Hair transplants and hair restoration procedures are known to be more common with men. The inquiries for the Hair Transplant procedure have grown due to the fact that more women are starting to experience hair loss. Women are losing hair due to several different reasons, such as high stress levels, iron deficiency, and genetics. This article states that it is a condition that affects six million women in Britain. I am very curious to see what the number is in the USA. Today’s procedure is very different than the hair transplant procedures of yesteryear. Today an amazing natural hair transplant comes through the hands of a few very talented and creative doctors. It is artistry combined with technology that lead to a completely natural result. A link to the article is below.


I have just added an exciting new device to my hair restoration practice called the “HairCheck”. This revolutionary device allows us to measure hair thinning and breakage in quantitative terms. Usually once hair thinning is noted you have already lost 50% of the original density of hair that existed in that area. HairCheck allows us to measure the “hair mass” in any region of the scalp and gives us a numerical value. HairCheck also allows us to measure damaged or broken hair. For the first time, we now have a tool to give us a quantitative analysis of the exact amount of hair mass present in any given area of the scalp. We can take measurements before beginning non surgical hair restoration treatments (low light laser therapy, propecia, rogaine, PRP), or prior to hair transplant surgery, and compare the measurements after a period of time to see how well the treatments have worked. We can also take measurements in the donor region (this is the area of the scalp that is not supposed to be affected by hair loss in most individuals) and compare these measurements to the affected areas of the scalp to determine exactly how much hair density has been lost. Photographs will always be very important, but the ability to quantify the exact amount of hair in any given region of the scalp is incredibly valuable. Please don’t hesitate to inquire about the HairCheck when you come to see me for a consultation. For more information about HairCheck visit

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.


I will be appearing on the TV show “The Doctors”  this coming Tuesday October 11 discussing female hair loss and why women seek out hair restoration and hair transplant procedures. On that topic I would like to write some tips I have picked up through the years on ways for women to avoid hair loss.

1) Limit the use of pony tails or hair ties. If you are going to tie your hair up in any fashion make sure that there is not too much traction applied to the hair and that you do not leave on a hair tie for long periods. Under no circumstances should you sleep with ties in your hair. Traction on the hair may cause it to fall out and the damage in some instances can be permanent.

2) Avoid hair coloring and tinting formulas that contain ammonia. Ammonia can be damaging to hair and the scalp and can cause permanent hair loss.

3) Avoid using excessive direct heat to your hair while blow drying. Try and keep the setting on warm as opposed to hot.

4) Avoid rubbing your scalp as repeated rubbing can cause permanent damage to the scalp.

5) Do not wash your hair too often especially if you are in a shedding period where you are losing more hair than usual.

These little tips may be useful to avoid hair loss and to minimize hair loss in individuals undergoing an active loss period.

I hope they are helpful.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.

The Latest Advancements In Hair Restoration

Eyebrow Hair Restoration and Concealment of Scarring with Hair Transplantation

By Marc Dauer, M.D., ABHRS

Hair Restoration has come a long way from the unsightly large “plugs” of yesteryear. Today we practice Follicular Unit Transplantation which allows us to relocate hair follicles in the same way they naturally occur. This technique has also allowed us to transplant hair to other areas of the body besides the scalp.

Follicular Unit Transplantation is the general term to describe transplantation of naturally occurring follicular units. Typically hair grows in clusters of 1,2,3, and 4 hair follicular units. There are two main techniques used to harvest these follicular units. The first and most commonly used method is called “The Strip Method”. This involves taking a narrow strip of hair (usually not to exceed 1.5 cm in width) from some region in the permanent hair zone (in men this is in the occipital and parietal regions of the scalp) and dissecting the strip under magnification into individual follicular units. The other technique used in harvesting is Follicular Unit Extraction. This involves using a biopsy punch tool, usually between .6mm-1.2mm, and extracting the individual follicular units from the permanent hair zone for transplantation into another area.

Eyebrows are one of the most important defining characteristics of the face. Often you don’t even realize the full impact that eyebrows make until you see a person without them. With the Follicular Unit Transplantation, it is now possible to restore natural looking eyebrows that will last a lifetime.

Eyebrow hair loss can occur for several reasons in women and men. Physical trauma (such as burns or lacerations), medical treatments (such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy), excessive plucking, and even menopause, can all contribute to eyebrow hair loss. In the past some people opted for eyebrow tattoos to recreate lost eyebrow hair. Eyebrow transplants can be implanted over eyebrow tattoos to recreate natural looking eyebrows.

The hair to be transplanted into the eyebrows is usually harvested from either the mid occipital region or the nape in the posterior auricular region. In both cases the hair in these areas is of finer quality, thus more accurately resembling natural eyebrow hair. With an artistic eye, and keen attention paid to the individuals facial characteristics, the boundaries of the new eyebrows are drawn in so that the patient can see the shape of their new eyebrows. Once the design is completed the area to be transplanted is anesthetized with local anesthetic containing epinephrine and then tumesced with saline solution. The tumescence allows the grafts to be placed closed together, while elevating the skin further away from the underlying vasculature, thus resulting in less vascular damage. Small recipient sites are made with a solid core 22 gauge needle, with care taken to limit the depth to the size of the follicle to be transplanted. Grafts placed too deeply may result in excessive bruising and/ or cyst formation or scarring. Only single hair follicular units are placed in the eyebrows.