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Greetings,

Here is a patient of mine who shared his experience undergoing his hair transplant procedure.
His before and after photos as well as the video are below.
I hope you enjoy watching.

before and after hair transplant photos

before and after hair transplant photos

before and after hair transplant photos

before and after hair transplant photos

before and after hair transplant photos

Greetings,

Here is a patient who came to me after having undergone 2 previous trip harvest procedures from another local physician. He decided he was done with the strip harvest procedure and wanted to have an FUE procedure. When I shaved the scalp to perform FUE his precious strip scars were clearly visible and also demonstrated how his previous physician had created “stacked scars” in certain locations instead of including the old strip scar in the new incision.

This is against the 10 commandments of hair transplant surgery.

In every instance of a patient having another strip harvest hair transplant procedure after having one prior, the previous scar should be removed.

If the previous scar is too wide or the scalp too tight FUE should be considered.

NEVER should a physician create a stacked scar, which in reality just creates  one huge scar.

This is a prime example of what not to do and is either laziness or ignorance on the part of the hair transplant surgeon who did this.

On this procedure the patient was primarily concerned with creating density in the frontal scalp, but after seeing these photos, the patient has decided in the future to have me place FUE grafts into these scars to help cover them.

Just another example of why it is imperative to do thorough research prior to choosing your hair transplant surgeon.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.

bad hair transplant strip scar

bad hair transplant strip scar

bad hair transplant strip scar

bad hair transplant strip scar

Greetings,

Here is a patient of mine I recently saw in a 1 year follow up. He happens to be a physician himself and wrote a testimonial that I have posted below describing his experience undergoing his hair transplant procedure.

I hope you enjoy reading.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, MD

I was on the fence regarding hair transplant, and an now over one year after the procedure.  The changes are gradual, and only those who I told I had the procedure could tell I had it.  Interestingly, I’ve received other comments regarding my appearance, for example, asking if I’ve lost weight.  I haven’t lost weight, but could not be more pleased with my decision to undergo the hair transplant.
Dr. Dauer should be your first and last stop for hair transplantation.  Being a fellow MD, albeit in a different specialty, the candor and professionalism offered by Dr. Dauer was reassuring, as I had preconceived notions what would be best for me in that I believed FUE would be ideal.  Dr. Dauer patiently and thoroughly went over my options after his examination, and we decided on the strip harvest procedure.  He is an expert with both, and I could not be more pleased with the decision to go with this option and the results.  The process is gradual, and having a follow up with Dr. Dauer a bit over a year reminded me of the significant improvement in density, coverage and fullness when I viewed by pre-procedure photos and my scar is pretty much invisible.  In short, one of the better decisions vising Dr. Dauer and placing my trust in his care.  Long Beach, Physician
hair transplant patient of Dr. Marc Dauer

hair transplant patient of Dr. Marc Dauer

hair transplant patient of Dr. Marc Dauer

hair transplant patient of Dr. Marc Dauer

hair transplant patient of Dr. Marc Dauer

hair transplant patient of Dr. Marc Dauer

hair transplant patient of Dr. Marc Dauer

hair transplant patient of Dr. Marc Dauer

hair transplant strip scar

Greetings,

Here is a patient of mine who received just over 1100 grafts via FUE to the hairline and frontal scalp. The grafts were extracted manually using a 0.8mm extraction tip.

The grafted region and the donor regions are shown 1 week post procedure and as you can see there is almost no evidence of scarring in the donor region and very little to be seen in the recipient region other than the new transplanted grafts.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.

This is the recipient region pre FUE hair transplant and 1 week after just over 1100 grafts were placed in the hairline.

This is the recipient region pre FUE hair transplant and 1 week after just over 1100 grafts were placed in the hairline.

This is the donor region immediately post FUE hair transplant and 1 week afterward.

This is the donor region immediately post FUE hair transplant and 1 week afterward.

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.

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.

Greetings,

Here is a new hair transplant testimonial of one of my patients. The results from a single procedure 1 year later are shown as well.

I hope you enjoy watching.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, MD

Greetings,

Here is a video of a patient of mine who received FUE grafts to the frontal scalp, the crown, and into a previous strip scar (created by another physician) to help conceal the strip scar. The results are shown after 7 months and already look dramatic. The patient will have additional cosmetic coverage over the next 7 months as additional transplanted hair grow in a nd continue to thicken in diameter. I hope you enjoy watching.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.

Greetings,

Today I will discuss a patient of mine who presented with a form of scarring alopecia called Lichen Planopilaris. This resulted in the loss of all the hair follicles in the frontal and mid scalp as well as the eyebrows and sideburns. The patient initially thought that the hair loss was androgenic alopecia, but after my examination and subsequent scalp biopsy the diagnosis was confirmed. It is imperative that the hair transplant surgeon has a thorough knowledge of all the forms of alopecia as different causes result in different outcomes and some are candidates for hair transplants and others not.

In this case the biopsy also showed that the scarring alopecia had “burnt out” and was no longer active. We decided to do 3 small areas with test grafts to see if they would grow before considering a more expansive procedure. What we found was excellent growth in all the test areas after only 12 weeks. After discussing with the patient and letting him know that there still is a chance that we won’t see the same growth rate that is seen in healthy scalp, and the patient decided to proceed with a more extensive procedure.

Below you can see the photo before the test grafts and the test grafts that have grown. I will continue to provide updates on this very interesting case.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.

This is a patient with scarring alopecia who had test grafts placed into 3 different areas.

This is a patient with scarring alopecia who had test grafts placed into 3 different areas.

Greetings,

The patient in this video had a wide donor strip scar performed by another physician. The physician tried to resect the scar multiple times with no improvement. The patient also had scalp micro pigmentation which only provided slight improvement. I harvested approximately 500 beard grafts via FUE and placed them into the scar. The result show 2 weeks after the procedure shows significantly visible improvement and it will get even better when the hairs grow longer. In addition there is no visible scarring in the heard area from where the grafts were taken.

I hope you enjoy watching and I will provide a follow up video in 6 months.

All the best,

Marc Dauer, M.D.