For each patient that presents to us for hair transplantation, our goal is to try and achieve as much naturalness and density as possible. We feel these two goals are best achieved when the plan is individualized for each patient, depending on a host of factors specific to that person and what their needs and desires are. Some of the more important factors we must weigh in formulating that patient’s plan are: the patient’s age, the hair-to-skin color contrast, the caliber of the hair, the patient’s goals for later styling, and, perhaps most important, the ratio of available donor hair in relation to the recipient area in need of coverage.
We Are Conservative in Our Planning
And finally, we are somewhat conservative in our planning approach. We appreciate and try to anticipate that baldness is a relentlessly progressive condition that goes on to some extent as long as you live. Because of this, we plan your transplant design in such a way that it will look good not only in the next few years, but also in 15-20 years. We generally do not transplant the vertex (crown) under the age of 30, as we have no idea how large it will become in later years.
We perform both FUT (strip harvest with microscope dissection) and FUE (follicular unit extraction) for our patients. We are willing to use either technique, but believe that most patients are best served with a strip harvest, as the grafts are of higher quality and there is no need to shave one’s head, as is necessary in larger FUE surgeries. At the consultation we are happy to explain the advantages and disadvantages of both methods. Using the strip harvest technique, our scars are very thin and undetectable and two sessions are usually enough to fill in the entire are of hair loss.
In summary, if a person was preparing to make a very important purchase of something that had great personal value – such as an engagement ring for his fiancé, or a special painting for the foyer of a beautiful home – he would not blindly pick out with his finger an unknown Yellow Page or website listing, nor would he shop around and automatically purchase it from the merchant who listed a generic representation of the desired object at the lowest cost. This same care should be taken in choosing a hair transplant surgeon. Above everything, what you should be looking for is an artist – someone whom you will entrust with the all-important task of creating a natural appearing head of hair that will endure for your lifetime. Everything we do – the time and care with which we approach each procedure at our office – is geared toward creating a natural result that is both priceless and timeless.