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Hair Restoration for Men and Women With Hair Loss

There are two types of hair loss treatments, surgical and clinical .




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Surgical: Hair Transplant

There are two types of surgical treatment, FUE and Open Donor.

In our clinic we do not believe that one type of treatment is suitable for every patient. Each patient is completely different and there are several factors to consider:

Factors that Affect Your Hair Transplant

  • Age of the patient
  • Gender
  • Genetic history
  • Hair color
  • Hair density
  • Hair texture
  • Scalp elasticity
  • Size of the head
  • Type of hair loss
  • Area of hair loss
  • Extent of hair loss
  • Skin color
  • Patient diseases
  • and even patient habits such as smoking or drinking
When you contact our clinic, we will evaluate your situation in order to customize an effective hair restoration plan that will maximize your success. We may use a combination of treatments, depending on your specific needs. Dr. Reyes has seen thousands of patients over the last 2 decades. With that expertise, he will help you achieve the best possible outcome for your hair type.

hair surgery OR chair

Two Types of Surgical Procedures

1) FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction): A technique where the doctor extracts follicular units one unit at a time from the donor site either manually or using machines (robotic hair transplant surgery). Each follicular unit is then transferred to the balding area. This type of procedure can be good for small areas of baldness.

FUE
AdvantagesDisadvantages
No linear scarhundreds of small circular scars
Good for patients with little hair lossNot effective for patients with major hair loss
can compromise donor area for future transplants
Surgery is Significantly Longer
Tissue is out of the body longer and stands a better chance of dying
Surgery is more expensive


2) Open Donor: A technique where the doctor extracts tissue from a safe area in the back of your head. The staff seperates the tissue into various sizes to be used in the transplant. This type of hair transplant produces much more hair coverage than FUE which is good for patients with major hair loss.

Open Donor
AdvantagesDisadvantages
No circular scarsLinear Scar
MORE hair resulting in DENSITY
Preserves donor area for future transplants if need be
Shorter Procedure
Tissue is out of the body for less time
Procedure is less expensive


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Clinical: Hair Loss Prevention



Clinical hair loss prevention is the non-surgical way to treat hair loss. The important thing to understand about clinical treatment is that it does not grow your hair back. There are no lotions or drugs that can regrow your hair although minoxidil has been known to produce slight regrowth in the crown area of some patients. The biggest question you might have is:

"If clinical treatments don't grow my hair back, why bother?"

This is a very good question. It is imperative to slow down your hair loss and although clinical treatments do not regrow hair, they are very effective in helping you KEEP THE HAIR THAT YOU HAVE. Preventative treatments address the negative effects of DHT, the hormone that causes hair loss.

hair loss prevention medications

Two Medications that Effectively Prevent Hair Loss

Finasteride — 1 mg tablets

Minoxidil — 3% or 5% topical shampoo

Finasteride is the most effective of the two. Please be aware that every patient is different and will have varying results with these products.

Will I be Awake During the Hair Transplant?

Yes! You will be awake during the procedure. A hair transplant is a very simple out-patient process. The patient reclines in a comfortable chair and can even watch movies or talk on the phone while he receives this life changing transplant.

Is Hair Restoration Painful?

Because of anesthesia, a hair transplant is a painless procedure. Even though the patient is fully awake, he or she cannot feel any discomfort during the process. After the procedure, the patient is prescribed a mild pain reliever and may experience slight discomfort the first day or two. Often times, tylenol is strong enough to relieve mild pain that might be felt in the affected area.

How Long is the Hair Restoration Procedure?

The procedure lasts anywhere from 3 to 5 hours depending on the hair loss. An FUE procedure can last twice as long. The patient can move freely and take breaks when necessary.

How Long is the Recovery?

The patient is advised to rest for the first 2-3 days and refrain from heavy lifting or exercise for about 10 days. After the 10 day mark, sutures if any are removed and scabs begin to fall away. Shortly after that, the scalp returns to normal although with some patients there may remain pinkness for a while longer in the affected area.

How Long Will it Take to See Results of my Hair Transplant?

You may see hair growth immediately from the newly transplanted hairs but that is temporary. Those hairs will fall out right away. You may also experience some hair shock where the surrounding hairs fall out as well, but don't be alarmed. That hair will regrow over time. Please know that hair shock doesn't happen to every patient. The first substantial results can be seen as early as 4-6 months and a final result usually will not be seen until the 1 year mark or shortly thereafter. Please remember that every patient is different and results vary.