgical discomfort from FUT is typically not severe) due to the fact that there are no sutures in the scalp post procedure and there are just tiny holes in the donor region that close up overnight.

FUE is not a scarless procedure. It creates small puncture wounds (I typically use a 0.8mm-0.9mm punch depending on the patient’s hair type) that leave a tiny white dot. Those dots are not visible unless the hair is shaved to a very short length (typically #0-#1). In some cases where large numbers of donor follicles are harvested from the donor region a #2 haircut may be required to conceal the dot scarring from FUE.

The bottom line is this, both FUT and FUE are excellent options depending on the patient. It is important to know the pros and cons of both to make an educated decision as to which is better for you, and for your surgeon to know how to do both procedures so that he can present you with an unbiased view of both.

On a personal note, I have had both FUT and FUE procedures, so I have a unique perspective on both and am happy to share my thoughts with my patient’s to help them with their decision.

 

PRE and POST-OP FORMS

Hair Transplant Surgery Consent Form (pdf)

Eyebrow Surgery Consent Form (pdf)

After Care Hair Transplant Info (pdf)

Eyebrow Surgery Pre- and Post-Op Info (pdf)

Pre-Op Hair Transplant Info (pdf)

Propecia Consent Form (pdf)

AFTER MY HAIR TRANSPLANT… WHAT DO I DO NOW…?

After my hair transplant, I want to be careful not to lose any of my grafts. How do I accomplish this?

Care of Grafted Area

I should wear a paper medical cap or a clean hat anytime I venture outside during the first week after my hair transplant. Care should be taken so that the hat is not touching any of the grafts. I should apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment to the stitches on the back of my head twice daily with my fingertip for 7 days. My stitches will be removed in 10-14 days.

Shampooing

The first day after your procedure you may place a soaked washcloth on your grafts for 10 minutes at a time up to 4 times per day. After 2 days I may begin gentle shampooing of the grafts twice a day. Gently means I do not allow the force of the shower to strike the grafts and I do not aggressively massage the grafts with my fingertips or fingernails. I may simple lean my head forward as I shampoo the back and sides of my scalp. This allows the suds and water to gently wash over the grafts, which is OK.

On the seventh day I may shampoo normally. I may normally massage the surface of the grafts with my fingertips and remove any crusts present.

Hair Grooming

Combing my hair- I may gently comb my hair (except in the grafted zone) from the first day after transplantation. I should not touch the grafts themselves with the comb. I may normally comb all my hair including any hair that may be present in the grafted zone beginning the seventh day as I did before the transplant.

Hairspray/Hairdressings- I may use hairsprays, conditioners, shampoos, and other hairdressings after 7 days. Since the grafts will be well healed, I will not harm them if sprays or other hair products come in touch with the grafts.

Pain- I have oral medication, Vicodin, to take as instructed for pain. I may also have Valium for relaxation and Ambien for sleep. It is important not to take these medications together, and only to take them as directed. Of course, there is no driving or operating machinery while under the effects of these medications.

Swelling

Swelling is uncommon, but I may have some swelling around the area of my forehead and maybe around my eyes. Swelling if it occurs, peaks between the third and fifth day, and will be gone by the seventh day. Rarely does blood work its way down into the eyelids producing a black eye, but this can happen.

Other Problems

If my grafted area or the stitches in my donor area bleed, I can usually control the problem by applying pressure to the area with a cold pack. Applying a cold pack to the donor area can also help with pain control in the region. I can use a soft cloth saturated with ice-cold water or I can use an ice cube wrapped in a wet cotton cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with firm pressure applied for 15 minutes I will call Dr. Dauer or my personal physician. NEVER put a cold pack on the grafted area.

Numbness may occur for a short period of time after transplantation. It will resolve on its own, in most cases, within 3-12 months.

My stitches could be somewhat uncomfortable and this is normal. If my grafts or donor area become hot, inflamed or very uncomfortable, I should call Dr. Dauer. If he is not available, I should call my personal physician.

I may experience some dandruff-like scaling, redness, or itch during the first month after transplantation. I can use over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or lotion to the area 2-4 times each day to clear this up. Small crusts may form at the micrograft sites. These will come off with shampooing at 7 days or later. The small spicules of hair that come off with the crust are normal and do not represent loss of grafts. The hair will still begin growing as expected 3 months after the transplant. Some “ingrown hair” type of pimples may occur during the regrowth phase, 45-90 days after the procedure. I can use over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide preparation to the area 2 times each day for 3-5 days to help clear these up quickly.

Medications

Swelling – I may have been given an oral medication, Prednisone, to take as instructed to help prevent swelling after the transplant.

I will contact Dr. Dauer or my personal physician if any of these uncommon complication occur:

  1. Vascular growths at surgical areas
  2. Tender scar formation
  3. Any sign of infection
  4. Any other problems I believe out of the ordinary

Many of these problems will be resolved on their own. Some will need the attention of Dr. Dauer or my personal physician.

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A Note from Dr. Dauer….

Over many years of hair transplantation experience, we have found the procedure to be very safe and complicated by few difficulties. The vast majority of patients who have undergone the procedure have done so without problems. They have enjoyed the rewards of lifelong improvement in their appearance. Recent advances, especially with naturally occurring follicular unit micrografting, have dramatically improved the patient’s appearance creating a much more natural result.

Proper aftercare is important in assuring the best results, so be sure to follow the instructions given. Always remember, we have your very best interest at heart. We want you to be pleased with your results. Be assured we will do everything reasonably within our power to perform the procedure in a proper and professional fashion. Also, we will follow up on any problems you may develop in the routine course of healing after your transplant.

We expect you to inform us if any problems arise so that we can handle them in the proper manner. You are very special to us; you health and happiness are our purpose in life.

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Things to Remember After Your Hair Transplant

  1. Follow instructions carefully to avoid loss of grafts.
  2. Growth will not be as thick as you or I would want. The top of your head originally had between 30,000-50,000 hair before it began to lose hair. Typically, even with multiple procedures, we only move 12,000-18,000 hair.
  3. Growth will not occur as fast as you would like, in fact, you will probably see no growth before 4 months. Be patient. It takes most people at least 4-6 months to begin seeing the positive change and 12 months to see the full benefit.
  4. In some cases, you may actually look a little thinner after the transplant. This is more likely to occur when pre-existent hair are present in the transplanted zone. These hair may thin out in the 3 months after transplantation, but will usually grow back about the same time and rate that the grafts grow in. Do not worry if you look thinner at 3 months after transplantation- your rewards come at 6-12 months.
  5. You will not get the maximum benefit from your transplant until 9-12 months after the procedure because the hair must have this amount of time to regrow length and thickness of shaft. You will see improvement at 4-6 months in the form of fine hair but results peak out at 9-12 months.
  6. Hair loss is a relentlessly progressive process, therefore you likely will want additional replacement procedures in the future to thicken or cover new areas of loss. This is also the reason we strongly recommend the use of Propecia and Rogaine to help prevent this progression.
  7. We are always available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Don’t be hesitant to cal usl. To us, you are the most important person in the world; you are our patient.

FINANCING FOR HAIR TRANSPLANTS

We accept Care Credit financing for our procedures.

If you wish to finance your procedure with Care Credit it is best to establish an account with them by calling 866-247-3049 or going to their website www.CareCredit.com. In some cases we can provide short term no interest financing through Care Credit.

About our Hair Transplants Practice

In our hair restoration practice we deal exclusively with Hair and Eyebrow Transplants. For each patient that presents to us for hair transplants, our goal is to achieve complete naturalness with as much density as possible. We feel these two goals are best achieved when the treatment plan is individualized for each hair loss patient. There are a host of factors that must be taken into account with each hair restoration patient before formulating the best treatment plan. Some of the more important factors are: the patient’s age, the hair-to-skin color contrast, the caliber of the hair, the character of the hair, the patient’s goals for styling, and, perhaps most important, the ratio of available donor hair in relation to the transplant recipient area in need of coverage. The most important thing is to always do what’s best for the patient.

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Los Angeles Hair Transplant Specialist

Marc Dauer, MD provides professional hair transplant and restoration and eyebrow hair transplantion, using follicular unit
transpantaton
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